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Our last night back in Rome was spent in a new Hotel, Albergo Cesari, which we were really impressed with. Situated on the opposite side of the Trevi to our last Hotel in Rome, the Cesari was even closer to everything. Alas, we only had that one night, and after a beautiful dinner, we went off to organise ourselves for the trip home. We were glad …
... Chapel which was amazing and full of colour. The famous picture of Adam reaching out to God painted by Michelangelo was there. The next day we visited the Capitoline Museum. There were lots of staues and paitings but my favourite sculpture was the one of the She-Wolf. After lunch we went to the Colosseum which is where the gladiators used to fight each other/wild beasts. It was really gruesome yet interesting. ...
... 30 minutes to get to the security point where you put your belongings through the x-ray machine and step through the metal detector. From there it moved very fast, really just a matter of walking the rest of the way into the church.
Up until now, I was taking a lot of pictures with my DSLR, even trading lenses to figure out which will do what, but mostly using the automatic setting. When I got inside the church I realized that I had no idea how to take a picture without ...
... part of. With the first announcement of the election proceedings in the form of black smoke, the city is forced to continue to wait for further news from the Sistine Chapel. I myself look forward to the results."
"Tonight I experienced the moment of a lifetime. With the long awaited arrival of a plume of white smoke from the Sistine Chapel, signaling the election of a new pope, the city burst into cheers. But nowhere could this be ...
... the top of them sometimes, waterfalls, vineyards, coloured houses built into the side of the mountains in the north of Italy.... It was so beautiful and I can understand why my Great Grandad had pestered my Great Grandma to live there! I felt so connected to Italy already...
We arrived in Bologna and faced a 30 minute wait for our next train, however this was then delayed by another 20 minutes (oh Italian ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Pets allowed
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAlbergo Cesari Rome
This was a lovely hotel, which we'd tried to stay a few more nights in but was fully booked. Rooms were charming and comfortable, decor good and location was fantastic as well.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Albergo Cesari Rome
We stayed here in October and could nt have stayed in a nicer place.
The hotel is in the centre of everything (shutters keep out the noise) - all the sights, great shopping on your doorstep and friendly, helpful staff. Cant understand the review of the New Yorker, there is certainly no smell and he must have been staying somewhere else! Eat at Alla Rampa near the Spanish steps its a real gem!
This is a lovely hotel in a superb location in the heart of Rome. It's less than 5 minutes' walk to the Trevi Fountain, or the Pantheon, and about 20 minutes' walk to the Colosseum, Forum, etc. Basically, every great monument or sight is accessible. It's in a quiet street off a bustling one (Via del Corso) and there are plenty of eating places and shops nearby.
We stayed at Cesari in June '03 based on previous reviews. Terrific location within walking distance to many attractions in Rome. 150 Euros was also great value. I read the guest from New York's review and have to disagree with most of what they wrote. The staff seemed a little quiet at first, but were extremely helpful, offering to sort out a car rental problem for me. They spent several minutes on the phone with Hertz, hammering out a happy solution to my problems! Nothing but good things to say about the staff.For 150 Euros in central Rome, I didn't expect a gourmet feast at breakfast. In fact, it turned out to be better than typical European hotel fair. Staff made us espressos, produced special treats for the kids, etc... Did the other reviewer think they were staying at the InterContinental? Hotel Cesari exceeded my expectations for 150 Euros a nght.
I give it 2.5 stars. My wife and I stayed here based on the four previous raves that you see posted -- and I really have to wonder what these people were smoking when they stayed at the Cesari. Fine -- the location is good, and the price (150 euro for a double) was very low for that location (you'll know why if you stay there). I would equate this hotel to a Holiday Inn motel in the States.Firstly, the guys at the front desk (other than one particular fellow) were basically unfriendly and disinterested (I asked for an envelope to put my bill into after checkin out, and they told me to go up to my room to get one). There is a foul bathroom-like stench throughout the lobby (thankfully it didn't permeate the room). While the lobby and the hallways are semi-modern and tasteful, but when you get to your room (which is a decent size), you feel like you're in a former Soviet republic -- very drab decoration and color, cheap furniture, something I'd expect in Warsaw, Poland. The breakfast buffet was mediocre at best. The hotel is situated in alley off a piazza, so I must say that the room was extremely quiet (and dark w/ the shudders closed). Look, you don't really hang out in your hotel room when you're on vacation in Italy, so stay here if you want... but don't think for a second that this is a "good" hotel. It is not what the previous reviewers describe. We had friends who stayed at the Valadier (a 4-star hotel) by the Pizza di Popolo (equal distance to the Spanish steps) and we were green w/ envy when we visited the hotel. At 180 euro per night, they had beautiful marble bathrooms and gorgeous large rooms (reminded me of a Four Seasons), extremely friendly hotel staff, and a pretty art deco hotel. Stay at the Valadier if you can.
We stayed at the Albergo Cesari in May 2002. Since we were four single ladies, we booked a quad with four twin beds! The room was huge, and the bathroom was almost as large. Our window looked out over a quiet side street, and we hardly heard the vespas roaring past. The front of the hotel is on a pedestrian alley, so only foot traffic (and vespas) are allowed. They only serve breakfast, but the buffet was very good and the coffee was excellent. The little cafe right next to the hotel on Via di Pietra serves the best veggie pizza that I have ever eaten--I took a picture of it. You can purchase bus tickets at the little newsstand next to it. My beloved Parthenon is only a few blocks away, and the Piazza Navona only a few more after that. Bus connections from there were excellent, and Bernardo at the front desk was very good at helping us figure out which bus went where. If you stay there (and your group has more than 2 people), ask to be picked up at the airport in their "limo" (mini van). It is fairly priced and certainly reduced our stress level.
If it is location you are looking for....
The Albergo Cesari is perfectly located for visiting Rome. I have stayed there twice and will continue to go back. If you are like me, I walk everywhere when I visit a city. And all the main sites, and even some obscure ones, are within walking distance of the Cesari. Also, great restaurants and gelato are in abundance in the area. Besides, how does it get better than having the Pantheon just around a few corners. You will pay more in this hotel, but the quality is above average, clean, large rooms, shutters (that block out virtually all light) and double paned windows (that block out the street noise) and the staff is friendly and display great knowldge of their city.
We stayed there June 2002. We loved everything about it. The location was excellent. The rooms were large and spotless. The rooms had blackout shutters. The breakfast was great except for the coffee. The concierge recommended restaurants that were perfect.
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Fantastic hotel. Great service and large rooms (for Italy); clean and well decorated. Nice breakfast (except don't drink the coffee it tastes awful).
The hotel is located in walking distance to everything: Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Villa Borghese, Coloseum, Vittorio Emmanuale, Spanish Steps, Roman Forum, and Via Condotti. Even the Vatican is only a 25- 30 min walk.
Its next to a beautiful square. My wife and I will definetlely stay there again next time we're in Rome.