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Such an emotional day. So many tears before we'd left the house. I hae a cold, a hangover, am extremely tired as I woke up at 730am and couldn't sleep. I was like a kid at Christmas. Except it wasn't the excitement of presets and Santa keeping me awake. It was - do I have my passport, I have to phone the bank, will our transfer be ok and oh lord I' …
Okay so we have been in Rome for three days now. Arrived pretty tired as we got up at 5 am to get to the train to London. Transferred to train to Gatwick and an hour later got to stand in a cue for about 1 1-2 hours waiting with all the other EasyJet flight people for everywhere! My nice guess is a lot of their staff called in sick that day because …
After the last few days being so busy sight seeing, we decided to have a quiet day and do some shopping. We had breakfast in our apartment heading out at 10am. Gary had seen a street of shops whilst on the bus he wanted to walk down so with trip advisor maps we attempted to find it. We did stop for coffee as we went which is much better now that we know about cafe latte! Generally the shopping is not much. Yes there are a lot of label shops but ...
... that wasn't open to the public, all feet on fire due to walking about 12klms in thongs. Funny thing is Trastevere was tourist less and just it's usual beautiful self, and then we discovered some amazing art in the National Gallery and a great view of Rome from Passeggiata di Gianicolo. So the moral to this story is getting lost in Rome is fun, provided you have good ear plugs to mute the objectioners.
All in all a good day.
11:30 on the train to Venice travelling at 250km/hr, I reflect back on our week in Rome. In summary if you do had this place on your bucket list then I think it is time to re look at your list. In summary the things we did not like include; Smoking, every second person smokes and lights up anywhere. Traffic, it is noisy and lots of them. Rubbish, it is everywhere (beware dog poo is everywhere). Trains, very crowded. Things we did like; Traffic, they are crazy. Put your hand on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aphrodite Hotel Rome
Clean, quiet, convenient
Six of us stayed here in 3 rooms for 5 nights in late May. We were not disappointed, especially considering the price. Rooms were small and simply decorated, but very clean with nice bathrooms. Staff was friendly and helpful. The location was perfect for catching the metro and the buses. The rooftop atrium gave us a nice place to meet to plan our days activities, or drink a glass of wine and have a late afternoon snack. Some of the previous reviews had me worried about our reservation, but I contacted them via e-mail, and they responded quickly to assure me we would have our rooms upon arrival. I would definitely stay here again.
We were a bit worried about our booking after reading previous reviews here but I would like to re-assure other visitors to rome. This hotel is way above average considering it's reasonable price, handy location, etc. Our room was a good size (though I know it's true that others are not so spacious) and all modern fittings. The roof terrace is great for sitting out. The hotel was spotlessly clean and the breakfasts were good - typical italian style: a basket of sweet pastries, bread rolls, cornflakes, jams, juices & coffee - if you ask at the bar they will be happy to make you a cappucino or espresso. The rooms were also quiet which is good because it is so close to the main train station. Some reports say that the Termini area is not safe but we had no troubles and I did not feel at all threatened at night.
Loved this hotel
I stayed in this hotel in april 2004 and got a very good deal for the double room. The place is new and very clean, the staff spoke english fluently and were very helpful. The internet access beside the reception was a plus and we liked the buffet breakast in the morning. I would come back.
We've just returned from a trip to Europe. We'd stayed 1 night in this hotel and it was a disaster.
After reading all the good reviews, I was expecting a nice hotel with minimum problems. I was wrong! I never even got to stay there since by the time I arrived they had already sold off my room! Of course, they didnÂ´t admit it but the woman at the hotel reservations desk in Termini station told me that it is usually what happens. On arrival (approx 7pm) I was told that they had received my reservation but that I had reserved for another Hotel Aphrodite - called Scott House. This was an outright lie! Scott House is a 2 star hotel and not the best, I hear. I was told that my room was available for the other nights I reserved but just not for the first (Saturday) night. I demanded my deposit back since they couldnÂ´t fulfil the contract, but they told me I would have to contact the internet booking company. Naturally I disagreed, I spoke to the receptionists superior on the phone and demanded a refund and told her she could keep the internet booking fee (4 euro) - so I got a refund of my deposit minus the fee!If this happens to anyone demand a refund, and then go and book a hotel at the Termini Hotel reservations centre in the station. They are very helpful and have many good deals. We ended up staying in Hotel Sistina near the Spanish Steps. Much nicer!
Hotel Aphrodite is a terrible, horrible, awful place!
Just returned from Rome flying Ryanair. Took our 1 yr old with us.
Just returned from first visit to Rome. Stayed at Aphrodite for 2 nights. First night on my own in a single room and second night my parents joined me (from cruise ship) in a triple room. The hotel has recently been renovated and the rooms are nicely decorated and very clean. The bathrooms are particularly nice. I had heard many horror stories of pick-pockets in Rome and wanted to be close to train station. It is very convenient to all trains, buses and the subway (on the same street as Termini station) but not really close enough to any major sights to walk - you need to take transit to get just about anywhere. Certainly not "a room with a view". A nice breakfast buffet is included in the price as is free internet access to guests from a single computer located in breakfast room. The single rooms are all located right at the top of the central staircase and all night long I was awakened as people went up and down the stairs - just talking in normal voices, the sounded carried right under the door into my (tiny) room. The triple room(s) and, I assume, the doubles are down the hall and noise was not a problem there at all. There is also a good sized lift. Front desk staff all spoke English and could arrange bus and walking tours as well as private car to airport. Overall, excellent value though I would think twice about staying there in a single room.