Travel Blogs from Rome
I put Philip, Trish and Rex on the spot tonight and asked them for their top three favourite memories of the trip so far. Predictably Trish's number one was walking the walls in Dubrovnik! Philip’s was visiting Tunisia, and Rex’s was riding the four wheel motorbikes all over Santorini. They told me it wasn’t a fair question, …
Rome is awesome! Everywhere you look, things are hundreds or thousands of years old. Today we did mostly ancient Rome, the Colosseum, the Forum Roma, the Pantheon, Trevi and Navona Piazzas. The weather was very nice in that it did not rain. Last night it poured and it rained a little before we left for dinner but during the day it just stayed …
... to get excited about. Also many tourist places selling the usual key rings, bottle openers, statues etc but one thing unique to Italy is Pinocchio. Now this is something we may get one of as a memento to put on our work desks. It's always the way when you are looking for something you cannot find it and when you are not things just happen. Well today we walked right into Trevi Fountain but when we were actually looking for it the previous days we struggled. ...
Another lazy start today - a dark, air conditioned hotel room is proving to be beneficial for our sleep!! Preparing ourselves for an early start tomorrow and Thursday. Had 'breakfast' at a little cafe outside in the 32 degree heat, very nice cappuccino and jam tart! Then got the metro to Ancient Rome (I got admission free because I'm 17 - first time I've ever celebrated being the youngest!!) and went to the coliseum first which was extremely cool! ...
... while accelerating past the offending slower driver. If you go on the incorrect side of the road and do not hit anything then it was a good move. Watching the roman drivers was very interesting, rarely did we see cars with dents. Crowds, in the piazza's, sitting in the cafes. People are everywhere but everything moves easily and we rarely had to que for anything. Fashion, Lisa enjoyed the fashion and the shopping (not the paying part tho). Tips: This is for the blokes ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Apollo Hotel Rome
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Apollo for 4 nights. We wanted a reasonably priced, clean hotel close to the sights of Rome and Hotel Apollo met all of those requirements!
Good place to stay
I stayed here in May 2004. The hotel was in a very good location for visiting the sites of Rome. About 5 minutes walk to the colosseum, 10 minutes to the Trevi Fountain and 15 minutes to the Spanish steps. It was also close to the bus route along Via Nationale which goes to the Vatican and the railway station. The hotel was clean and fine, except the bed linen and towels were very old and worn. The continental breakfast was very good. It seemed expensive for what it was, but then all Rome hotels are expensive! I would stay here again, but would look at alternatives first.
Going on a city break alone for the first time, i wanted to make sure i chose somewhere clean, safe and central. This hotel was perfect! Having stayed at Hotel Apollo for 4 nights this August, i thoroughly agree with all the previous reviews - this hotel is excellent! The room was spotless, with lovely (and good-sized) bathroom. It was quiet and the air-con coped with the hot august weather well. Towels and hairdryer are provided and the minibar is reasonably-priced. Staff are lovely and happily wait while you search through the phrasebook for the appropriate italian! (They also mind your luggage after check-out if you ask). The best feature is the breakfast roof terrace. There could be no better start to a day! On top of everything, this hotel is less than 10mins walk to the Colosseum and once you find your way round Rome, you realise its not much further to most of the other main sights and shopping streets. I was quite comfortable walking round the streets nearby alone and there are plenty of shops/restaurants within v easy walking-distance. If you have loads of luggage, there is a bus from Termini station to the top of Via dei Serpenti where this hotel is.
Hotel Apollo rooftop
Spent 4 days at the Hotel Apollo in Rome May 7-10, 2004, and loved it. Paolo and his staff (many of whom are family) were pleasant, and didn't laugh too much at my efforts to speak Italian. The beds were very comfortable, and we were within walking distance of everything, although we did take a taxi to the Vatican. But my fondest memory is of breakfast on the roof, which is fitted out like a fine dining room. The open air area of the roof is surrounded with flowers. I would definitely stay there again.
Central, Clean and Quiet
The Hotel Apollo is a gem in the heart of Rome. The recently renovated rooms are spacious (by European standards) and clean. The breakfast terrace on the roof is cozy and the perfect start to a day wandering around Rome. The colosseum is visible at the end of the street, but not from anywhere in the hotel. Apparently a family run hotel, the family lives on-site and is very gracious. Due to solid windows and walls, there is very little outside noise. However, interior noise was a problem as it travels up the marbled central staircase. We can't wait to go back and explore more of Rome from the Hotel Apollo.