Hotel Castellino Palio Bianco
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... Steps, where the Babington Tea Rooms are - not cheap, but then nothing in Rome is! 3 Euros for the smallest bottle of coke... But the ice cream is wonderful, just have to shop around, the back lanes are always cheaper. At 6.30pm our feet, legs and brains were all equally exhausted! So we headed back to the station, where we found a bar and whilst waiting for the train back we had a couple of well deserved ...
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... on a light lunch of a hamburger. I know, not Italian, but I needed the break from their rich food. Now with a full belly and several miles trekked, it is time for a much needed nap. Being fully rested, I decided I had enough time in the room so I headed out for a cocktail not too far from where I am staying. I went to sit down and heard my name. The name Amber has been a difficult one for Italians ...
... stroll down to Castle Saint Angelo, apparently there is a secret escape route to here from the Vatican in case the pope is ever threatened - pretty amazing. The castle is impressive - I do love my castles! We then strolled across the river and explored the streets for a bit. We came across Piazza Navona which has lots of beautiful fountains and the Piazza Dei Tribunali which is a very beautiful building so we stopped to take some snaps. ...
... heat. But it was well worth it. A walk to the Forum was next to see more ruins, then off to the Parthenon. This place is 1900 years old, but looks exactly like it was when built. And it is massive!! The dome was something like 40 meters across. We finally made it back to the coach, after taking in the Spanish Steps - hot, dirty and tired. But would not have missed a minute.
Tomorrow is off to Tuscany.
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Castellino Palio Bianco Rome
Poor, never use this hotel
The best thing about this hotel is location - it is extremely central, however that is the only positive thing I have to say about it. I was coming back from a wedding and I tried for several hours to get into the hotel - the receptionist had fallen asleep! Furthermore, there was a hole in the roof and my TV did not work. Will never use this hotel again. AVOID.
The worst bathroom ever!
Horrible bathrooms, the water was never warm. Staff doesn,t care about complaints.
Surreal, and not in a good way...
I was warned before booking for Rome that a location within the city centre automatically adds a star to Rome hotels. I didn't believe it then. I do now.
This is a two star hotel - don't let anyone tell you any different. The decor of "Modern Art" is dreadful - like the owner's nephew has decided that he is a pop artist and was given free reign to decorate - particularily bad was the "mannequin perched on a toilet" sculpture on the second floor. The breakfast was extremely inedible, the bathrooms suspect and the small rooms very dusty. (Beware if you have allergies/asthma!) If you are looking for a fairly strange, cheap, rough around the edges, two star hotel with a fantastic location this is the place.
I won't see you there.
Tiny rooms, rabbit warren, dark! Trades on its excellent position alone I am sure. My shower leaked all over the bathroom floor and the fridge didn't work. The reception staff just shrugged it off. I don't think the three stars are earned at all. At least I had french doors, alas they opened onto a corridor!
This hotel has a great location. A bit on the small side, however, but very comfortable bed and room! Bathroom was definitely on the small side, but everything worked, and really nice staff. I'd definitely go back again,
Great Central Hotel
I loved this hotel, it was right beside the main tourist sites, so central. The modern art lining the walls gives it a very modern edge.
This is a good quality, clean budget hotel.
This hotel was booked and paid for, sight unseen, on the internet, a salutary example of the inherent dangers of this course. Only the price was attractive (for Rome) - 67 euros per night The route to the bedroom was a rabbit warren, the room was barely large enough to contain the double bed, the bathroom was correspondingly miniscule, but the worst feature was the minute window which could not be opened, and in any case was barred from the outside. In the event of fire, escape would have been impossible. On request we were shown another room which appeared, if possible, to be even worse than the first. Staff were sullen, but we imagine that the hotel would be as unpleasant to work in as to stay in. It has taught us not to be seduced by attraction of budget charges without being able to make an on-the-spot assessment
Excellent Location and lovely hotel
Hotel Castellino is a very cosy small hotel, just off Piazza Venezia. The rooms were small, but very well decorated. The atmosphere was lovely, with modern art everywhere.
Perfectly located for discovering Rome
If you are looking for the perfect location for a city break in Rome...here it is! The room are basic but comfortable even if the bathroom is very small but functional for the 20 minutes you spend in it a day, after all you are here to discover the city (and yes there is warm water)..The staff is very friendly and helpful. At your doorstep you have all the ancient Rome site from the Coliseum to the Forum and all the beautiful piazza where you can seat on the terrace enjoying your meal.This hotel is a standard 3*, nothing luxurious but well maintained and clean. The definite advantage is its central location and I will not hesitate to go back there if I am going to Rome again.
I´ve gone through a horrible experience in this hotel. Despite the good location and the appropriate rooms, the bathrooms are old and claustrofobic. Much less than we can expect of a three star hotel...
I had a voucher for five nights. During four nighs I had no warm water!!! The staff was unpolite and inefficient. I've tried to complain wuth the manager, but he was never there. I've even made a call to the travel operator in Brazil, and the problem was not solved so far. In my return, the operator returned 50% of my money, and promised to the hotel.