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... one taste and we were in coffee heaven. You can only get the real Granita Caffe at the area of the Pantheon. The rest are fakes.
After a bus ride to the Vatican City Sunny decided to walk, even if it was slow. She didn’t want to miss the tour, which she would do using the wheelchair. We met our guide who told us “this is not my first rodeo”, she would have the group go at our pace. The guide took the time to explain things ...
Not much happened today. Woke up feeling terrible. Accidentally left our washing lines in Venice strung up across the tent. We probably had to duck underneath them to get out of the tent but still forgot them. This would be our first full day on the bus. Many auto grills. Watched the shittest ...
... the significance of them. Again, I will add more narrative to the photos.
We walked back to the hotel and had lunch just off the street of our hotel and the Trevi Fountain. The lunch was very disappointing as it did not live up to its descriptions and was expensive. We we expecting a large plate of salami, ham, cheeses, bread and vegetables and they left the veges off and there was only 4 small slices of cheese. We have had such good value ...
... and holiday-like. It was a bit like Cairns in this regard.
Siestas, crazy Italian driving and unscrupulous taxi drivers didn’t stop us from seeing the sights of Rome (all the tourist areas do not have siesta anyway). We got out to see The Colleseum, The Panteon, The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and of course Vatican City, its Sistne Chapel, its Museums and its St Peter’s Basicilica. All of these sites were ...
... are fresh from the garden and the display of seafood is a feast for the eyes. All the Italian ladies are here pulling their wheeled shopping carts and buying what they need for dinner tonight. Refrigerators are small here and don't hold much. So shopping daily is almost necessary and assures freshness.
On the way to the market I saw Benilde, the owner of the place where I am staying. We chatted ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsColumbus Hotel Rome
The hotel is perfectly located, is so close to the Vatican so you will get amazing views of St Peters at night. The breakfast room is stunning with its painted walls and ceiling. Definitely recommend staying here.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Columbus Hotel Rome
Less than friendly service
Receptionists do not care about clients and their needs. Rooms are not ready in time. They make no effort to accomodate your needs regarding length of stay.
Stayed four nights in October 2004. Overall enjoyed the Hotel Columbus and considered it good value.
We stayed at the Columbus Hotel which is only 200 metres from Piazza di San Paolo (ie the Vatican).The Hotel was a 15th century monstery and when inside you can imagine what it was like. The dining room has retained all it's former glory and is a wonderful place to enjoy a meal. The food always appeared to be freshly prepared and the service was excellent.At first they put us in a tiny double room with a peculiar shaped bathroom - steps up to a toilet. As we arrived late in the evening, we put up with it for the first night. The next morning we asked to change and this was attended to immediately - we were then given a much more spacious room. The rooms we saw were rather dull and basic, I suppose just like a monastery. It's a pity they don't brighten them up. All rooms overlook a courtyard at the back.The location was fantastic - we could walk into the Basilica at the Vatican within approx. 5 minutes, and if you walked out of the hotel and turned right, you would soon be on a bridge going over the river. There was also an excellent bus service within a few hundred metres.If you want bars, restaurants, etc. next to the hotel, then this is not the place for you. All cafes and bars close around 7.00pm ! But having said that if you were prepared to walk for around 15 to 25 minutes then you would find lots of these places, as well as Piazza Navona.I would suggest that one trip on a Sunday morning before 12 noon is the Paliament building where the Military Band play in the Piazza. This was really nice to see if you like that sort of thing.I would suggest that anyone staying in this area takes some mosquito repellant at night, even on a cold May evening these things managed to get into the bedroom and leave their mark on us !!
Very good choice
My family stayed for three nights in two rooms at the Hotel Columbus. The hotel staff was very helpful, the breakfast buffet was excellent and the location, at St Peter's Square was perfect. There is a taxi stand acoss the street which we found to be time saving. The rooms were a little monastic but that was to be expected since it was formally a monastery. The hotel also has large family suites available. The bathrooms had hairdryers and 110 outlets.
Great location (for the Vatican), below average rooms...We stayed in three different hotels over seven nights on our recent trip to Rome in early March, 2004. While AAA rates this as a four-star hotel, it was the worst of the three, and the other two were rated as three stars.
Great public areas, shabby rooms
We visited in March 2001 on an aaahotels.net rate of about $130 per night. We stayed for two nights.
The location is great. I really liked being so close to St. Peters.
The hotel has grand if somewhat run-down public areas. The make-shift bar was quite active for an hour or two each night, with a friendly crowd.
The restaurant was very good, and we would eat here again, even if not staying at the hotel.
The rooms were a bit shabby. The showers were of the type that one sometimes sees in Europe that get the whole bathroom wet.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would consider staying here again if we could get a good deal.
Fantastic hotel hidden away within Vatican owned buildings. This is not a luxury hotel in the sense of air con, sat TV etc. This is an authentic old hotel. The frescoed breakfast rooms were amazing. Rome is a great city and this was a great hotel to base yourself in. If you want the mod-cons and ridiculous over the top breakfasts book in to a chain.
Not bad at all... No frills.
As long as you don't want to hang out in your room for days at a time this hotel was fine. Breakfast was good. There are not too many frills here but if you just want to have a hotel that is clean and just a place to sleep then you will be happy. It is also located just down the road from St Peter's and the Vatican which is handy as it is worth getting to those monuments early before the masses of people start arriving.
Don't stay here
The second stay at this hotel was terrible. The power went out everyday. There was no airconditioning in our room but, very good in others(it was 105F). The housekeeping was lousy and items disappeared.
The breakfast was ok. Definately not worth the price. We will not stay here again.
If you like average - stay here. Not terribly bad by European standards, but I really did not like it. The lobby and common areas were very nice, but the room I had for one nite was not desirable. If old world is your style and you like a bed that is college dorm-like you'll be pleased. Suprisingly, they had rotary phones in the rooms and no English speaking channels on the TV! Then again, I am a hotel snob.