Travel Blogs from Rome
... for the sauce are:- 5 tablespoon of E.V. olive oil- 1 clove garlic (remember to keep the skin on as it contains all the nutrients)- fresh herbs from the garden (sage, rosemary, bay leaves, marjoram, thyme, etc....)- 1 glass dry white wine (Frascati or C******nay is preferred)
Instructions:To make the polpette (meatballs) you have to mix in a bowl the meat (a mix of grounded beef and pork - if you can't get Prosciutto sausages, make sure to get unseasoned ones or ...
... and made for a perfect first meal in Italy. We started out by visiting the colosseum, we ended with the Vatican, and we stopped at 15 of the other 17 tourist destinations that Rome has to offer. We walked all day long, and was looking forward to doing this really cool that we heard about. You take an underground tunnel from the Pope's safe house to the Vatican (where the Pope goes during a crisis, and where the valuables are stored). The tour guides leads ...
... to be sick all over the place. To think someone could redecorate walls, floors and linens within the space of 5 minutes was a massive sunrise. So here am I thinking not only does he owe me a free carry home but also a free vomit clean up. I took to it to see him to the bathroom while I cleaned up his mess. Mind you I did use all his linen, bed sheets and all. Half an hour had gone by and all was ok we were all back in bed and ready for a good nights ...
... for dinner and headed out to explore. Literally at the bottom of the B&B is a restaurant offering 4 choices for 10 Euro, so after exploring a few more options we came back. Mum chose a 4 cheeses pizza, a salad, gelato and 2 glasses of wine and I had gnocchi, a salad, tiramisu and 2 glasses of wine. It was great value dining and OH my gnocchi was fantastico!
Eventually we headed to bed and slept right through for 11 hours!
... not think there could be more of nightmare for someone who does not like being around people. It was crowded and hot in there. I really think it was worth it to see the Sistine Chapel (it was like a maze to actually get to it… I think the place is set up to try and trick you to see the rest of the museum haha) and I glad we took the time to do it. The museum was full of beautiful views and ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Fontana Hotel Rome
Breakfast with a smile?
We first stayed in the Fontana 40 years ago, and went back in 2003. So many memories. Of course the view is fantastic. Quite noisy, but this is one of the most beautiful views in the world. The room and bathroom were very good. The only complaint is the woman serving breakfast. Each morning she grudgengly brought a second coffee, and for the price one pays there, even a fake smile would be welcome. And certainly all the coffee we want.
Would we return? In a heartbeat, but wish they would do something about her. We've known people who did not return just because of the breakfast "scowl".
Very, Very Loud, No Air, Terrible Breakfast!
If you don't want to sleep, and love "cold mud water" coffee in the morning, this is the place for you! The bathroom is so small that you must dry off from the cold shower outside the bathroom. The very angry women that serves what they call breakfast up on the rooftop is so mean, and cranky that you want to get out of there asap! There is no air-conditioning, just a small ceiling fan. The fountain has visitors around the clock, from about midnight on the young people are out there drinking away and singing into the wee hours! Run don't walk from this hotel.
The Hotel Fontana really left a bad taste of Rome in our mouths. We just returned from a trip starting in Rome. We could only be there for 24 hours prior to leaving for a cruise through the Med. Wanting to make it a memorable stay, I had heard of the Hotel Fontana from an acquaintance. They indicated that it was the only hotel that overlooked the Trevi Fountain and that it could be truly memorable and romantic if you could guarantee a room overlooking the fountain. I emailed the hotel directly asking if this would be possible. The assured me that it was possible and that to ensure this I would pay 260 euro. I agreed to this. Prior to leaving for the airport I emailed them to ask about an early check-in as our flight would have us arriving at te hotel around noon. They emailed back that they would make every effort to accomodate.
Just returned from a weeks sightseeing in Rome and stayed at the Fontana. Its location for walking to all the tourist sights was excellent and there are plenty of restaurants a few paces away for dinner.
I know that accomodation in Rome is notoriously expensive but this hotel is an absolute joke and I would not recommend it to anyone. My partner and I spent four days in Rome very recently and found the hotel standards very low and the staff extremely unhelpful. We stayed in room 208 and although it had a view of the Trevi fountain, the room itself was smaller than the smallest hotel room in Paris! The bathroom, however, was ridiculous. It was so small I have bruises from trying to dry myself in it. The shower curtain didn't reach the shower tray and so the floor was flooded every day. But worse of all, we had NO HOT WATER ANY MORNING. On the first morning we went down to reception and told them we had no hot water and the man at reception abruptly said " I know". I asked why. The reason was that it had all gone (it was 11am). There would be no hot water till evening. The second morning when I complained about the lack of hot water I was told that the building was old and had plumbing problems. No apology. The third morning they said it was being fixed and they didn't know how long it would take. We asked to change rooms and were told "maybe tomorrow" but it never happened. We soon gave up and had freezing cold showers every morning. We asked for an iron on the first day and were told "No". The lady who makes breakfast on the top floor had one, apparently, and we had to get it from her. She didn't know what they were talking about. On our last day, after trying and failing to buy an iron in Rome and wearing the same clothes every night, we discoverd from the hotel accountant's office that there was a room with an iron and ironing board in the hotel! The staff were infuriatingly obnoxious and lied to us constantly. On the third morning I had had enough - the male staff at reception were so rude and unhelpful and our accomodation was awful - and I went downstairs to complain about everything. We got a very small discount but no apology.
View with decent service
Small but nice rooms w/good WC. The great view comes with noise until late at night. Terrific breakfast room, staff was nice enough.
I was recently staying at the Fontana Hotel for 3 days during my honeymoon. We had the best room of all the hotel: 206. This room has the best view of the Fontana di Trevi and, according to the room plan, is the largest of them all.
We ended up finding this hotel last minute and it was so nice. The rooms were charming and the view was spectacular. Great location, good prices, and clean. The man at the front desk was very very nice and helped me and my family immensely.
Best Position in Rome
Very nice clean rooms, great view of the Trevi fountain from the breakfast room. Reasonably priced especially for the location. Some staff were very friendly and helpful but in typical Italian fashion others were completely indifferent.
Anyway, this would have to be the best location in Rome for a hotel in my opinion. If you are arriving by taxi tell the taxi driver it's directly opposite the Trevi fountain. He will not be able to drop you out the front as the square is closed to traffic but he can drop you just outside the square.