Travel Blogs from Rome
Sunday 15th December
It's strange knowing its Christmas time but not being able to put up a Christmas tree or play Christmas carols (yes I do like a carol) or even do Christmas shopping. We’re enjoying seeing all the decorations around the place and doing advent together is creating a sense of anticipation of celebration. Once we’re in Austria, we’ll have a tree and at least be in the place where we’ll celebrate Christmas. That will give us the opportunity ...
... a representation of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The carving also has three gashed in her neck. She was martyred by an ax. After three shots to the neck she was still alive and at that point they let you live if you survived three tries. She eventually died a day later from the wounds. You can go underneath the church into the crypt to see the relics of St. Cecilia and her husband St. Valerian.
The next day, Oct. 9th, we went to ...
Emerging at 5.00 or so we head into Rome on the 64 bus, for the first time braving the Piazza Venezia roundabout. Josh and I go further in braving the crossing into the centre, dodging all manner of vehicles we make it there and back safely. Sounds dumb but a highlight for us.
The Trevi Fountain beckons (not me so much) and I explain that it is a big fountain in a very small square with a lot of people. And it proves to be. Its well worth seeing but ...
... around there. Come 5pm I thought I better go to get the shuttle back to hostel but I missed it by 2 minutes. I was soooo ****** off and hot and bothered. So got public bus which was packed. Got back to hostel but my friend had the key so I had to lie my way into getting another one from reception. Hung around hostel pool and ran into some other friends who I had dinner with. We just had a ...
... gathering for those who are not traveling on the Greece. Also, had a nice spaghetti dinner at a lil family owned Italian restaurant with Megan! Spaghetti! Yum! Ham and cantaloupe is a delicious Italian appetizer btw! Yumm! Heading to Pompeii in the morning :) then taking a cruise to Greece! Woo hoo! The temps are in the 90s there! Can't ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.