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... hours there looking at all the statues, frescoes and a coin collection -so much history!
Back to the hotel to freshen up before heading out to a wine bar for a cocktail -a Japanese High Tea for me and Glenys had a Campari Spritz. They gave us some lovely complimentary aperitifs. We then wandered back toward the hotel and stopped at a local Pizzeria and had a meal -far too much food as usual. Italian's don't know how to serve small meals.
... we ventured to Campo de Fiori markets. There were a range of stalls selling fresh flowers, fruit, vegetables, fresh pasta, aromatic herbs and spices, and some souvenirs. The display was amazing and the scent of the fresh produce and spices just beautiful.
We then did a segway tour of the city - what a hoot! After about 15-20 minutes of instruction and practice, we were let loose on the city. Our guide, ...
... decided to set up permanent shop there while he ruled the empire. Eventually, the complex covered some 250 acres, with 30 buildings, including his court and offices, together with gymnasiums, large pools and lots of statues. Hadrian was very keen on things Greek and Egyptian so the Villa has many aspects which would be at home in a Greek or Egyptian villa of the time.
With the eventual fall of the Roman Empire, the villa was abandoned. Today ...
... Parkland, scattered with trees and an opportunity for walkers, joggers and cyclists to relax in a non-toxic environment. We ambled back towards the city and our next port of call was the Spanish Steps, at the Piazza di Spagna. A favourite tourist haunt, enhanced today by bright sun and blue skies. It was reminiscent of the steps at Montmartre in Paris, but fewer steps and less "ambience". We stopped for our cheese sandwich and apple lunch ...
... to Sorrento and the ferry to Capri. We went Capri (for the blue grotto – amazingly beautiful) and to Positano via the ferry, and caught the bus back along the Amalfi coastline back to Sorrento – it was an absolutely wonderful day.
At the blue grotto the queue at the stairs is long and we had to wait about 50 mins on the boat to get in. The sea was a bit lumpy and the small entrance was often blocked by surge waves. Shortly after we went in on the ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Gambrinus Hotel Rome
Best Room Service!!
I just got back from a trip to Italy a few days ago. We stayed in Rome for 2 nights and had the pleasure to stay at the Royal Gambrinus. A lot of the reviews state how the hotel is not near anything, but it is about a 1/2 mile walk to the Metro Station if you really cant walk to where you want to go. We enjoyed walking from the hotel, after all it is Rome and it is a beautiful city, so the walk was pleasant.
Our first night there we were exhausted after traveling the night before and walking around Rome all day, so we decided to order room service for dinner. I have to say this hotel had the BEST pizza I have ever had, better than any restaurant we went to in Italy. I would highly recommend ordering room service one night as you will be very surprised!!
The room was small, but all the hotel rooms in Italy are unless you get a suite. This room was only $100 a night, it was well worth it. The staff was very friendly, making our stay very enjoyable. I would definitely consider staying in this hotel again!!
Well recommended for a European Hotel
I chose this hotel for the quality of the rooms and I was not disappointed. Accommdation in Rome can be very expensive but I found this hotel to provide superior decor and it was close to many bus stops so that I could get a round to the major tourist sites without any problem. I could not fault the hotel. The room was large, the breakfast adequate and the staff fine. I would definately recommend it.
Hotel Gambrinus is lovely
My family stayed at the hotel Gambrinus in July this summer. The hotel was very nice and the staff very helpful. The location was also very convenient to shopping. My only complaint was that the shuttle from the airport that was supposed to be free didn,t exist.
Deceiving but aesthetically pleasing
The hotel's website makes it look like a chic design hotel, when in fact, it's not. the rooms are TEENY even by italian standards, the breakfast room is an italian denny's, the location is not convenient (nothing of interest in the immediate vicinity and about a 20 minute speed walk to the spanish steps, although it's listed as in the via veneto area..."area" being within a mile, perhaps). Also, my shoes mysteriously disappeared in the hotel. Not making any accusaions, only that one day i had them in the room and the next they were gone (I looked everywhere). On the plus side, the rooms were nicely decorated (hard to find at this price), and we paid very little (about $100/night in September 2001).
Despite a very beguiling website that promised so much, Gambrinus was a terribly expensive let-down. We arrived in late December about 5 days before Christmas and unfortunately there was very little Christmas spirit in the air...Staff clearly objected to having to welcome guests at 10pm at night so didn't bother. We had to ring the bell in the very small, poky reception for several minutes before someone who apparently had never learned to smile finally came to our assistance. As stated the site promises opulence, casual glamour and space. The corridors were narrow and the walls thin; so much of what was going on in other peoples rooms could be heard quite quite clearly. The bathrooms were on the small side and just seemed old. There always seemed to be a lot of water sloshing about underfoot after one finished showering. The room itself was quite glitzly decorated, lots of fabric and deep reds but this was the only plus point of our 5-day stay with Gambrinus. In addition breakfasts were hit and miss affairs, quite a lot of food but much of it stale and any appetite was weakened by the cheap motel feel of the dining area. Staff tended to be lacking in any personal warmth or desire to be of assistance - reception was frequently unmanned. The most irritating aspect of this lack of service is the fact that whilst driving to the airport we realised we had failed to ask for an itemised telephone bill. We called from the car and requested that this be forwarded at their earliest convenience. 6 months after staying at the Gambrinus, we are still waiting for the itemised telephone bill to be to reach us. My guess is that no-one is manning reception.
We were pretty disappointed in the Gambrinus. After booking through expedia and trusting the hotels own very flash website we were let down. Rooms are appointed quite nicely but are fairly small.
There was a bizarre jutting thing in the ceiling that we figured was housing the draining of the room upstairs. every once in a while we were treated to really loud flushing noises. charming.
anytime the shower was used the bathroom got completely doused in water.
worst of all, the room was infested with ants, who could be found between the bedsheets.
i wouldn't have minded so much if it had been a very budget hotel, but it's not.
i guess the rule of thumb is to stay away from hotels in the vicinity of the termini.