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... to get the ferry over to Croatia or Greece. Unfortunately two full days in a row on a bus really takes it out of you. I wasn't feeling 100% when I got to the campsite in Rome, and after waiting in the line for about an hour to check in I certainly wasn't in the mood to head into town. I had a lie down then went to the bar to have a chat to a few guys from the bus, but after a quick drink I decided to have an early night so I could have a full day of sight-seeing the next day. ...
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went quickly next to them, and we asked: Where are you from? They said: We are from the
USA; and we talked a lot about many issues… We had to go back to the hotel and
we asked Charly and Lexii what their number was to call them another time. We went back to the hotel and we ate some spaghetti and we went to sleep.
... a pass…until the random and eponymous Marcello arrived -- a big jolly guy who spoke excellent English and loved to smile. He got us into the club and we were instantly surrounded by hundreds of gorgeous young Sicilians…with almost no exceptions. Finally, we found our calling with girls for each of us, and the night was completed by the random appearance of Graziaaaaaaano, my friend who'd shown us around the previous day and who studied in Zaragoza with some of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gambrinus Hotel Rome
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.
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.