Travel Blogs from Rome
... without stairs!!) to get a great view of Rome. From here, we strolled through the Borghese Gardens - think Central Park in New York, a huge park in the middle of the city. It was nice to get out of the sun for a bit. Next stop, Villa Borghese, where luckily we had pre-booked tickets as they were sold out. This beautiful villa, once belonging to the Borgia Family, is filled with paintings and sculptures, including some pretty amazing sculptures by Bernini. ...
... and someone still came in, had to literally reach over top of me to get into her purse. Apparently, train thieves are very common, especially on overnight trains. I was lucky to not have anything taken. Including my Ipod, which was right next to my head. It was definitely one of the rougher days of travel I have had on the trip. Florence was another amazing city. It is the art capital of Italy and has more art museums than almost anywhere else in ...
Today was a busy day as we had a planned trip to The Vatican as well as a reservation at The Highlander Hotel for 4.30 to watch the All Blacks play South Africa in the Rugby Championship decider. We had emailed them to reserve a place for us, very organised. So of we go in the morning on the tram from outside our apartment straight to The Vatican. It had been a very wet night with major lighting and thunder and it was still raining ...
Woke up early this morning as we had to catch the airport at 6.30am. Managed to grab a last minute bit of breakfast before leaving the Novotel in Paris. As we were unsure of metro times we had decided to catch a cab to where the shuttle left from and made it in the nick of time after getting the long route from the cab! This time we had both of our boarding passes and other than a long wait in line departure was smooth. Tony got some great photos ...
... one last wave at this woman I love, respect, and care for. The next day was an exciting trip back through the metro to catch our shuttle bus and wend our way through daytime traffic. We got close to the pope's place and were amazed at the queue for the museum. The airport check in counter didn't open until 2 hours before our flight, so we stood in line for an hour. Overall, I could do without the crowds but understand the draw of Rome. And thanks for the third sunburn of our ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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.