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... looking down on the Square. The climb involved a hell of a lot of steps but was very rewarding and well worth it. After the dome we were able to visit the crypts and view the tombs of Popes from years gone by. By the time we exited I fully appreciated the benefit of the tour we did as people were waiting up to 4 hours to get into the Vatican and then another hour to queue for the dome.
The Vatican tour was half a day so by the time we were out it was time for a quick ...
... too, and talking nothing is what holidaying is all about. Our nothing conversation turned out to be longer than we thought because before we knew it the lifeguard, yes he was back on today, but he has the day off tomorrow, was kicking us out. I didn't blame him, it was 11:00pm and he wanted out. So now it's back in bed after a shower, and the song just keeps going in my head... Always look on the bright side of life Always look on the bright side of ...
... porque era tierra de nadie y nos tomamos un taxi. Caminamos un poco por Trastevere, divino! Queríamos encontrar una típica Trattoria italiana, y asi fue… “Da Otello in Trastevere, Cucina Romana”…los ñoquis mas ricos que comi en mi vida! Una delicia. Y como si esto fuera poco y no me hiciera cargo de que tengo el culo cada vez mas grande, coronamos la noche con un helado que no podía mas. Pasamos una noche genial, muriendo de la risa porque nos sentíamos ...
... out the nightlife. You will notice day and night pictures of the Trevi fountain attached to this post.
Getting back to our hotel was a bit...eventful (the main subway back closed at 9pm and we did not have a firm understanding of the alternatives) but we made it back in once piece and are ready to hop on a train tomorrow for our last Italian city ...
... sculptures. There was also a good contemporary art collection that we both really liked. There were a couple Dalis and several just reminded me of Gaudi. Other than that... there wasnt much else to do in Vatican City we realized. We walked over to St. Peters Basilica.... there was a monster of a line... the biggest Ive seen yet in Europe, to get inside. Its just a cathedral! We didnt get it. We just stared in amazement. Maybe we have to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Griffe Hotel Rome
The hotel is located in via Nazionale, near República square (subway). The staff were pleasant and helpful. Our room, 507, was nice, modern,whith very confortable beds, plasma tv 32", nice bathroon, etc. But small for a five stars.
The breakfast isn`t the best.
Loved the design
Great location, clean and nice staff! The price is very high, but this is a real 4* hotel, with service of 4* hotel. Breakfast was good.
Very stylish, well located
We spent two nights in the La Griffe and it seems, that it has been renovated only shortly before - very stylish and modern inside: Black marble lobby and dark grey corridors is surely intended to look noble, we found it simply a bit dark. The room we stayed in was luckily more friendly coloured, also quite stylish but comfortable.
The service has been excellent and friendly. Big advantage in my opinion: It's easy to get there (5minutes walk from Termini station) and easy to get anywhere in historic Rome if you're fit to walk a few kilometers.
Points off: Via Nazionale is noisy, but rooms have well-isolated windows. Only it has been start of the heating period and we were not able to adjust the temperature in a way that would suite Middle European likings. So we had to sleep with open windows - loud again...
Additonally there's a church in the neighborhood (high probability of that in Rome!). But it's Anglican (low probability in Rome!) and rings the bells only once or twice a day during the week and only more often on Sunday
I stayed at this hotel for three nights and loved it. The staff was helpful and courteous and went out of their way to help us. The room was clean and the beds were cozy. Couldn't ask for more! I'd definitely recommend this hotel to anyone.
Stayed at the La Griffe for one night on returning to Rome from a week travelling. On a Saturday night (the famous notte bianco - white night), found the staff to be excellent and very attentive, allowing us to check in two hours before standard time. The room overlooking the via Nazionale, was very quiet, beautiful, very contemporary, luxuriously decorated and spacious. The bathroom whilst smaller than the hotel we had stayed in the week previous whilst in Rome, was great with a top class spec and design. Having visited Rome on many occasions and being familiar with the vagaries in hotel class and standards, I am recommending this hotel to anyone who will listen. I found the staff to be extra attentive and genuinely welcoming, booking a great retaurant and club for us with instant understanding and effeciency, the views from the roof top terrace were great also.
Star Trek in Style and the Service is just as Cold!
We got bumped from our oversold 3 Star Hotel, Hotel Europa, to this "brand new 5 Star Luxury Hotel." What a joke! First of all, everyone that works there has major attitude, you can tell there has been zero training as to how to make guests feel welcome and respected. After a cold greeting we were escorted to our rooms with no windows!! Who wants to travel to ROME and stay in 5 Star hotel, with now windows! I take that back, there was a fire escape window facing inward with a view of exposed pipes, air ducts and escape stairs. The design is very high-tech, lots of metal and dark colors, like the Standard Hotel- not reminscent of Rome in any sense. OH, then there's the restaurants! Of course the casual restaurant where you eat breakfast is in the basement with you guessed it, no windows. The roof-top restaurant however does have potential, the view is nice and the food and service acceptable. Oh yes, one day the elevator dropped a floor with my parents in it, they had to climb out of the elevator on a ladder. All the staff did was offer my mother a glass of water and blame the elevater company. Lastly, we checked our bags w/ the bell desk while we toured around for a few hours on our last day. When we returned we were shocked to find our bags sitting in a hallway between a stairwell and a service entrance, totally unattended and out of sight of the front desk! We couldn't get out of that hotel fast enough! We now affectionally refer to it as the "Nothing But Grief Hotel."
Excellent value - very American and student friendly
Spent 9 days here with a group of American high schools students in June, 2001 - nice, clean rooms, some of which were HUGE; accommodating staff that helped me keep an eye on my young charges!
Liberty Hotel, Rome
Had a great five days in Rome. Plenty to see and do. However, the Liberty Hotel in Via Nazionale was the most awful 3 star hotel I have every stayed in. Certainly not worth the money.