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... scaffolding to support the weakest parts, but not even vaguely as much as you might expect, considering it's a building with almost no nails.
Another interesting new ancient development during the time of building was standardisation of parts, such as stairs and seats. These were constructed offsite and to the same size so that they would be interchangeable. Nobody had thought of this before.
... head out to explore “ordinary Rome”—the city outside the touristy historical map. So I head west a little ways along a big highway that does a loop around the city, and then dive into the city, down narrow streets of mid-rise apartments, through cozy little neighbourhood markets, and streets that loop around as if deliberately trying to get you lost. Yes, once outside that central area, Rome is a pretty ordinary city.
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... t see anywhere to buy tickets. Already being on the bus, we just stayed on hoping no one would catch us. Turns out, you buy your tickets at cigarette stores, etc not on the bus.
We learned first hand that Roman’s are rude on the bus. As we entered the bus, this lady with a suitcase refused to move back causing us to be scrunched up near the door. The bus driver nearly closed the door on Lynnette. Finally the lady with ...
... history so are not emphasising it.
Afterwards we hopped on a bus to the nearest Metro stop, (Line A- Ottaviano) I think that was the metro stop we got on and then got off at the Spanish Steps, walked up and saw the French church at the top. Left mom and dad here and we walked along the Tiber to the Bridge of Angels and into Castle St. Angelo, totally enjoy the views from the top! This was one of the boys favorite sites, what's not to like about visiting a mausoleum ...
... First glimpse of Rome was overwhelming. It was so big, crowded and congested. Then again, very unique and beautiful at the same time.
At this time arriving in such a big, largely populated city, it hit me that I was ready to go home. After our wonderful time in Tuscany, it would have been the perfect time to hop on that plane at the airport and head home bound. I was really starting to feel homesick. Three weeks is about 1/2 week too long. I really missed ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Anfiteatro Flavio Rome
We found ourselves in a bind and had to stay overnight in Rome. Although we only stayed for one night, I must say our stay at the Anfiteatro Flavio was very pleasant. They were able to accomodate our party of 5 at last minute notice and the room was tip top! The receptionist was very helpful and very lovely. She explained everything to us and spoke very good English. We had a very comfortable stay and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in Rome. Besides being a very nice hotel, it is also a short walk to the Colleseum. Thanks Hotel Anfiteatro Flavio and keep up the great work!!
Very Nice Place to Stay
Anfiteatro Flavio is perfectly located for sightseeing, fine restaurants, and the train station. All are within walking distance. This hotel is very close to the Coliseum and is a pleasant 15 -20 min walk to the Vatican.
The staff was extremely helpful for anything we needed. They ensured that our stay was pleasant.
The room was predictably small, but tidy and the breakfast sparse but adequate.
We recommend Anfiteatro Flavio.
What a Joke
..... So many great reviews and we have no idea why .....
We have just returned from a 3 night stay in Rome - great city but we were extremely disappointed with this accommodation.
We arrived at the hotel reception to be told that our booking was in the annex round the corner. We were then taken to a restaurant where we were left at a table to wait. After about 10 minutes one of the staff came over to us and asked us to confirm that we were there for 2 nights. We said no that we were booked in for 3 nights and he looked concerned and went off to use the phone.
He then came back after about another 10 minutes, mentioned nothing about the length of our stay, but simply tried to sell us overpriced guided tours of the city. After about another 10 minutes sat at the table we were taken across the road into an old building where we were given the keys to a flat.
We were told that we would be 'independent' - this meant that we were in a pokey room that smelt of damp with a shabby bathroom - no air conditioning, mini bar, phone, medium sized room, porterage or any similar 'hotel facilities' as mentioned on the website and which we had assumed were included in the price that we paid for this accommodation. The website refers to laundry facitilies - we therefore didn't pack an iron and asked for one on the first day to be told that we needed to use the public launderette and pay 8 Euros for the 4 items that we needed to iron.
The staff were rude and we ended up under the impression that they had overbooked and had to use some of their private accommodation to keep to the booking that they had taken. This was by no means the accommodation that we thought we had booked or that is advertised on the internet.
The photos of the rooms look great ... we have attached some of our own !!!
Don't bother wasting your money on this accomodation unless you are sure you're going to get what they advertise !!
Owing to circumstances beyond our control, at the last minute we had to change your booking to another hotel with which we have worked in the past. After learning about the way you were treated, we will not work with them again.
The photos in your review refer to this other hotel, as do your complaints about shabby accommodation and poor service.
It is a pity that you did not let us know that the accommodation we arranged for you was unsatisfactory; we would have made arrangements for you to transfer to a room that met your expectations.
As a token of our concern, we will be happy to negotiate a refund with you.
(Manager, Anfiteatro Flavio)
Couldn't give a better recommendation!!!
My fiancee stayed in this hotel during a little getaway in Rome recently and we both can only say great things about it. We were very warmly greeted upon our arrival by the hotel's welcoming and helpful staff and were treated excellent by them throughout our stay. We stayed in 2 rooms; the first smaller but absolutely sound proof and the second larger, more lavishly decorated but could hear minor, very minimal sounds from other rooms/outside. Each room had a fridge and second had a mini-kitchen. The bathrooms were simple but very efficient and clean. Beds were firm and comfortable (European style with 2 singles put together).
The hotel couldn't be better situated in my opinion. Each morning upon leaving the hotel (after a breakfast of petit pains, croissants, dry biscuits, and tea/cappucino/juice) we would be greated by the fantastic view of the colloseum at the end of our street and we would walk to ALL the sights from the hotel. Furthermore, there is a metro station just a 2 minute walk from the house if you want to venture to a sight on public transit.
I can't give a better recommendation for this hotel. The only negative thing I could say was that the carpet in the foyer of our second room wasn't vaccumed. Given that we arrived the day after the pope's funeral with the 2,000,000 extra people in Rome I would say this wasn't a big deal!
A Wonderful Bed and Breakfast
The Anfiteatro Flavio is a wonderful bed and breakfast. It is conveniently located within sight of the Colosseum (approximately three blocks) and a short walk (approximately two and one-half blocks) from stops for all of the major bus lines (which connect to all of the major tram lines). The two block radius surrounding the hotel is packed with restaurants, ranging from inexpensive pizzeria and gellateria to more expensive, formal restaurants, and include both Italian cuisine and ethnic restaurants (including Indian and Greek).
The staff is very friendly, helpful and efficient. The desk staff is particularly knowledgable about sites in Rome, travel throughout Rome and travel to points in Italy outside of Rome.
We can't wait to go back.
Very satisfied customers!!
My family really enjoyed the service and support we received at Anfiteatro Flavio during our two week holiday in March, our 2 small boys ages 4 & 8 were very happy and felt like they were special guests. The housekeeping staff were just adorable to them and by the second half of our trip my 4 year old would give and recieve kisses on the cheek everytime he saw them. One of the women on the breakfast detail saved my 4 year old a chocolate roll every morning and often sent one to the room when he did not wake up in time for breakfast. My children were able to learn quite a bit of Italian as the staff took time to say things slowly and let them try to repeat it back to them. I found that most of the staff spoke enough english to help out my family members who spoke none. I was treated very respectfully throughout my entire time there and will be very happy to return soon on a more romantic trip in which I plan to bring my husband and leave my mother and children at home. I would definetly recommend this hotel to young couples with small children. Rome is a wonderful place and the locals love to see children but I would say my hotel went above and beyond to accomodate my family.
Nice rooms, mostly helpful staff, inaccurate listing
The rooms were newly renovated, the bathrooms fine, the breakfast was meager but typical of Roman continental breakfasts, most of the staff was helpful and friendly and the locations was fine for travelers on foot, virtually impossible for anyone with a car. But the inaccurate information on the hotel listed elsewhere made the reality of the overall impression of the hotel as negative. Although listed as already having an elevator on another travel site, when we got to the hotel we found that the lift was not even close to being done; the elevator shaft from the 5th floor to the basement was completely open and dangerous if one slipped or had children and the stone stairs and railings were loose or fell off in your hand. No one made any attempt to even offer to help us with our bags which meant schleping them up 5 rickety double-height, circular floors by ourselves. Our first room on the 4th floor (5th actually using the European system) was indeed newly redone and quite cheerful with a nice bath, thou we noted mold growing on the wall over the toilet. After two days, they did move us to a first floor room which was much better. However, we also noted that there were no provisions for escape from a fire in any room; in fact our first floor rear room had a mini balcony with a locked grate over the window. On the whole, the staff was very helpful, mostly young people making a start in the hotel industry or students looking for part-time work; however, the proprietress herself was less than helpful at any time; she seemed disinterested in being there or accomodating her guests in any way. We quickly learned to wait until she wasn't there to ask for anything or any help. All in all, just an OK place to stay for someone on a VERY strict budget, but only that. If you can afford anything more than a hostel in Rome, I'd look elsewhere for budget accomodations.
Great value for money
There's so many Hotels in Rome you really don't know where to start. Well, if you're after something relatively cheap (for Rome standards) then I recommend the Hotel Residence. Its in a perfect location. You can see the Colesseum from the street its in!! The staff were always very friendly. The room was looked recently renovated with great new bathroom. They are still renovating ... putting in a lift but we were on first floor so not a problem. For someone on a tight budget wanting value for money I recommend this.