Travel Blogs from Rome
Awakening at 5.30am I head out to explore the streets of Rome, looking forward to experiencing the magic of Rome in the peaceful early morning.
Without a map and just meandering I wander the laneways totally immersed in enjoying the beautiful streets in peace and silence with no one else around. I have no plan for where to head or what to …
After 32 hours travelling, I finally touch down in Rome at lunchtime on Friday..this trip has been a long time coming, and it seems surreal that I am actually here...I almost want to pinch myself, but I'm tired, hot and in need of a rest and a shower...especially leaving Christchurch in Winter, and used to 13 degrees and arriving in Italy to Summer …
Our three days in Rome have been terrific, notwithstanding the cold and rainy weather yesterday.
We wore out our shoes walking ! The high lights of these past 3 days were the Ancient Roman sights: Colliseum, Roman Forum and lots of pretty piazzas, fountains, The Pantheon, and lots of old, old buildings. Just totally amazing!
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We returned to Rome from Palermo, 3 days ago, , Hotel Navona, no lost luggage incident this time...Yay! Our hotel is situated in the heart of Rome, just a block or so from the Pantheon. The Piazza Navona is a beautiful space with 3 fountains, a cathedral on one side and restaurants on the other. Our hotel, once a palace, is owned by a descendant of …
... the roman forum and to the colosseum into the basement and to the top third floor. I was a bit leery booking with some random girl on the street but we really didn’t have another option as we had no idea how to get in or eve what we were looking at! Lets do it. We had just over 2 hours to burn so we went walking and what did we find?! The Trevi Fountain, WOW amazing! Beautiful and packed with people but it was stunning we were smiling and in awe! ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Navona Rome
While in a cental location within walking distance of almost everything, that could not being to make up for the condition of our room, the so-called continental breakfast and the rude staff personnel.
Clean, basic - perfect location
Pretty but tired furnishings, very clean. Small bathroom but lovely hot shower that went forever! Staff were helpful, and nice enough - just not big on smiles. Breakfast was ordinary (we snuck in cheese to have on our warm bread rolls in the morning!). The location was perfect - between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Less than 20 minutes walk to Spanish Steps or Trevi Fountain and 25minutes walk to St Peters and the Colesseum (unless you stop at all the interesting things along the way!). We met other people staying near the train station or the outskirts of Rome for the same price in accomodation that didn't sound nearly so nice - so definately recommend.
A great place to stay while in Rome
We got to book the apartment they also lease out. It is on the west side Of Piazza Navona. I loved it. It was an old Chapel converted to a quaint apartment. Living room with couch and table to eat at and a small Kitchen downstairs and up A small winding stair way is the bedroom and a bathroom. Shower was small. The bed was very comfortable and the place was VERY clean. The street is real small and very quiet, none of the noise that i have heard others complain about. There was a washer in the the apt in case you needed to clean anything. The location is excellent. You can walk to everything in Rome from here if you are in any kind of shape. Like the small child, I cried when I left this place and can not wait to get back there again.
We stayed at this hotel in March 2003 and agree that the location is perfect. Breakfast was basic but ok, and as already said, served on long tressle tables which were difficult to get in and out of!We stayed on the top floor (no lift 86 steps) and the ceiling in our room was open beams. I'm sure it was waterproof but glad it wasn't put to the test.Bathroom tiny but adequate. No TV or drink making facilities and room furniture very sparse. But was clean and adequate.At the end of the day we didn't intend spending any time in it so for us the location was the key point.Some of the staff were friendly, others not so.
I stayed at the hotel last week and have to say the location is perfect. We got a room with A/C and it faced into a small courtyard.
The Navona was like heaven
I can't believe that the negative reviewers stayed at the same hotel that I did in April, 2003. An almost opulent room, relatively inexpensive compared to other hotels, gorgeous furnishings, Bulgari bath products, an incredible bathroom. everything seemed new and very high quality. yes, there was a tv, and everything else you could ask for. the staff was friendly and helpful with my negligible Italian. Of course, the location is the BEST. I would love to go back.
I would not stay here again - the hotel was booked by a friend living in Rome. But the location, near Piazza Navona, is EXCELLENT. I would say it's the best place to stay. All the tourist attractions are within walking distance and there are so many cafes and restaurants for dinner in the evening. Shops are open late too. Our family room at the hotel had no air conditioning - we stayed in October so it wasn't a problem. But I would not like to stay in Rome in the summer with no a/c. Room had no coffee/tea-making facilities and no TV which the children missed. But the room was clean. Breakfast is very basic - roll and coffee - and you have to sit with everybody else on long tables. Reminded me of school dinners! Staff not helpful - one incident springs to mind. We had booked a taxi to take us back to the airport for 12.30. We arrived back at the hotel at 12.15 where one of the staff started an argument with us accusing us of being late and making the taxi driver wait as he had arrived early. We were not impressed.
Horrible Service/Great Location
Stayed from 4/1/03-4/3/03The main problem with this Hotel is the visible contempt for the guests that stay here, like an unwanted visiting relative. When they did answer questions the answers were often misinformed and inaccurate. The breakfast is instant coffee and a role with the unfriendly hour of only served from 8-9 am. The location is perfect, but expect nothing and you won't be unhappy.
I stayed here for almost 2 weeks in March and loved it all. My room was small but opened up to a little (dirty) courtyard that bordered a church that had choir rehearsal in the afternoons.
The free continental breakfast was a perfect start to the day, and the hotel has a terrific location. EVERYTHING was in walking distance from the hotel, assuming you don't mind walking. Otherwise there was a bus stop very close by.
The staff spoke english and was very helpful to us. The place was clean and off the main street, and almost literally in the backyard of the pantheon.
Overall it was the perfect place to stay in on of the most perfect places in europe.
rooms were clean and beds were fine. staff a bit indifferent. i think you have to ask for one of the more atmospheric rooms otherwise you wind up in the pretty standard redo. price however is quite good and you're really paying just to be near navona.