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I am sure I am missing more out of the way places in Rome, but I can't help but go back again and again to the classics – Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s, and somehow always ending up at the Forum (again).
Day 2 started out in the true Italian manner of a cappuccino standing at a local bar (pay before you order J) I …
Day 3 – Another morning, another cappuccino. This time at Caffé Tazza D'Oro by the Pantheon. From there was a quick walk to Vatican City to see St. Peter’s Basillica. The hordes of tourists and pilgrims quickly convinced me to move onto a new venue. It’s kind of hard to marvel at Bernini’s brilliance and the church’s …
So, you know you're in Italy when:
- Going through border control involves a dog-eat-dog scenario where absolutely no line exists, and casually wandering up to the front of the pseudo-line to cut about 300 other people is the norm.
· All lights for the vanities in the women’s restroom are turned off (probably best not to scare …
... of "WOW, we are so rich, look what we can build".( I think my dad might be a titch proud of my reaction). I was much more spiritually moved by Notre Dame.St. Peter's Basilica was gorgeous and lush but really,should SO MUCH really be in one place??? I think not.
We then decided to move along and find the restaurant that our host boasted as the BEST PIZZA IN ALL OF ROME>>>> we got there around 3:30 and of course it was closed... after a bit of a temper tantrum (by ...
... and relatively economically competitive. The work ethic begins to blend into something more central European in appearance. The unemployment rate drops and the schools improve. Claims of a north-south divide being that of a distinction between worlds are only a slight exaggeration, if that. Knowledge of this friction-fanning fact is what drives Italy's Lega Nord per l'Indipendenza della Padania, or, Northern League. The Northern League political party, ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Panda Rome
The Hotel Panda is a great option, if you don't want to break the bank in Rome. The location is just a few blocks off the Spanish Steps and makes getting around town on foot or by Metro very easy. The rooms are small, but so is everything in Rome. More importantly, they are clean, the bed was comfortable, and the multiple bathrooms per floor had hot water and plenty of sturdy hooks to hold towels and other items. Rooms are cleaned every day and the front desk team were very helpful.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Panda Rome
Great location, basic hotel, good price
For anyone who wants an inexpensive (I guess 98 Euros per night for a room with a private bath is now considered "inexpensive") basic room in a fabulous location - this would be a good choice. The rooms and bathroom are very clean, but don't expect anything too charming. I'd stay there again, because I'm in Rome to see the sites...not to hang out in the room! You can't beat the location near the metro stop and the Spanish Steps, shops, and excellent restaurants. We walked everywhere. My only negative is that I think the front desk folks could be friendlier to guests. And, when my Roman friend tried to leave a phone messege they said they were too busy to write it down! Otherwise, a good choice, but work on those hospitality skills.
All Around Excellent Value
If you are in Rome for any period of time, budget conscious, and don't want schlep luggage to/from Termini or around the city- this is an ideal option. Panda is a quick <5 min walk from Spanish Steps and Spagna Metro stop, right in the thick of the shopping (which does quiet down at night) and cafes/restaurant (bit more overpriced than Fiori and Navona area). Day and night, Spanish Steps are vibrant and buzzing, <15 min walk to Trevi, Navona, Pantheon, etc.
We stayed in a double room with shared bath for 68 euros. Can't beat that! Anything else for this price in Rome would be outside the city centre, very grungy, or in sketchy Termini area. Beds were firm and comfortable, clean room was compact and typical size for European lodging (we hardly spent time there anyway), quiet with double-paned windows (faced the courtyard), with renovated in-room sink. The bathrooms (on reception floor) were spotless and new.
The staff was courteous and while they were not out-of-their-way-gushing-friendly, we're the type of travelers who don't need coddling or concierge services.
What we appreciated the most was being able to leave luggage at the hotel (left in the hallway a few feet from the reception desk, but there was always someone there). We were running the Rome Marathon (and finished!), so hotel was gracious to let us return in the late afternoon, shower and change in the shared bathrooms, and pick up luggage before heading to airport. You can imagine how refreshing that was! Many other hotels enforced the 11AM checkout rule, unless we booked another night even if we weren't spending the night there.
If you prefer to lounge around and luxuriate, go for the amenitied pricier hotels. Otherwise, we spent the savings on meals, museums, and gelato!
Great Location and Deal
Hotel Panda is in a great location! Only a 3 minute walk to the Spanish steps. There are lots of nice restaurants and cafes near the hotel. The room we had was small but cute. Very nicely decorated. We also had a small bathroom. Everything was clean. The people at the desk were nice, but not always helpful. We needed to make an outgoing phone call and were having difficulties, and the girl up front was not very helpful. However, one of the other girls was nice and called us a car to take us to the airport. Overall, I would recommend the hotel.
Wonderful Location, Nice for the Price
Pensione Panda is on Via Della Croce, about five minutes from the Spanish Steps, very convenient to most of the tourist sites. I walked all over and only took the Metro to get to and from Termini Station. I had a single room without private bath, though I only had to share the bathroom the last night of my five-night stay, so it was almost like a private bathroom. No TV, but a radio speaker in the room. Looked like it had been recently remodeled with some nice decorator touches, especially in the hallways. Small room but well-designed. Price was off-season price of 42 euros a night, if memory serves. Would repeat.
Hotel Panda a fabulous find!
First, I have to say I wasn't sure how close the Panda would be to the Spanish Steps, and I was extremely pleased that it was only a block or two from them! We got off the metro and walked right to the hotel, easily! On top of this, it's on a great, upscale street, with shops and restaurants. (One street over has all the big name stores: Gucci, Prada, Dior, etc.) But, the cost of the hotel is not upscale, and that is the real deal here. You can stay in Rome for less, (but not too much less) but you will not be in such a safe, central, enjoyable location as with the Panda. From this hotel, you are within walking distance to all the great sites. We walked everywhere, only taking the metro from the train station to the hotel!
Now, for the hotel itself. I was coming off of three days in Florence in a quaint but inconvenient country villa (no hot water or heat), so the Panda seemed like heaven to my friends and I! Our room was clean, and for five people, I thought the space sufficient (which greatly surprised me; I was expecting that we'd be on top of each other!). We had a room with a bathroom, which was clean and had hot water. Our window faced the busy backstreet, but it was never too loud outside (and we were even there on New Year's Eve!). At night, the street was quiet.
Some of the hotel staff members were not what I would call friendly, but neither were they rude or indifferent. They provided us with a map, extra keys, laundromat location fliers; all of these were provided on request. When we got to the airport after checking out, one of our group realized he had left something. We called the hotel and they were very kind to help us out. This left me with a good impression of the people there.
I would definitely stay at the Hotel Panda again; in fact, I don't think I'd stay anywhere else! I just hope they keep their prices so reasonable!
OK but not for everybody
Stayed at Hotel Panda at the beginning and end of 3 week trip to Italy in Oct, 2004.
First the good points:
-Hotel is steps from Metro. This was convenient since we took the trains from/to Rome. Within walking distance to major sights and a big grocery store in Metro station. Restaurants and stores right outside hotel.
-Rooms were clean with nice fresco(?) ceiling. The triple rooms were small but not claustrophobic. Good water pressure w/ plenty of hot water.
-Price. 130 E/night for 3 people.
Now the bad:
-With one exception of a woman working the night shift the rest of the staff ranged from indifferent to surly.
-Noise. We had two different rooms both with private bathroom during our stays. Room #11 was more spacious than #10 and both rooms faced the street. At night even with the double paned windows closed it was still very noisy. At night we heard people snoring in the next room, water running, doors slamming and since these rooms must be directly under the reception desk one floor above- people stomping overhead through the night.
-Bathroom in room #10 was a bit moldy and smelly. Bathroom in Room #11 was OK.
Note: Hotel accepts cash only. Either no A/C or was not turned on during our stays.
Let me qualify this review by saying it's been a couple of years since I stayed here... but this was a great place to stay, especially if on a budget. I went travelling through europe with my cousin for three weeks, and Rome was our last stop. By this time, we had spent a lot of money, so it was great to find out we had such an great place to stay at such a reasonable price. Yes, we had to share a bathroom with the rest of the floor, but there were two bathrooms and they were clean and well maintained. For an American, the rooms are kind of smallish, but standard by European standards. The rooms are also very clean and well maintained. The room had a sink, which was convenient. We had one double bed, but it seemed more like a one-and-a-half bed. If you can get a room with two singles, then that may be better. Aside from that, the place is great. The people were friendly and it is in a great location near the Spanish Steps. Therefore, there are lots of great restaurants and cafes, shops and even the train station all within walking distance.
Someone recommended Panda to me, and I gladly pass the rec on...
New In Rome
Lovely and clean but the doors of the rooms were difficult to open and the hinges needed oiling.
Two members of staff on reception were rude and not interested in helping particularly with booking taxis other than the one they like to use which we found was 10 Euro's more expensive than the mini bus that you can take from the airport to the hotel. Hotels recommended taxi 45 euro as opposed to 30 euro's for two people.
Would not recommend it for anyone who is a beginner in Rome.
Great deal in Rome!!
We just returned from a 4 day trip to Rome and we decided to stay at the Panda Pesione. We were a little leary at first because we had to share a bathroom. But the hotels in Rome are so expensive, we decided to try this one. It was 68 Euro a night with a shared bathroom. It was a block away from the Spanish steps, great location!!! The rooms were tiny, you could hardly walk around the bed. The room had a sink in it, which was nice. They were very clean and the bathroom situation wasn't bad either. Great restuarants and shopping right outside the door. I would definitly stay there again.
The Panda was a clean, quaint and excellently located pensione with a flavor of locals and tourists. The price was very reasonable, though the rooms are quite small by U.S. standards. Close to the Spanish Steps, morning coffee, great shopping, nice resturants and nite life are but afew minutes walk. The rooms are on the second floor with no lift and ther is no parking.