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A couple days before, while we were online outside the information office in Terracina, a man stopped to talk to us. He clearly had some kind of neurological disease or injury and it was difficult to understand him, but he was able to speak English after we told him we did and he was happy to do so, sharing that he thinks the English language is beautiful. Now, we are pretty sure that this man gets rebuffed quite often, as he is ...
... an absolutely fascinating couple.
We dearly love meeting new people with experiences different to ours, we never know who we’ll meet next or what their background will be. We find it so stimulating and refreshing. It’s a bit like being introduced to a new alcoholic drink - he he - Thanks for the evening Yoka and Adri, it was a pleasure to have met you and we will always remember you whenever we drink Prosecco. Bottoms ...
St Peter's Basilica is absolutely stunning; it is also the biggest Basilica in the world. A sculpture by Michaelangelo lives inside. What is unique about this sculpture is that there were so many artists who claimed they had created it, that Michaelangelo chipped his name into it so no one else could take the credit! This is the only one of Michaelangelo's sculptures that he has 'signed'.
... to run to a cab when they checked their flight itinerary. They left here at around 8 pm ... we are really hoping that they made it onto their plane!
Since then, Tyler and I have been packing and uploading pictures and whatnot ... also taking a look through our Florence/Tuscany book to have a tentative plan for the next few days.
I just realized how many times I used the word delicious in this post!!! Everything really is.
... with photos tomorrow!
We are in a very nice hotel with an exceptional view overlooking the city of Rome. Tonight we are catching up on our sleep, as we have a busy day planned for tomorrow. Some of our highlights will be touring the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Vatican City, and then a nighttime walking tour of the city itself!
The phone cards do not seem to be working tonight, and we're hoping to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Parlamento Rome
We just got back on Saturday. We stayed at the Parlamento for 6 nights. The location was very good. We had a nice but tiny room. It had a cool room safe. The shower was also tiny but excellent. Why do the Europeans insist upon putting a bidet in a bathroom even when it's the size of a closet?
We visited Rome in September 2002 for my daughter's wedding. We stayed at the Parlamento whilst my daughter and her fiance stayed in a hotel close to the Colloseum.(Hotel Lancelot) The Parlamento was in a good location but I must say my heart stopped a little when I first saw the hotel. The entrance looked so squalid. We found the room adequate, although the shower door was a little precarious. The main problem was the attitude of the owner when my daughter visited us at the hotel. we had to reassure him that we were not trying to smuggle her into our room. We also asked if they would telephone the taxi company who had brought us from the airport so that they could pick us up again. They had no problem telephoning a taxi provided we went with the company they wanted us to go with. (presumably because they got some payment out of it.) They refused point blank to telephone the taxi company of our choice. This was so different to the staff at the hotel my daughter stayed in. The staff there went out of their way to be helpful. My daughter was to be married in Perugia and she and her fiance hired a car to go there. They got lost and ended up back at the hotel. One of the waiters kindly got on his scooter and asked them to follow him. He took them all the way out of Rome so that they were on the right road, and refused to take anything for the fuel he had used to do this.
Good hotel at a great location at a good price with excellent service.
Great hotel in center of Rome
Perfect location between Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps right off the Via Corso. Doesn't look like a hotel from the outside but one in it's a cosy place in the best location. Staff were very helpful during our stay of 4 nights in August. Included breakfast was adequate, rooms are small (which is normal in Italy) just be sure to get air conditioning as it's hot in the summer. Our room was overlooking a busy street which was the only drawback - Mostly quiet with the windows shut. Recommended to all our friends.
Fantastic Bargain, Best location!
We had friends stay here. Can't beat the location. Clean, simple and friendly. Appearance at first can be deceiving. Have to go to upper floor for reception. However, rooms are clean; staff is very good, and AC in the summer!
Do not recommend
We were very disappointed with the hotel and would never recommend it to any of our friends. The staff was very lazy and quite arrogant. We had a few problems with our rooms (including a broken air conditioner in the middle of July) and the staff made absolutly no attempt to try to fix it...instead they were very rude towards us. The only thing the hotel has going for it is a good location, but even the great location does not make staying at the hotel worth it because of the hassles with the incompetent staff.
Traveling with two teenage boys put us into expensive situations, especially when trying to find lodgings. The Hotel Parlamento's quad room turned out to be the perfect solution. While other places had quad rooms, the rate at the Parlamento was the best out of any hotel in the area. This particular room had a small outdoor patio. The view was non-existent, but it served as a perfect escape with bottle of wine and a chunk of cheese. No patio, don't worry, the terrace serves as a wonderful place to do the same. Tiziano and Roberto and the rest of the staff were great hosts. As you go to the hotel for the first time, don't let first impressions fool you. You walk through huge doors into a dark entryway (safe though), into a small courtyard, up a few flight of steps...just to reach the elevator. However, the rooms are clean (albeit a bit small) and comfortable. The location of the hotel is primo, and the price makes it even better. If you're on a budget, definitely consider this place.
Centrally located, friendly & helpful
The staff is friendly, helpful and flexible. We spent a total of 10 nights in three different rooms. Breakfast on the rooftop garden is a wonderful way to start the day.
Location, location, location
Good bargain, INCREDIBLE location. The staff were either fantastic (Roberto) or terrible, no in-between. Walk to many sights including the Forum, Trevi, and the Spanish Steps. Internet service in the reception area, but it's painfully slow. Elevator is AFTER the first flight of stairs. Roof deck is darling. Breakfast is spartan. Typical for an old-style pensionne, you have to hand in your key to reception every time you walk out the door. Appeared to be a lot of repeat guests. Seriously TINY bathroom, a large person would not be able to get into the shower (doorway about the size of monitor) or use the toilet. Cute, handmade bedspread. Run professionally and clean.
I stayed at the Hotel Parlamento in Rome for three nights from Nov 28 through December 1. Rome was the last of our three city tour of Rome having already done Florence and Venice in that order. We chose all three star hotels in a similar price range. My first reaction when I saw the room was that it was very small, but it was a little less expensive than our hotels. HOwever the size proved not to be a real problem. It was by no means a five star hotel, but it was more than adequate for the price paid. I live in NY and Rome is very much like NY as far as being congested so you are not going to get as much space as you might in other places.