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Up at 6 this morning as we needed to be at the colosseum at 8.15. We left with plenty of time to spare so this enabled the boys to do some of their photography before the tour started. Unfortunately both the Colosseum & Constantino's Arch have major scaffolding over parts of them, which is quite disappointing and not good for photos, but the boys "still soldiered on" We met our guide and took off with a nice sized group of 13. We discussed the arch first, & ...
... too far yesterday when I had all of the camera equipment inside of it.
The obelisk I was looking for was back behind this building in Piazza del Parlamento. And right in front of it was a group of about 30 young people getting ready to stage some kind of protest (something about constitutional changes). This might also be why the other building was roped off. By the way, this obelisk was created in the 6th century B.C. (!) and brought to Rome in 10 ...
... from about 125 - 800 euro per night, included breakfast and was in the heart of downtown. It was 110 euro per night and we would be there for two nights. We didn't waste any time after checking in and headed out to the Coliseum area. We bought tickets which included entry to both the Coliseum and Palatino/Forum areas. The tickets are 12 euros each and are good for two days, but the fine print states they are only good for one entry to each area. Of course, ...
... Paul nor my favorite pizza dough.
True to my promise, dinner was at one of the best pizzerias in Rome - Da Baffetto. The pizzeria is on a very fun street - full of eateries, gelato shops and Romans having a good time. We both had the classic margherita - tomato, buffata mozzarella and basil. Flavor was great but the base was interesting - like a thin, crispy wafer. This is Roman style. I ordered "Gazzosa" as a drink for ...
... On one wall there were modern maps showing the extent of the empire in 4 periods which clearly showed Rome’s dominance of Europe & the Mediterranean basin. The size of the buildings is almost unbelievable as we saw in the ruins of a Basilica which Constantine had built with massive brick arches which have survived. It would have rivalled the present day St Peters in extent, although it was purely for secular purposes. We had also seen ...
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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.