Travel Blogs from Rome
... default in the Jewish War of 70 AD, the material that currently comprises the Colosseum is brick and mortar but was once was completely covered in marble. During the time between the last Roman emperor, through the dark ages and middle ages, it became a marble quarry. Only a third of it remains, most carted off by the locals to build other parts of the city (like St. Peter's Cathedral), some toppled by an earthquake that occurred ...
... reading! Once we landed in Paris and we had seen the Eiffel Tower one last time all lit up out the plane window we boarded our next flight to Singapore. We thought we were in an A380 but sadly we were on a smaller Boeing 777 which was not quite as impressive and e service wasn't as good either. We did manage to sleep quite a bit though so that was the main part. Not sure where one day ends with this now and where the next starts but we landed in Singapour where I will start to next ...
... by the time we got to the Sistine chapel my feet were throbbing and I don't know how that affects the eyeballs but at first glance the famed ceiling didn't seem that impressive. Michaelangelo painted the last judgement on one wall, which was very impressive, so much detail. However the ceiling was hard to focus on until I reached the seats at the end of the chapel and rested my stupid feet. Once stationary I could gaze up and get a much ...
... a hand full each as we wanted to make sure we came back to Roma!.
Our next stop was the Pantheon. However on our way we found the coolest shop. Some of you may have already seen some of the photos on Facebook. We got to dress up as Ancient Romans (Me a Roman Solider and Kate as a Maid). The photos were really cool. Check them out. So next was the Pantheon. A truly amazing sight to come across as you are walking through the streets. The columns out the front and the ...
... right-left. My title for this entry rings true for multiple flights so far. Currently we are 2 hours in to our 7.5 hour flight to POLAND. Flight #3 out of 4. Free wine = Brett may not make it to Rome. We have decided to get a head start and soak all our food in wine. Pickles and chicken included. Mmmmm... We landed in Poland just in time to catch our connection into Rome, when Brett realized he misplaced his wallet/iPhone... Yeah, I know. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Parlamento Rome
Great location, good price, some bad staff
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?
The room was clean, quiet and we had a TV. The roof garden was nice for hanging out. I guess the price was good for Rome but what an overpriced city!
They charged $2.60 EURO for using the Internet any time up to 15 minutes. That was crazy-it should have been free. It was far cheaper to go the the Internet Cafe 5 blocks away. That was $.60
EURO for 10 minutes!
The afternoon/evening desk clerk was arrogant as heck and provided little help. We even heard him insulting some of the guests! The night and morning clerks were better though. The breakfast was adequate and the waitperson was fairly attentive.
I don't think I will return to Rome but I would probably stay somewhere else if I could find an equally priced or slightly more expensive room.
I guess I would recommend it to friends looking for a cheap clean place who don't mind being berated for being a stupid American.
Helpful only when it didn't mean losing out.
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...great location
Good hotel at a great location at a good price with excellent service.
The hotel location is ideal. It's in the middle of all you want to see in Rome. From the hotel, it's a short walk to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the bus stop for the bus that you can take to the Colusseum/Forum, and the metro stop (by the Spanish Steps) to get you from/to the train station in Rome and to the Vatican. It's less than a 10 minute walk from the metro station, so you can save (depending on the number of people in your party) on taxi fare from the train station. The rooms are good...not spectacular. If you're going in the summer, make sure you reserve a room with an air conditioner. The staff is nice, helpful, and friendly. Ask them for directions and recommendations. They know Rome well. One tip I will share is that taxi rides from Rome to the airport (Da Vinci) is expensive...especially at odd times (early in the morning). Everyone told us that it could be a 70 Euro taxi ride. We learned about a shuttle service called Shuttle Roma Airport while we were at the Vatican. They take you to the airport for only 27 Euro for 2 passengers. Give them a try, but make sure they still exists. We held our breath, kept our fingers crossed, and kept extra Euros in case we needed a last minute taxi. They did show up...whew.
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.
Friendly place, great location
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.
Great Value Hotel
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.
It was located off busy Via Corso and kind of a little tricky to find at first since the hotel lobby is on the 3rd or 4th floor. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The other guests were very friendly and seemed like a very educated bunch who wanted a good value hotel as a home base to explore Rome.
The hotel was very clean. We had a small shower, but it worked out fine and we always had hot water and good pressure. If you closed the windows it was very quiet at night. It was too cold to use the balcony, but there was one right off our room which would probably be very nice to use in warmer weather.
One of the best aspects of this hotel is how centrally located it was. We walked everywhere. It was about five minutes to Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. It was about 25 minutes to the Colloseum and we even walked to the Vatican . .but that was a bit more of a hike.
We paid $135 night for a double. For the price paid it is definitely above average, but not five stars and as long as you keep that in mind you will be very happy.