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We rolled into Rome around 9 am, after catching a 5:30am train out of Florence. That means 4:30 wake up and 30min trek to station with bags. Nikki has us catching rails no later than 6:00am. So, we are not losing any sight seeing time just time sleeping. I will sleep when I'm dead or in Sacramento (whichever comes first.) Our hotel had plumbing …
... Palazzo ( Palace ) Pitti and then you walk through the Palace and up lots of steps to get to the garden which is immense, it took a couple of hours to go around and look at most of the garden. After the Bodoli Garden we walked along the bank of the Arno River and crossed another bridge to find the Basilica di Santa Croce a magnificent church where it houses the funeral monuments of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and many ...
... Metro stop in Rome. After taking the train from Civitavecchia I hope on the Red Line metro and get off at the Repubblica stop. It's often a challenge leaving a metro stop as sometimes there is more than one exit. If you choose the wrong one you can easily get lost. But, I take the one towards Via Orlando and after walking a short block I find their hotel.
At the hotel desk I ask the clerk to call their room for me. He points ...
... too sweet to be free, but they are anyway. The only draw back to the whole thing was we had to be up at 8 in order to make it to the buses to go. This is easier said than done after a first weekend of getting lost and walking almost every inch of Rome. But we did it anyway. Hopped on the buses and headed out on a two and a half hour drive to a medieval city on top of a hill called Todi.
Yeah, I said a medieval city; and yes, ...
... had said it would be so I left my washing with a little man who said it would be all done in 1 hour, 11 euros thank you. I could have stayed and done it myself but I didn’t mind paying as it was so hot in that place and I would have spent that much to keep myself hydrated.
I then headed off to Rome Termini to make my train reservations to Santa Marghretia Ligure and then on to Milano and Zurich. Termini has no air-con and about ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Portamaggiore Rome
Poor time at the Porta!
This hotel is situated on a very busy and noisy road junction, and is a long distance from the metro station.
The hotel rooms are dark and dismal. The staff were extremely rude and unhelpful.
Would not return to or recommend this hotel!
Loved our stay here
We stayed in this hotel in November 2003 and we really enjoyed our trip to Rome and the staff at the Hotel Portamaggorie were very helpful and friendly we hope to return there again. We really enjoyed our stay
Very noisy hotel
The hotel certainly hasn't 'the splendid location' as mentioned in some brochures. It's pretty far from the old centre with it's most important places to visit. But you can take the metro (5-10 minutes walking) that takes you to the old centre in a couple of minutes. The rooms are simple but clean, the breakfast isn't much to talk about. The only problem is when you're staying in a room at the side of the street(s), which I did. There are several very busy streets in front of the hotel with a lot of ambulances passing by what makes it terribly noisy 24/24. For that reason I wouldn't recommend the hotel.
A good value and experience
Hotel Porta Maggiore
We stayed here on the advice of a friend and were very happy. Price was excellent, hotel was very clean. They are not in the most convenient area for tourists, although quite close to the train station. We do wish we had known that we could have requested a room with a tub rather than the shower that flooded the bathroom floor every time used-for the same price!
The Hotel Portamaggiore was our least favorite hotel on a choir tour in June 2004.
A sweet place
I had a blast, i went there with some friends for school and had such a good time. not high class but also a worth while expirence full of culture. and plenty to do. plus it being right next to the ancient roman walls it is SWEET. besides you arent going to be there most of the day but looking at the sites anyhow. and night plenty to do still, with a club right next to the hotel.
Ciao. Last spring I stayed in "the lovely Italia" for 10 days. Rome was my only regret. Dont get me wrong, it was a memorable experience, and I made the best of it. But THIS HOTEL, you would never find one like this even allowed to exist in America. Primo, the hotel had to be haunted. It was very gloomy, and a strange vibe surrounded us all. Secondo, it was extremely "gaudy" pink flowers covering wall to wall in our dining area. Tristo, the hotel was very confusing. In fact, I believe they purposely created a maze for entertaining purposes. To get to my room, one had to walk in circles for possibly 15 minutes until the room could be discovered (like a hunt for the unknown) Quattro, our room, your average standard room, had holes in the walls. When one took a shower, a sudden pool would become of our entire bathroom. We could litterally swim in our bathroom! Cinque, on the morning of breakfast, one of the students found a cockroach, i repeat, cockroach in their food! if thats not enough, i do not know what else to say.I personally, enjoyed my stay, because i take extremes very lightly, and the hotel in turn, became humorous in my eyes. Yet, if it werent for that free gelato we received to calm everyone down, maybe i might be wrong.Enjoy your stay in the heart of roma!
Bene, Bene, Bene!
First time in Rome and I felt immediately at home. The management couldn't have been more accommodating when the terrazzo above us accidentally leaked into the room (we were there in December, typically the rainy season we found out). They packed us up and moved us to another BIGGER room at no extra charge.
Everyone, from chambermaid to Concierge, couldn't have been nicer, always wanting to please.
Great place to stay
A group of twenty of us stayed here in January 1999 for a week. The hotal was lovely, the rooms and bathrooms were a good size and were immaculately clean. The staff were pleasant and very helpful, and the breakfast was pretty good (the coffee they serve is great!) We got a really good value deal because of the timing and group size. I think the prices are up a bit all over, but I would definitey recommend it - great location too!
Simple but very nice
I have been at the hotel Portamaggiore in Rome in December, and I really liked it. The rooms are not very big, but they are clean and have nice bathrooms. The staff is very nice and very helpful. The location is convenient, because access to public transportation is right in front of the hotel. Restaurants and bars are in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. I would suggest this hotel for people that would like to spend the least possible and stay in a safe and nice location. Good value for your money. Good buffet breakfast.