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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 …
... tunnel. The Spanish lady I was sitting next to was trying to take a picture. Every time we exited a tunnel, she would pick up the camera and before she could aim and shoot, we'd be back in a tunnel. About the third time, I said to her husband, who was across from her, "She needs to be VERY fast!" He laughed and agreed. We arrived in Rome about 4:15 PM. As we walked through the station, we passed a 3M store! We exited the train ...
... from a totally new side which was great. We then headed to hotel to rest and meet Steven.
We went to La Reatina for dinner. This was recommended by the hotel and we loved this place. The waiter is an older, surly man who threw our plates down and never smiled. The menu is badly translated and the restaurant is basic but the food is outstanding and the the house wine drinkable and cheap. We eventually got the waiter ...
... by that, trying to figure out if the blurriness was my eyes or the paintings not being all that sharp, I forgot to be sure to gaze at the most famous part of the ceiling, where God gives Adam life by touching fingers with him...dang it! John said he got a good picture of it, but then he laughed and said, "Of course, you've seen hundreds of pictures of it your whole life!" Well, it is what it is! At least he saw it! I was also distracted because this huge crowd of people was ...
... then climbed the seriously steep steps to where the nosebleed seats would have begun. Took a good look around but will read about it all later. I needed to apply more bandaids than I was carrying with me to the new blisters. Given that the audio tour of the Forum took the better part of two hours- and that was with certain parts of it closed for…renovations, we skipped doing the same for the big C. We had places to go and trains to catch. We were ...
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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.
The main problem is location - it is on the far southeastern end of the central city in a somewhat run down neighborhood. It is close to St. John Lateran Church and the nearby St. John's Hospital, so we heard ambulance sirens day and night. Traffic noise was loud, at least on our side of the hotel.
It is possible to walk to the sites (we walked as far as the Campidoglio), but it is not really practical. The Manzoni and Vittorio Emanuele metro stops are each a few blocks away, perhaps a five and ten minute walk, respectively. Be forewarned, Rome's Metro is about the dirtiest I've seen. Buses run through the neighborhood, but we did not use these. A taxi ride from Piazza Barbarini cost about 10 Euro.
The hotel itself is in a building that looks unremarkable from the outside, but inside, the lobby and public areas are well kept. The staff was friendly and helpful.
The rooms are small - about what you'd expect in a European hotel. They seemed a bit dingy. Our shower leaked, and at one point we had a prominent sewage-type smell in the room. However, the view from our room was excellent as we looked directly onto the Porta Maggiore of the hotel's name.
Food was average, though I was disappointed that at breakfast, coffee was served from an automatic coffee machine. Much better coffee may be had at a bar next door.
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.
Worst Experience in the 'Eternal City'
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.