Travel Blogs from Rome
... were sitting. Two of the tables and their occupants had to relocate as best they could, to reduce how wet they were getting and most of us at the tables had umbrellas up as well, just trying not to get drenched... Once the driving wind dropped out a little, (but not the rain) we all realised we were going to be there for a while, so we settled in & ordered a bottle of chianti, at least one of the other tables decided to follow suit & another ordered some ...
... white pillars with reliefs of war battles. The Olympic buildings across from the bridge were easy to spot, kind of a brick-red color with Greek statues and the 5 ring emblem of the Olympics.
This is where I started a mantra in my head, "you’re taking the bus back, you’re taking the bus back," because I was starting to get really tired of walking! The bus stop that I would need to take was just this side of the Olympic buildings, but ...
Monday 11am flight though to Rome via Singapore. Did an 11 hour flight then had 7 hours to muck around in the airport before our 1am flight. Arrived Rome at 8.30am and crazy on the roads with morning traffic. Very pleased we didn't get a rental. Got to our apartment and room wasn't ready so we went for a walk down to the Vatican City which is about 10mins walk. Lots if people but amazing sites. Got SIM cards sorted and had our first cup ...
... history. For me, not being Catholic, it is difficult for me to say what I was feeling without upsetting or offending anyone - as that is not my intention - but I struggled with the history, of the hypocrisy that occurred, the flagrant rewriting of history to suit, the pillaging of artefacts (I may just be sticking up for Hadrian here) and the inflated egos that are reflected in the art and self-monuments that exist. I hope ...
... and to climb the Spanish stairs and look out onto the world. We were quickly learning that where there's a tourist there's an Indian now selling roses. To say selling is putting it kindly since they pretty much jam the rose into any ladies pocked or hand. We wondered down the glitter strip of Spagna and window shopped where we could not afford to buy. All of the favs were there. Gucci, Armani, omega, Bvgalri, Hermes along with anyone else you can think of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Portoghesi Rome
Outstanding Location, Service & Value!
We stayed for 7 nights at this hotel, our decision based partly on reviews in this site and on reviews in 4 travel guidebooks. The location is superb, no more than 15-20 minute leisurely walk from major sights - Vatican, Spanish Steps, Forum, Trevi Fountain, Shopping at Via de Corso, etc...Friendly and helpful staff, good selection for breakfast at their cozy rooftop venue. Many TripAdvisor reviews note the smallish size of the bathroom, but we found it adequate. The hotel is clean and the housekeeping above average. Also good value for all the features!
We would definitely stay at The Potogehesi Hotel again!
The location is worth it.
Yes, the staff at the desk can be dour but we've stayed twice--the rooms were absolutely fine, the roof-top breakfast room is very pleasant, and the location is superb. We'll use it again.
We stayed here for 3 nights in September 2004. Great location. The rooms were small, but neat & clean. The shower stall was very small, but overall the hotel was wonderful. The staff was helpful, neighborhood was great, very close to Piazza Navona, we were able to walk all over Rome, never used a taxi or bus. The highlight was the beautiful roof top garden where breakfast was served. We were able to pick up sandwiches and wine at lunch time & bring it on the roof. It was great! can't wait to go back.
Location, location, location -- and thensome
I wanted to be near Piazza Navona and this was it. Five minute walk, though streets filled with artisan shops and I was there. Ten minutes from the Vatican and easy walking to the Colisseum, Trastevere and even up to Piazza de Populo. The room (single) was small, but comfortable, with windows that opened out to the front of the hotel. A/C worked fine, but it was October, and I didn't need it at night. Bathroom cramped, but workable. Rooftop terrace for breakfast. Friendly staff, even giving me directions for a barber. I'm taking the entire family back there next spring.
Tiny rooms but good value
The standard room was puny.
The staff were very helpful (I think its family run).
The location was excellent.
Their special suite was pretty nice.
The breakfast was average.
The value was good to very good.
Headed back to stay here again!
This is a GREAT hotel. The location is tremendous, on a small quiet street next to the Portugese Church, across from the Monkey Tower! It is a block from the Tiber and a 5 minute walk to Piazza Navona. The desk help are all very cordial and accomodating. The rooms are some of the best in Rome for the price. They will even provide you with the Italian form of ice for a drink in you room if you wish! Breakfast is served on the roof and is very nice, with great views. Having lived south of Rome for 3 years, I wish I would have found this hotel for my trips to the city! Not far from the Pantheon either, as I said, GREAT location.
Great Location; hotel just OK
The location could not have been better. The hotel is close to many great sights and near the great shops of Rome (similar to 5th Ave in Manhattan). The staff was very nice to us. The breakfast was average. The bathroom was tiny with a tiny shower. The room lacked charm and needs redoing.
Rome -- WOW!
My cousin who goes to Italy frequently recommended this place. It is located on a quiet little street but is in easy walking distance to many of the must-sees -- the Vatican Museum, Piazza San Navonna, the Pantheon, and the Colloseum, just to name a few of the sights we saw.
While the hotel rooms were not of the American hotel variety, the room we stayed in was comfortable, clean, quiet and just the right size since we spent most of our visit out walking about Rome seeing the sights. The breakfast room was cozy. There was a wide variety of breakfast items available -- again this is European breakfast menu, not American. The staff was friendly and very helpful.
Great location, decent hotel
The Portoghesi is in a quiet residential neighborhood about 3 blocks North of Piazza Navona. The laundry hanging on lines out of the neighbors' windows and the beautiful little chapel next door really give you the feel of being in Old Rome. The Forum and the Vatican are within walking distance, and there are good shopping/restaurant areas, particularly the Via dei Coronari, within a few blocks. The room was neither large nor particularly attractive, but is was clean and functional. The bathroom was tiny - just big enough to be passable.
I've read bad reviews about the staff, but we didn't have any problems with them. The breakfast was essentially identical to every other breakfast I had while in Italy. Overall, the Portoghesi gave me what I was looking for.
Steer clear of this place
This is a most disappointing place, despite an excellent location. The staff at the front desk ranged from sour to surly. Our room (allegedly a junior suite) was small, poorly furnished, and had a terrible smell. The telephone was broken, as was a light in the bathroom. My complaints yielded shrugs of the shoulders. The sole redeeming feature is a lovely rooftop terrace where breakfast (nothing special) was served. If location is the only important feature, this place is tolerable. Otherwise -- steer clear.