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here I am in Rome. It is huge. There are so many people and it's so crowded, I can't imagine what it's like in summer! It is so beautiful. And such perfect weather. Absolutely clear blue skies. Today I went through the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica. Crossed the Tiber River and walked down to the Pantheon, and saw …
As we started boarding from the rear of the aircraft, forward, I knew I needed to settle in for the near 11 hour trip from Atlanta to Rome. Books…check. Ear plugs…check. Water…check. 7-8 Tylenol PMs and a fifth of gin…check. Kidding. The flight was rather smooth until the soft "ding" and illumination of the seat belt sign …
The day began in a very relaxing way. Late breakfast followed by a late checkout. Then of to La Spezia. We had 3 hours to spend in La Spezia. Unfortunately it was Sunday so most of the place was closed. Not much to see...... On to Rome.
The train trip passed lots of countryside not dissimilar to Australian – minus the eucalypts of …
As soon as we left the hotel we were, as usual in Italy, approached by Indian hawkers. So many hawkers and not one of them Italian. We chose a hop on hop off bus from the 3 that were on offer. We got off at the Vatican. Joined the masses passing the security check and the bare shoulders check to get into the basilica. Such opulence. Discovered the …
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We started the day out with a tour for the 4 of us of the Roman Forum. Our guide Liz was funny, personable and knowledgeable. We had a pretty fun morning….and boy, did we walk! It is always nice to walk through old ruins that can make even 50 year olds feel young! The rains sprinkled on …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Raffaello Hotel Rome
Oct 3, 2005
My mom and I stayed at the Raffaello on Oct. 3 for 6 nights. They are true to there pictures. The room we got was very nice and clean. Also it was not small. We had a room on the 3 floor and the have resently finish remodeling all the rooms. The staff was excellent to us and was very helpful in answering any questions we had. The area it self was nice and quiet at night. Several restraurants around the area to choose from. Close to Termini Train station and Colosseum.
Rome September 2005
My boyfriend and I stayed in Rome for few days at this hotel which is quite average. Our room was quite small but clean. Some of the staff people were quite unfriendly. The only advantage of the hotel was is its location beside the central station and the Colleosseum.
Four of us stayed at this hotel for three nights, mid September. The hotel was lovely, very clean with spacious air conditioned rooms and helpful staff. The breakfast was fine and the location of the hotel was ideal. All the main sights we wanted were in walking distance.
I wouold recommend this hotel to anyone who was planning to visit Rome.
Raffaello - Excellent
Just spent 3 nights at the Raffaello. Excellent hotel. Fully air conditioned. Pleasant and friendly staff . Extremely clean and well-furnished. Nice bathroom (jacuzzi shower - no bath) with fresh towels daily. We used room service for coffee as there are no tea/coffee facilities in the room, good service and inexpensive compared to normal room service prices. Great location just 5 mins from the Termini and close to all the sights. We were warned to be wary of the Termini area at night, but you just have to be as careful as in any other major city. All round, the Raffaello was an extremely good choice.
Excellent Stay at Raffaello
My girlfriend and I stayed here for 2 night in July. We were very tired after a long night and were walking with our heavy backpacks from the train station looking for a nice, affordable hotel. After about 5 minutes of walking (to get away from the immediate Train Station area) we stumbled upon the Raffaello. We walked into the very nice lobby and were offered a double room for a price of 120 Euros/night, including breakfast. I was way too tired to try and haggle the price and I did not want to keep walking with the backpacks, so we said yes and took the room.
The front-desk man said that he was going to give us a "very nice" room, maybe because he could see we were tired and didn't haggle the price with him. When we got to our room, we had a VERY large double, with an excellent bath, along with a private balcony. We were thrilled.
The rest of our stay there was excellent. The front desk was always VERY helpful and the breakfasts were great both days. The neighborhood seemed to be very safe, and we walked EVERYWHERE in Rome. We did not take 1 bus or taxi or Metro. (We are runners though, so we are in good shape). The Roman Forum/Colloseum/Vittori Emanuel are all about 5-10 minute walk. The Vatican took us about 30 minutes to walk to. There is also a great grocery store about 5 minutes away, past the Santa Maria church, and we got food and wine for a midnight picnic on our balcony. It was fabulous.
Overall, I loved this place, and will stay here if/when I ever come back to Rome.
Rafaello was great
We found the Rafaello through Expedia, but came to Trip Advisor to find more information about it. We can definitely say that it's a great little hotel, in an excellent location, just 5 mins walk from Termini station and 10 mins walk from the Coloseum! Air conditioned, clean and comfortable, we had a lovely big clean bathroom (great shower, no bathtub) and double room and if you've got breakfast included in the price of your package, they provide a good breakfast to set you up for the day (bread, cheese, sliced ham, boiled eggs, yoghurt, tea, coffee, juice, sweet croissants, jam, cereals and fruit) . The staff speak excellent English. It's literally 2 mins walk from the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore. Getting to the major monuments is easy! Walk down the via PanisPerna and turn left down the Via dei Serpenti and you're heading toward the Coloseum and the Foro Romano. Again, ask staff for bus routes if your feet are exhausted after a day or two of walking! We wandered around the area in the evening looking for somewhere to eat and found a few lovely little restaurants. If you're not sure where to look, ask the hotel staff where the via PanisPerna is. And if you're heading back from Rome in the evening, the bus 117 from Piazza del Popolo (service runs until 8 pm) takes you to the Via dei Serpenti. It stops outside a great gelataria 5 mins walk from the hotel!
Good price, excellent place
Booked online, confirmed by the phone: very helpfull staff. Web site pics worth of trust. Confortable, clean and large rooms (we had double) aircon, shower with Jacuzzi set.
Personnell kind and helpfull for every needs. Continental breakfast (7 to 10 am). Good location: 10 mins away from Coliseum
Great Hotel and great location
Great hotel, not the lowest priced but definitely a great place to stay at. 10 min to the train station, 10 min to the coliseum.... close to everything.
WOuld stay here again
Beautful hotel. Im giving ths 5 stars because the locaton was adequate and the price was the same. rooms were roomie. VEry nce rooms, great staff, great location... works for me.
Awesome For the Prize
Great and safe location. Close to everything including Termini Station.