Hotel San Remo
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... so we took our time walking around its circular base. We could imagine the roar of the crowds as the gladiators would have battled before the people in the stands.
The tour group then met our bus and drove toward the modern area of the city for lunch at a local hotel restaurant, le Bouchin. We had a traditional lunch of pasta, veal and vegetables, panacotta for dessert and a glass of Italian red wine.
After lunch our bus ...
... haven't, riding. segway can best be describd by copious use of the exclamation WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Mario was flexible. He knew what we had already seen and what we hadn't so far. Thus he tailored our tour to suit or requirements. We begun by running through the cobblestone lanes of Trastevere, over across the Tiber and up towards the piazza Fiorenzo Fiorentini, where we had the pleasure of seeing the optical illusion of the orange grove and the dome of St Peter's. He led ...
... start with but ended up with another American couple from Seattle Washington state. Nice people had general discussions about politics, rascism, earthquakes and annual leave etc etc. hour trip went by very quickly. Offloaded ourselves and luggage in Rome. Made our way out of station and googled hotel, showed as only being 450 metres away so taxi wasn't interested in taking us as it was a very short trip and ...
... through the museums, Sistine Chapel and then straight onto St Peter’s Basilica. Going through The Vatican Musuems I felt like a factory farmed chicken in a mosh pit! Our tour guide told us that it is the busiest museum in the world with 30, 000 visitors A DAY! However, at present the new Pope has reinvigorated tourism to The Vatican and so 45, 000 tourists a day have been flocking to the Vatican Museums! It was so so ...
... hours in order to get in, so we spent the time in the Piazza San Pietro where the Pope, on special occasion blesses the crowd from a balcony. Very impressive surroundings except for the abundance of vendors. This is the end of our journey in Italy, we fly to Barcelona Spain for our 2nd cycling tour tomorrow ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel San Remo Rome
We liked it too!
After reading previous reviews my girlfriend & i were fearing the worst but we could not have been more wrong.On arrival at Rome Termini train station we found we did have to cross a couple of very busy roads(an occupational hazard in Rome)but otherwise found the hotel quite easily.The check-in was straight forward,with the reception staff being very friendly & helpful.The lobby & stairs are almost ornate in appearance,but yes the lift is small & a tad slow.On entering our room(room 407 on the fourth floor)we had a pleasant surprise.The bedroom was a good size,with twin beds having been pushed together to form a large double bed,there was adequate wardrobe space for a 3 night stay,plus two bedside cabinets,tv,& a fridge(a d.i.y. mini-bar).The bathroom was also spacious comprising bath with hand held shower attachment,w.c,& bidet.The bath was chipped,but we think this was down to people dropping the heavy shower attachment into the bath.The towels were thin but perfectly adequate & pristine clean.Both the bathroom & the bedroom were very clean with an excellent maid service each day.For the location we also found the room quiet at night.Breakfast was the usual buffet affair to be found at this type of hotel but was perfectly adequate & edible.The hotel is well located with train,metro, & bus stations only 5 mins walk away plus many of the main sights are within walking distance.The staff are all very friendly & helpful & helped make our stay most enjoyable.We would definitely stay at this hotel again & recommend it to anyone.Excellent value!
Conveniently close to the Termini. Seemed like a safe walk from there. Hotel lobby nice. 5th floor room we had was adequate - roomy enough for two, good-sized bathroom. Some improvements needed in the room: tub was peeling and chipped, ventilation system filled our room with cigarette smoke from somewhere else - not good if you are allergic to smoke! The street in front of the hotel was VERY noisy ALL night long!
San Remo - not so great
The Hotel San Remo IS conveniently located and close to the sites (Forum, Colosseum / Forum, etc). It is particularly useful when setting out from Termini Station, as well.
But the breakfast, the same stall old rolls and cheese, left a lot to be desired. One of our companions had an item stolen from the breakfast room, while about 10 of us were sitting there.
The front rooms - those facing the street - were very noisy.
OK, but not great. I would try somewhere else next time.
We liked it.
Yes, it's a bit tired but they are in the process of refurbishing. Rooms were good size and bathrooms were clean. The showers were unique and as for the towels - well it wasn't the only hotel we stayed in with this kind of towel. Not a problem. Continental breakfast was OK. Affordability, very helpful (I mean very helpful) front desk staff, and location made this hotel a good choice for us. Train station and supermarket are nearby.
Near metro/station which is important
was pleasently surprised. neat hotel very close to metro/trainstation.so i didnt need a taxi to carry luggage. internet cafe/Sma supermarket nearby too.hotel staff polite. from station to hotel you need to cross 4 streets. Be careful!! some italian drivers disregard traffic lights! I would stay again at this hotel.
Great location, good buy
Maybe it was because we had read the other reviews posted here and therefore had very low expectations going in, but my wife and I found the San Remo to be a perfectly acceptable hotel giving us great access to Rome at a nice price (part of package deal). Some of the particulars: the room was small but then we weren't planning to spend much time there; it was very clean and quiet; the bed was extremely comfortable; the bathroom was large, clean, and accommodating with an admittedly tiny shower stall; the bath towels, though not terry cloth, were absorbant and about size of a bath sheet; the mini-fridge in the room was great for storing goodies we found at local markets; the continental breakfast was actually better than expected; the staff was helpful, especially the front desk attendant who made a phone call on our behalf to our booking agent to clear up some confusion. Best of all was the location, within walking distance of many sites and wonderful neighborhhods and less than a stone's throw from the Metro and Termini.
Room in Rome?
Never judge a book by it's cover, or so the expression goes, and the San Remo is a prime example of this. It is an almost swanky looking place from the outside as far as the lobby but the room itself left a lot to be desired. Disappointing is an understatement. To be in this fine city (and it truly is) on Valentine's weekend, expecting a romantic experience with your other half, and find THIS is somewhat of an anticlimax. The room was small and had the brightest lighting know this side of a stadium. There was a tattiness about the place too, depicted by the patched wallpaper peeling away in placesand the curtain rod hanging from the wall. It is a shame as the staff were friendly and helpful enough (they allowed us to stow our bags there after we booked out and found us a cab at a late hour on a Saturday night). Recommended if you are on a business trip or entertaining ladies of the night...
Roam a little further than this one
This hotel offered no help in parking, the breakfast was basic and the room, miniscule. The location wasn't bad for seeing major sites of interest, and the room was clean, but I'm hoping my coin in the fountain brings me back to a better alternative than the San Remo.
We booked the San Remo through Go-Today.com for our recent trip to Italy. Last year, we booked through them and chose the Mediterreaneo and were beyond pleased - great place, location, etc. Unfortunately, that one was not offered this time! The San Remo, however, was many notches below that and we were disappointed. Petty details of disappointment include the slowest, smallest elevator I've ever been on (which only served to encourage me to take the 6 flights of steps and keep in shape, but still), the somewhat dilapadated room in general, not terribly clean, small bathroom and tub, horrible towels (like a kitchen dish towel in feel, although big), ignored request for a replacement bulb in bathroom over sink. I would not recommend this place and think management at the San Remo needs to spruce things up ALOT!
San Remo - room for improvement
Good points: handy to the railway station helpful reception staff (a rarity in Italy!) courtesy bus to and from the airport a reasonable basic continental breakfast
Not so good points: a lot of noise from people in corridors and adjoining rooms in need of refurbishing, very outdated and tired looking furnishings thin cotton bath towels, not thick terry towels bedside table on one side of the double bed only rooms more like those found in a pensione than a real hotel, especially one rated as 3-star