Travel Blogs from Rome
Tuesday 6th May.
Today I went on a tour of the Vatican museums and St Peters Basilica. The Vatican museums are the museums of the Vatican City and are located within the city's boundaries. They display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important ...
... of the dome on top, were it allowed to continue down into a sphere.
Next on the list was gelato, courtesy of the program. They really do spoil us. On the way home we went through the Piazza Navona, which was all lit up because it was dark outside. Especially beautiful were the two fountains. Rome is famous for its fountains. We were on our own for dinner, and then we hung out a little in our hotel rooms before collapsing, exhausted into our beds from all the walking ...
... in the same room but the hostel was pretty run down and gross. Sleeping that night was not very good considering I sank down into a hole in my bed. That night, we went to the main piazza in Antica to have a great dinner. Once again, I had amazing spaghetti. It was also reasonably priced which made the meal even better. After dinner we walked over to Amalfi and walked through the streets. We sat on the stairs of the church found on the main road ...
... sprinting session through the streets of Rome and went back to the shuttle stop early. We did do a little souvenir shopping on the way and then sat along the Vatican wall until the van arrived.
I took a quick dip in the pool before we relaxed on the room for a little while. Then we packed, had dinner and planned our trip to the airport the next morning to head home to Seattle.
24 hours later, we were back in Seattle. Home Sweet Home.
... at the Catacombs of San Sebastian, a large network of underground early Christian burial sites. The Catacombs can only be visited with an official underground tour, and so a large number of random tour groups and independent tourists all cramped in together with a particularly irritating guide.
Early into the tour we arrived at a large underground chamber which provided the guide with the perfect space to rabbit on about how we should ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Stendhal Hotel Rome
My friends and I had a fantastic experience at the Stendhal hotel in Rome. It is a new hotel, with small but very functional rooms. It's located in a very convenient street, close to almost all sites and the Barberini subway stop, direct line to the Termini train station and the Vatican. Service was perfect. If you bring a laptop you can connect to high speed internet from your room for free (they even provided us with an ethernet cable), or you can use a public computer in the breakfast area. Breakfast was good and with prompt service. We got a great deal through hotelsitaly: stay 2 nights and the 3rd one free! We absolutely recommend it.
We celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary at the Hotel Stendhal for which the hotel sent a bottle of champagne to our room. We thought the hotel was superb, bedrooms not over large but very tasteful and intimate. Staff very attentive but unobtrusive and breakfast was a very relaxed affair intimate tables and a good selection. Very central in between the Spanish steps and the Trevi fountain bus stop outside the hotel to the vatican city lots of nice restaurants virtually on the door step a perfect boutique type hotel - we would certainly go back to this hotel again.We pre ordered a taxi from the hotel which cost us Eur70 from the airport but whilst out sightseeing were given a leaflet giving the taxi fare as Eur38, we mentioned this to receiption and Eur38 was what we paid on our return visit.
I had origionally made a reservation at this hotel as a suprise for my partner as we both had to work over New Year and Valentines.As our two connecting flights were heavily delayed we arrived at the Stendhal looking the worse for ware with one or two unexpected duty-free carrier bags!Still, we had booked and so as soon as we had freshened up we would be back on form and fitting in with the infamous Italian style...well...as much as you can.The receptionist gave me no eye contact whilst asking for our details and after finding no record of my partner and I he strained to glance at me to re-affirm this.On producing a print out of our confirmation he them proceeded to ask us to take a seat for which turned out to be for 20 minutes.Using up all of my British politeness/stupidness, I decided to take the bull by the horns and do the unthinkable for most Brits....complain!!This guy lied twice and both times VERY badly.Firstly, that their computer died on the eveing prior to our arrival.No excuse as we had booked 3 nights before that.Secondly we were offered a room at their sister hotel and then our last night at the Stendhal. Although, in the same breath being given the advice from this receptionist that packing and unpacking may be disruptive to our short break.After asking my partner what they would prefer, they decided after seeing the sister hotel, to spend one night there and the last at the Standhal.This offer was immediatly taken back as suddenly there were no availability at the Stendhal.I found the service from this man a disgrace.He was blatently ignorant about our booking and lied about the information he gave us.As for the sister hotel, it was not to our tastes, the toilet system filled loudly all night, our bedroom view was a wall and there was no Sky Tv as promised.Saying that the staff were much more down to earth and helpful.My opinion now returning and having spoken to several frainds who have used this hotel is that they regularly double book so that their sister, less popular hotel, can maintain a cash flow.This I am finding is a regular occurance for Rome hotels.DOUBLE CHECK BY PHONE AND GET A NAME OF THE PERSON YOU SPOKE WITH.
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Location of hotel excellent- rooms small but immaculate- breakfast OK - be down early for your scrambled egg. Recommend confirming booking as we had booked a double room two months in advance but we arrived we were offered two single rooms for our first night - we opted for an alternative of a double room in a sister hotel-Mascagni- which was not quite as new or in as good a location. Must mention excellent restaraunt near Trevi Fountain- IL CHIANTI, Via del Lavatore81/82A- good food/good value- difficult combination to find in central Rome.
Stendhal is soothing, sophisticated
We stayed at the Stendhal in late September. Excellent location on Piazza Bernadini, close to the Spanish Steps and upscale shopping. The rooms were small, but beautifully decorated in soothing beiges and blues. Our bathroom was marble, with a modern appointments. The staff was friendly & eager to please. Breakfast featured nice variety & was attractively presented. Concierge Suraj had good suggestions for restaurants, and was persistent (and successful ! )in securing cabs for us, even when they were in great demand.
We booked into this hotel for a weekend break based purely on its website and reviews found on this site. It is really lovely, with friendly staff and gorgeuos decor, and is very centrally located. The ONLY issues were, when we checked in the room wasnt clean (chewing gum wrappers, half a bottle of water and some toothpaste in the bathroom) - this was quickly resolved and we were moved to another room. Secondly, if you are a light sleeper, and are travelling with a companion, you may wish to ask for 2 single beds as the mattress was VERY unforgiving, and as a reuslt, every time your partner moves in bed, you are jolted awake by the vibration. This meant two nights of very interrupted sleep. I looked around the breakfast room in the morning to see others with bags under their eyes ike me, so maybe Im not alone! Other than that - highly recommended!
Hotel stendhal was great
I was in Rome last August and the Stendal was wonderful. Beautiful clean rooms and adorable little hotel. Everything was great, including the location (can walk to everywhere you would want to go) and friendly staff. Never got to try the breakfast as my sister and I never woke up before noon due to fun-filled late-night evenings. I think the rooms are cheaper in the summer, we paid 120 euros per night in august. I really loved this hotel I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a nice place to stay in Rome.
Friendly & great location
Stayed here for a weekend in November and absolutely it. The location is perfect, the staff extremely friendly and the rooms relatively small but still very nice. The hotel is brand new so everything is in good shape. Will definitely use it again next time we're in Rome.
Nice room, but we were never in it. I always have trouble rating an "expensive" hotel. Yes everything is clean and beautiful, but we spent our entire days wandering the city, so we only slept in the room - so was it worth the money? I don't really think so - but others may see things differently. Rome is a very compact city from the perspective of the things to see. We easily walked to all of the attractions listed in our guidebook, and found that everything was much closer than we expected. For the things that were further away (like the Vatican, and the Colosseum), we found that the Metro was fairly easy to use (works best if you have exact change for the machines) and found it best to take the Metro to these places and walk back. There are signs all over the place warning of pick-pockets, and I am sure that a guy try to pick my pocket, so make sure that your stuff is secure, and I saw a lot of people carrying their backpacks in front of them. If I was going to Rome again, I would probably look for something closer to some restaurants, and a little cheaper. We went in October, so the weather was very comfortable, and not too hot, so the comments about walking everywhere may not apply in high heat.....
Great Little Hotel
Small, sophisticated hotel tucked in between great shops. Stayed here during the hottest summer ever! Great reprieve from the heat, fully air-conditioned -but room also had windows for letting in fresh air, double-paned, shuttered -nice touch. Great location on Via del Tritone. Walking distance to Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese. Also near airline terminals and train station. The breakfast, which is included, was very substantial with lovely presentation. Room was quite small, but had everything one would need, plus chic, hip appointments. Staff was very helpful, discreet but pleasant. I was here in August 2003, rate was a bargain, but saw that during fall it is much higher.