Travel Blogs from Rome
Day 3: Another great breakfast spread at the hotel - after “sleeping in” until 7:30. Today was Vatican day. Pat had booked the Scavi tour in advance, and it was fascinating! Also got us into the St Peter’s Basilica without standing in the ¼ mile long line! We passed on the Vatican Museum - with the full mile line! Wrapped up …
NOTE: We know some of you will just want to know where we are in our trip, and others will want the details. So we will start each post with a quick summary paragraph of our doings since the last post before getting in to the details.
December 4 to 5: And we’re off! Great flights SFO to JFK to Rome . One of us slept on the …
Day Two: December 6, Michele’s Birthday!!!
The short version:
Up at 6:30 to take advantage of the half-day left on our bus tour tickets. Very nice buffet breakfast at the hotel. Colder, 50’s, but still clear and beautiful. Saw the Pantheon and Piazza Navono. People everywhere in huge crowds. Doubt there was anyone inside …
... broken structures, we pushed on toward the number one most photographed site in Rome and maybe the world itself, the Roman Colosseum.
The Colosseum is the Colosseum, everyone has heard of it, seen it (either in real life, a picture, postcard, travel program or even depicted in Russell Crow’s “Gladiator”) and by the look of the crowd gathering to get in, at least half the world’s population were about to experience it. The structure’s size ...
... points of Italian train travel and then heads back to the apartment to rejoin Diahann and Kaylan for a little R&R after such an early start to the day.
Later in the day we meet with our apartment hosts, Pietro and Marina, for a dinner at their favorite local restaurant - Hostaria I Buoni Amici. Their specialty is seafood and it is very well prepared. We even ventured into some new territory by trying octopus! It ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Viminale Rome
The old Switcharoo...
The hotel is a close walk from the train station, however when i gave them my name to check in, the receiptionist checked some list of his, and said "One of the floors in the hotel is flooded and we do not have a room for you". This was at 10 AM. So I said, I will wait and take another room of someone checking out later today or wait until one of the rooms on a floor without a flood is available. They said it's not possible and that arrangements were already made at one of their other hotels.
This was the classic example of a European hotel chains overbooking, so that the sister hotels that aren't as nice don't remain vacacant.
I would NEVER book at this hotel ever again.
We really enjoyed everything- it was a charming European hotel in Rome at a good price. A quiet restful port on a quiet street. A big European tub in our room, nice beds that rested us well every night. A really nice place for first-timers to Rome. Ya- the police do guard the backside of the gov ministry across the street 24/7, with machine guns and an armored mini-van- a welcoming sight given the urbane hectic lifestyle of Rome. 5 minute walk to both Metro lines, and tons of outstanding charming intimate restaurants hidden in the labyrinth of streets just around all the corners, with great recommendations from the front desk. We're in our 50's- walked the 20 minutes to just about every where- its all down hill getting there, up hill coming back. Strolled down to the Forum/Coliseum every evening. Do the evening cross town walk to Plaza Navona. Tired at the end of the day?- Metro'ed back and stopped for a beer at one of the side-street sidewalk bistros before turning in. Nice facilities, helpful and very courteous staff- just don't act like your typical loud, overbearing, American tourist. Tons of local shopping. A delightful continental breakfast on the intimate patio started the day with a smile- Victorio, our lovable gruffy Roman Dad, catered to our every need, and we left him a nice tip. Nice little neighborhood street market 2 blocks up the way. Would stay there again for sure. Around the RR station 5 min up the street- most places are conveniently open on Sundays- its not America, you know. Make sure you close all the elevators doors when you get off.
My husband and I stayed here the second week of August 2004. The hotel is on a very safe street, there were police on the street every night, I never found out, but I think there was a government building on same avenue as the hotel.
Very simply, a wonderful hotel with a pleasant and attentive staff who went out of their way to make our visit enjoyable. The hotel is in a mercifully quiet area, only two short blocks to Via Cavour and a 5-minute walk up the street to the main railway station, the Stazione Termini.
This is a decent hotel. The rooms are "OK" and everything seemed clean and well looked after. The hotel is on a nice quiet street with little traffic, but also quite close to the main train station, if that is where you are arriving to. The breakfast area is great and the breakfast itself was above average. There is a charming old church the next street down, behind the hotel itself. The position is quite good, a 15 min walk takes you to the heart of old Rome. On your way down, keep an eye out for a restaurant "da Robertino" - it is simply superb and not to be missed.If you are in Rome for a short stay - this hotel should fit the bill nicely. The staff were friendly and helpful and the stay was comfortable.
I feel guilty about complaining about this hotel at all really as I got such a cheap deal on it, Â£400 for 4 nights bed and breakfast for 2 with 1 airticket to Rome included! However, we did have a few complaints. One, the bedroom was a bit smelly - it could have been the drains as the smells seemed to eminate from the bathroom. Two, the safe refused to open on 2 occasions and we had to send for a little man with big rods to open it. Three, the toilet stopped working on 2 occasions and we had to send for a little man with a step ladder who quickly got it working again. And contrary to one of the other reviews the lighting was abysmal. On the plus side the twin room was a decent size with a settee where we could watch TV from (MTV and BBC news and CNN). we had a decent view of a leafy area to the front of the hotel (the back should look out over Santa Maria Maggiore). It was very central for many of the major sites (about 20mins walk) and yes the breakfast waiter was very amusing once you realised he was only joking with you. The staff were very obliging with ordering taxis etc. In conclusion we enjoyed our stay because at the price we paid we weren't expecting too much anyway and if you need to do Rome on a budget you could do much worse than the Viminale. However, one of its sister hotels, The Eliseo is a lot nicer for not that much more money but it is only close to The Spanish Steps and not much else - although the views from the top floor breakfast room more than make up for this. Ask for a room with the same view!
The Viminale is a nice hotel in a reasonably quiet part of Rome.