Travel Blogs from Rome
Ciao, beautiful people.
After roaming through Europe for a few weeks we have reached the last country: Italy!
Italy is as big as New Zealand but it has 60 million people and its historic sites date back more than 3000 years and not just 150 like at home. So plenty to explore.
We arrive in Ancona from Split early in the morning and we get to Venice at lunch time. Although it is not high season we are definitely not the only ones who are keen to visit Venice. ...
... made our way back into Rome via the metro stopped off a pizza/pasta place and had dinner by the Trevi fountain. This was a surreal and wonderfully beautiful experience, something I think everyone should do, I think the fountain was prettiest at night and a lot less crowded although not completely empty! Getting home proved to be difficult and interesting at the same time, we came out of a different exit to the station entrance we came in which threw us off as to where we ...
... hop off and get on at various stops. We were in St. Peter's Square at noon, when the Pope comes out, and there were masses of people everywhere. The bus sat in the traffic jam for a bit, but we still were not there long enough to actually see the Pope. We rode a complete circle of the bus stops and then got off. We walked to a church, but it was only open for a few hours in the AM and again in the PM, and we were in between. We were close to our hotel, so ...
European Adventure 2012
Orbetello to Rome, Italy 8-06-12
Today I was up and about early after what could be called a nightmare's sleep! The whole night I was having bad dreams about my bike letting me down in Bosnia or one of the Eastern European country's after that noise appeared from nowhere. Somehow I think its simply the fuel injection system just getting run-in;-)
After sitting on the balcony for breakfast watching the waves I packed my ...
... shut off it was too hot). So decided to catch up on some journal entries by hand. Will do blog entry later in cooler place.
Nothing really big going on today so found shady spot by pool deck and continued blog typing with iPad (cooler for it here).
The girls were spending their time pool side. Phyllis & Scott went to the 3:15pm bingo, Jody & Theresa stayed by pool deck. Scott won $55 (30 at ...
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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.