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Contiki 2006 Europe!!! Day 1...Chicago to London July 25th The journey began in Chicago O'Hare airport where I met the other four people I was flying with. We all were expecting security to take awhile so were there way too early. We left Chicago on British Airways (go row 42!) and the flight to London Heathrow took about 7.5 hours. Since we left …
... leg while others watched more movies or played some more texas hold-em. It was great fun because our group could play together from their seats. Although some of the students need to listen a little more to Kenny Rogers and “know when to hold em, know when to fold-em”!
On our arrival in Rome we cleared what, I guess you could call customs. It was little more than a guy looking at your passport for a ...
... is very close by. The Temperature is in the upper 80's....We get to the Coliseum...very awesome! Lots of people there...we walk around and take pictures. our next plan is to walk the Palatine Hills but we can't seem to find it. OK. We will skip that and go find the Forum. After some time we finally can see the ruins from the street but we can't find the entrance...we walk and walk and walk....We are over-heated. Finally...we find the entrance...walk up to ...
... touch too, as he founded the church originally. The statues of the various saints inside was my favorite part of the church. It gave you a real sense of heritage and that you were standing in the culmination of thousands of years of faith. A very enjoyable visit.
Afterwards, the Baths of Caracalla warranted a visit for a short while. A new part of the excavation was recently opened to the public and I really wanted to take a look. ...
... That was a very nice touch to dinner.
By the time we finish dinner and arrive at the Spanish Steps, it was already dark. All the shops were close by now. The steps were, steps. It seemed like an area where people were just sitting and hanging out. A few touts here and there trying to sell their goods but nothing dangerous. We just hang around for a couple of photos before heading back to the B&B.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Imperiale Rome
I booked the Hotel Imperiale on-line - and it is a very nice hotel - not world class but very nice, and comfortable, and in a great location - BUT! I did not specify what I wanted in my room and I was give a tiny room with shower, not at all as advertised on their website - I rarely complain, but decided to because the room was so inadequate. They were booked for the first night but offered to move me for the second night - What a difference! We got a lovely and large room with a big bathtub. The service was good, the breakfast offered lots of choices (don't drink the brewed coffee, though - try a capaccino). Overall I recommend this hotel - but be sure to muster up a little assertiveness if needed!
Nice hotel, unhelpful attitude
Decent accomodations, great location, but not service-oriented or tourist-friendly. Typical nasty attitude: we nicely asked concierge if he knew what weather would be like, and he replied, "what, do I look like a weatherman?" We booked an air conditioned room with TV, but our TV and air conditioning were broken in our stuffy room. We were told the air actually was turned off upstairs "in between" seasons; funny, the air worked in lobby. Stayed four nights; upon return for a reserved fifth evening, we were told out of the blue that the hotel was overbooked and we'd have to go to another location (albeit an ok alternative).
If you love plastic flowers you will be in your element at the Imperiale-displays on every bedroom floor by the elevator, in the public rooms and on the breakfast room tables. Our second floor room was small with a tree outside the window blocking the view of the Via veneto. The furnishings consisted of the double bed, a desk and chair, a mini bar cabinet with a tv on top and a fitted wardrobe with minimal hangersand a small chest of drawers. The shower room was minimal in size. Altogether not quite what one would expect of a four star hotel.
Loved this hotel!
My sister, mother and aunt just returned from staying 7 nights at the Imperiale Hotel and we loved it. We had two very large rooms with twin beds and one room had a small balcony. The location was fantastic; the desk clerks/concierges very helpful.
The only thing we weren't overly impressed with was the food at the restaurant (although the location in front of the hotel in a glassed-in area was great for people watching); other than that, we loved the hotel and would strongly recommend it to other travelers.
i had a reservation with imperiale hotel in rome for three days. their check in time is 12:00 p.m. i reached around 11 a.m. one hour early as my flite was a bit early from new york. i had a driving guide waiting for me outside if they check me in early i could have left early. they were rude n told me the room is not ready yet. fifteen past twelve they checked me in - way too slow. finally the guy takes my suitcase to my room. it looked like a tiny box with a two twin beds - which hardly fitted there. but then this man said let me take one bed out as we will only let u have a twin bed. the bathroom door is so small as well- u can hardly - i hit myself few times just walking in n out of the place.
My husband and I stayed at the Imperiale Hotel September 15-18, 2003.
In the land of Dolce Vita
The Imperiale is situated at the bottom end of the beautiful Via Veneto close to Piazza/Metro Barberini. We were fortunate enough to have two interconnecting rooms overlooking Via Veneto. They were spacious with pretty traditional furnishings and good bathrooms. One even had a small balcony. The views onto Via Veneto were lovely and the position was excellent. Within walking distance of nearly all the sights. Hotel had a great old fashioned style restaurant in the street with glass surround. Large lounge and bar area and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Although some guide books had said the Via Veneto had faded into 1950s glory I would not agree. It was just magic!
A great choice
A great all round choice.A good location, within a short walk of the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.Courteous and friendly staff, nothing is too much trouble. Beautifully appointed rooms.Wonderful breakfasts.You'll feel like royalty!
Location, location, and everthing else
The imperial is located on the incredible Via Veneto and right at the entrance to the train station. Within walking distance to Spainish steps, Trevi fountain, Pantheon, shoppining, dining. Friendly staff. Big clean room. For european standards very good American breakfast. Bar on sight and dining. Once again the staff was over the top.