Travel Blogs from Rome
... Ireland, as there was still space on it. Next issue, full battery. No problem put the spare in (which was "fully" charged this morning). Dead! This was before 11! Backup camera, luckily in my handbag too, along with cards and a spare battery - phew. Do miss the huge zoom of my Lumix though.
Following the Vatican, we decided we'd head to Trevi Fountain, but the bus doesn't stop there on Sundays, so we went ...
Just as beautiful as you would expect. It's 79 degrees and only sunshine for the forecast. I've only taken a bus to the central station but went by a bunch of ruins. Currently at a pizza place and very excited to start exploring.
Only had a half day here after traveling but love it so far. Since I'm waiting for Marc to do all the big stuff I just strolled around tonight to some minor monuments and a big park. ...
A bright and early start saw us board our tour bus at 7.15am for our day trip to Pompeii. The trip down was ok, and when we arrived we had a tour of the Pompeii ruins. It was fascinating to see the ruins and how they have been preserved under volcanic rubble since the earthquake of 76 AD. There was actual buildings, rut marks in the paved roads, as well as graffiti on the walls dating back to the early days of Pompeii. Our tour guide was ...
... meal and a glass of wine by the canals before heading off on our overnight sleeper train at 9 pm that night to Vienna. This is called the Vienna express and actually does a loop via Salzburg to Vienna. After paying an extra 140 euro on top of our first class eu rail pass entitlements, we were not impressed with the sleeper cabin. Although modern, it was extremely tiny, and the saying "can't swing a cat" certainly applies here. It was very hot as we ...
... watch.... I would think not so fun to drive in it. We have two days here to see the major sites and then head out of town. Loving hearing the Italian language everywhere. My yr 9 level Italian has meant that I am the spokesperson for the group which is lots of fun. People have understood my attempts at asking things so that has been awesome. Must try things on list.... Italian pizza.... Gelati.... And a good coffee. Will let you all know the verdict when we get home :-) ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Isa Hotel Rome
Clean, good value, well located - would definitely return
The three of us (2 parents and a 3 year old) stayed in this hotel in November 2003 (after a recommendation) and found it to be very good for the price. It was clean, quiet, roomy enough, comfortable and in a good location. The staff were reserved but very courteous and helpful (e.g. arranging a very reasonable taxi to the airport). Breakfast was plentiful and good.
Buses are readily available from the square at the end of the street.
There are a number of restaurants within minutes of the hotel:an excellent trattoria can be found on the opposite side of the street (come out of the hotel, walk to your right until you come to the entrance to the large 4 star hotel and cross over to the opposite side of the street. You should then be near the trattoria which is entered via stairs taking you below street level - the food is not pricey and really is very good).
Do not go near the nearby Chinese restaurant, eventually serving up one of the worst and slowest meals you'll ever endure or darken the door of the trattoria around the corner from the hotel (exit the hotel, turn right and right again for a ripoff, faux-friendly, bad taste in the mouth experience).
There are shops very nearby for fruit, wine, olives etc
We'll be back.
Good Hotel for the Price
We stayed at the Isa in June of 2002 (my husband, 2 teenage sons and I) for 3 nights (before and after a trip to Tuscany). We were thrilled with the room size. We booked a quadruple-1 king-size bed and 2 twins along the walls. Bathroom was small but sparkling clean. Staff was courteous and helpful. We arrived very early in the morning (before 8) and they kept our luggage while we walked to Castel Sant Angelo and sightseeing until checkin time. Breakfast was adequate; after the first day, I learned NOT to drink the regular coffee but to ask the waiter for a freshly made cappuccino-that was excellent; the regular coffee was horrible. I would go back--in 2002 we paid only $200 for all 4 of us.
Overall a friendly hotel
Stayed here at the end of february for 4 nights with my partner Mike.
We were not displeased with the hotel but we were not bowled over either. The small room did not completely surprise us but the tiny bathroom was disappointing. It was a sqeeze especially for Mike who is 6ft 3. He had to dry off with the door open! There were also problems with the hot water in that it was lukewarm at times. They told us that it was being fixed and it did improve but we left the next day so....
Breakfast was adequate, nice fruit salad, but I agree with a previous report that the coffee is really quite bad. Also, things are not always replenished so get there earlyish. The staff were generally friendly and helpful except with 1 who was miserable, maybe he was having afew off days!!! Stay here, if you want to be within walking distance of Castel St Angelo, St. Peter's , the Trevi Fountain , the Spanish Steps, Pizza Navona and the Pantheon. This makes up for the slight irritations.
Nice to be in Hotel Isa Rome Italy
We had a very pleasant stay in hotel Isa.It is a very nice hotel nearby everything you want to visit in Rome and ancient Rome.Travelling by bus is the best thing to do in Rome but walking is very nice to see all things and monuments, and you'll find busses around the corner.The staff is very helping and the rooms are well keeped and clean.Also ours was specious,and nice to be back after long days of sightseeing.Nearby Isa is a very nice gelatishop .!!!!We are going back ,since we have not seen all we wanted to see in those copple of days we went for Rome.And for sure we will go back to hotel Isa.The check inn times and going out times in Isa are very convenient and also you can leave your luggage at the hotel at day of departure to pick up later.The breakfast is very nice ,and more than enough to choose from. There are hotels enough in Rome ,but this one is one to remember.Rome itself and Isa we will not forget and had wonderfull days.We hope You will enjoy everything the way we did ,it's a magnificant nice and warm town and Isa is a very nice hotel.Bye for now ,Anna,and family.
Nothing special--just average
We stayed in a triple--it was pretty spacious, and had room for a fourth person--there was a foldout cot near the bathroom and door.
Decor was definitely 1970's--cheesy IMHO, but if you don't care about ambience and decor, this might be the place for you.Bathroom was adequate--shower stall only, no tub. Plumbing old--toilet does not flush well.No cable TV, just local stations.Room on the 5th floor was quiet, even though it overlooked the street. It also had a deck.Breakfast: buffet style. Had some salami and prosciutto--not a great deal. Rolls, lots of fruits and pastries. Coffee was the worst I had in Italy--dark and not strong. Millk was not steamed as in other Italian establishments, but kept in cannisters. Blood orange juice was provided only when asked.Location: 1 mile from the Vatican, 7 blocks from the Lepanto stop (A line of Metro), and lots of buses pass by the hotel. A few restaurants near the hotel, but they're scattered because it's a bit of a residential neighborhood. Hotel was 3 blocks from Cola di Rienza, which is a major shopping street--lots of Romans stroll about the streets--very little tourists. Overall, not very central and a bit inconvenient.Staff--very helpful.Would rate this 2.7 to 3 star out of 5. Would I return--probably not because there are more central hotels for the price.
I went there for my 21st and I'd go back again and again
We stayed ISA a few years ago, and I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Rome.The location, the room, the facilities the staff.....its all good.Its a brisk walk to the Vatican and to Piazza Navona, right on the river.Its clean, its very clean...and thats very important.The rooms are all mirrored and so is the bathroom.
Contemporary, clean and spacious
Because we haven't found a superior hotel around the Vatican, our stay at the Hotel Isa was a pleasant surprise. Our room was very clean and spacious. We loved the "flavor" of the neighborhood and our balcony that shared the courtyard with family housing, shops, as well as a restaurant. Also, the elevator for 4 was pretty cool! We enjoyed the park at the top end of the street for people watching. Excellent restaurant just down the street and across. We would stay there again, however my husband prefers a more warm atmosphere as opposed to contemporary.
Loved the hotel
As a gift from our Roman friends, we stayed here during the end of our honeymoon in Italy. Loved the marble bathtub/shower in Room 501. The staff were extremely courteous, patient and attentive (they spoke English). The food at breakfast was great (especially the cappucinos with cocoa-outlined hearts on top of the cappucinos). We were within walking distance of great and moderately priced clothing stores and the bus lines 70 and 87 (crucial for stopping at the Colosseum, Piazza Navona and the Stazione Terminale). We also were near St. Peters (but wear walking shoes).We definitely plan to stay here in the future. One note, however. Regardless of where you stay in Rome, please remember to bring an US to Italy adapter for your electronic devices. We couldn't find one despite going to the hotels and stores in Rome, Naples, Lecce, Porto Cesareo and Gallipoli.
Hotel Isa, Rome
We stayed at the Hotel Isa in March 2003. Very helpful staff (helped us retrieve lost luggage). Very modern rooms and bathrooms. Good breakfast included in room rate. The neighborhood is quieter than central "tourist" Rome but St. Angelo Castle, Plaza Navona, etc. are in walking distance as is a Metro stop. Several nice modest restaurants nearby.
Planning to stay there again next year.
A Thirty Year Favorite
We have been regular guests since early 1970's.
It doesn't pretend to be a 4 or 5 Star Hotel BUT the location is outstanding; short walk to Vatican, to Piazza Navona, Hadrians Tomb, the Metro Underground, buses and taxi stand a block away. Many excellent ristoranti within easy walk or of course by taxi. No hotel car parking facility but three very good public garages within 1-2 blocks. The staff always outstanding. Hotel is constantly upgrading and improving on what has already made it our only and favorite when in Rome.(Often)