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... and like little jewels hidden amongst huge rocky outcrops, they are themselves a beautiful sight. Brightly painted houses built higgledy-piggledy on top of one another, some new, some hundreds of years old, peppered with soaring spires and surrounded with vineyards, thick forests and, of course, all completely focused around their harbours, with the old towns' predominant food source found swimming around in the raucous Ligurian Sea.
Apart from the ...
... Pizza for dinner, unfortunately there was another English table next to us so not as local as we thought!
Tony and Colin allegedly lost the supermarket for milk for our breakfast so we ended up having custard croissants. We again headed back into Rome and followed Tony's directions on Trip Advisor - unfortunately he found a new location instead of the Colosseum which ended up miles away from the centre of Rome. But it was a lovely ...
... fountain. Hundreds of people were sat on the steps eating gelato's and drinking drinks in the sun, it looked really nice and had a really nice feel to it. Unfortunately we didn't get any good pictures of us so we decided we would come back early in the morning to beat the crowds and get the nice picture of us we were after.
The most bizarre thing happened after the Spanish steps, Niomi said that she was really hungry and she fancied McDonalds. She never ever ...
After a big sleep in, we decided to take the kids to the Zoo. We thought we would take the Metro as the Zoo is just a few stops on the same line- how hard could it be?
We found the Metro station, and although there were people in the ticket booth, they weren't actually there to do anything except talk, and not do any actual customer service.
The automatic ticket booth didn't seem to give change, and by then it all got a bit hard and so we took a taxi to the Zoo.
... leaders and celebrities. We are like Famiglia in this hotel, after 20 years of Tauck Italy.
Like a movie set, all was choreographed to bring out the best of Ancient and Contemporary Rome with everyone's favorites such as the Forum, Spanish Steps, Colisseum, Pantheon and dozens of Piazzas and marble Fountains -- augmented by what we really came for: the special sites! Exclusive palaces opened their doors -- from Palazzo Cononna, the ...
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)