Travel Blogs from Rome
... but no, we were lucky, we only had to queue for about twenty minutes. We went into St Peter's Basilica, and this time we took advantage of an audio guide ( I gave up half way round - overload of information). But it was amazing! the frescos and statues were fantastic. Just to stand there and look around and take photos was enough for me. Following this we went on to the museum and headed for the ...
... survived the damage of time and gravity, still intact with all its splendor and beauty. Even today, almost 2000 years after its construction, the breathtaking pantheon is a remarkable building to see. The spectacular design, proportions, elegance and harmony are a striking reminder of the architecture of the great Roman Empire. When Michelangelo saw this wonder for the first time he said that it looks more like the work of angels and not humans. The exact age of the ...
We walked, walked, walked some more, got lost, walked some more :)
Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Pantheon were today, weather was gorgeous. We pushed our way through the people to get a few good pictures.
Also there is no need to worry about the safety of us. You should be worried that we will kill the ...
... killed in whats left of a huge temple and people still put flowers on it today.
Still had some time we went to the Trevi fountain which was cool and just as i'd remembered it. Went past this really cool collumn with carvings on it and a huge white building I think is like a palace or something. Got some dinner, Al not feeling too well just had soup - it was really weird bread and egg but he loved it!
... climbed to the top of the dome and saw the eternal city from the top of its tallest building. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the Pope but we did see Father Guido Sarducci who assured us that we would all go to heaven if we gave him a sizable cash donation. So we've got that going for us!
Tomorrow we will be visiting the Colosseum and the surrounding ruins of ancient Rome.
Ciao da Roma.
John & Pat
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Bailey's Hotel Rome
Cosy and quiet
Lovely, cosy hotel, minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the main roads. Although its location isn't perfect, main attractions can easily be reached by foot.
Breakfast was great and rooms nicely furnished and clean.
Some nice, truly Italian restaurants are located on the same road.
So if you don't like large, modern hotels on busy and noisy roads, and instead want some peace and quiet in a charming hotel, I can definately recommend the Bailey's.
May 2004. It was a charming hotel in a wonderful residential section of town. We walked to many places, or took the bus. The hotel is decorated in a grand manor, with silk fabric walpaper and marble bathrooms. It is intimate, the staff above average and the breakfast better then any we found during our trip. We would return again and again.
We stayed from February 15-21, 2004 with our 2 children (11 and 14) in a suite that consisted of two adjoining rooms (Room 103 and 104). The rooms were very nicely decorated and the bathrooms (one for each room) were beautifully constructed with marble. Our room was quite small but all we needed was a bed and a little storage space. The adjoining kid's room was spacious. The rooms have minibars though the items are expensive as is the case at most hotels. The staff were very friendly and helped with taxis, etc. The breakfast is very good although not what most non-Italians would expect. Breads, delicious cakes, cold cereal, proscuitto, juice, a single hot egg dish, capuccino, etc. The staff at breakfast were extremely nice.
From reading the other reviews, it seems your experience at the Hotel Bailey is largely affected by the room you're in. A colleague and I stayed there in Spring 2002 and were very happy with it. Great rooms with french windows over the street. Clean, pleasant rooms too, and I had a great bathroom with french doors also. But what won it for us was the service. My colleague's luggage was lost in transit, and the desk phoned the airline literally every half hour until the bags were located and sent to be delivered. They recommended decent restaurants and were prompt in delivering faxes to us. Whether it was calling taxis or the laundry service, everything was done quickly and pleasantly. For the business traveller, it's great for its location and quiet. But I would stay there again on vacation -- provided I could get the same room!
The room was not what I expected. It was tiny. The "king sized bed" was actually 2 low twin sized mattresses pushed together, covered by only one thin sheet, not tucked in, with no mattress pad. The blankets were worn, possibly unwashed, and inadequate. The pillows had no shams, and they were torn with the stuffing coming out of them. The lights were controlled by a central system activiated by the key card when you come in the room, and this system was faulty, so we'd have to stand in the dark room and tamper with the lights until they came on. I occasionally found long black hairs around, on the sheets and in the bathroom, and my hair is light brown. The in-room internet access did not work. The sink and tub drained slowly. Some of the electric outlets did not work.
We stayed at Hotel Bailey's in late July for 4 nights and had a wonderful experience. (We had just come from 3 nights in Paris at a 4-star hotel where our accomodations were okay, but just barely. The Hotel Bailey's was a real improvement). We had a family suite which was really two adjoining rooms. The rooms, while not huge, were well appointed, very clean and well maintained, and nicely decorated. The room at the front of the hotel was much bigger and brighter than the one in the back, but together they made a nice suite. The hotel sits on a quiet street with virtually no traffic, though it is only a block away from a main road which connects you to all the top sites in Roma center. We easily walked everywhere (except to the Vatican, which we would have done had we not had a baby in a stroller). The staff was exceptional! Very friendly and helpful. They gave us great tour advice, suggestions for restaurants and directed us to items we were shopping for. We felt welcome and catered to during our stay. I would have loved to have stayed a few more days, and will stay here again when I come back to Rome.