NH Villa Carpegna
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on our way to rome today we went to the city of pomeii in the shadow of mount vesuvius it was spectacular
wow can italians be rude and tour guides be wound up. hotel staff ignored our group and tour guide let them know about it.anyway rome is an absolute culture shock so much to see and so little time we went to the vatican the sistine chapel …
We stayed in Rome for 3 days doing sightseeing. We walked around the most famous areas, went to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel as well as a tour at night. I had been in Rome before but this was great - loved to see it all again. Also got to meet a cousin who lives there.
... thing was seeing Michelangelo's sculpture of Mary and Jesus which he carved from one massive piece of marble at the age of 23. We ended our tour out the front in St Peters Square. We then went and climbed the dome at the top of the cathedral - 552 steps to the top! It was an interesting experience having to walk bent sideways as we got higher up the dome! Part way up, there is a balcony on the inside of the dome ...
... had premarital sex, but because we were showing too much leg. My shorts and Carrie's dress were too short for Vatican City. The silly thing is that we actually knew we needed to cover up but like our umbrella, the scarves we've been wearing everyday in Paris were back at the apartment. So, with our heads hanging low we left Vatican City and headed back to the apartment for a must needed rest break. We were craving pizza in a bad way, so we found ...
... sometimes with moving trees and houses. They made up new rules sometimes to make it more exciting. There were even moving stone platforms (that I assume were lifted by ropes and pulleys) that brought the fighters up to the arena. Beforehand, they would ride in chariots to see the crowd. A lot of it sounds very similar to The Hunger Games - I bet some ideas for it were these things that happened in the past. We walked to the ruins of the Roman ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews NH Villa Carpegna Rome
Good price, good location, hard to find.
Great hotel, good breakfast, very nice rooom, albeit a little small and really comfortable bed (which rates highly in my book!). I was disappointed to find I couldn't book my first choice of hotels, only to save money by staying at this one, and enjoy a really good stay here.
One piece of advice, this hotel is really hard to find when you arrive in Rome, and public transport is the best way to get there as the taxis are expensive. Use the buses from St Peters square, if I remember correctly it's the 881 or 94/95? Get off at the Piazza Pio IX, and it's just around the corner from there. Trying to find a map of that area is not easy either, so good luck.
Otherwise, I'd recommend you stay here, you get good value for money.
THE HOTEL ? The Jolly Hotel Villa Carpegna is located west of the Vatican City. It is probably not the right hotel for somebody who prefers to reside within walking distance of the main tourist attractions, however, there are buses going to Plaza Venezia and to the nearest metro station on a regular basis. I don't mind using public transportation, and as we saved at least 20 ? 30 Euro per night in comparison to other 4* hotels we looked at, it was well worth the train and bus rides. You can buy 3 day and 7 day passes to use in all buses and metros. Right next to the hotel you will find the park "Villa Doria Pamphili".THE ROOM ? Our room was located in the first floor of the building and offered quite a nice view on the surroundings of the hotel. The room was not extremely big, but big enough for two people and featured a really comfortable double bed, a safe, tv (english programs, too), good air conditioning and a nice bathroom with bath tub incl. a shower. Both the room and the bathroom were in excellent shape and kept very clean.THE STAFF ? We found the staff very polite. They were very helpful in everything that had to do with getting around Rome ? incl. explaining the nearby bus lines to us and helping with reservations. Everybody had a very friendly way of dealing with the guests, which should be standard in every hotel, but is not ? that's why I am mentioning it here. I felt very welcomed.THE BREAKFAST ? It was included in our room price. We have had better breakfasts in other hotels, but that's not to say this wasn't good. There was different kinds of breads, cereals, jams. Honey, scrambled eggs & bacon, salami, turkey and ham. Also fruit and sweet croissants. What I didn't like about the breakfast was that usually something was missing and it took the staff quite long to refill it. I also didn't like that the fruit was not fresh but canned. But oh well. Still a pretty good start into the day. Never left me hungry. The coffee was good ? soooo good....OVERALL REVIEW ? If you are able to book the promotional rate (we booked through expedia, but it's also offered on the hotel website) you could get a 4* star hotel with a pretty good standard for the price of a 3* hotel. I'd totally recommend the hotel, even if it is a little further away from the main attractions. I'd book it again. It was a good deal!
Jolly hotels often vary much in quality, but the Jolly Hotel Villa Carpegna deserves a mention. I'm staying there for 8 months since may2003 (on average of 3-4 days a week = 130 nights circa), and I guess I developed an "informed" opinion.*Location*: New 2-yrs old, 3-storey large building located on a low hill, in a nice garden with eye-catching outdoor swim.pool, very tranquil and silent environment.