NH Villa Carpegna
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Friday, June 27
Our 3 am was brutal to say the least. The good things were that the hotel packed us a breakfast that we ate on the way to the airport and the breakfast that the airline served was actually pretty good! One thing I was surprised about was that the representative of the program that was with us in London got off the bus with …
... against' and 'being crushed by' this piece of Renaissance architecture. Pulling ridiculous poses mid air, falling over again and again in an an attempt to get that perfect shot, with all the other numpties in the background of your picture doing the exact same thing. It's hilarious. We must have spent a good half an hour just watching everyone and feeling highly superior before I remembered that actually, 8 years ago I had done the exact same thing myself, only with ...
... we made a 'quick' stop off at a fountain to refill our water bottles and to dip our feet in before continuing the journey back.
Whilst Niomi was dipping her feet in she still looked really hot, so I couldn't help myself but splash her with water. She retaliated and splashed me back, so I responded by kicking a load of water over her. Then it was war. She started to chase me down the street to get me wet, but I managed to grab the water bottle and pour it all ...
Day 14 - Tuesday 20th November A 0420 alarm woke us for our early morning transfer to Paris Orly airport, ready for the taxi which we had booked through the hotel the day before. The taxi, operated by two ladies (driver and navigator), made our way south through the city to Orly. The city traffic lights seemed to have no logic to them as we seemed to get stopped by red lights at every intersection even though there was no other vehicles waiting to cross. The city buses were chocked ...
... like, ALL the time. Not only is it fun experiencing the new sights, sounds, and smells with her (we both are as giddy as kids), but also it is fun spending endless hours talking with her. We take an "0pen Air Bus" around the city for two hours while we learn about each landmark as we listen to our pre-recorded tour guide through our headset. Now are on foot. Around the corner is the beautiful Trevi Fountain and next to it ...
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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.