Travel Blogs from Rome
The seven intrepid explorers once again set off after an early morning start from Leeds Bradford Airport desination Rome.
David, Elaine, Maria, Linda, Kath, Robin & Donna again look forward to the next chapter in exploring European cities.
After the last two visits of Venice and Nice where as always mishaps …
Fell in love with Rome. I will come back.
Driving Into Rome...
on the shuttle from the airport gave us our first glimpses of the amazing ancient ruins. Starting with the ancient city walls to beautiful columns standing around most every corner, I knew the decision to stay in the heart of ancient Rome was a good one. Glimpsing so many treasures on the way in was just a teas as to what …
Rome is so exiting, it is a real shame however that we only spent 3 days here. I really enjoyed the Vatican and the colosseum. The Vatican had many sculptures of ancient gods from 2000 years ago. It slowly makes its way to the frescoes and tapestries that were made by Raphael and MichaelAngelo in the 16th century. They were the best art work I had …
... off at the station closest to the Spanish steps, and after climbing them and getting a few photos I walked on to the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi fountain). I had a bit of trouble finding it but after eventually getting there it was quite amazing to see. I fought the crowd to get down to the water in order to throw my coin in and make a wish, before giving myself a mild concussion by hitting my head while climbing back under the rail! Just what I needed while feeling crook!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Genio Hotel Rome
Location Location Location!
Paid £200 for 3 nights Expedia special rate, 3rd night free.
Almost everything - the Vatican, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colleoseum etc is within walking distance of the hotel. A double bonus is the Piazza Navona which is literally just round the corner with fountains, restaurants and street artists. There is also a Macdonald's (good if you have kids) pharmacy and grocery shop a few blocks away.
If you like big rooms avoid room 112 at all costs ask for room 208 or 207 which has balcony. Only a handful of TV channels, but youre not going all the way to Rome to watch TV right?
All the reception staff were polite, courteous, professional and all of them spoke more than adequate English. Any further questions mail me.
We stayed two nights at the Genio this summer and found it to be a very good choice. Although we had had a disastrous stay earlier at another Leonardi Group hotel, we were already booked into the Genio and crossed or fingers.
Allround good hotel
i stayed at the genio in may2002, after a 1 minute problem with our reservation was sorted out we were in. the rooms were more than fairly sized, the bathroom was excellent. everything was clean and tidy. there was a cockroach on the dining room floor one morning but you have to expect the odd one now and again.staff were friendly and helpful. the location was excellent as were within minutes away from everything.good hotel. as a travel agent i would recomend it.
Great hotel, great location
Hotel Genio is a friendly hotel in a great location. The staff is very courtious, the rooms clean and moderately sized. We stayed in room 504, with a balcony on the side of the hotel. The most attractive feature of the Genio however, is the roof terrace. In summer you they serve breakfast there, and it's lovely to enjoy the sun when it has long gone from the streets. The view accross the rooftops of the city, including the Vatican and the Capitol is breathtaking by sunset. Also, the surrounding area of the Genio is very romantic, narrow streets, antique shops and small restaurants (Ecce Bombo!). Also the Piazza Navona, just a one minute walk from the hotel and characterized as the most beautiful square of Rome, is a great place to enjoy the sun, the musicians and the busy waiters.
Genio makes it easy.
We stayed at the Genio in febuary 2003. The hotel is situated in an excellent area of Rome, just around the corner from the Piazza Navona and about fifty yards from the Ponte Umberto leading to the castel S. Angelo and onto the Vatican. From here you can walk to all of the main sites inc. the Colusseum, Forum and Trevi Fountain. The room was above average size for a european city hotel, appeared to have been recently refurbished and had a good sized bathroom. The staff were courteous and friendly without being intrusive and the breakfast was very good. If you stay here you must go to the sixth floor and see the view from the rooftop terrace, unfortunately the weather prevented us from using this facility for too long but I'd imagine it would be lovely in spring/ summer.
I was appalled by the incredibly poor service I received from this group of hotels during my recent visit to Rome recently. Just so the reader knows I have lived in Italy on and off for nearly fifteen years and lived for six months a hundred meters from the hotel, which is why I wanted this particular hotel
Fabio was fabulous
The Genio is centrally located with a very helpful staff. Fabio, the gentleman who checked us in, as very patient with our inability to speak Italian. The Piazza Navona is just around the corner and has many places to eat with wonderful food, make sure you get some gelato. We were able to walk to everything we wanted to see in Rome. I would gladly stay there the next time I am in Rome.
I was a bit annoyed to discover that the room was very small and that there was no hot water plus the shower unit was tripping. However, after speaking to the hotel reception, the problem with the shower was quickly fixed.
We stayed at the Hotel Genio. It was a bit expensive at 206 Euros per night. The Genio turned out to be in an ideal area for us. The river nearby is surrounded by trees, and the Genio is only a couple of blocks from the Piazza Navona. We stayed in room 609, which we loved. The room is rather small, but it has a gigantic balcony (with a table) on the corner, which affords a view of a nearby palazzo, the top of the Pantheon, and even a statue on the top of the Forum. It was also a wonderful place to watch the people far below. But room 609 has its drawbacks. The bed seemed to be two single bedframes pushed together with a double mattress on top, so it had a hard lump down the middle. We considered pulling the mattress off the bed and sleeping on the balcony, but it was still a bit too cold! My wife thought that the shower smelled a bit mildewy, but I didn’t notice that much. Finally, the room has an air conditioner but no means for heating it whatsoever, so I imagine that it is too cold in the winter. But we loved the giant balcony and the location. It seemed like most of the rest of the rooms in the Genio did not have a balcony (except maybe 608). The rooms on the lower floors were small but seemed to be decorated a bit better than 609. Overall, I loved the location of the Genio, but any hotel in the Piazza Navona/Pantheon area would probably be equally well-located. The service at the Genio was cordial; they helped me with directions, sent up an iron quickly when requested, etc. I considered the Tiziano as well, but it was on a very busy street, and I am glad I chose the Genio instead.
They tried to pick our pockets
The rooms were average, the service was poor, and the cost was high. The location was very good. On our 3rd day we had a wallet stolen on the subway platform. The attendent at the Hotel Genio seemed mildly helpful when we got back to the hotel and started making the necessary calls to cancel credit cards, etc. We discovered, however, as we checked out that they wanted to charge us $65 for the several "toll-free" calls that we had made in this effort. Needless to say, we didn't pay and we won't be back.