Les Chambres d'Or Hotel
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FLORENCE - ah, Florence! What a captivating city! The only thing I remembered from my last trip here in 1976 was Michelangelo's statue of David, but I don't know how I could have forgotten the rest of this incredible city. At 1:30 a.m. our first evening there, we wandered into Signore Piazza and were struck by the dazzling brilliance of their incredible, floodlit Duomo (cathedral) with its elaborate carved marble walls and ...
... and 8 euros for two days which we are too cheap and stubborn to pay. We use the internet for free when we visit Hotel IQ...LOL. But, we do have a nice breakfast included in our room which cost 10 euros at Hotel IQ...so we each have our trade offs.
Anyway...after getting all settled in we spend our first long day touring around with me as the guide....my favorite pastime is showing people around Rome :-)
Our first stop after winding ...
... Passing the tomb of Cecilia Metella, we turn off the Appian way and head to a metro station about a mile or so away.
We get off the metro at the Barberini stop so we can visit the Capuchin crypt. It was listed in guidebooks as a give a donation if you want entry but has now changed to a mandatory buy a ticket attraction. We first tour the museum which has interesting histories of different Capuchin Saints. Carol is sponging as I call it, absorbing as much as she can. There ...
... someone who is passionate about the topic is so much more enjoyable than trying to figure it out yourself. History is not my strong suite. And the introduction to Rome was really helpful to put everything into context. Andrew and I learnt about how the Romans had a banking system and they were also responsible for the origins of law. We learnt about how their society operated on fairness and that from the people they expected them to pay their taxes and call the Emporer ...
... and Via Africa. Pretty cool! By the way, if you ever book a four star hotel, make sure it's not out the Euroma2 mall as it's quite a commute from the city center.
Our whirlwind trip continued to Trastevere we went for pizza and walked around for a bit. Here, it was a bit more apparent of tourist prices as when my friend went before, it was cheaper. The guy said they raised the prices 2 weeks ago (but she knew this not to be true). Oh well, it turned out to be good ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Les Chambres d'Or Hotel Rome
Our welcome was warm but nothing else was. They did not know where to put our family. Lots of talk about what room to give us. Finally we got shown a room in a apartment two blocks way. It was a very small room with one bed and two small beds. The location was great and we did lots of walking and seeing the sights. At one am we were awaken by a firetruck shinning a light into our window asking us to open the front door.
We arrived a day early into Rome (two weeks in Tuscany and Umbria) and the staff organised a room (although we had to share with the parents on the first night) but managed a discount. Then next two nights we had two double rooms and were very happy with the layout.
I stayed here with my family at the end of May. We had two rooms for two people each. One of the rooms was considerably bigger than the other (especially the bathroom), but they were both fairly nice. The first night, two of us arrived first (the other two arrived the next day), and since the hotel was apparently overbooked, we stayed in an apartment a couple blocks down the street. It was actually an adorable little place, but the bed was terribly uncomfortable. No matter, as the next few nights we were in the regular building which was much more comfortable.
We had read positive reviews about Les Chambres d'Or so we did not hesitate to book for three (3) nights. The welcome was more than friendly and they did not loose a minute to take care of us right off the cab. But the fun part stopped THERE ! After our complimentary welcome drink, some hotel attendant took us two blocks down to another location whereas the building across the street from the little cafe clearly stated that we WERE at Les Chambres d'Or. We would find out later that they overbooked their hotel and tried to STACK us (my girlfriend and me) to a much uglier, cheaper, unpleasant and uninviting location. We protested without success to the clerk and to to the "new" hotel attendant. Nevertheless, we asked to visit the "new" room... it was nothing like the pictures we had seen from Les Chambres d'Or. My College dorm was a five star compared to what we saw !!! Without any compassion the hotel attendant told us that we were free to go somewhere else. We did. To add to the insult, they illegally charged my credit card for 450 EUROS without my consent. Bunch of thieves ! I contested the purchase with VISA. It has yet to be settled.
Location - literally 5 minutes walk from the Vatican and St Peters. The metro station is about 300 meters away and less than 50 meters is the bus terminus for Risorgomento where you can catch several buses to take you across the river to other parts of the city - buy your tickets at the newsagents near the bus stop. Not a huge selection of restuarants nearby - Almafi is worth a visit but they are far more near the Pantheon/Trevi area.
Don't expect hotel style acc, in reality it is a bunch of appartments run from a small cafe. Got there to find the room not ready because of the cleaner, who'd apparently been replaced that day by another. Found the room rather unconvential, the jacuzzi was novel, but I'd of prefered the space, since it took up half the bedroom. Clean enough standard, leaky shower though. Not trustworthy of the staff who seemed to continually contradiction themselves in the same sentence.
Good location for the vatican I agree. OK for the money, but I will take a hotel next time, with at least somewhere proper I can leave my luggage on check-out.
Can't wait to go back.
Alessandro and Stefano are WONDERFUL!! We stayed for 4 nights and had no complaints. Room 6 has a larger than king bed and 2 twins, plus room for a fold away. Breakfast was leisurely each morning. Room 4 had a king and twin. This hotel is near St. Peter's, bus, metro, supermercota, shopping and the USO. We will go back.
My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel for 5 nights in July 2004. We had a wonderful time. The hotel is located on a quiet street and our room was a generous size (Tip is to ask to be put in Room 2 as apparently it is the largest and nicest by far!). The staff were friendly and helpful, booking trips and taxis for us, and arranging an airport transfer when we arrived late at night. Breakfast each morning is served at a traditional pavement cafe opposite the main hotel building and is a tasty assortment of pastries. The location was ideal for us - a couple of minutes walk to the Vatican, and a 5 minute walk to the underground station or bus stop for the short journey to the center of town. There are several excellent and reasonably priced restaurants on the same street as the hotel, including a pizzeria called the Amalfi which was amazing. All in all highly recommended and I plan to go back when next in Rome.
We enjoyed our stay. The location to the Vatican was perfect. The staff (especially Sam) were helpful and kind. The breakfast was wonderful. The room was clean and nice. The room was small, considering we had a quad, so it was wall to wall beds.
Close to the Vatican City, new and clean
This "hotel" is actually a collection of apartment rooms in a street opposite a little Italian family restaurant. The restaurant doubles as the office and the place to start the day with breakfast. We stayed for 3 nights in June and found our room to be quiet and dark (shutters and thick curtains), and spotlessly clean. The shower and bathroom were modern and excellent. The hotel is just a block or two from the Vatican City and the Metro station is about as close. There are loads of restaurants and shops in the vicinity. The staff (who work in the restaurant) are welcoming in a very genuine Italian sense, and were extremely helpful in all ways. This was our first time in Rome and we would stay here again.