Hotel Locarno Rome
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... Jan's phone number on a paper from the program and called him to sort out the mess. Apparently the landlord was supposed to come and pay the drivers before we left, but we left 5 minutes early and she hadn't made it down. I handed the phone to Jan and he talked to the driver who didn't seem entirely happy about the situation.
With that mess sorted out we headed into the Terminal and found that our airline didn't start checking people in until 2 ...
... we followed our guide and within seconds, stood inside the world’s largest Roman arena. I was finally inside the Colosseum, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World! Wow! I quickly glanced at my watch to memorize this unique and special moment! It was close to 12:00pm!
After providing us with details about getting around this huge arena plus telling us the best places to take pictures, ...
... have a cuppa before the taxi came when he turned up at 4.30. We hurriedly got our bags out of storage and jumped into his 9 seater van. The trip to the airport was rather eye opening. I think he was in a hurry and he drove like a man possessed. I was very happy to get out in one piece.
Into the airport and around 27 hours later we would be home.
... we left and headed back to Naples. From the majestic sites, and historically significant buildings we changed the pace and took the ferry to Capri. Visiting the Blue Grotto was on my list of must sees, and despite the ridiculous price and short duration, I loved it. The Italian men rowing us into the grotto in those tiny boats were belting out “Volare” which echoed off the roof. Caitlin and I ...
The lone computer in the Acacia was an ancient iMac with a keyboard that had clearly grow weary through the millions of excited keystrokes over the years. Reading and sending email and trying to post blog entries was an exercise in frustration but I managed the few crucial tasks I hoped to accomplish. Foremost among those was making reservations for the Vatican Museum tour.
Elaine, our tour guide for the Palatine Hill and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Locarno Rome
Just what we were looking for. A clean, elegant hotel without paying a heafty tourist surcharge for what you get. Our room #423 in the annex had a small intimate furnished terrass that was very romantic. Clean queensized bed (too hard by my taste), beautiful old parquet floor and bathroom with English Porcelain and marble furnishings. Modern touch (key system that welcomes you when you enter the room, elevator, TV, safe and minibar). Breakfast was excellent (homemade cakes and fresh fruit salad stand out among the traditional continental type buffet) in downstairs club atmosphere room, espresso & biscotti by the roaring fireplace in the livingroom served by friendly discrete staff in white jackets. Staff were great (room personnel in green palace like uniforms, bar and breakfast (indeed a very beautiful smiley blond young woman among the wait staff), barman and reception personnel all quite young, polite, helpful and speaking several languages. Thank you hotel Locarno for making our stay so perfect. I had only heard nightmares of hotels in Rome but we were lucky the first time and will definately return. We walked to most of the highlights in town and only took a taxi to and from the station for a short train commute to the airport.
I'd Go Back in a Second!
Rome was my first stop on my first trip to Italy, and a big part of the reason I loved it so much was this nice hotel! It's off on a smaller street, yet is very close to the Piazza del Poppolo (restaurants, shopping, etc.) and the River. Our room was in the annex and was very spacious with a luxurious pink marble bathroom. The small bar was so Deco, and the breakfast (included) was even more than you're likely to want before starting a day out. The staff was very accommodating and spoke perfect English. After three weeks in Italy, I decided ROMA is the place I liked best and the Hotel Locarno is absolutely delightful.
We stayed at Locarno for a week, checking out Nov 2nd. It was my first time in Rome and stayed here on advice from my aunt who has traveled all over Italy. I could not have been more pleased. The location was perfect for seeing the sights - we walked everywhere. The train station was a very close cab trip & the hotel aranged for our cab at the airport. Could not have been easier or more pleasant. I can't believe that the breakfast they serve is free & the waiting staff is very attentive. The bartender was very nice, offered great advice for things to do & see, served a darn good drink or espresso, and had a quite a cute waitress girl working with him. Everyone there spoke english very well (maybe not the maids, but hey, they don't in the US either). If you have a yahoo address or whatever, you can easily and cheaply communicate back to the states - did that every night. I do have to highly recommend one a restaurant thats right around the corner on Ripetta, the La Buca di Ripetta. My God, what good food! This is what you travel 5000 miles for!!! To answer your question, No, I don't work there. Very pleasantly satisfied customer.
I was surprised to read in one of the review that this hotel isn't conviniently located as it is steps away from Via del Corso and beautiful Piazza del Popolo. And who the hell take a taxi from the port to the centre of Rome?Overall a great Roman hotel with style and friendly & professional service! I'd also suggest to dress properly in the centre of Rome not to feel embarassed!!
Having never been to Italy, much less Rome, we took the advice posted on this site and booked six nights at the Hotel Locarno. Had a wonderful time. The hotel staff is friendly and professional, and a particular kudo goes to the fabulous bartender from Napoli. The breakfast is first-rate: lots of variety of both hot and cold foods, perfect espresso and good service in a pretty courtyard-during good weather. Free internet access on a lone terminal in an out of the way room downstairs. We had a deluxe room, which was 310 euros per night, not cheap, but had very high ceilings, elegant but not stuffy furnishings and a lovely marble bathroom with huge shower, bidet and double sinks. Only problem we had was the instructions that came with the phone were incorrect and we could not dial out without calling the front desk when we had an emergency at home. As for the location, we like to walk a LOT, so the location, near Piazza Popolo at the top of the shopping district, was perfect for us. Easy stroll to the Spanish Steps and many wonderful restaurants, a bit longer (10 -12 mins) to the Vatican (or Villa Borghese in the opposite direction), we also walked to the Colisuem, Forum, Piazza Navona and all the other sites on other days. Women particularly, take note, if you go shopping at Spanish Steps, DRESS WELL. You will feel dowdy and out of place in khakis and sneakers.
A bit out of the way
This hotel was the best priced we could find during our trip to Italy.
It was, however, a bit out of the way. (quite far from most tourist attractions) The taxi fare to the hotel from the airport was not cheap, and it cost much too much for us to get to the port to meet our cruise ship. The front desk staff were helpful and spoke English fluently.
They helped us get a limo/taxi to the cruise ship port..but probably took a "cut"..since it cost us over $100. (way out of line). There was a hotel nearby (walking distance) that had a reasonably priced internet service and bar with live music. Also, several good restaurants within walking distance. The room was clean but quite ordinary.
POSITIVES: Effectively same location as Hotel De Russie BUT 1) ROOMS HAVE THE CHARACTER YOU WOULD EXPECT OF A ROOM IN ROME - Hotel De Russie rooms are characterless. You could be in any 5 star hotel in the world. 2) BETTER VALUE FOR MONEY - Deluxe double (E310 for a double room for double use) and we were upgraded to the room featured in Hip Hotels Italy book. Ignoring the upgrade, E575 for a double for double use(E11 extra to use gym) at Hotel De Russie was outrageous given Locarno has much more character. NEGATIVES: Breakfast ok but not 5 star spread. ie not a big deal.For a romantic breakaway, choose Locarno - great service, tremendous rooms and excellent location with great restaurants nearby and Spanish steps, Forum, Vatican all within walking distance - unless you feel obligated to throw money away at the HdRussie for an experience you can get at your local 5 star hotel.
Have stayed at the Locarno many times and will never stay anyplace else. The helpful staff is always ready ti serve you, from suggesting sending a car to the airport (lower price than taking a cab) tp greet us, the wonderfulm bountiful breakfast with the best breads in Rome, high ceilinged rooms with antiques and lovely towel warmer, nothing is missed. Just worn enough to be charming with the antigue Otis elevator, the location, 5 minutes by cab to the Vatican and close enough to walk for those who choose to, minutes from the Spanish Steps and great restaurants across the street and around the corner at Piazza di Popolo, just be sure to call in advance..this is a very popular hotel that has earned a reputation for comfort and convenience among business travelersand returning guests.
Fab hotel in Rome
Locarno is a stunning hotel - friendly staff who couldn't do too much for their guests, good sized rooms, an excellent breakfast - and a beautiful view of Rome from the roof terrace. To cap it all it is incredibly handy for all the sights - Piazza del Popolo, Via Condotti, Spanish Steps were minutes away and Piazza Navona and Pantheon were twenty minutes away if that. Couldn't think of anywhere I would rather stay in Rome and would go back there again at the drop of a hat!
Hotel that is both beautiful and Convenient
Hotel Locarno is a charming place to stay in Rome, and is located within walking distance of many of Rome's famous attractions such as, St. Peters Church the Coliseum and the Forum just to name a few. Service is friendly the Mini- Bar is well stocked and breakfast is excellent. Piazza dell Popolo, restaurants, and great shopping are all close by. This is an experience not to be missed!