Travel Blogs from Rome
... the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. This is one of Rome's central hills and people lived here from the 8th century BC and later it became its poshest neighbourhoods. The area contains many ruins set amongst trees and gardens. We looked inside Palatine House, where excavations are still occurring; it is believed to be the birthplace of Rome's first emperor Augustus.
From there we walked down to the Forum. The history is amazing.
We wandered around the streets nearby before ...
... endless. The countless movies and tv shows available certainly made it easier to endure. The food was surprisingly good and welcomed as our stomach's cravings didn't match the time zones we were travelling through and as such ate our meals at some bizarre local times. We landed in Dubai shattered after 14 hours on the plane but with a relatively short stopover of 3.5 hours were ready to hop back on again.
During the break we did the usual thing of alternating ...
I am really glad that I own a Kata backpack for the equipment as there was no room for it in the cabin. Kata puts up with everything, it is shockproof. It is sunny and beautiful up here, we are crossing the Alps, but I fear for the weather in Portugal. This morning I saw that everything was organized with Ceci for my PhotoDreamers hangouts and I am very thankful about her help. Ceci will host the hangouts, she is on Canada, while I will be connected in audio and video ...
... alarms to go off as the crowds bumped into them, which seemed to fuel the excitement!
During all this excitement we once again made friends with the couple sitting next to us at dinner. Katarina and Robert were from Sweden, a nurse and a teacher, they were so friendly and nice, they ended up inviting us to stay with them in Sweden so they could show us around! We took some happy snaps and exchanged email addresses before heading home for the ...
... Isola Tiberina (Tiber Island).
It was all good. The 69th birthday dinner at Osteria Rugantino came off as planned even though there was no cake and no one sang happy birthday. Santa Cecilia had lit the birthday candles that Richard later blew out with just a few big huffs and puffs. Well he tried…
In no time at all we were wandering back toward Termini, past the exquisite ruins of the Roman Baths. Here’s what the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Madrid Rome
A Great Location
We recently stayed at the Hotel Madrid while in Rome for a very brief visit. The location was perfect- just steps away from the Spanish Steps and the metro. We were within walking distance to most of the major sites - anywhere from 5-20 minutes.
The room was large enough for our family of four to stay in comfortably and the breakfast on the roof was very nice.
The only drawback is the tiny shower- tiny even by European standards.
Based upon the reviews posted, coupled with the hotel's proximity to the Spanish Steps, my husband and I and our friends recently booked a 5 night stay at the Hotel Madrid. The accomodations were extremely disappointing in that the rooms were dark,dreary and a bit musty. Our rooms were considered "deluxe", however one room did not have a bathtub and the other room had a plumbing problem which took an entire day and night to correct, resulting in management having to move our friends to an inferior room late one evening. Incidentally, rather than adjusting their bill upon checkout, the gentleman at the front desk advised he would not charge my friends for taking up 2 rooms that night!
Another problem we encountered was that after spending approximately 45 minutes at the front desk attempting to arrange tours for the following day and having been assured that the details concerning the tours would be waiting for us in our mailbox later that evening, we returned to find that absolutely nothing had been done - resulting in a lost day for us.
In an effort to be even-handed, I will say that the location is wonderful and the included breakfast is more than adequate. However, as there are several other hotels in the vicinity that look quite lovely, do yourself a favor and say "nunca" to the Hotel Madrid.
Very poor value for money. Good location but I've since found other equally well located hotels, and with better facilities and higher specified rooms, at a much cheaper rate. Staff very helpful, especially Alesandro. A dissapointing hotel with very average rooms and no facilities. If you want it basic and expensive, stay here!
Hotel Madrid was great!!!!!!
Excellent location and spotless housekeeping.
The staff was great and helped in any way they could with directions and phone calls. No charge for local phone calls!! They also spoke English which was more than a great help!!
Safe area and within walking distance of just about anything. We walked to the Colliseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon.
Great breakfast every day in the rooftop dining garden. New construction next door hinders some of the view but you can still see St. Peter's.
We were definetly impressed with the hotel and would recommend it highly.
The rate was great, too.
Several good but inexpensive restaurants nearby.
One of the best kept secrets in Rome.
Beware of the taxi drivers when you pay them. Ours tried to rip us off. But we new what we gave him so after a "discussion" he saw it our way!!!
Great Hotel and location
Just returned from a long weekend in Rome, and would recommend this hotel highly. Excellent location (close to Prada and Gucci, for those interested!!), friendly, helpful staff, clean rooms and nice terrace for the buffet breakfast (eat as much, or as little, as you like!!). Will definitely be using this hotel again.
Great Place to Stay!!
I recently traveled to Rome in Sept. 2004 with another friend. I usually travel with my husband, but this time when with my friend, Danielle. My husband booked this hotel for us, so I did not know what to expect. It was an excellent choice in a great area. Unfortunately at the time of my visit, the hotel was being renovated. Some of the pictures of the rooms did not look like the internet picutures. The hotel staff was very sincere in their apologies and I understood. The hotel was very clean and we felt safe. The hotel staff I cannot say enough about. THEY WERE GREAT!!!!! If we needed a taxi, they called for one. Any questions we had re: banks, places of interests, etc. they were very helpful. We wanted to go to a a nice resturant for dinner that alot of tourists did not know about and was sent to the greatest place. In fact, the taxi driver had a hard time knowing where it was! It was worth the crazy ride with the crazy taxi driver!!!!! I highly recommend this hotel and will return to Rome again and stay there!!
What a gem of a hotel.
Just back from Hotel Madrid. Small but intimate hotel in a perfect location between Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, in a quiet narrow street with very up market shops around the corner. All staff were excellent - friendly and very helpful Good beakfast on roof terrace (view of St Peter's basilica in distance). Air conditioned room, nice bathroom. No restaurant in hotel but this didn't matter as there are so many eating places nearby. A perfect place for us to stay. Will definitely visit again and have recommended to all our friends.
Great family hotel near the Spanish steps
Small, quiet, friendly staff, nice rooftop terrace, and a great location. One of few hotels that offered a reasonable rate on a 2 room suite suitable for a family of 4 (with preteen/teen children).
A night in Rome
As my family and I visited Italy for my brothers wedding, my brother, his girlfriend and my husband all agreed we needed to see Rome at night during our 10 day stay in Italy. So we went shopping for hotels. Many were very high prices all the way up to $600 Euro! Hotel Madrid was reasonable at $190approx. THe only complaint I had was that they had no iron for there guests. Lets face it. People from around the world stay at this hotel every week the least they could do is offer an iron to the guests. So, we walked around Rome wrinkly for 2 days but other than that the staff and service was great.