Travel Blogs from Rome
Continued from Rome...
...luckily since it is offseason we are able to get into St. Peter's square to view the mass. It is hot as balls and as anyone who has been knows knees and shoulders need to be covered. Matt is drenched!!! It was awesome to get the chance to see the Pope but after 45mins of Latin and Italian in the boiling sun with …
Leave the UK in a whirlwind and just barely make our flight to Rome...literally the last people to go through boarding which on Easy jet sucks because seats are first come first serve. Arrive in Rome airport ready for the pick pockets and hustlers to our surprise Rome seems very safe and not intrusive at all. Our prearranged taxi arrives an hour …
... calling a taxi to drive us to gladiator school. When we got to the school we met our instructor who is part of a roman history club. We got to try on a variety of helmets and feel the weight of many weapons. We were explained to why the Romans had the edge over all their opponents and how good their army was. We got to see many models and drawing of roman camps. It was cool. After we started the school. For a warm up we had to do some drills like one where you had ...
... our driver had very limited English so other than him understanding the address we needed to get to that was about it. He dropped us off at the opposite end of our street so we had to make our way down the cafe lined cobbled street with the ridiculous amount of luggage (previously mentioned). It was most stressful at the time but funny looking back, and I'm sure the tourists sipping their espresso's or spritz's in the cafe along Via Della Scala ...
... and veggies wasn't as good as it is back home. It was a nice change though. September 19th: So, I love calzones in the US, but in Italy, they are HUGE. I had no idea that it would be the size of my entire plate when I ordered one for lunch after class. It was delicious but there was no way I was able to finish it. The Italians love ham, so ham is everywhere and in everything, so I am on the lookout for some chicken. We had an "in home" (as we call them) at 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!
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!
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.
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.