Travel Blogs from Rome
I cannot write all we have done in 4 days. I have not had internet until today, so I will have to do a quick trek through. After leaving Paris we stopped at the Palace of Versailles (30 min away). Spent 2 hours just looking at the extravagance of the past royalty (no wonder they were hated by the masses). We then drove to Dijon and visited the …
After leaving Venice Saturday afternoon, we caught a train to Rome. It was a pretty long ride so there was a lot of sleeping and reading on the way. We got into the city pretty late in the evening and ended up taking a taxi to our hotel. Good thing too because it was a ways outside of the city center. After checking in, we went up to the room and …
... were quite a distance from there, we thought it was too far to walk to get everything done in our time frame. We asked some of the local police, and they agreed that the Trevi Fountain was too far to walk. They directed us to cross the street and hop on Bus #64. If seeing the pope was our high point, riding on the the bus was a new low -- hot, smelling of everyone's sweat, packed to the hilt, hanging onto straps, with no indication where ...
... then tries to reach for a more pretty colour more suited, I guess, to a woman. Jason stops him and tries to explain we just need one or ono and this idea of us sharing was just too confusing for him. After a few Man: YES, Woman: NO's we end up with the brown brolly and are on our way. Two minutes down the street we pass a man selling them for (most likely) half the price.
Roaming through the streets of beautiful Roma we stumbled across all the main touristy ...
... photo opportunities from here. As the sun was setting the lights came on the buildings and made it magical. We past the Roman Forums they looked amazing at night
But then, we came to the grand finale, it was amazing and so much better in really life (cue another "WOW, I'm really here" moment). The Colosseum. It is amazing by night and day. Night was the best, it is was lit up like a Christmas tree. It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. As I think ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews NH Midas Rome
Location: terrible, cost us a lots of taxi fare due to serviced shuttle bus was not at the exact location and short picked-up period.
Breakfast: we came with a group tour and we found that drinking water for the group came from tap water [served in jug] while in the other room for charged breakfast served with mineral water! So discriminate!!
Reservation desk: was not helpful when I asked for the name of a street in Rome where I'd start my tour, they said "not the hotel business" How come! it made me upset for the day.
NB: We were there during Dec 3, 4, 5, 7,2004
Very few complaints about the Jolly Hotel Midas - my boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the hotel itself is very clean, staff friendly and provides most of the amenities you would expect from a hotel chain of this kind (restaurants/nice bar/pool/tv/spacious rooms etc). The shuttle service to and from central rome was excellent with coaches running regularly and on time - this however was an absolute necessity as the hotel is by no means within walking distance of any attractions
The Jolly Hotel Midas is a first-class property. It has been designed and equipped to offer the best facilities for both tourists and conventions alike. Its three exclusive restaurants offer typical local dishes as well as international cuisine. Other amenities include air-conditioning, bar, business centre, beauty parlour, cable TV, concierge, car parking, direct-dial telephone and coffee shop. All of the guest rooms are comfortable and nicely equipped to give a feeling of being home while away from home. The Midas Hotel is a comfortable hotel with a modern and rational structure, which, has been planned and designed to welcome its clientele in the best possible way with the traditional friendliness and efficiency of the Jolly Hotel Chain. In this large 4 star hotel with its 348 bedrooms, amongst which a few junior and presidential suites, guests can relax or continue to work from their rooms. Alongside the three restaurants guests may try the charming American bar, with evening piano bar, the large swimming poll overlooking the Roman hills, and the leather good and the jewelers shops. The free shuttle service connects the hotel to the center of the Capital.
An excellent hotel in every respect. Superb location with an hourly free coach service to and from the city centre that takes 15 minutes.
A very friendly staff who could not have been more helpful. Very good hotel amenities including a pool.
The breakfast is excellent in terms of quality and choice.
Bedrooms are spacious and clean, and the air conditioning is very effective and efficient.
The hotel provides a limousine service to the airport at 45 euros. It takes 15 minutes.
We stayed from the 22nd August to the 26th August 2004.
I reccomend this hotel to anyone who appreciates comfort, cleanliness and convenience.
Comfort and convenience
We stayed at the Jolly Hotel Midas on June 2, 2004. It was clean and comfortable, and our room had a spacious balcony. The hotel is near St. Peters and is convenient to the route to the airport. The staff were courteous and helpful. The breakfast food was average at best.
The Jolly Midas was a pleasant and delightful surprise. Located on the way in to Rome from the daVinci airport, we found a bus counter at the airport where my son and I travelled there for 13 Euros, as opposed to the 5O Euro cab rate. The hotel is large, clean, welcoming with individual balconies in every room. We had a marble bath, a good room: there is an exchange desk, a tour desk, stores, English spoken easily. The free buffet breakfast was so elaborate and generous that we thought we had stumbled into the wrong dining room. There is a free shuttle every hour into the Piazza Cavour, downtown Rome, the last one leaves from the Piazza at 11:30 pm. We used the safe in the room; there is also free internet, and about 5 English speaking television channels. There was a Panorama department store below us on the hilll where we bought wine, cheeses for our inroom refrigerator. This was our first trip to Italy and we chose a large hotel so that we could be assured of amenities, as well as English. The Jolly Midas met and exceeded our expectations (just bring the electric converter). Rome was great! We had six days, did so much, like being in a movie - find the Trevi Fountain at night, sun in the Spanish Steps. The Romans were helpful and animated. The Lonely Planet for Rome was our guide, and we did 3 structured tours through the hotel service. It was hard to come back!
Our room was very nice, firm beds, clean bathroom. There is a cash machine in the hotel lobby which we found to be a safe and convenient way to get daily cash as we needed it.This hotel is not centrally located (which is why I only rated it as average) but they do provide a free shuttle to Piazza Cavour (15 to 30 min depending of traffic) and the local buses are right across the street once you get to Piazza Cavour. It is a 10 minute walk to the Lapanto Metro to buy bus/train tickets. You can also easily walk the other way, cross the bridge and walk over to the Spanish Steps. The shuttle runs hourly more or less but not in the afternoon.Below the hotel is a large supermarket (1/2 food 1/2 everything else) where you can buy hot pizza by the slice to-go 1.60 Euro. You get there by turning left as you leave the hotel and walking down the stairway. You will also see a road leading over to another hotel. If you walk that way you will also find McDonalds and a sub sandwich shop below the hotel.We ate most of our dinners at the hotel. Excellent service, reasonably priced and complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Our room also included a complimentary breakfast, very good. I got a big smile from our waitress when I finally tried the cappuccino instead of my usual tea. You will love it.