Travel Blogs from Rome
... dome area, there began the second leg, which consisted of a dizzying, circular climb to the very top of the dome. This was cramped, hot, and precarious. The steps were probably no more than six inches at the widest. And at the top of the dome, we all felt like sardines, barely having enough room to extend our camera/phone hand to snap a picture. My advice to readers - skip the top, particularly on the days that are extremely hot
Sarah, mom, and dad all woke up early and were out the door by eight to sightsee. That wasn't going to happen for me, so I spent the day with the Young family. The place we all waisted to tour the most was the Coliseum, so that was going to be our first stop. First we had to get on the bus into the city. The one bus that drops is off right at the Coliseum didn't stop going the way we wanted for some reason. We ...
... to Rome could take fire to their house. The girls were in service for a period of 30 years, and had to remain pure for the entire time. Any girl who did not keep her vows was taken beyond the city walls and buried alive. The man responsible was chained up out front of the senate and skinned alive. There are only 4 known cases of anyone breaking the rules, I think the punishment would be enough motivation to keep their legs crossed.
Next stop the ...
... All in all 6 hours just waiting in lines and his tour for 45 euro each would have it all done in 2 hours. What a saving! Of course we said no and were happy to find that the line only took 35 minutes.
We spent 2.5 in the Museum (pretty much saw all of it) and walked straight into the Sis-ten Chapel without a wait! The museum had some pretty amazing stuff and we took heaps of photos. The Sis-ten chapel was really cool and the size of the paintings on the walls was ...
... Friday tradition? Anyway, they were moving fast and veering from left to right around the slower folks. And they were lugging large, clanging purses as they went from stair to stair to stair. And because they were moving at such a speed their bodies looked more like cats crawling up an incline than devout Christians kneeling penitentially and erect. And yet, I somehow suspect they better understood the point of the sacrificial climb than any of us.
Especially as my ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Nizza Rome
Do not stay at the Hotel Nizza. My daughter's choir stayed there as part of a bus tour. The air conditioning didn't work, the television didn't work, the children in a bedroom were forced to share one towel, the showers didn't put out hot water. It was by far the worst hotel the choir stayed in while touring Italy.
Also, I had made reservations there with my wife, but had canceled them. They made me pay unless I could prove I'd canceled, even though they didn't have any vacant rooms and had to put us up in another hotel. When I checked with the desk to assure I would not be charged for more than one night, the woman at the desk interrupted me and yelled at me. Until I get my credit card statement, I won't know if they honored my request for a cancellation.
This is one bad hotel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bob the Builder wanted !
We have one night left in hotel Nizza but are desperate for our own bed. We really do not want to leave Rome, but we just want to get out of hotel Nizza. The breakfast is terrible (no cheese in this season, so if you are vegetarian, you have a problem ! We do not get understand the reason why there is no cheese in this season ...), they say coffee is black but that was the only thing that reminded us that this should be coffee, the orange juice is dirty. If you are claustrophobic you are condamned to walk the stairs, because the elevator is very small and old (ca. 70*140 cm.). The bed.... well, we had some dirty stains on our sheets (rust ? burning spots ? we do not know and we do not want to know !). If you like nice hot showers : please bring your own waterboiler with you. Did you have fancy ideas about the hotel bar ? Forget them !
We can go on about our problems with Nizza but we won't. Our only advice is : do yourself a favour and do not go there. Spend your money elsewhere !
P.S. Please do not forget to bring your own tools, because everything was broke in our room : the heater missed the front panel, the holder for the toilet rolls was hanging upside down, there was no stop in the sink, etc. etc.
We just stayed there and they pulled our leg a few times in a row! First putting us up in their attic, afterwards in a cupboard and then in a shabby little room and this after complains our own touroperator had to do... We don't ask much but when the shower is broken almost in half, the beds are as hard as a rock and on point of collapsing, you can't even turn it's so small, telephones didn't work at all, the whole week, internet is NOT on site, no hot water, dirty, ....oh well, if I get started.... Stay out, it's the best advise I can give!
The worst place I have ever paid for
I booked this hotel having read quite a few good reviews on websites such as this, however on arriving at the hotel what I got was far from good.
We were located on the 5th floor in the smallest room ever, with a television that barely worked and very old and rickety furniture. The staff would not allow us to change rooms and as we paid via ryanair they would not refund us so that we could get another hotel.
It has a tiny window that you could not see out of, and air-conditioning that was very loud. The beds were not only small but also extremely hard and overall it is the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. Having travelled extensively I would compare the room that I stayed in to a room in central america that I would pay US$2 a night for.
DO NOT BOTHER WITH THIS HOTEL!
7 night stay
This is the hotel our tour operator arranged for us. We found it to very comfortable and spacious as far as European hotels go. Rooms were a nice size and very clean. The bathroom was impressive. Breakfast was fine and filling, but the coffee was bad. The Staff were very plesant and helpful. We were concerned when we read some of the other reviews, but we would recommend this hotel if you are spending time in Rome as a tourist. It is in walking distance to many site and the train and bus station are just a few block away. We did take the famous 64 bus to the Vatican and experienced no problems with pick pockets or gypsies, but you must keep your wits about you were ever you travel.
A Decent 3-Star
We were booked here as part of a 5 night package, and were a little apprehensive after reading the earlier reviews. If you've experienced 3-star Roman hotels before, I think you just might love this place. The buffet breakfast wasn't North American, but had more and better offerings than many other affordable places we've stayed in big Italian cities. The lift was rather temperamental, so if you can't handle stairs, book a low floor. The staff were great - very professional, personable, and when I lost my credit cards, extremely helpful in cancelling everything. Watch out for the gypsies - they are VERY good at their craft. My pocket was picked on a crowded bus by the youngest member (maybe 8) of the family. Never saw him until getting off. The neighbourhood can be a little dodgy at night near the Termini, but nothing like larger US cities. Stroll the old center and soak up one of the most beatiful cities in the world.
Recent visit to Rome
Recently stayed for three nights at the Hotel Nizza in Rome. The hotel is in a fairly run-down area in a side road not far from the station - which was convenient for us as we used the train for the transfer from the airport and also to travel onwards to Venice. The city tour bus also leaves from the station. The accommodation was adequate (we had a family room at the front of the hotel) and though Rome is generally noisy the double glazing and air conditioning minimised the problem.
Our big problem was with the breakfast! The overcrowded basement breakfast room supplied us with the worst buffet breakfast we have every had! It included stale Danish pastries, watered down fruit juices and milk, cheap bread rolls which were hollow inside and sloppy yoghurt. We couldn't face it on the following mornings which meant we had to pay for breakfast elsewhere. On the whole, don't think I would recommend this hotel.
Don't go there
We have been placed there by another hotel, because that was fully booked. This hotel isn't worth three stars; bad shower, noisy, bad matras, horrible decoration etc....