Quality Hotel Nova Domus
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... and jasmine. In addition to a reconstruction of an Etruscan temple, there is a nymphaeum (grotto) which sits beneath a loggia adorned with classical statuary.
Following our peaceful interlude at the Villa Giulia, we decided to walk back to the apartment, instead of taking the stairs at the Pincio Hill to reach the taxi stand at Piazza del Popolo. It was a pleasant, mostly downhill or level walk, as we reached and crossed the Ponte Risorgimento, ...
... stock exchange. Not far from this are the markets. They are open air markets in a piazza, surrounded on 4 sides by shops and restaurants. As you can see by the photos, we enjoyed the markets very much, and particularly loved the little shop selling every type of ham and salami known in Italy. We bought some wild boar sausage and some dried and chillies ham, both were fabulous!
We eventually meander over to Piazza Navona. This piazza is lined with ...
... nice. We were heading towards the Seine River to catch the BATOBUS witch is a hop on, hop off boat, that goes along the river stopping at all the main sights. We stopped at the Eiffel Tower, just one of eight stops on the boat, and queued to buy tickets and by the time we got on the lift about an hour and a half had gone by. It was worth the wait because the views are great, just walking around the platform you get a 360 ...
... murs ainsi que le musée adjacent ou se trouve la chapelle Sixtine ,déjà fermée à mon arrivée.
En sortant je remarque 2 gardes suisses tenant la garde et leur haubarde, la, c'est plus amusant. La poste du vatican ne désemplie pas : le célèbre tampon de La poste du Vatican.!!
Maintenant il fait nuit noire , les colonnes du Vatican sont illuminés en jaune, les fontaines aussi.
english version :
2 nd day on the capital of the Italy, ...
... were in a bind while we were eating. Several days earlier, our trip debit account was almost empty so we transferred money from our main bank account. Everything would have been fine, but the transfer was taking way longer than expected. Our backup cards were credit cards, but we didn't have pin numbers for them, so we couldn't use the ATMs (Bancomat is the European name). We wanted to catch the early train to Pisa and then to Rome, which was left before our campground opened. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Quality Hotel Nova Domus Rome
Nice hotel great location
we had a very good holiday at the nova domus hotel. staff very helpful, from our room on the top floor we had a nice view on S. Peter Dome. We even had our breakfast al fresco. Vatican at wolking distance, shopping center as well, and the subway stop at just 5 minutes walking distance allowed us to visit the city at the best condition. We reccomend to all our friends, it was really a very nice stay.
Definitely not 4*
We stayed in the hotel at the end of January 2004. We had a standard double room which was small. The lobby and corridors were nicely decorated, but the rooms were barely 2* standard (if that). The rooms were not finished as there were unpainted walls. IÂ m not sure whether they were planning on finishing the rooms. The linen and towels were old and threadbare. There was mold in the shower (there was running hot water). The hotel reception staff was not friendly, did not make us feel welcome but was not rude in any way. The breakfast was good and the staff in the breakfast area were nice. There was not much in the way of restaurants in the area, and we did wonder around for some time looking for something other than a Â pizzeriaÂ . The rooms in the hotel are not four star standard, but comparable to a low end Quality Inn / Red Roof Inn in the US.
Disappointed. Not 4* in my opinion.
We stayed in a standard double room in January 2004 for 5 nights. Our room was small, and wasn't in the best of condition. We had a small pipe coming out of the ceiling, fixtures and fittings were not up to scratch - some missing or loose and the walls were noticably grubby/dirty. We were also woken every morning at 8.30 by builders working above us - not very good at all for a holiday lie in. The bathroom was grand, and had good shower.
Generally I do not think the hotels staff made us feel welcome enough, no recognitions when we returned or passed them - even a simple hello/ciao makes all the difference.
The hotels location was good, handy for the vatican as another reviewer said, and not too far to the metro station Cipro to go to spanish steps area/other. Area around the hotel was average if slightly run down, we spent most of our time in and around the spanish steps / navona / pantheon areas travelling there by metro only 2/3 stops away.
Breakfast was very good, wide selection of contential type fair and hot bacon & eggs. We also ate in the hotels restaurant which was had both good quality and service.
Overall I can't say I recommend the hotel in its current state, I presume they were renevating at the time, but still to put guests in rooms above/below rooms being renovated is not good - especially for a supposed 4* hotel. I do not think this rating was reflected in our experience at all.
Nice Rooms in Residential Location
My wife and I stayed at this hotel for several nights in early 2004. We had a "junior suite" which was extremely nice with a great bathroom.
The standard rooms appeared to be much smaller.The hotel has the "feel" of a family-owned type establishment.
The hotel is located in excellent proximity to the Vatican, but not so good if you want to spend your time near the Spanish Steps or Trevi Fountain. The closest Metro stop is about 3-4 blocks from the hotel.
Quality Hotel Nova Domus - Recommended
We stayed 4 nights at this hotel in October 2003 and would recommend it. The room was large, clean and comfortable, with good fittings and furnishings. The complimentary breakfast was fine - if a little chaotic some mornings! We found the hotel - which is minutes walk away from two underground stations - an extremely convenient location for visiting almost all of the main tourist attractions. Its proximity to the Vatican was ideal. The local area also contained a good variety of shops etc. In terms of getting to the hotel, get the airport bus that goes to the nearest Metro - its then a straight run on Line A to Cipro; cost was about 3 euros versus about 35 for a taxi.
Friendly & helpful Italians if you try the lingo
If you enjoy the adventure of getting there under your own steam, and you are travelling light, don't get the taxi from Fumicino airport to Rome centre. Go by train. It's half the price and very clean and on time. We travelled for 25minutes to the Termini (main station), jumped on the Metro some 10 minutes later arrived at Cipro station, which was a five minute walk to the hotel.We were greeted in a friendly manner and we were in our room five minutes later. We satyed at the Novo Domus for 4 nights in November 03. It is a ten minute walk to the Vatican City.The food was good and varied at the hotel. Although we struggled to find restraurants that opened in the early evening in Rome it's self.When we took in the sights we picked up a tip, which is don't queue at the Colessium, go to the Plantino just down the road and get your ticket there. It is valid for both venues. That will save you a 40 minute wait.We had a great time in Rome the people hear so much english they become battle weary with it. They appreciated the time taken to speak Italian. Try it it not that hard!!Would we do the same trip again? Yes!!!
Very Nice Hotel
We stayed here for three days in May 2003. Very nice hotel, clean, good water pressure (!), and quite nice by "American" standards. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Room was large and clean - beds not very comfortable though. We had a triple and there was a small "sitting room" with a pull out couch which was nice. The hotel is a 10 minute walk to the Vatican museum, but pretty far from everything else. The Cipro metro stop is only 10 minutes away though and from there you can get close to most tourist attractions. There are a number of nice restaurants in the area that are not "tourist traps." The hotel also has its own restaurant which wasn't bad in price or food quality . The complimentary breakfast is excellent. I would stay here again and recommend it to others.