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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Ponte Sisto Rome
Being as the entrance is in an Alley, one could be taken aback for a moment but this hotel is great once you get through the Glass Doors, the friendly staff, lovely breakfasts in the courtyard, free internet and comfortable bed are all ones needs. The doorman is very attentive and helpful and the left just down the street is the Campo de Flori with its restaurants, morning market and evening entertainers. A few blocks farther is Piazza Navona. In the other direction is the Ponte Sisto Bridge and more narrow streets with cafes and churches. One really has to watch the traffic in this area as there are 5 way intersections and short blocks with little space for strolling.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Ponte Sisto Rome
Great Location, Great Hotel
This hotel is in a great location. Walking distance to almost every important sight in Rome. Have to take cab or bus to Via Vento area. We found the hotel very, very nice, the staff extremely helpful and all in all the experience great. Would say again.
Lots to like
This hotel has a good location for both the famous sights and Trastevere, elegant interiors, and helpful, friendly staff. The shower in the marble bathroom was excellent! Try ReservationItaly for discounted rates.
The Best Ever!!
I cannot tell you how overjoyed we were with the Hotel Ponte Sisto. We spent ten days there, from Dec. 25, 2003 through Jan. 3, 2004. It surpassed all of our expectations, which were quite high to begin with.
The location is superb, and the staff is courteous and extremely helpful. Like all European hotels, the rooms are smaller than we Americans are used to in the U.S. These, however, are beautifully decorated and very comfortable. The beds are perfect and the bathroom is gorgeous! We were there for nine nights and would definitely go back there when we return to Rome.
We arrived on Christmas day, 2004 and very little was open in Rome. The concierge recommended a restaurant for dinne that was just across the river in Trastevere. What a find!! Fabrizio's is a small family-owned and operated restaurant that specializes in fish and seafood. Since we had travelled all night and were trying to stay awake until at least 10 p.m Rome time, we were, of course, tired and hungry when we arrived at the restaurant. Claudio and his wife Irene and son Simon were more than welcoming. We asked him to serve us whatever he suggested, and we had the most amazing six- or seven-course dinner at an incredibly reasonable price. We enjoyed it so much that we made reservations for New Year's Eve and actually ended up eating there a total of four times. For food, value, and the warmth of the proprietors, we did not find another restaurant in Rome that even came close, and we tried several. In fact, we keep in touch with Claudio via email. He is now a friend as well as our favorite restauranteur.
All in all, I would say this was probably the best vacation we have ever taken despite the fact that it rained all but one iof the days we were there. A good part of what made it so fantastic was the Hotel Ponte Sisto!!
Ponte Sisto Is Top Notch
Great hotel, great location. Comfortable room and friendly people. I don't want to say too much or there won't be room next time I head to Rome. Definitely will want to stay at Hotel Ponte Sisto again.
The hotel also made it into the new Access Guide.
Overbooking at Ponte Sisto
I booked this hotel for a family wedding in Rome.We were required to leave half way through the booked period due presumably to overbooking which was known to the hotel but we were not advised until we were unceremoniously told to exit at short notice.A fax seeking explanation was ignored. Other family members staying elsewhere in Rome who came to the hotel looking for those who had to move were not even informed of details of the hotel we had been moved to.I would not recommend this hotel to anyone mainly in view of the arrogance of reception staff. W.
Super hotel, super location
We stayed in this hotel in October, and it was the nicest hotel we've ever been to. Beautiful atmosphere and very high servicelevel. Superb position in the heart of the ancient Rome, just a few passes from Campo de' Fiori. For information we found this hotel at very convenient rate on the web site of Reservationitaly.
Comfort in the heart of ancient Rome
My wife and I found this hotel by sheer chance, while we were wandering through the narrow streets of ancient Rome, close to Campo di Fiori. A friendly lady at the front desk was kind enough to show us a suite and quote a rate for us and we decided we would book the suite upon our return from Florence and Siena. Well, our first impression proved us right, anb we intend to make this hotel our "pied a terre" in Rome. The location is perfect for us. Right across the Ponte Sisto bridge from Trastevere and all its wonderful restaurants, a couple of blocks off Campo di Fiori and its daily extravaganzas and a short stroll away from Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, this hotel sits in a narrow street and shows a somewhat unremarkable facade, but our suite was the most comfortable we have had for that price in Rome, and very quiet. This was, for sure, one of our great finds in our most recent trip to Italy.
Location, location, location
On of the most convenient hotels in Rome for exploring the ancient city on foot. Close to all the major landmarks and the restaurants of the Campo de Fiori. All this and charm! Wonderful stay.
Eines der angenehmsten Hotels in Rom für alle, die die historische Stadt zu Fuß erkunden möchten. In der Nähe von allen wichtigen Sehenswürdigkeiten und den Restaurants des Campo de Fiori. All das und jede Menge Ausstrahlung! Wunderbarer Aufenthalt.
Luxury in an idealistic setting
Stayed here in May 2003 in a suite with my wife.Cross the bridge (Ponte Sisto) and you are in an very traditional part of town with a lot of restaurants and great atmosphere. The hotelroom was luxurious, and they have a beautifull centercourt for some relaxing before you hit the city, the monuments and the art.Breakfast could use a bit more variety , but hey, I'm from Flanders - Belgium and we set a very high standard on meals.Hotel Ponte Sisto : Warmly recommended.Peter.