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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Pyramid Rome
Easy walk to Colloseum etc.
The ABC Pyramid is a Very clean but basic hotel.
The staff were very helpful and friendly.
The rooms are clean, the towels are changed daily, the shower was very good although combined with the toilet area.
The breakfast was typically continental. Tea, Coffee, Juices, Croisants, Roll & Butter. but we only used the hotel for a base for 4 days,
Close to the Metro and bus stops.
We found walking was probably the best way to see the sights. Nothing more than 30 mins away.
A lot of the local shops and restraunts were closed during our stay, ( all on holidays by the coast ? ) but this did not detract too much from our stay,
The cocktail bar on the corner was unfortunately also closed?? SHAME.
The taxi from Campinio airport was 70 euros.
BEWARE of the Horse and Carriages around the city. Some are taxi status which are cheap and the prices are displayed by the stands. Some are Private hire and VERY expensive. They don`t tell you the fare untill you are on your way.
WE GOT STUNG????
Basic, but clean
9 of us decided to go to Rome for a Hen weekend. I read the other reviews about it just before we went, but it was too late to book another hotel and not all of us could afford to upgrade. So we decided to make the best of it. We were totally ripped off by the airport taxi drivers. we needed 2 taxis and were charged 180 euros which is about £139 ( 20 euros each!) for what should only have been a 30-35 euro trip. (30 min journey) So beware. Make sure the meter is on and that TAXI is displayed on the car.
As we turned the corner to our hotel there was a prostitute on the corner of the street, graffiti everywhere and rubbish littered the streets. Actually, after reading the reviews the hotel itself wasn't as bad as we expected. It was clean. It's about a 25-30 minute walk into town, but eager to hang on to our hard earned euros we walked instead of taking a taxi. This is the best place to find a real Taxi driver so that you can ring him when you need to go to the airport. Don't ask the Hotel clerk like we did. He rang his friend who had a 9 seater, drove like a maniac and was not a taxi driver despite saying he was when we asked him. We got charged 110 euros (£81.60 ) but it was too late to arrange another taxi.
Not that bad
Its location made it a nice and easy walk to the city centre, and although the view from the room had alot more to be desired, and the bathroom could be described as heaven if you are 2 foot tall and dont mind wet loo roll, it was very clean, run by very friendly and helpful people, and the coctail bar on the corner was superb! and it didn't close till about 4 in the morning. the hotel had no curfew, and the breakfast was nice (if you like orange juice and croissants!)
It has its benefits, but only a few
The ABC Pyramid is a cheap and cheerful hotel, only not so cheap. As others have commented upon, the bathrooms are a combined toilet, sink and shower in a space not much bigger than a standard shower cubicle.
The hotel has no lift. Whilst presenting no problem for me it could for others. This wasn't mentioned in any of the information I recieved about the hotel.
The staff were friendly and helpful. I was there just before thr Pope died and they kept us informed of the situation.
Extemely well placed for public transport to the city and the excellent Ostia Antica.
Some good bars and cheap restaurants close by. Including an Irish bar that doesn't stock Guinness (or any other Irish/British beer come to that)
Hard to find good points
As many others have pointed out, this hotel is nothing to write home about. I'm just glad we only stayed in it for 2 days out of our 7 day holiday!
The 'towels' consisted of sheets of fabric (like bed sheets) which were neither use nor ornament, the bathroom was both a toilet and a shower cubicle in one (exactly as you're imagining it!), and the surrounding area left a lot to be desired.
The only good thing about this hotel was the fab cocktail bar on the corner which served brilliant cocktails and provided free finger food. Both nights we were there they had some sort of entertainment (a tattoo contest one night!)
If you do visit here, I wouldn't recommend venturing out too far at night - stick to the cocktail bar and the Italian restaurant on the next street back (which is the only place the hotel suggests). There is also a great Thai restaurant on the main street.
You get what you pay for
I stayed here with 4 friends for some days in march 2005, you get excactly what you pay for: Clean room and beds, small bathroom and 3 clean towels a person a day. Breakfest is what you get in cheap hotels, next to nothing.
Very good location for visiting the City center, the Catacombes and Ostia Antica by means of public transport. You can get to Ostia on your day ticket. Good restaurants in the vicinity and a very nice bar at the corner. Quiet area. Value for money.
Should be one star! not two!
First night...no electricity. Rooms were not properly cleaned prior to our arrival i.e. someones underwear was left in the drawers.
The hotel is down a dark alley basically...you wouldn't want to go there alone!
Would not want to go there again!
We did not fault the hotel itself as it was about right for the price we paid. However it was on a back street in an area which had lots of graffiti and many of the benches along the main street had homeless people sleeping on them covered with cardboard boxes.
The Pyrimide Metro stop has a scruffy looking market on the steps outside and a small park opposite with more homeless people drinking. On our third day getting on the metro at 10.30am I had may purse stolen out of my bag. A girl of roughly 16/17yrs (appeared to be a gypsy) used the tactic of coughing into my ear and on my cheek repeatedly in order to undo my bag with out me hearing and to stop me turning around. This occured when boarding the busy metro (which is also covered in graffiti and has an endless amount of gypsy beggers). Another young girl was at the same time pushing my partner a great deal and feeling his back pocket as she did so. Luckily he turned around and let her ahead of him. We realised something was wrong when the 2 girls had not actually boarded the train!
I would not advise anyone to use this metro as I was later told by an Italian that these theives can be dangerous if confronted and work in groups in the area. If you do use the metro in this area, be aware that these theives hide when on the platform until the metro arrives so you wont know they are around until its too late.
Also when we asked the hotel receptionist to call us a taxi for the airport at 8.45am we were not called a genuine taxi. It had no meter or signs on it. We were charged 60Euros for a 30E journey.
My stay at the abc pyramid hotel in rome
I stayed at the pyramid in march 2004, we chose this hotel because it was basically the cheapest we could find. It was fairly easy to locate after getting off the train at Pyramide. The room was adequate but the washroom was very small. We found we could walk the distance to the colloseum but to get anywhere else we needed to use all forms of the local transport. The hotel was slightly out of the main area of all the tourist attractions but it wasnt really a problem to get about as the train station is close by and there is a good network of buses and trams to take you anywhere you want to go. The breakfast was okay which is served in the basement area, and there is a bar at the corner of the street if you dont want to go too far afield at night. Another bonus was being close to the protestant cementary which is next to the pyramid, you can see the graves of keats and shelley!
Travelling last week, we paid £86 per night for a basic room. The staff were reasonably helpful, but when we checked in, the bed only had one sheet and one pillow.When we asked for more pillows and an extra blanket due to it being typical November weather, we were advised that they did not have any spare, without checking whether this was the case or not. They did, however, offer to turn on the air conditioning, which made the room boiling hot and stuffy. The one redeeming feature of the room was that the bed and the bathroom were clean. The walls were not.
Whilst the state of the hotel did not spoil our trip, it certainly did not make us feel that we were visiting somewhere special. I would have rather spent a little more money to stay somewhere more central with a higher standard of service, and a room that I did not feel depressed returning to.