Travel Blogs from Rome
... time we've been here. It is kind of nice to get a break from the heat. I got home and reheated some pizza and ate some watermelon, one of the easiest dinners I've made so far. Then I worked on homework the rest of the night. Some people went out for karaoke again, but I couldn't do it. I was exhausted!! I slept great last night :)
So, there ya go! A day in Roma. Now I better go work on more homework! I'm making a floor dinner of mac and cheese tonight, wish me ...
... at the spur of the moment without reservations. We are dropped off near the entrance and walk a short distance through this spectacular green oasis in the middle of Rome.
Unfortunately they are sold out and we are unable to take the tour. You can't even use the bathroom here without showing your entry ticket! So, we leave a little disappointed, but take a short walk through this lovely park and see many families ...
... arrived right as it opened, so there were few people there & the morning sun lit it so beautifully! I would have loved to see this stadium in its full glory back in the day! Later that morning we walked through the Palatine Ruins and the Roman Forum, which epitomize classic roman architecture! That afternoon we visited St. Peter's Basilica and then climbed 320 steps (after the elevator) to the top of the cupola for a ...
... We walked around a bit of the outside of the Colosseum and saw the Arch of Constantine. We walked to a church that has the Mouth of Truth in it's portico, which is famous from the movies 'Roman Holiday' and 'Only You' :) (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouth_of_t ruth). You're supposed to put your hand in its mouth, and it will be bitten off if you are a liar :P I did it, but my hand wasn't really bitten off :P (see pics). We went inside the church and saw ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Pyramid Rome
The ABC Pyramid is a Very clean but basic hotel.
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.
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)
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!
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.
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.