Travel Blogs from Rome
... the mood!
I also got to speak with many recent immigrants to Italy. The hostel where I’m staying is run by a Lebanese couple. When the gentleman first laid eyes on me, he was so happy and said “You are Lebanese, yes?”. He was someone disappointed when I told him I was Palestinian, I didn’t even think it was worth starting with the “I’m Canadian line”. So when I threw the question back at him, he was ...
... fairly well. It’s also the home, apparently, of 100’s of cats. I saw only 3, but it was during the mid-day heat so maybe they were all resting somewhere cool and out of sight!
I walked through Campo de Fiori and bought more tomatoes, an avocado, and a cucumber. I also stopped in a small grocery store for peanuts and cheese—ha! This entire walk was only about 3 miles but I was bone tired by the time I got ...
... in its scope. What
more can one say? Nothing, except to say it is all you would expect, and
more. While the Islamic Mosques were just as grandiose in size, there
was a simplicity in their beauty. With the Christian structures, there
are layers and layers of complexity. It's as if each successive
generation has attempted to make their mark by adding more complex ...
... McDonalds tables (and, no, we didn't eat there), but that's how Rome is - modern shops and facilities built around and in and on structures that are 2000 or more years old. Hard to get your head around sometimes. The metro here is a long way underground. I think we went down four or five escalators to get to platform level. It's pretty confusing too, although there are signs saying they're doing renovations, so hopefully it will improve. We took the metro to the ...
... Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican, but I thought the rest of the city was a little ugly. I guess I'm not a fan of Baroque architecture and it was all over the city. That said, I still enjoyed myself in Rome.
Now I'm off to Ancona for a ferry to Croatia for the end my trip! I'm really looking forward to Croatia. I'll be going to Plitvice Lakes National Park and Dubrovnik, a beautiful walled town on the coast. See you there!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews Residenza A Rome
The hotel is very modern, which was okay for me. The location is great, right on Via Veneto. The only negative that I can come up with is the size of the rooms. We were in Room M, the first room, and found it very small, as well as a little disconcerting being that the front desk is right outside your door. Would be okay for one person. But with two it was cramped with luggage and all. We couldn't have eaten in the room had we wanted to. There wasn't the room to do so, which wasn't a problem at all. The hotel provided us with vouchers for La Strega, a restaurant next to the hotel. The breakfast menu available to hotel guests was more than adequate. The only other negative, and this is really meant to be taken tongue in cheek, is that the computers in the rooms are Macs, whereas I'm more proficient with PCs.
After much research we chose this hotel for its great reveiws, location and modern decor.
It lived up to all our expectations, they booked us a taxi from the airport, 50 euros with the best dressed cabbie ever, the staff could not do enough for us, booking restaurants and even offering to walk round to one, when there was no answer on the phone.
The breakfast in bed was lovely and our room was very spacious and comfortable, exactly what we were after. Great shower and very comfortable bed.
The staff make this hotel great, We would definatley stay here again.
Just returned from a long weekend.This hotel is well worth the time we spent reviewing sites, locations and hotels on the internet.
We stayed at the Residenza A for 5 days in February and couldn't agree more with the raves of the other posters - we just loved this sanctuary in this very busy, bustling and cosmopolitan city. Great breakfasts to start the day, a central location so that you can easily pop back during the day. Our room was not only very quiet but extremely modern and superclean, great decor, great bathroom, so all in all a room that makes you feel at home from the moment you arrive.
This hotel is small and therefore has the luxury of giving their guests truly personal service, something I find difficult to believe the larger hotels could offer.
This is my first review of any hotel, but Residenza 'A' deserves the attention (------------------------------). Do not go here if you like 'traditional' stuffy overly decorated hotel rooms. Do go here if you want modernity, a computer to use in your room, a dvd player, and more other electronic gadgets to play with, a great location, and friendly helpful staff. Do go here if you like small ( 7 or 9 rooms in total, I did not count) quiet respite with minimal fuss. Do go here if you do not mind the 'hotel' being only one floor (1st) of a Roman Office building. Residenza A is all these things calling itself an 'art boutique' hotel. Its next door to the Via Veneto Marriott with the same 4* rating!
My husband and I went to Rome at a national holiday in November for a 4 nights stay. A travel agency here arranged a hotel for us (Hotel Imperiale) and we had already paid the whole amount before we got there. But they made a terrible mistake and when we arrived the hotel, we were told that they are overbooked and they wanted to find another place for us! Hotel Imperiale was not our type, a very oldfashioned dark place with terrible furniture. We talked to the agency and got our money back, fortunately we had the address of Residenza A (I had seen the photos on the internet and really liked them, so it was in my hotels list!). We just walked 3 minutes with our suitcases and easily found the hotel. The staff was very kind and they told us they had an available room for us; everything was so easy, and we just checked in. Anyway, Residenza A is a great place especially for young people; the rooms are decorated with very modern furniture. We stayed in Room M (medium); it was rather small but very clean and had a good street view. Breakfast is served into the rooms; it could be better because there is only coffee,orange juice and croissants. If you wish, you can have breakfast in the cafe downstairs; cheese, bread, jam and coffee only. But be careful, the staff at the cafe is not very nice!
I could not have asked for a more pleasant place to stay in Rome. The area that Hotel Residenza A is in was very lively in the evening and has many places to choose from for dinner. It's in the center of Rome and every great attraction is within walking distance. The staff at Residenza A is attentive and friendly, the room is always clean and crisp, and breakfast, whatever you wish, is served right in your room. The longer you stay the more they get to know your personal needs. After a week there I never had to ask for anything. Everything was always done for me and to my liking. All the rooms are supplied with an iMac with a fast Internet connection and a personal phone number that makes you feel like you're in your own home. The owner, Giovanni, and his staff Francesco, Marco and Christina are a wonderful part of the hotel. They keep your needs at the forefront of their minds at all times. The Residenza A was my home away from home. On all my future trips to Rome I will always stay at The Residenza A and you should as well.
My boyfriend and I stayed here September of 2003. At that time the property was very new, so I couldn't find information or any reviews on it before heading out there. We took a chance based on the excellent location on Via Veneto, the fact that every room came with its own computer and free internet access, it's beautiful decor, and reasonable price given its quality and location. We could not have been more pleased with this property. It was spotlessly maintained, and our room was chic, well-sized by European standards, modern and beautifully furnished. I loved their dark hardwood floors. Also beautiful bathroom. The property itself is very small, consisting of half a floor in an old, beautiful townhouse on leafy Via Veneto. The service is warm, friendly, enthusiastic and attentive. The cleaning service was meticulous; the whole room was straightened up, clothes folded or hung, and books/papers stacked neatly. The hotel staff and the manager go out of their way to help promptly, including by allowing us to use their fax, repairing phone, cable TV, helping with restaurant recommendations. One of the receptionists personally picked up and delivered our laundry so we wouldn't have to wait an extra day before the outside laundry service could deliver them. This place is a gem. We definitely look forward to staying here again.
What a delight
We ended up in Rome 4 days earlier than planned due to unforseen circumstances. The hotel we had booked for our original arrival date could not accomodate us and we ended up at Residenza A-What a surprise-totally unexpected-chic,sophisticated,comfortable, etc.etc. Had they had room available we would not have moved to our original hotel. They have splendid people working there, especially the charming young lady who deliveres your continental breakfast to your room. The man at the front desk,(a minimal affair) may well be the charming owner. Yes, we loved it!