Residenza Ki Rome
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Had a hard time getting the girls out the door today...you would think they wake up in Rome every day!!! When they finally got their act together, we headed to the market. It was drizzling off and on, so most of the vendors weren't open but we did get a little shopping in. The girls are beginning to barter like pros! We then headed for the Pantheon. Although we had seen the outside the other day, today we were there ...
... the Vatican museum. As could be expected there were swarms of people who had the same idea. People were selling front-of-the-line tickets and the buskers and beggars were out in full force, all before 9am. We had a waiting time of less than an hour to get in, which was lucky as the lines can go for blocks and take hours. Upon entering the massive building we found a labyrinth of hallways of sculptures, artwork and a constant mob of tour groups. ...
... all make up 4 rooms of morbid fascination. We leave feeling a little bit ill, but unfortunately you are not allowed to take photos so we can't scar our blog readers with what we have just see. Then we start wandering. We visit Trevi fountain, the Panthenon, the government building. All the places are beautiful and spectacular, and loaded with throngs of tourists. Catering to these masses are store after store of cheap trinkets and junk souvenirs, as ...
... our hosts Joanne & Gian-Carlo whose summer unit we are staying in. They gave us a most excellent lunch & we had a great time discussing family & our histories before we farewelled them to return here to Torvajanica for the last time.
While I was writing there was an ear splitting racket outside which was a jet fighter practising for a display next week & we could see him twisting & turning before using his afterburners to go into a vertical ...
... but her joy was soon short lived as the wifi was non existent in our rooms, and to get any sort of reasonable connection and speed you had to sit in the lobby. The room was average and certainly fitted in with the rest of the hotel being built around the time of the Romans...ha ha The next morning we hurried down to a late breakfast, having caught up on some much needed sleep, and then prepared ourselves for a day at the Coliseum and ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Residenza Ki Rome
3 days in November with my girlfriend in a beautiful B&b.
is located near all the most important monuments (4 minutes to fontana di trevi)with a good breakfast (fruit fresh, croissant and cheese and ham) in a quiet room(204).
All staff is kindly and will advise to my friends.
i hope to came back again.
Good location shame about the showers..
We have just returned from a 2 night stay at the Ki, it was a nice place to stay, however it did have it faults. We has to check in at another hotel and then when we finally came to the hotel we had to go up 2 flights of stairs with our luggage.
I agree with an earlier review, you get the feel you are staying in an apartment more so then a hotel.
The rooms themselves looked nice on first inspection, but the beds were very uncomfortable and squeaky. The showers were also not the best; the hot water was very temperamental. Our room was OK but the other two rooms we had the water would fill at the bottom of the shower and you had to turn the shower off and wait for the water to drain...
Breakfast was basic tea/coffee (both were very nice) bread buns and croissants, boiled eggs and cereals. The gentlemen on reception was very helpful and informative.
Great Vacation at Residenza Ki
My wife and I have just returned for a fabulous weekend in Rome.
After a serious search we decided to go to the Residenza Ki.
I am happy to say that the hotel was great for many reasons.
1. It's absolutely in the best location in Rome (5 min to Spanish
steps, Trevi fountain and metro station.
2. It is a small and very quiet hotel.
3. The staff is very professional and curdies. I would like to
mention Francesco who will help you in any way he can (He
speaks fluent English).
I would definitely go there again
Great location, basic B&B
Stayed at Ki for 3 nights in early November. Easy to find and only 3 minute walk from Barberini (2 stops from central Temini station) on Rome's excellent metro.
Wonderful welcome from Francesco on reception who explained how to find all of Rome's must-see sites and their proximity on a guide map. This is Ki's best feature - everywhere except the Vactican is an easy walk of no more than 10 minutes. Even the Vactican is only 4 or 5 metro stops away (and walkable if you have more time). Very good restaurants for all budgets are only moments away.
Ki is little more than a B&B and standards are basic. However, the rooms are clean, breakfast is a good continental affair with excellent coffee and Francesco is a an excellent host who is happy to share information on his city.
The only drawback we encountered was intermittant lack of hot water which solved itself with a little patience.
Ki more than served its purpose as a moderately-priced base from which to spend a few days seeing all that Rome has to offer. Recommended!
My daughter and I stayed here for 4 nights in October 2006. It was astonishingly central and you could walk to all the main sites.....it was about 5 mins walk to the Trevi Fountain one way, and 5 mins to The Spanish Steps in another! Accordingly it was near to historical sites, culture, a range of restaurants and shopping.
The hotel was clean and everything worked...TV, air con, showers etc. Breakfast was included and very basic....but with the most fantastic coffee. The staff were charming, friendly and genuinely helpful without being obsequious.
The only strange thing was the location.....quirky maybe...maybe I'm just inexperienced, but it was more like having a room in an apartment. "Reception" is only manned from 8 til 6, and out of those hours you have to check in at another hotel ( big brother hotel, I think), collect your keys 9front door key and landing key as well as the room key!) and then find your way. We had arranged for a pick up from the airport thankfully or we might have felt a bit lost.
In general, would definately go back and would definately recommend to others. Thanks!
A comfortable oasis in Rome
My husband and I were fortunate to stay at Residenza Ki in Rome September 15-19, 2006. Rome was our first stop in a 2 week trip to Italy (first time) and I was very unsure about our accomodations being that Residenza Ki was not in any of the major guidebooks. What a blessing that turned out to be! The hotel is located in a convenient location near the Barbarini metro stop and close to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps (less than 10 minutes by foot). It is in a residential building and thus, unassuming and quiet. We were greeted by Francesco after a long flight from San Francisco. He spoke excellent English and was very friendly and accomodating.
The room we stayed in was #205 - a gem in many ways. First off, the air conditioning was efficient and quite silent, so we could sleep with our windows shut and be comfortable. Next, the bed was comfy and a good size - Italian mattresses were all fairly firm in all the hotels we stayed in. I have a bad back and I slept well. The room was spacious and en suite bathroom - clean and well kept. The breakfast we enjoyed every morning was delicious! In addition to cereals, pastries and fresh bread, there was prosciutto, eggs, and made-to-order caffe and cappuccino. We started our day well! The location of the hotel was key because we could split our activities and go back to the hotel to freshen up and rest (siestas were awesome!) before going out again for more sightseeing and meals.
I must return to our host Francesco. My husband and I were very impressed by his hospitality and knowlege of the city and travel in general. He graciously made fine restaurant recommendations and helped us avoid touristy spots. He took the time to talk with us (for hours) and gave us insight into how locals like himself live. We could not have asked for a better host - he really made our stay! I would recommend this hotel without reservation.
Just back after spending a week in the Residenza Ki - and it was great!
The hotel is incredibly central - you can walk everywhere (& I'm lazy!). The hotel is unprepossessing from outside but is lovely inside: basically an old style apartment block. The rooms are fresh, clean, quiet, en suite, have multi-channel TVs, very effective air conditioning and a mini bar (all essential!).
The breakfasts are substantial: a mix cereal, pastries, rolls, cheese, egg, coffee, juice, etc - to which you help yourself (and set yourself up for the day!).
The staff in the hotel are incredibly helpful: with a special mention for Francesco who was not only a great source of information, but also good fun.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone - and we will definitely be going back.
Che bellissima vacanza
Io e il mio ragazzo abbiamo prenotato una camera doppia per un periodo di tre giorni comprensivi del week-end.Dire che Francesco il ragazzo responsabile è stato carino e premuroso nei nostri confronti è dire poco,ha prenotato per noi ristoranti e musei ed per ogni nostra richiesta ha tentato sempre di cercare una soluzione.
Le camere sono spaziose,pulite e confortevoli la colazione è abbondante e soddisfacente.
La posizione è veramente tattica,siamo venuti in macchina da Torino, ci ha fatto trovare il garage già prenotato e abbiamo ripreso la macchina solo al momento della partenza.
Consiglieremo questo posto ai nostri amici e familiari nella speranza di poterci tornare sempre prima noi.
buona vacanza a tutti
Francesca e Mauro
A fantastic place to stay
I stayed at Residenza Ki for two nights in mid August. Although the hotel doesn't look much from the outside, the interior and customer service entirely make up for it. The staff were extremely friendly (not always the case in Rome) and very helpful. We were talked through and shown on a map where to find everything touristy on arrival, and any questions were answered with patience. The room was nice, neat and cool. For price, location and friendliness this hotel is really superb. I would definately recommend it.
A great wee spot worth staying in
Just returned from a city break in Rome. Stayed at the Residenza Ki hotel, on via Rasella with my Mum and My 2 sisters. It is so central to a lot of major attractions like the Trevi fountain and the Spanish Steps. It has excellent transport links to the metro. This meant that no where was too far to go to. The hotel is family run and being small meant that nothing was too much trouble for the manager GiGi who was always friendly and welcoming. The rooms had air conditioning a must have in Rome and were clean and comfortable. I would definately stay there again when I go back to Rome.