Hotel San Carlo
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This hotel was recommended by my former thesis professor, who was currently teaching a Catholic University School of Architecture semester in Rome. It just so happened that the hotel receptionist was a lady from Kaunas, Lithuania who knew my professor. I know Lithuanian better than Italian, so she and i got along well - especially when I needed to …
... it was between this or Pompeii. Several people highly recommended Ostia Antica, as it gives a more complete and gritty look at ancient Roman life (being a working port town), than the wealthier Pompeii. This was great advice!
Ostia Antica was Rome’s first colony and a naval base, only about 2,200 years ago. We spent the day there walking through ancient warehouses, homes, cramped apartments blocks (civilization’s first projects), mansions, shopping arcades, ...
... of equal vintage, nearing over 5 hours in the 35 degC sun, and having a reasonably poor ability to take anything in when I know Jane is also within earshot (yep...I thought I just switched off when people were giving directions and Jane was nearby - turns out I do it when Italians are explaining what those holes in the stone are 4m below the surface of the Colosseum. Who would have thought!). Some of the 5% of things that I do recall are: - the Colosseum had 4 levels ...
... have spilled oceans of words in their reflection. We chased ghosts past the still standing pillars and through the remnant archways. Wine and cheese were had in gluttonous excess. Necessary to say I will be missing both these dining items as well as bread I'm sure in the upcoming months of stay in Asia. The dodging of street hawkers in Rome though is a good warm up for whats to come.
Saw the dub-step phenomenon Skrillex, which ...
... is also the home of the oldest relics of the ancient city including the remnants of the first Roman Aqueducts that were built over a 500 year period beginning in 312 B.C. At one time in ancient Rome, there were 11 of these aqueducts providing drinking water to as many as a million Romans in addition to filling the fountains and providing water for sewage removal. (Joey and Michael loved the stories about public bathrooms where ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel San Carlo Rome
What a wonderful hotel the San Carlo turned out to be! The location couldn't be better - we were able to walk to all the major sites within just a few minutes. The walk to the Vatican area took a little longer, but was no problem for us 55 year olds! The San Carlo room was spacious, very clean and comfortable. We had a terrace just outside our room where we could eat breakfast or have a glass of wine later in the afternoon. We would recommend it to friends and would stay there again!
we were at san carlo the first days october :we had room 79 very nice very cleaned very quite,the staff was friendly and Rosanna at the desk relly helpful ,we will come back. Pierre Paris.
I was in the room 57 which is in the depandance of hotel. It was wery nice place, have efeveator and telephone directly conected with reception. It is great location and good price of the room. The people working there was very, very nice. Biljana, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
New managment (has to be)!
My husband, his father, and I were promised a wonderful room, what we got was room #12! The height of the ceiling was twice the width of the room! I have stayed in hotels in Moscow and Romania (back in 1990) and this hotel was WORSE! There were people who had booked 3 days at this place, stayed a night, and LEFT the next morning! Calling CNN Travel; Fodors; etc next....
The San Carlo is a nicely appointed hotel in a very good location. It is a very short walk between Piazza d Spagna, the Metro stop, and Via Del Corso. The single rooms are extremely small. There is absolutely no counter space for personal items and the lighting is very bad. The double rooms are absolutely fantastic. The one that I experienced had a beautiful large bathroom with shower AND tub and tons of counter space.This hotel is very clean and the support staff are very kind. The refridgerators are kept stocked with mineral water and local telephone calls are included with price of the room. All in all, Albergo San Carlo is a nice hotel if you take a double or larger room and avoid any disaggreement with the staff. Also, request that your room is far away from the breakfast area.
Not very helpful
Stayed at this hotel recently. They didn't give me the triple room that I wanted, despite phone calls to confirm this beforehand. Instead gave us one double and one single. Double room was fine, clean and modern but single room was cramped and had a funny smell. Plus the fact that there was no lift and it's quite a trek up 4 flights of stairs. Can't fault the location though. Overall ok but don't think it was superb, especially as they seem not to check through their reservations carefully enough.
We stayed at San Carlo and liked it very much. The location is perfect - just off Piazza di Spagna, yet in a quiet street. Staff are very friendly. Our room, in the renovated part, had all comforts. Breakfast is served in the roofgarden - quite a delicious moment of the day. We found the price very reasonable and definitely competitive for Roman standards. The only drawback are the stairs - there is no lift and if you have a heavy luggage, that can cause some problems.
Friendly and wonderful
This was the best hotel. The staff were polite, friendly and helpful. Our room was attractive, quiet and comfortable even on the warmest days. The breakfast on the terrace was a real treat. Its location was superb. Excellent value for money. I will definately stay at this hotel on my next trip.
Awesome value. Great great great location. Near great restauratnts and all the designer shops. Service was prompt and professional. Very friendly. The room is great. Always ask for room 57 - very big and a nice bathroom for the price. Also very clean. Front desk Alberto is very helpful and friendly.
Excellent B&B. Great Location.
We stayed the first week of November '02. The weather was upper 60's some days, and low 50's others. It was sunny every day, except our last day. We were very lucky I guess. The weather is unpredictable this time of the year and you should pack appropriately.
What I liked about this place was that
a- Everything in the room worked! The aircon was a necessity the first day or so, as was the heat the last few days.
b- Susanna, the front desk person who has been at the hotel for 18 years, suggested that rather than squeezing my wife and I and our three small children into a quadruple, Room 77 which had been highly recommended, that we would be better off with two double rooms, 56 &57, adjoining each other. (I wouldn't expect this flexibility during the high season.) We took her suggestion and we were perfectly situated. Both rooms were large, clean, and had nice bathrooms. We simply felt really comfortable.
c- Location, location, location: You can walk everywhere. You are right in the middle of everything. Shopping highlights, as well as many tourist destinations, are all within twenty minute strolls. The Spanish Steps are a 5 minute walk, as is the main metro(subway) station.