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Arrived in Rome on Sunday, after a 7 hour train journey from Turin. Even though I have been to Italy before, this is my first trip to Rome and absolutely loving it!! In summary, over the past four days days I have visited Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, St Peter's Square, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica, Basicila di …
... of those unique cities that around every corner a new surprise, the change from modern (anything from 100-300 years old to 'old' ( from 1000BC to 5-6,700 years old was outstanding - but the HUMANS around..... Like it was Mecca during whatever their main festival is. But, we crashed through the door exhausted at around 10pm, and had crossed off about 10% of the long list we (read I - Liz is not very "cultural" here you all know!), had earmarked to see......some 'snaps' from ...
... tomb of the unknown soldier and above it an enormous equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II.(First King of unified Italy) Climbing up the sweeping terraces we reached the lift at the back to take us up to the top for fabulous views over Rome. On the way back down we accessed the Santa Maria in Aracoeli basilica through a side door to save a lot of stair climbing. From the outside it is a very plain basilica, but it ...
... in person. The Pantheon was also so amazing and I never really knew much about it before going. I think I always get it confused with the Parthenon in Greece! We also saw one of the giant Obelisks and numerous statues. The city IS history everywhere you turn. FUN FACT: There are 38 different churches dedicated to Mary in Rome so never tell anyone to meet you at a Mary-related church!
Tomorrow we get to sleep in! Yay! Then we are off to see the Colosseum.
... I have ever had. Safe to say it has ruined Gelato for me forever. The range of flavours was so good (lavender and white chocolate, basil and something I forget, ginger, too many to remember), and the taste was devine. Wow. I'll post the place when I have internet that isn't driving me mad.
On that note though, we had to return to the accomodation (via a nice walk through the twisting alleyways and the Circus Maximus site), grab our bags and head to our ferry to Barcelona!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Saturnia Rome
Don't know where to start, this hotel is AWFUL. Small rooms, we can deal with, but not small, dirty, dangerous, unfinished, unsecure rooms that you can barely open the door to enter. We knew we had blundered when we were advised not to walk around the surrounding streets after dark by the agency taxi driver who brought us from the airport. Light sockets and plug points were hanging out of the walls, with an earth wire clearly visible. The television was broken, the lightshade consisted of two paper napkins on a bare bulb - fire hazard! and the glass shelf above the filthy sink was hanging out of the wall. The door barely opened enough for a person to enter, let alone a person with a suitcase, and was in a state of disrepair - see our attached pics! This was a third floor room. The first floor rooms seemed to be completely different, with new doors and more secure-looking locks. In fact, the first floor just looked cleaner in general - this is clearly where the pictures they use in brochures and web advertising come from.
A surprisingly good 2 star in the heart of rome
While this hotel was not the most luxurious or decadent it's helpful and personable staff made up for that 10-fold! i stayed for three nights last week - everything was clean and safe. just what you would expect in a cheap but central hotel. being able to step out the door and stumble upon the colosseum, roman forum and termini station basically ensures you get to see all of rome very easily. i would most definitely recommend it!
Stayed here for 4 nights (november 5- 9). It is literally 4 blocks in from Termini station. We took a train from Venice and got off and it was so easy to find! The hotel is really very nice and the staff was wonderful to us. They helped us book Carrani Tours and we paid for them at check out. We had room 404 and they made up the king size bed into 2 twins for my sister and I. We had a deluxe room with new jacuzzi shower. I had to laugh at that thing. Breakfast downstairs was good (hard boiled eggs, pasteries, yogurt, breads, cakes, tarts, meat. cheese, all kinds of coffee/tea/juices.) Very good hotel overall..
The staff was outstanding and very accomodating and helpful. The breakfast was good for Italian hotels which consider slices of bread and jam the norm. However, the rooms, had serious mold and odor issues even in the renovated rooms. We had to change rooms three times in four days. We paid $848 (American) for four nights which was outrageous for what we received.
Location is approximately 10mins from the train station - halfway between station and the Colloseum. Not a bad little neighbourhood - nice selection of restaurants and convenience stores.
Good location only 10 minutes to colosseum and Vittor Emmanuelle II monument. However compared to other budget hotels we have stayed in - it really is very basic. Reasonably clean but some mould in shower. Air conditioning was a floor unit which did not work at all well in 35 degree heat and also required the condensed water to be emptied periodically throughout the night. Didn't bother with TV (local channels) but minibar was useful as a refrigerator. Had pre-ordered a cot but this only arrived in the evening after much persuasion. One of our party stayed in the converted attic room which appeared complete and is very nice. The only down side is that you have to climb 4 floors and the upper floor a spiral staircase has no light fitting as yet! Staff friendly although some of the advice given eg taxi fares not quite accurate. Breakfast reasonable - cornflakes, croissant, rolls, ham, cheese, fruit and coffees.
You get what you pay for.
This was about the cheapest hotel I could find in a cental location. If I wanted a better hotel then I should have paid more, but I was happy with what I got. It was old and in need of some repairs in places, but clean and comfortable. The continental breakfast was as good as in ANY priced hotel - cereals & milk, fruit juice, coffee, tea, croissants, bread rolls, meats etc.
Nothing was too much trouble for the guy on the front desk. I doubt you will get better for the price and location.
We stayed at the Hotel Saturnia for three nights in july 2005, and it was horrible. Our first night were spent in a tiny room, the air condition and minifridge fortunately worked, but the tv was just static. The bathroom were also tiny, with a moldy and dirty shower. The previous guest had also forgotten to remove all his underweare from the drawer...