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Sept 15 2010
Today we woke up at 8:00am to have breakfast in the hotel before we started our day. We headed to the train station to purchase the Roma pass and Hop on Hop off bus tour tickets.
We knew we didn't have enough cash so we made our first attempt at getting money from a bank machine. We found out that it would only give …
One of the challenges in crafting these blog posts is deciding how to best convey my impressions of a travel destination. How to best discuss a city as fascinating and historic as Rome? I decided to split this into two parts, this posting on the historic Rome of two millennia ago and the next a (relatively) modern look at this ancient city.
After the fall of the Roman Empire around 500 A.D., Rome entered a dark age that lasted a thousand years. During this time the only stability and leadership was provided by the Catholic Church and the Pope. But with the Renaissance, spilling from Florence into Rome, a period of rebirth began and a new Rome emerged which eventually developed its own …
Sunny and 32°C
After a swim last night, I went on a photographic walk about as the sun set on Tuscany. I returned to our rooms in time to help with meal preparations and it proved to be excellent.
We arose as planned, finished packing, paid our bill, and enjoyed a final scrumptious breakfast at Il Sole. We left before 10h00 but …
Sunny and 30°C
Our final day in Europe! After breakfast (not as good as Gaia's) we jumped on the metro to the Vatican. We arrived about 10h00 by which time the line for the Museo Vaticano snaked along the wall for almost a kilometer, reaching close to the main Vatican Piazza. We decided to go to St. Peter's Basilica instead since it had …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Sonya Rome
Good value, clean, basic accomadation!
This is the second time we have stayed in rome and we found this hotel to afford good, clean, basic accomadation. We paid 110EUROS per room per night which compared reasonable to other hotels in the area. The rooms are not the biggest and the bathrooms are small. But this was a clean and pleasant hotel in a good location close to Termini, Via Nazionale, Piazza Repubblica and you could walk to the Colloseum and Imperial Fort ruins in 10 mins. The only downside was the breakfast, it was very basic. Bread Rools, Croissant, jam, cheese spread, nutella, 1 cereal and yogurt, plus tea and coffee. There was no meat or hot selection. The upside was very attentive staff who were polite and helpful whenever we needed anything (which we didnt very often). If you are looking for good value, clean accomadation as a good base for seeing Rome this is the one for you. If you are looking for luxury and a hotel to stay in during the day, double you budget and look else where.
New Year's Delight
My husband and I stayed at the Sonya Hotel over the New Year holiday for 4 nights. We paid more than the hotel's usual rate as it was New Year's but we still found it to be good value. The room was basic but comfortable, with a high domed ceiling (which made the room feel bigger) and a large window which opened out to the street. The bathroom was small but modern and clean, with nice soft lighting. Although the hotel was close to a subway station, we enjoyed walking to all of Rome's major sites. The street which the hotel is on has a little more charm than the neighbouring streets in the busy Termini area. We received a complimentary bottle of Asti on New Year's Eve. It was a nice touch to a pleasant stay.
Nice Hotel Close to Station
Just returned from 4 days in Rome in November. This is a nice 3* about 5-10 mins walk from the Termini and even closer to the subway station (Republica) and is right across from the Opera theatre. We found the hotel very comfortable and an excellent value. Breakfast was our only complaint but I suppose we set our expectations high. It was just a basic rolls/jam/butter/yogurt/juice/coffee type deal. All this was more than offset by its location though. We walked to the Termini/subway and to some places of interest in 10 minutes including the National Museum of Rome which is around the corner. Would have no reservations recommending this hotel to people on a reasonable budget. Very nice chinese restaurant just down the street.
Great, Affordable Choice
After staying on Capri, we moved up to Rome and stayed 4 nights at Hotel Sonya. As other reviewers have echoed, is was a great choice. Very inexpensive, 120 euro for downtown Rome can't be beat. Most of the staff spoke very good english, which is always a huge plus. The rooms were clean, the bathroom was more than adequate. Most importantly, the hotel is one block from the Piazza Republicca subway stop. The subway is the way to see Rome and it was so convenient to buy a 3 day pass and hop on only steps from the hotel.
One other note that shows the service we enjoyed, I wanted to attend a Serie A soccer game while in Rome. Francesca's husband (one of the owners) got us mid-field tickets 30 rows from the pitch. The hotel didn't even charge me extra to secure the tickets. Now thats service. For the price bracket, I couldn't recommend this place high enough.
The hotel is 2mins from the Termini in Rome making it an ideal base for exploring the city. Into the 1930's lift and up to a very clean and charming room. A wine shop next door and a leafy restaurant at the end of the road.
Breakfast was adequate with home baked rolls, and a charming waiter who doubled up as receptionist and even hand stitched our ripped bag before we left. Highly recommended.
Good base for touring Rome
We stayed at the Hotel Sonya in April of 2004. We found it to be an excellent value for the price. Our room was lovely and had every comfort. It was on the small side, but how much time will you spend in your room with Rome outside your door?! The room was absolutely spotless and very quiet. Yet the hotel was within reasonable walking distance of a number of sights, and very close to the train station as well. I agree with the comments about the breakfast - it's OK, but nothing special. I found the staff at the hotel to be very helpful, even loaning us an adaptor to recharge our video camera! And the beds were very comfortable and made for a good rest after a long day of walking around Rome. We would definitely stay at the Sonya again.
Sonya is OK
I stayed at the Hotel Sonya on my last trip to Rome. I was there for 6 nights, from March 10th to March 16th 2004. This was my 4th trip to Rome. The hotel is nice and it is clean. It has very small rooms and especially the bathroom. It was clean, but very small. The location is OK. Not great not terrible. The staff is OK. The last time I was in Rome I was at the Hotel Julia and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful there. The breakfasts at the Sonya are very bland, just rolls and coffee and juice and the breakfast room is tiny. The location is OK if you like to walk alot. It was fairly quiet there as well. There are several decent restaurants in the area, but on sunday most of them are closed. It is good to stay there if you dont mind being a pretty long walk from anything, or taking cabs, but I dont think I will stay there again if I go back to Rome. Overall, OK.
Very nice hotel, pleasant stay
My wife and I stayed at the Sonya a total of 11 days last year.
Although the breakfast room was modest and the breakfast boring from day to day, the room was very nice. The bathroom was small, but modern and quite beautiful. The furniture was nice and the bed very comfortable. The location worked well for us inasmuch as we were close to Termini (the busses and subway). We could walk many places from the location. The staff was moderately helpful. The rate was fair. I would recommend the Sonya to anyone who wanted a good room at a reasonable price.
This hotel turned out to be very nice and clean. The bed was comfortable and close to the train station. Good value. When I went the room was 120 euros.
After checking out numerous hotels for availaility and cost etc., we were recommended by a friend to check out Hotel Sonya. At peak season in Rome (September) , compared to other hotels we got what was thought to be a good price.For a double room we paid 110 Eoros per night bed and breakfast.The rooms were of an OK standard (3 star) with spotlessly clean bathroom.The rooms were cleaned daily and linen changed daily also.If there was one down side it was the breakfats was a little repetitive.Typical Continental.We stayed four nights and after the third we decided to try a local breakfast haunt over the road.Great.The hotel location was greatr as most of the main attractions were 10 minutes walk away or indeed a five minute taxi ride.Overall a very good place to saty for the price and if a negotiated rate could be arranged or room only, i would recommend that if you were staying more than four nights.