Travel Blogs from Rome
Left at 3.30am after the world's longest taxi/line of planes waiting to take off. Arrived Rome Sunday morning 7.30am after about 3 hours total sleep.
Pushed through a few main attractions and walked around a bit, all were fairly impressive except the Trevi fountain was closed for maintenance, and was covered in scaffolding.
Had a …
Woke up for our second day of hotel breakfast (croissants & cake!) before heading off around 8.30 to spanish steps and the villa borghese gardens. Spanish steps were underwhelming, the church at the top was covered in scaffolding which seemed to be a recurring theme. Plenty of nice shops but we were too early of course.
Beautiful views …
Cloudy morning, light consistent rain in afternoon. 23°C
We left a little before 9 this morning and headed up to Termini Station to find the line 360 bus stop after buying our €6 all day transport ticket. We might only use it 4 times today to break even but it also saves having to buy single tickets especially tricky on the buses. I had …
Sunny morning, light cloud in afternoon. 24°C
Breakfast was self serve with sweet cakes & tarts, croissants, rolls, cold meats & cheese, eggs, cereal, juice, tea & coffee/cappuccino. We left by 8:45 to walk the almost two kms to the Colosseum for our 9:40 Underground/ top tier tour. Fortunately it was a lovely downhill walk (just …
Sunny with light cloud and haze. 24°C
After breakfast (not the same luck as the first day - only one cappuccino now) we went to go up the Pompei Campanile as suggested by Fabio. It opens at 9, or so the sign says. First we revisited the cathedral which is just astonishing with so many amazing paintings, mosaics, marble, gold and everything on a …
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.