BEST WESTERN Hotel Spring House
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... which was really long. We entered the colosseum and it all looked so old and ancient but I was surprised by how small the actual arena was. I expected it to be bigger from looking at the outside but it still wasn't disappointing. We walked around it and them went up to the second level where we could get a better view of the arena. It was quite terrifying thinking about what used to happen to people in the colosseum and how Christians where fed ...
... could have used some sports. We also saw the Sistine Chapel which was cool but not what we expected. The painting with ************ that everyone knows which I thought was the entire ceiling is actually only a small portion of the chapel. However the detail and sculptures were still incredible.
Along with seeing all the historical places we have also had a chance to experience the social aspect of living in such a crossroads of Italy. Going out to ...
... is a 2,000 year old building that was a venue for entertaining the population of the city and one of the landmarks everyone thinks about when you mention Rome. It was the place to see gladiators fight to the death and accommodated 50,000 screaming fans. After the Colosseum we continued to Palatine Hill and the Forum which was considered the center of the city. We had a different guide for the second part of the tour and his enthusiasm ...
... wallabies :) kicked off 930am my time. Watched it with the kiwi guy I had met, we streamed it on his laptop and watched it on the TV. After the game I went on a mission to get Olivia her bag back. Caught a few trains in order to get to the contiki campsite. Was a pretty cool campsite, met the 5 people that Olivia works with who are all a cool bunch. Hung out for the arvo, ...
... of Tuscany on our journey and since my family was taking naps I took in the beautiful landscapes along the way. One of the little towns that really caught my eye was Orvieto. One because it happens to be a wine region in Italy and two, the stunning beauty of this town perched high on the cliffs overlooking the valley and the vineyards surrounding it.
We were dropping off the rental car at the Roma Fiumicino Airport which is about 35 minutes outside of the ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Hotel Spring House Rome
Overall, very good
Overall, a very good choice. Mainly positives but a couple of minor issues that deserve mentioning.
Lets start with the positives. Very clean throughout. Decently sized rooms with all that you would expect - decoration was simple but pleasant. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful (not what we are expecting from what others had warned us about Italians), they booked all our resturants, answered our queries politely and were very professional. We had a late flight the day we checked out and they stored our luggage for free until the evening). The location was just what we were looking for - less than five minutes to the tube station, and the vatican museum with St Peters less than ten minutes away. There was even a very useful small supermarket a very short distance away (ask reception where). Seemed a good area in which we felt safe. However, if your looking for nightclubs and all night entertainment this is not for you. It would suit if you want a quite end to a long day of sight seeing. A couple of good resturants nearby - go to Dal Toscamo on Via Germanico to experience some good food in an unforgetable astmosphere at a reasonable price - go to Piacere Molise on Via Candia (2 mins from the hotel) for something a bit more simple and cheaper.
The only negatives I can think of were the relatively small shower cubicle (certainly could not fit two people in !), the lift with could prove difficult to call (keep your finger on the button until it comes) and the small breakfast room. You will be okay if you go earlyish but if you go around nine, expect to have to wait a bit for a table. The breakfast itself was certainly okay, if nothing exceptional.
Overall, we were very pleased with our choice. If you book here you certainly won't be taking any risks. We would stay here again.
Spring House in May
My wife and I, along with my wife's aunt and cousin, stayed at the Spring House for 7 nights in early May. We had an excellent stay and we pretty much reiterate the positive comments of the other reviewers. The staff was responsive and friendly to all inquiries and requests. The breakfasts were great. The rooms were clean and neat. Our room had a balcony, which overlooked the neighboring apartment building. We didn't notice the street noise so much, perhaps because we had a room facing away from the street. There was a bit of noise from other rooms and from water rushing through the pipes but we've heard worse at other hotels here in the States.
As the other reviewers indicated, it is in a middle-class neighborhood so you need to use the metro or taxis to get to the sites. It is within walking distance of several nice restaurants, gelato shops and internet cafes, though, as well as a small neighborhood market, which was convenient. For a rather lengthy stay like ours, we actually preferred to be in more of a neighborhood setting. The entrance to the Vatican museum was close but it is a bit of a hike to St. Peter's Basilica.
One note for disabled travelers, the hotel did advertise itself as having wheelchair accessible rooms. The hotel did have a ramp up into the lobby from the street and a small elevator, however, the rooms are not what we'd consider "wheelchair accessible" in the USA. There were no grab-bars around the low-to-the-ground toilet and the shower stall was actually about a foot off the ground. We were able to overcome these obstacles but it required finesse and strength to do so. So, if you're disabled and do not have a caregiver with the strength to deal with this situation, you may want to choose another hotel. In addition, we had to take one of the wheelchair footstands off to fit in the elevator.
Aside from that, though, we had a great stay at this hotel and would stay there again on our next trip, which will hopefully be soon.
A great stay!
We went to Rome for a week in March to tour as well as visit our daughter, a student at Temple University-Rome. It was perfect. She was able to walk back and forth from the Residence when she wanted to join us, which was just great.Service was fantastic - staff could not have been more accomodating. The breakfast was incredible - when we opened the hotel room door in the morning, the smell of fresh baked pastries was the first thing to hit you. I would give anything to sit and have one of those breakfasts again. And I DON"t get up for hotel complimentary breakfasts. This was well worth it getting up for :)The location was excellent and we did use the Metro every day to get to the tourist sites. But, when it came down to being in a real middle class neighborhood, the experience could not be beat. The restaurants were friendly and moderately priced with excellent food. The stores were not tourist oriented and we shopped in our down time. We had no qualms about walking around late at night in this neighborhood whatsoever. I sure hope to return someday. A week in Rome is simply not enough. We would stay at the Springhouse in a heartbeat.
Good value but location has drawbacks
HOTEL IS REASONABLY PRICED My husband and I and our 2 teenagers stayed at Spring House for 3 nights in Jan. 2004. Hotel is comfortable and has a friendly and helpful staff. I liked that we were all able to stay in the same room with 1 queen bed and 2 good-sized rollaways. Bathroom was smallish -- very small shower only, no tub. Plenty of hot water.
Breakfast (included in price) was a nice assortment with lots of choices. TV has English-language stations.
LOCATION PROBLEMATIC This hotel is located about 2 blocks from the entrance to the Vatican museum, where you go in to view the Sistine Chapel. However, that is ALL that it is close to. Because of the walls encircling the Vatican, it is a even a bit of a hike to get in to St.
Peter's from the hotel. The immediate neighborhood is safe, but not particularly interesting. There is a bus stop within a few blocks and the hotel staff is very good about directions. The closest Metro (subway) stop is about 4 blocks. Bottom line -- you can't just step outside your door and into some cute, chic little shop -- you're going to have to take public transportation or a taxi to do that.
TRANSPORT TO AIRPORT AVAILABLE We were glad that the hotel arranged a car for us to take us back out to Fiumicino to catch our flight back to US. This cost 60 Euros for 4 people and seemed reasonable. I would think that they could also arrange to pick you up at the airport. I had tried to find out about this by e-mailing the hotel, but they never responded. You might wish to call them about this. We got to the hotel from Fiumicino by taking the train to Termini and then the Metro to Cipro. This wasn't really that much of a bargain, and was a hassle with our luggage.
NEARBY RESTAURANT GOOD Hotel recommended the Perilli in Prati on Via Otranto, which was about 5 blocks away, and newly opened. They were very kind to us, even letting us in earlier than they usually open.
Food was good.
Impeccable service -- very happy with Spring House
My mom and I just stayed at Spring House for 8 nights in late September. We were very impressed with it -- most of all, the service stands out. Everyone at the desk, snack bar, and breakfast room were exceptionally friendly and helpful. I agree with the other reviewer about the delicious, delicious breakfast and the clean, shiny interior.
Room service was great, too... we were so tired after touring each day that we often got a great full meal delivered to our room. Try the rocket salad and lasagna. The location, while not central to historic Rome, is actually very good since it's quite close to the Cipro Metro stop (which we took every day). Just plan on buying a metro pass and using it a lot. It's not in a touristy area at all (expect some graffiti, but also some yummy, inexpensive gelato shops, etc.) Our room was very clean and nicely decorated, but small. The balcony overlooked a central courtyard surrounded by tall apartments -- no view. As others mention, it can be a bit noisy at night. Finally, ask to have the hotel's car take you to the airport -- cheaper than a taxi and a much nicer ride. Overall, if you can handle taking public transit and don't mind a courtyard view, this is a really great hotel. I would stay there again in an instant.
Great Hotel, Great Location
My wife and I just returned from a two week vacation in Italy. We stayed at Hotel Spring House for our 4 nights in Rome. Of all the hotels we stayed at this hotel was the absolute best. The positives far outweight any negatives. The staff was spectacular! Very nice, very willing to help out with ANYTHING, all in all wonderful. I would give them 6 stars out of five possible. The location was great also. Is is just two blocks from the entrance to the Vatican Museum. Located in a wonderful neighborhood, full of non-tourist shops, grocery stores, gelaterias, and good local resturants. It is a safe place to walk around at night! Also, It is a only a few blocks from a bus station that you can catch a bus to anywhere in the city. As far as the hotel itself. The decor is modern-contemporary. We were very happy with it.
It appeared that the hotel had recently been fully reovated and no expence spared on the decor. Everything is new, shiny, and nice, not worn and thread-bare like lots of other hotels. An internet access terminal is available near the lobby. The breakfast was the best served during our entire trip in Italy. Meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, yogurt, cereal, coffee drinks, and even a big bowl of fresh fruits! The room was nice, but small. We had a room with a double bed and you would not be able to fit much more in it. Although the room was small it was very manageable for two people from the US. The decor was nice, the room VERY CLEAN, air conditioning, dual pain glass windows. The only downsides were the noise from both the inside and outside of the hotel.
We had nosiy neighbors one night, with kids. Also, despite the dual pain glass, you could hear some traffic, from a block away, all night long. It was nothing more than a small irritation though. We WILL stay here again on our next vacation in Rome and not even look for anything else. THANK YOU HOTEL SPRING HOUSE!
Not very happy
The hotel room was too small, especially with the column right in the middle of the room it made it even worse. We had to open the door to get the cool air come in mid March. The lady Stephanie at the front desk was very rude. Others were extremely nice.