Hotel Principessa Isabella
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We arrive round 6.30pm at our hotel.......OMG we have a doorman who takes our luggage to our room, its called "Hotel Principessa Isabella" ( of course chosen for Princess Bella) hehe. The guy at reception calls me Princess Fiona, I thought OMG how did you know hahahaha.... The room is amazing... So we are told about a family Italian restaurant not …
Day 7 - Rome -Tuesday 18-09-12 Last full day in The Eternal City, time to relax. A morning strolling around our neighbourhood, lunch, then off to Villa Borghese , and the Galleria Borghese, about a 10 minute walk away. It's an amazing gallery housing the 'queen of all private collections'. Limited number of visitors, had to …
Day 6 - Rome - Monday 17-09-12 Talking about Michelangelo, today is a big one, The Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica. Arriving there in the taxi illustrated why we booked a 3 hour tour so early, the line was ENORMOUS. After leaving Italy, first up, guide in tow, The Vatican Museums. After passing through Pigna Courtyard with its …
Day 5 - Rome - Sunday 16-09-12 After a morning stroll to Galleria Borghese to pick up,our tickets, we got ready for a big afternoon, 4 hour guided tour of The Coliseum and The Forum. OUTSTANDING!!! Words cannot adequately describe the scale and beauty of The Coliseum. The sheer brutality of the gladiators, and the beauty of the architecture. …
Day 3 - Flight from Singapore to Rome - Friday 14-09-12 After 12 hours of flying we arrived in a very wet Rome. Driving in from the airport, feeling rather weary and facing backwards in the van, the driver , casually pointed out something, " that's where they filmed Ben Hur", then a little later " that's the Colosseo" what? I turned around and - I …
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After booking my holiday through expedia and then discovering the mostly unfavourable reviews on trip advisor I was hesistant about staying here - expecting the worst. However, I was pleasantly suprised with the room, quite large, clean and comfortable - definately not the dump that some reviewers had written about!! The location is good and is close to the spanish steps - 20 minute walk downhill and the hotel is just around the corner from Via Veneto where all the major luxury hotels are located. The staff were friendly and breakfast was pleasant - not unlike the basic continental breakfasts I've had in other Italian hotels - plus they make great coffee!
Despite reading negative reviews the Tea Hotel was a very pleasant experience. The staff were very friendly, housekeeping was great, rooms were very clean, breakfast was fine and although the room was small - we didnt live in it - we just slept there!
A small hotel in a quiet corner of Rome, Hotel Tea provides the most basic of amenities. The rooms have thin walls and are just large enough for two people. The bathroom was tiny with only a shower and barely enough room for our toothbrushes! The lack of a shower curtain also meant that the floor was soaking wet each morning and evening.The hotel provided basic continental breakfast (although curiously, the kitchen did not have any pepper - the tables however had two pots, one for salt and the other with chocolate powder, which I absent-mindedly sprinkled liberally on my hard-boiled-egg!)The distances to the key attractions as stated by the hotel (and Expedia!) are more than a little optimistic, however, via del corso, trevi, the colosseum and other sites are well within rambling distance.On the plus side, the staff are very friendly and welcoming and the only lift in the hotel gives an insight into what it's like on the inside of an aluminium Samsonite suitcase.We didn't spend much time at the hotel as we were in Rome only for a weekend break (two nights), but we would be hesitant to book this hotel again.
Principessa Tea Hotel is a DUMP! To begin with, the only good thing I have to say is that the staff was friendly, but it hardly makes up for the condition of the hotel itself. The elevator shakes, rattles and squeals everytime it is used, and you can hear all of this through the paper thin walls and door of your room. Paint is peeling from the walls and the entire hotel smells of uncleanliness. The numbers to our room were glued to the door crooked and the doors don't fit the door jambs so you really have to push and pull to open and close the door. The furniture is ugly and old (not antique, just junk) and the beds are rock hard. There was mold on the ceilings and the wallpaper was peeling. The room smelled unclean and there were piles of dirt in the corners. The plumbing made noise (from all parts of the hotel) everytime it was used day and night, and the water temperature was extremely difficult to regulate. There was a shower head but no shower curtain and there was no counter space in the bathroom. The bathroom was not clean even upon arrival. They give you sandpaper and napkins for towels, and there were ants in our room on the fifth floor. The noise level in the hotel was extremely high throughout the hotel day and night. My husband cut himself and got blood on the sheets. We thought that they would change the sheets the next morning, however, they just made up the bed with the dirty sheets. I've seen pictures on the internet of a large lounge room or foyer with nice antique furniture in it, however, I never saw this room even when I looked for it. Overall, I would have an extremely difficult time giving this hotel even a one star rating. Spend a few more dollars and stay in a Four Star Hotel. You could even save some money and stay in a hostel. I'm sure most any of them are nicer than the Principessa Tea Hotel.
We were on the fence about the Princepessa Tea after reading mixed reviews, but after comparing the completely outrageous alternatives, we decided to stay here. We booked 3 (presumably large) rooms for a total of 9 adults and 3 kids. The location was fine (although I don't know how the 30 min walk to the spanish steps translates to a 'few steps'), but the rooms were nothing short of aweful. My kids (and I) were covered with insect bites after each night there. There are no shower curtians, the rooms acutally smell bad. The air conditioning, are stand alone units that provided no cooling at all. I liked the idea of saving a few bucks when I booked the room, but while we were there, we sure were sorry we didn't cough up for a decent room. Don't make the same mistake. One of our rooms supposedly a quad (by 'Italian Law' the owner impatiently explained to us) would barely fit 2 beds. The put my brother in a 'suite' which was actually a room with no number (just said private on the door) that we are sure was a maid's quarters or something. The owner was rude when we complained, this hotel pretty much ruined our Roman experiance.If this hotel was in Chicago it would not be able to get more than $30/night. Save your money elsewhere.
With a lot of cleaning and repair, this hotel could be quite good.
I have stayed at the Hotel Tea on five separate occasions ontrips to Rome for several reasons: It's location is only a few blocks from the Via Veneto in the center of Rome, and the price is good -- typically about $150 in a city where hotel costs for truly first class hotels are over $400 and those inbetween offer not much more than the Tea -- and the room size is decent -- if you get the correct room. They have two size rooms, and they both are typically priced the same -- but one is a suite and the other a smaller stand-alone room. Rooms with windows on the street size can be noisy at night, as Rome is a noisy city. The Avis outlet is just one block away, and there's a nice underground garage across the street.The hotel is owned by a family -- an american women married to an Italian.I have always had a pleasant stay there.