Travel Blogs from Rome
This morning we walked to the Colosseum for another walking tour. First stop was a visit inside the colosseum, which we loved! It is such an incredible structure and we really enjoyed exploring it and learning more about it's history. We were sad not to have more time there. We then walked through palantine hill and the forum which is all the ruins of ancient rome's city centre. Is was so cool to be able to walk through and see them up close. The highlight ...
... ceilings, frescoes on the walls, intricate statues.
Some of the major works here in the Musei Capitolini are the She-Wolf statue (from the 5th century B.C.) with Romulus and Remus (according to legend, the twins who founded the city of Rome) added later (15th century A.D.), the bust of Medusa by Bernini, and the original Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius (a copy stands outside in the Piazza). It was right after I took a picture of ...
... take public transportation, but a taxi driver gave us a great deal for the hour drive to Rome, straight to our apartments. Originally they had asked for 30 euros per person, which would have been 300 euros for the 10 of us. We figured we would've paid at least 12 euros per person just for the train ride into Rome plus the cab fare to our apartments. Oscar was able to get them to agree to 18 euros per person from the port directly to our apartments. It was a comfortable 1 hour ...
... and weatherproof coat...back in the hostel that is. So I got a bit wet. Then I found out the Colosseum did not open until 8.30 so had an hour to kill. Even in the poor weather it was great to be out and about when so few others were, it felt more like a living breathing city than just a tourist attraction. With the early start I was back at the Hostel for midday ready for my next challenge - get to the Serie A game at the Stadio Olympico that ...
... asked the desk clerk and he recommended a pizza restaurant around the corner. We walked down and around the corner about 1/2 a block. They had outside seating, so we opted to sit outside. A few minutes later, a "streetcar" comes past a few feet away! We all ordered pizza. It was pretty good, with a thin crispy crust. As we were waiting for dessert, it started to rain. Then it started to rain harder. Kristina and Lori had scootched ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Zara Rome
We booked through a travel agent, and were paying 200 euro a night, when we arrived we were shocked on how small, dark dreary the place was the guy on reception was rude and unhelpful, they had switched our room from 358 to 220 before we arrived. The room we got was not 3 * but a zero * graded would have suit it better. Our double room was tiny very dary dinngy, with light switch fittings loose from the wall and the other not working. I complained straight away and wanted a bigger room for the price I had paid, he could not help we would have to speak with the manager, who would not be available until the next day. We had booked a coach tour for that day so were not able to meet him, so we had to spend another night in the hard bed. I request some extra pillows and got them the 2nd time. One guy in particular was extremely unhelpful. We were moved on the 3rd and 4th night to a tripple room which was better but no way was worth 200 euro per night. When booking a hotel your best to get one recommended by a friend. As all the photos that are shown on websitesare taken at angles to enhance the size and appearence of the rooms.
My husband and I were on our honeymoon last September 2003 and we toured Rome and ended up staying at Zara Hotel right on Via Zara, Roma. We couldn't beleive our eyes as to the place looked so creepy. It was like being on the Adams Family. The whole atmosphere inside was gruesome. Too much red carpeting, the key to our door was like a medieval times key and took forever to open. We would have been better off sleeping on a bed of rocks that's how bad our bed was, and not to mention we had no television. There were 2 tv's in the whole room and not one of them worked. Imagine that!!
My wife and I had a great time in Rome.The Hotel Zara is a great location for all major sights in the city area.The Vatican City was the furthest, but it was only a No64 bus ride away, that took 20 minutes.
Great Location, everything else POOR!!!!!!
Stayed there on middle of June of 2004. The hotel was booked by a friend and expected to be a nice place, not deluxe but nice according to the price.
The rooms were so small you could hardly move with 2 people in it. The shower in one was a curtain and drain right on the floor, the beds SO HARD that the floor would have made a better bed. The electrical power went off when turning the air-conditioning on and stayed off for the weekend. The answer I got when complaining was that no technician till Monday. WOULD NOT RECOMEND IT AT ALL!!!!!
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Spent two lovely nights at the Hotel Zara. The room (a double) was huge, clean and quiet. The hotel is within walking distance (10 min.) to the Termini train station and the Metro (enables you to connect all over Rome very quickly). The breakfast was okay not very big, but fresh. The only problem was the front desk staff, not very friendly and/or helpful. Would stay there again based on the location alone.
Great little hotel
Gosh, I stayed at the hotel Zara with my mother and my niece about three years ago and found it quite enchanting, our room was really large, and the staff was delightful and very helpful, you could not beat the location,our room was totally quiet at night as the hotels wall are so thick, and our large room waslocated at the back, I dont care if things were a bit worn, for goodness sake you are itn the very center of Rome,to be able to walk to all the magnificent sights and to sit in the Piazza Navarone in the evening, I wouldnt have traded places with anyone else, thank you hotel Zara
Booked holiday through a reputable company and expected a decent room as it was graded 3*. First impression as we walked in was not good. We squashed into the tiny lift and went up to the floor our room was on.The corridors were very narrow. I'd researched this hotel on the Internet prior to booking and was led to believe it had originally been a palace - can only assume we were in the servants quarters! As soon as we opened the door and went inside, our spirits plummeted. The room was small, dark, dreary, dingy, horrid. I didn't want to spend one night there let alone four. The furniture was painted pale blue and looked tacky.The bathroom was tiny with a 'free draining' shower (ie no cubicle or tray) and there was a ghastly bright red, plastic-framed mirror and shelf on the wall. There was no hot water and the water coming out of the taps was dirty, ie full of black 'bits'. Apparently they had a problem with the boiler, but the receptionist was unable to tell us when this would be mended.I sat on the bed in despair, reluctant to unpack our suitcases. After a few phone calls we checked out and moved to another hotel, so we were only at the Zara about one hour - plenty long enough for us!
I have just been to Zara Hotel in Rome. I have to say that it is excellently located. It is just a stone's throw away from the city's main attractions: the Vittoriano (15 mins on foot away), the Spanish Steps (10 mins), Piazza Barberini (2 mins), Fontana di Trevi (15 mins).
The Hotel Zara was listed as a renovated "Palace" furnished with antiques located in the heart of Rome. A Motel 6 along the highway would have been more romantic! While it was within walking distance to almost everything, our first room was so small the door hit the bed - the second was a bit larger but the bed was so uncomfortable that we had trouble sleeping - (the mattress was really a box spring with a 1/8 inch pad on it and the cleaning staff only changed the linen once in 8 days.) The antique furnishings consisted of green particleboard modular furniture from the 70's - maybe the matress was the antique. This place was old, dingy, noisy, hot (the air conditioning advertised was turned off Oct 1st), uncomfortable and nothing remotely resembling a "palace". I'd suggest you spend a little more and have a comfortable room someplace else - because it's hard to enjoy your day when you don't rest well at night.