Travel Blogs from Rome
This was no ordinary vacation to Italy. There were two major factors coming in to play for this trip. First being that, Jon and I had packed up our things, quit our jobs, hugged our friends & family goodbye and started our year-long (maybe longer) journey through Europe. When we boarded the plan from Las Vegas to Frankfurt there was a new …
The bus left Munich at 8am and wound its way through the alps towards Venice, which was my next stop on the loop. The scenery on the way was breathtaking. We stopped for a break at the world's highest McDonald's, and a few people took a photo of the bridge that used to be home to the highest bungee in the world. Unfortunately I had just made the decision to change my next few stops on the loop, so I used the break to try and change my accommodation around. Unfortunately I was ...
... Siemens family whom Dominic has known since childhood. If you've read the Assisi post in this blog, you'll know that they had met serendipitously a few days earlier near the Basilica of San Francesco. It was so great to reminisce and catch up with them in a little cafe in Rome. Surreal actually.
That evening, we ate near the Pantheon then wandered the streets to the Trevi Fountain. A throng of people ringed the famous waterworks -- is there a more famous ...
... the bus. After dropping our things off at the hotel and saying goodbye to our bus and bus driver, we began our walking for the day. First was the Colosseum, of which we had a guided tour. The place, in short, was huge. It was strange to see it in person after having always seen it in pictures. To be ...
... br> Off to the embassy of The Knights of Malta. Peering through a well worn keyhole in the front gates, you look through some perfectly trimmed hedges, across the river Tiber to a beautifully framed vision of St Peter' Basilica.
Arriving in Campo de' Fiori to a lively fruit, veg and flower market. Centered is a cloaked statue of Giordano Bruno, burned at ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Franklin Hotel Rome
My wife and I took our first trip to Italy. Our first stop was Rome (then on to Florence and Venice) and our first hotel was the Franklin (Feel the Sound) Hotel. Based on our experience, we have nothing but praise for this hotel (and we will be back sometime in the future). The Franklin is truly a wonderful hotel in a fantastic location with unmatched service and a very comfortable room.
We choose the Franklin because of it's proximity to our daughters apartment, otherwise it's out of the way for a tourists hotel. The Franklin motto is "Feel the Sound" We did feel it-night and day. The sound of our own music mixed with the rooms next to us. Voices echo across the Pergo floors, and whenever anyone walks across these floors the click of heels can be herd inside and outside of the rooms. Our first room on the street side was very noisy, and we were awakened early each morning with all the sounds from the breakfast room below us. We moved to a smaller room which wasn't any quieter. When we wanted to check out early the management was less than accomodating- we were told we would be charged a 3 night cancellation fee. Since we had to pay for the room anyway we didn't "check out" but we did go to another hotel to finally get some much needed sleep.
My husband and I stayed at the Franklin Hotel over Valentine's Day weekend. We found the hotel using this site and booked based on the rave reviews. We were pretty disapointed. The room was not very clean.
Picture Ikea partnering with Columbia House and opening up a hotel. That is what sums up Franklin to me. The pictures on the net are very accurate as well as the descriptions for the place. My wife and I, being the adventurous souls we are, took the train out to the hotel. Due to our own stupidity, and the fact that Via Rodi is an extremely small street we got lost. How small is Via Rodi. Well we were exactly ONE block away from the hotel, we asked where via rodi was located and three people said they didnt know. This being said the hotel is about a 10-minute walk from the train station and about 15 minutes to the Vatican. Now that you have the summary here are the pros and cons.Pros - Service is EXCELLENT. - The Metro Stop Ottiviano S. Pietro is only 5 minutes from Spanish Steps and about 15 minutes away from the Coliseum and other attractions. - Music selection is quite impressive ranging from Terrence Trent Darbys greatest hits, to Nellyville; to some guy who plays Acoustic Guitar that I cant remember. - Rooms were nicely furnished and bathroom was immaculate. Speakers in bathroom big plus - Got room 105 that had its own balconynice - I dont know if this is a pro or conBUT the hotel pushes for you to go to the restaurants across the streets. The food there is ok. However, the wife and I found a nicer placed called Ternesco that is only 5 blocks away from the hotel. Great food and great atmosphere. - Did I say that the service is excellent???Cons - It is a bit out of the way Small but the chocolate given when they turn down the rooms was HORRIBLE. (note this just shows you that there really isnt much negative to say about the place)
We were in Rome for a week-end, and we choose the Franklin Hotel because of the photos in the web pages, and we are really glad we did!The hotel is not in the tourist area and at first we thought that is was going to be a problem, but it turned out to be the best choice. We had dinner in the area both nights and it was amazing, since you can find plenty of little restaurants (non-tourits restaurants) so you really have the impression of living it. The vatican is really near by, and by metro you are anywhere you need in no time at all.The hotel is really nice, and very, very, very clean. It is really peaceful and after a hole day of walking, and visiting, to go back to the hotel in a non tourist area is the best feeling ever!I definitly recommend this hotel.
We just returned from a wonderful holiday in Europe and really enjoyed four nights at the Franklin Hotel (our second night was the night of the "blackout"!) It's a wonderful, immaculate, quiet, modern hotel on a quiet side street. Good soundproofing and a good air conditioning, two "musts" in Rome in the warm weather. We could reach the Vatican on foot in about 10-15 minutes and appreciated being a bit outside the hustle and noise of the downtown area. By European standards the room was a good size, the bathroom sparkling and modern, and the staff wonderful.
We plan to return to the Franklin when we next travel to this great City.
October 6, 2003
This is a terrific hotel, well-priced for Rome. Cool modern rooms with flat screen TVs and deluxe sound systems. Fluffy robes and slippers, nice toiletries. Helpful staff, excellent breakfast (included in price). Our deluxe room with a flowered terrace was 210 euros. The location is very good for the Vatican and there are many restaurants nearby, but it is about a 15 minute cab ride from Spanish Steps where a lot of the action seems to be. This was a lovely oasis in a busy city.
Perfect little hotel, with fantastic service
The Franklin Hotel was fantastic. The location was great, with everything you could need nearby. Located on a street which was very quiet. The staff were brilliant, I have never stayed in a hotel where they make you feel so welcome. The rooms were gorgeous, very modern, equipped with everything you could need including very cool Bang and Olufson CD player! The air conditioning throughout the hotel was a life saver for us in the July heat. Although the Franklin was slightly more expensive than hotels we usually stay in, I would definately return...it made a perfect holiday.
My husband and I stayed at the Franklin for 7 nights in early May and it was the most pleasant hotel we've been to. The location is on a VERY quiet street in a residential area, and even though our room faced he street, thre was absolutely no street noise once the windows were closed. Even though the location is a bit off the tourist route, it's still very easy to get around the city thanks to a bus at the corner and the metro just a few blcks away. The Vatican is within walking distance, as are may other sites. The room was large, the bed firm, the closet ample, the robes and slippers were divine, and the AC worked. The breakfast was excellent...eggs, meats, cheeses, cereals, the works! And the cd player that's in each room is a very nice touch. I can't say enough good things about the staff who all went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable.If we return to Rome we'll definitely go back to the Franklin.Nanette
A wonderful place to stay
We stayed at The Franklin in Rome during the month of March. It was wonderful and very accomodating. You are staying in a non-tourist type area. If you like to see how the Italians live in the city this is great. The Vatican is in walking distance. The rooms are soundproof so you do not hear the street noise or your neighbors. The rooms are very neat and modern. The bath is like a spa. The people that work there are nice and try very hard to please you. I can't wait to go back. The local restaraunts are wonderful.