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After Thread Last week on Residenza San Pantaleo

May 29th, 2002, 01:44 PM
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Laura
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Lana, out of curiosity, what was the cost of a pensione in the 50s and 60s? $5, $10 a night??

Laura
 
May 29th, 2002, 01:55 PM
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Yes, pretty much, and you sat with the men who were smoking and talked and shared your food with them and them with you, with homemade wine. But I think it is the difference between a "traveler" and a "tourist" if you know what I mean.
 
May 29th, 2002, 02:24 PM
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Lana,
That does sound like a nice image of really getting to know the locals and sharing food with them. I admit that I didn't have that experience. I am more of a tourist than a traveller. I get your point.
However, if you are looking for that kind of atmosphere Residenza San Pantaleo might not be right for you either, since it is not filled with locals and there is no communal area.

I don't believe that I could be the same person who was horrified with Naples. I mentioned Naples in another post but only to say beware of people who "work for the train", but want money for pointing you in the right direction.
 
May 29th, 2002, 02:53 PM
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Well, I probably will never stay there anyway Natasha.
I hope you had a very nice trip otherwise. Italy can be endearing.
 
May 31st, 2002, 12:12 PM
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Lana, after thinking about my earlier Q to you, pensiones in the 50s/60s must have cost only 2 to 4 US a night, or less. (considering in the 70s in US, Motel 6 used to actually only cost $6)

-Laura-
 
Jun 3rd, 2002, 10:30 PM
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Lana??????
 
Jun 22nd, 2002, 12:36 PM
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ttt
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Karen - comments????
 
Jun 22nd, 2002, 01:30 PM
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Sorry to hear about this hotel as it seems to popular. It's true that there are many other nice budget hotels. But sometimes I think it's better to spend a little more and stay in a comfortable hotel room. I find that the savings don't justify the things you have to put up with or the lacking amenities.
 
Jun 24th, 2002, 11:02 AM
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Jun 24th, 2002, 10:09 PM
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I have a reservation at RSP for mid-July, and the mixed posts made me a little nervous but I think we'll just go ahead and hope for the best. However, I would like to know from someone who stayed in room 5 whether or not there's an air conditioner in that room. If it opens onto the street and is noisy, will we be able to keep the window closed and use the air conditioner? Or should I bring mega-earplugs? Thanks.. Susan
 
Jun 25th, 2002, 02:09 AM
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Hi, Susan --

My wife & I stayed at RSP at the end of May last year and loved it. I believe we were in Room 4 overlooking the busy street. Rooms 1-2-3 are on the other side of the hall and are probably quieter.

Although it was warm I didn't even notice air conditioning but I believe they have it.

You may want to email Carlo directly at RSP. I believe their email is: [email protected] -- he's quite helpful.

If we go back to Rome some day we would gladly stay here again. The location is ideal, it is safe, has an elevator, and the price was great for us.

Have fun in your planning.

Bob
 
Jun 25th, 2002, 08:07 AM
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Susan: I am staying there 9/26-30, so please let us know what you think when you get back. Thanks.
 
Jun 26th, 2002, 03:21 PM
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OK guys, I started this thread on May 22,2002 after hearing some last minute terrible comments on the Residenza San Pantaleo. I was really worried after that. I didn't cancel it, just decided to go and see what it was like. Well, when we got there I talked my husband into waiting for me while I went to check out the Hotel Primavera which is in the same building. I was shown a room and there is no way I would stay there. It looked like a prison cell. One bed, no decorations, small,small bathroom. I immediately felt the RSP couldn't be any worse. So we wentup to the the fourth floor and Chiara, Carlos' daughter checked us into Room 5. It is the largest room so you have to pay 10E more per night. It was worth it. The room is not glamorous by any means, but is was very, very, clean, floral bedspread and curtains. The bed was king size and they had another twin in there also. There were two night tables and a small desk and armoire. No yelling in the middle of the night, I never heard anyone else in their rooms. Florian cleaned daily and put in new fresh towels. The street it faces is very noisy but we loved looking out and seeing all the people living their daily lives. I sleep with earplugs any way(snoring husband), so I never heard a thing. The windows have wooden shutters and then heavy paned glass. The airconditioning was in our control.
Not the Ritz by any means, but I could have been Howard Hughes' daughter the way I am about dirt, bugs,etc. I had no problem at all. Beds are a little hard. As they say in Real Estate, Location! Location! Right in the middle of everything. Karen
 
Jun 26th, 2002, 03:59 PM
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Thanks Karen, I'm going there in Sept. so I am very relieved to see your report.
 
Jun 26th, 2002, 04:26 PM
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Glad to hear you liked the RSP after all, Karen. Seems like you anticipated the worst and sometimes that actually works in your favor because the experience can't possibly be as bad as your expectations.

I'm curious what room you saw at the Primavera since I wouldn't describe the room we had, or any of the three rooms I looked into while they were being cleaned as looking like a "prison cell." Once again, very interesting how we perceive things in different ways.
 
Jun 26th, 2002, 04:31 PM
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Well, it sounds like Capo had ole Molly Poo pegged right in his decision not to recommend anything to her.
 
Jun 27th, 2002, 02:31 PM
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Karen

I'm glad that you were happy with the RSP. We are confirmed for Room#1 and #4 for next week. I'll write when I get back. By the way, did you go on any tours while you were in Rome, or did you visit everything (Coloseum, Forum, etc.) on your own? I'm thinking of using Chay from Three Amigos Tours, but have to make mind up fast.

Ciao. Kat
 
Jun 27th, 2002, 07:16 PM
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Chele- I don't know who you are, but your comment is very nasty. I thought this forum was for people who love to travel helping others with the same passion. Everyone doesn't agree on everything but that should not stop people from recommending their favorites. Critcism hurts even from a stranger.

Capo- It is possible I saw the smallest room they had, because at first he told me they were all booked up. The room was in the middle of being cleaned also. Remember too, this was my first look at any room in Italy, so I may have been overly critical. Don't know the room number.

Kat- Room 5 is the biggest at San Pantaleo. You might want to ask if it is available, it does face a busy street though. I looked in one other room and it was smaller but still fine. I did two tours with Scale Reale the Forum,Coloseum and the Vatican.They were well worth the money. Honestly, I would have walked around the Forum and Coloseum and not known one tenth of what I learned. This goes double for the Vatican tour. I even gained an appreciation for art that I didn't have before, because I just didn't have the knowledge. I recommend a tour with them, if they are booked ask others for another choice. Worth your money. The other things I felt did not need a tour. I took no tours in Florence or Venice either. Karen
 
Jun 30th, 2002, 12:09 AM
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Karen,
Thanks for the update. It sounds like Room #5 was fine and you got some sleep. Susan
 
Jul 29th, 2002, 02:36 PM
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My family and I stayed at RSP from 7/4 until 7/7. The good news: Our rooms were ready when we arrived at 9am - Rooms #1 and #4. They were spartan, but very clean. No frills, but nothing important was missing. Contrary to Karen's report, I thought the beds were very comfortable - to each his own. As previously mentioned, #4 faces a fairly busy street - a bit noisey but fun to watch. The location was ideal and the people were very friendly. The breakfast was more than adequate for the price. The bad news: The a/c in Room #4 wasn't working when we arrived. The rooms last occupants had broken the remote control to the A/C and it was out for repair. When we arrived the room was all closed up and had an odd smell. We opened the windows and were told it should be fixed in a few hours. When we returned to the room around 5 pm, the remote still wasn't back from the shop and the tv remote didn't work. Around 6pm, Florio came in with the A/C remote, pointed it at the A/C and voile - nothing happened. He tried several times, then went to Room#5 and got their remote. That worked!!! He also fixed the tv remote. Problems solved. to be continued
 

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