Hotels near the Spanish Steps

Old Sep 21st, 2005, 01:44 PM
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In Rome we stayed a few nights at the Hotel Internazionale near the top of the Spanish Steps which I liked very much. Big nicely decorated rooms. We then moved to a less expensive hotel nearby called The Eliseo which wasn't as nice but was OK. Both were good locations for getting around.
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Old Sep 21st, 2005, 01:55 PM
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Another fan of the Hotel San Carlo. Excellent customer service, and, IMO, a good location on via delle Carrozze at the bottom of the Spanish Steps. The street intersects with Piazza di Spagna and via del Corso.

You can check out their website here:
http://www.hotelsancarloroma.com/

They respond more rapidly to faxes, in my experience.

Buon Viaggio,
BC
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Old Sep 21st, 2005, 03:44 PM
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Hi

Try this B&B - http://utenti.lycos.it/BedbrekRoma/. Rates are not stated on their website.

Ciao
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Old Sep 21st, 2005, 05:42 PM
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Travelmaster, we stayed at the Modigliani summer 2004, top floor (there are only two rooms on the top floor) and LOVED it. Both have balconies, the one we were NOT in had the best view of Rome I've ever seen (we were allowed to go in and look after someone departed). Both rooms were very spacious and very quiet. Bathroom small, but nice. Great staff, good breakfast, great area, easy walk to everywhere.
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Old Sep 21st, 2005, 06:45 PM
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I know that you did not ask but I am also in the "why camp" for the Spanish Steps. I go to Rome almost every week for work and between the tour bus crowd,pickpocket groups and the "strip mall of America" feel (getting to be every chain store type)-its gotten away from the feel and flavor of Rome. I just ate over in that area two nights ago(got stuck going with my work friends) and thought that the prices were ridiculous for dinner-12 euros for a caprese salad is high,etc. There are sooooooo many wonderful areas and little hotels throughout Rome that will enchant you that I think that you should rethink the area and also that pricing.
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Old Sep 22nd, 2005, 04:27 AM
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"When I stayed at Residenza Cellini"

I've stayed at the Residenza Cellini and it was the nicest room and friendliest staff that I've ever encountered. But...

The location is not great. You have a long walk or have to take a bus to get anywhere. Also, being a residenza and not a hotel, it has no common areas other than the breakfast room. This is a Europan type of accommodation that Americans are often no familiarity with. A Big building that simply has 1 floor remodeled with a reception area and guest rooms. You can't go back there are relax anywhere but you room. That might be OK, it is certainly not a real hotel.

If you stay there, splurge for what they call a a suite. In reality, its just a superior room with an extra daybed.

"Oh, please, Metellus..get a life...sunglass hucksters are all over Rome and so what???"

In fact, I didn't see them elsewhere in Rome. And besides, one you sit down on the steps and aren't moving, they've got you cold.

I will say one thing good about the Spanish Steps - it is the only place in Rome you can sit down for free. That probably accounts for its popularity.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2005, 10:22 AM
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Surfergirl:

Thanks for your feedback, I guess we have a 50% chance of having the best possible view of Rome ...

Z
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Old Sep 23rd, 2005, 11:03 AM
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We stayed at the Hotel Julia on the via Rasella on the Quirinale in 2001. Plain but nice, lovely staff. It was about a 4-minute walk from the Trevi Fountain and maybe 5 or 6 minutes from the Spanish Steps. One of its greatest charms for us was its proximity to the Gelato di San Crispino on via della Panetteria. There was also a wonderful little general foods place on the corner, lots of food places around the Trevi Fountain, too, and plenty of restaurants. We walked from there EVERYWHERE (Rome is such a walking city) but also took advantage of the buses and the subway at nearby Piazza Barberini.

Have a wonderful time! Ellen
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Old Sep 23rd, 2005, 11:04 AM
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I agree with everything Ellen said about Hotel Julia.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2005, 09:13 PM
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Metellus, HELLO. I am NOT recommending Residenza Cellini for wed0906's place to stay. Please re-read what i wrote; sorry it wasn't clearer. I said Barbara's BROTHER is renting out a three room apartment NEAR the Spanish Steps. Hope that is clear now for everyone. Ciao.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2005, 09:21 PM
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Sorry for any mix-up; previous response was written by me but off a family member's web iste (thus the differnt og-in nmae).
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When I stayed at Residenza Cellini this summer, the owner said her brother was renovating a large apt nr the Spanish Steps. This family is wonderful (see reviews of Residenza Cellini on tripadvisor.com) so I'd recommend contacting them at:

http://www.residenzacellini.it/

ask about the flat that Donato (brother) has for rent.
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Old Sep 24th, 2005, 08:16 AM
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I stayed at the Hotel Panda and would also suggest it. It is a basic type hotel but very clean, large rooms and served my purposes as a base to see Rome. It is close to the Spanish Steps which has a subway stop. However, I can't explain the popularity of those aforementioned steps but they certainly draw the tourists. If you stay in some other part of Rome I would suggest putting them at the bottom of any list of places to see, if put there at all. There are many better attractions. So many places to see. Everyone should see Rome at least once in their life.

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Old Sep 25th, 2005, 09:31 AM
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Baylady (another fodorite) and I stayed at the Hotel Conditti a few years ago and it was great. It's on a small street paralell to the road that the Spanish Steps lead down to. It's close enough to be in the 'hood, but far enough from the crowds. We ate all of our dinners at the little restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. I'd say it fits into your price range, too.
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Old Sep 25th, 2005, 10:26 AM
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I endorse Fairfax recommendation of Hotel Condotti. Standard rooms on the small side, but this is expected. Nice breakfast, and very helpful staff, besides a very central location for the Spanish Steps. I also ate at the same restaurant, steps from the hotel. It's called 43, or something like that. Good food, and reasonable prices. We liked it so much that we came back a few times.
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Old Sep 25th, 2005, 12:14 PM
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SurferGirl and TravelMaster:

I second all the nominations for the Modigliani...wonderful spot...we took the first floor room overlooking the little, charming garden...balcony and plenty of sitting on the garden chairs...hotel is small but charming in every way. Spoke with the owners one day..they run a top notch establishment..the staff superb...it's our address in Rome from here on.
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Old Sep 25th, 2005, 12:18 PM
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P.S. Forget the highly overrated, snobby, Crispinos for your daily gelato fix ...for creamier, much more generous servings..visit the Blue Ice on route to the steps on Via Sistina, around the corner from the "Modig"
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Old Sep 25th, 2005, 12:22 PM
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Yeah, Stu, we were there in summer (great A/C!) and I took my morning coffee in that little inner courtyard. Great double espressos. And I second the Blue Ice. That became a daily ritual (although the BEST gelato was at this little stand in Capri).
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Old Sep 26th, 2005, 01:27 PM
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We have rented apartments twice in Rome, both times not far from the Spanish Steps. There are quite a few apartment rental websites that offer everything from small 500 sq. ft. apartments to 4-5 bedroom apartments. Both times we had a fully stocked kitchen (didn't use except for coffee maker and the fridge for sodas) but we did get a lot of use out of the washing machine and the free internet access. If you haven't considered this, you may want to look into this as the price is generally much less than a hotel room 1/2 the size of the apartment. Many have nice outside private terraces or balconies as well. There is a security deposit required but is fully refundable and also cell phones for rent if this is needed.
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