Rome hotels..help

Old Jun 30th, 2006, 02:16 PM
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Rome hotels..help

My husband and I will be travelling to Rome next year, we would love to stay near one of the major sites, and have a private bathroom. I prefer not to spend over 220 USD. Any thoughts would be great!
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Old Jul 1st, 2006, 02:56 PM
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Check out Hotel Romano near the Roman Forum and Colosseum. My husband and I are going in October 06 and are booked there because of recommendations on other boards http://www.hotelromano.com
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Old Jul 1st, 2006, 06:24 PM
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Go back over previous posts here, you should find enough suggestions to totally confuse you.
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Old Jul 1st, 2006, 06:29 PM
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Look at the Santa Chiara. Friends who live in Montefollonico recommended it for the location.It is near everything except the Vatican and that is a 30 minute walk.
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Old Jul 1st, 2006, 06:51 PM
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Do take the advice given and search here for Rome hotels. Unless your interest is entirely in ancient Rome, I would not choose a Forum/Colosseum hotel. Most posters here like the historic center (Centro Storico). My favorite is the Portoghesi in this area, followed by TeatroPace 33. You can probably get in one of those for your price.

Other popular locations are Piazza Barberini and some like to stay in the Condotti area (but NOT at the Hotel Condotti). One more popular spot is the Campo di'Fiori.

As Vera says, you will certainly find enough information here to confuse you. But you will also find, after a lot of careful reading, that certain hotels are popular with the posters here on Fodors, and other hotels and areas are not popular.

Now, if you think, as I do, that many Fodorites are experienced and savvy travelers, you will probably come to trust some folks here who sound like they know what they're talking about.

Keep a sharp eye, and you will find a great place to stay. Just remember that Rome is expensive and it is hard to get a good room for a good price.

You also might want to try the well located Hotel Parlamento. I have tried and tried to get a room there, and have always failed, but others here have had success, so you may want to give it a whirl. Its located between the Navona/Pantheon area (most folks' favorites) and the Trevi Fountain area.

Ok, I think I've sent you on your way. Check all the key area words above and search. Example: rome hotels near Trevi/Navona/Pantheon... you know what to do!
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Have you considered a B&B? There are quite a few nice ones (with bath) well within your price range.

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Ebbygirl; I just stayed at the Hotel Romano last Apr/May I think you will be happy on your choice, I was.

I'll go with the *minor* negatives first;

The elevator stops between floors so you must go up or down a short half flight of stairs.

TV reception isn't that great on some channels and no English language stations.

Staff has limited English but enough to understand what you'll need. They are pleasant and friendly.

Breakfast is rather skimpy but average for a 2* hotel.

My Single room had a large shower stall but I checked-out the Double/Triple room next to me and it had one of those small shower stalls.

I told you they were minor .

The front street facing rooms are the majority and they are quiet even though they are facing (but set-back a bit) Via Cavour.
The wooden shutters, the soundproof glass windows and the curtains keep the noise out.
I usually slept with the shutters closed and the window partially opened, a bit noisy but I'm not a light sleeper.

I mention this because you'll want a front-facing room for the view.
There is a 13thC medieval tower directly across the street. To the left of that the Vittorio Emanuele Monument and the Capitoline Hill a short distance away, the Forum of Julius Caesar, the Curia and the Roman Forum to the far left.

Breakfast is served by the cafe next door, you get a ticket at the front desk.
Cappuccino or expresso, crossant or pastry, jams and some kind of ucky powdered drink.
The good thing is if that isn't enough just go into the cafe and buy something else, he has quite an assortment.
Also he opens early, so you can eat anytime from 6am onward maybe even earlier.

The rooms and bathrooms are very nice and recently remodeled.
The mattresses are firm but just like any other 2-3* hotel.
That double or triple room next to me was quite large with 2 windows.
Hot water and heat (used it to dry my clothes ) were fine.

No extra charge for using phone cards on the room phone (get the Europa Card 5e/225min).

Check-out was fine, no extra charges and you do sign a paper saying that you want to be billed in Euro on your CC.

Walk up Via Cavour on the leftside for tabacchi (phone cards, bus tickets), ATM, wine/liqueur shop, a deli/wine/grocery store for snacks.

For a restaurant from the hotel walk across Via Cavour and go down the street alongside the rghtside of the Tower, take your 1st right, up ahead on the left you will see a awning with a few tables. It's called 'La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali' (Via Madonna dei Monti 16), owner speaks excellent English and will also tell you the specials he has that night.
Also right across the street is a nice pizza place.

To the right of the hotel up 1.5 blocks and set-back 1 block is the 'Ristorante Cleto' (Via del Cardello 28).
It's a nice pretty restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating on a quite street.
And if you wish to experience terrible Italian food, surly and I mean really surly service plus when they throw the bill on the table instead say something nice like "Did you enjoy your meal" instead it's "SERVICE NOT INCLUDED!".
If so, then this is the restaurant you'd want .

Also to the right of the hotel up that 1st sidestreet on the left is an Irish Pub. Youngish crowd of ex-pats and students. 5e a Pint so you might want to nurse your beer .
Regards, Walter
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Old Jul 2nd, 2006, 11:29 AM
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Check out the Raffaello Hotel
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My Family and I stayed at The Empire Palace Hotel in Rome Last Year and We Loved everything about it. Check out their Hotel web page. www.empirepalacehotel.com
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