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Should I be having second thoughts of our hotel in Rome?

Should I be having second thoughts of our hotel in Rome?

Apr 18th, 2007, 09:52 PM
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OP stated on other threads they would be in Rome for a week. San Clemente was the only thing on their itinerary in the Esquilino neighborhood. Certainly if they want to spend their week there, at minimum San Pietro in Vincoli, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme and Santa Maria Maggiore should be included.

"Not bad" and "the TV was our favorite!" wouldn't begin to entice us, but that's why we all are different and that is a good thing. Otherwise, the fabulous apartments and hotels by the Pantheon, P. Navona and Campo--where the views from your terrace or windows make you forget TV even exists--would never have availibility for booking.

Samantha, safe journey and a wonderful time in all the cities you have planned--we await your trip report!
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Apr 19th, 2007, 03:12 AM
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You'd be surprised how many 3 and 4 star hotels are located in and around Termini-there are different parts of Termini-the area around Repubblica is filled with 3 and 4 star hotels-the Bernini Bristol being one of them. But for my money it would be hard to beat the beautiful Mecenate Palace Hotel, with its high-ceilinged crystal chandeliered lobby, its clubby red bar, and that rooftop garden that looks right at SMM. Some of the rooms even have marble fireplaces. As stated previously, Termini is an area where many new renovated hotels, as well as bars and clubs,have been springing up in the last few years. This is not the Termini of old, that's for sure.

And I have to believe that all these people who say it's "far from the sights" don't know Rome very well. If you want to see the ancient monuments of Rome, the Fori Imperiali, the Colisseum complex, or go to a performance at the beautiful Rome Opera House, it's no more than a 5-10 minute walk from the Termini/Esquilino area, much closer than if you are staying in the areas around Navona/Pantheon. And since all the hop on/off buses, as well as regular buses are right there, you can be in the heart of the historical center in minutes. You don't have to look for taxis, internet points, or shopping-they are right there on Via Cavour and surrounding streets. The trattoria are filled with locals rather than tourists, and they tend to be better, and less expensive than those in the historical center as well. You interact much more with the locals in these historic neighborhoods surrounding the Colisseum and by Termini than you do in the historical center.

But it's evening time in front of Santa Maria Maggiore, at the little bars/cafes and trattorias that ring the Basilica, that is very special -because the frescos on the front of the church are lit up-and it is really rather stunning, if you've not seen it-the area around Via Labicana by SMM and the Mecenate Palace Hotel is a very nice area indeed. There are a number of ancient monuments on the cobblestoned streets in this area that you don't read about, but are there to see, when you walk around this quiet neighborhood surrounding the Basilica.
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Apr 19th, 2007, 05:16 AM
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We always try to stay around Termini, but in Repubblica. But Esquilino? Maybe I'm more concerned with area than having a gorgeous hotel. I really spend as little time as possible in and around the hotel. So clean and safe really matters most to me, not fancy. And yes, Termini area is really nice now, but that to most refers to around the station, not where the tracks come in.
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Apr 19th, 2007, 06:11 AM
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If you LIVE an Rome, you may like an area not too close to "touristy" places.
If you are visiting for a week, the last thing you want to do is to take buses and taxis to see sights and go out to dinner.
For 200 euros? No way.

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