Where to stay in Rome

Old Jan 31st, 2012, 12:15 AM
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Where to stay in Rome

My husband and I are planning a trip to Italy in May. Right now I have reserved the Palm Gallery Hotel for our 3 to 4 night (still deciding) stay in Rome. Although the hotel looks beautiful and is in our price range 120 euro/night I am worried we will be too far removed from the sites. Any advice? Anyone ever stayed at the Palm Gallery hotel that can comment on their experience? Thanks
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 12:27 AM
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I've never stayed in that hotel, but I recently spent two months living in that neighborhood more or less. You can take buses to everywhere, but if you're in Rome for only 3 or 4 nights I definitely recommend staying in the heart of things. The best experience in Rome is walking out the front door and having everything right there, strolling around morning, noon and evening, and you won't be able to do that from this hotel.
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 02:14 AM
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Agree that the best places to stay for a short trip are the central areas - Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Campo di Fiori areas. We have also stayed in rastevere and really enjoed it as its only a 10 min walk to Campo di Fiori.

The best part of Rome is being able to walk around the beautiful piazzas at night!
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 02:42 AM
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We've stayed at the Hotel Arenula, about halfway between Trastevere and Campo di Fiori -- really liked it. Very easy walking to lots of sites.

Just wandering around Rome on foot is a treat. Everything is closer than it appears on the tourist maps. We frequently walked right past a street we were looking for because it came upon us so fast. Or maybe we were just too involved in looking at all the beautiful buildings and piazzas.

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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 03:26 AM
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Hotel Fiume in Piazza Fiume, and features a rooftop terrace with city views. Rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Via Veneto and Villa Borghese park are a 10-minute walk away.Hotel Mozart.com www.booking.com great
honest reviews from recent guests.

You hotel is far removed from the center so min just to subway
VERY misleading reviews on Tripadvertizer bad ones have been
censored by owner.

For me last May www.betterbidding.com $180/nt won intercintinental.com Ville right on top of Spanish Steps
on priceline.com it was awesome a 5 star might try that if adventurous.

anyway try to stay someplace central best virtualtourist.com
eurocheapo.com/rome great budget city tips.

Have fun!
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 03:32 AM
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The luxurious InterContinental De La Ville has a stunning location at the top of the Spanish Steps.
http://www.booking.com/hotel/it/inte...e-rome.en.html

Best for me bidding priceline.com from $180/nt last May

There is an ihg.com no foreign fee Visa Credit Card you can get 60000 points with first use.Use for free stays in Europe did this recently got several FREE nights at great hotels in Europe that way for my 2012 April trip.

So good luck!
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 06:22 AM
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I have stayed at the Palm Gallery. While I don't mind not being in the center of town, it is a fair walk to the nearest bus or subway stop. I would look closer to town.
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 04:26 PM
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Thanks for the great advice! I think we will look for a hotel in the center of things. Are there any specific (inexpensive!) hotels anyone would recommend that are centrally located, but still in a charming and quieter area? I don't want to be kept up at night, but I'd love to walk our our door to a beautiful street and cafes. Thanks!
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 06:45 PM
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Here are four in your price range right in the Centro Storico. Walk out your hotel front door to beautiful streets, and cafes, and main tourists sites:

http://www.hotelteatropace.com
http://www.residenzacanali.com
www.albergocesari.it
www.solealbiscione.it
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 07:23 PM
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Jessy, maybe you need to slightly readjust your expectations of Rome. Charming, quieter, out the door to a beautiful street at an inexpensive hotel is probably not what you'll find in a big, bustling, noisy city like Rome. Cafes, no problem.

We explored the Quartiere Coppede on our last trip to Rome, and we took a tram. I also recall nearby buses. It didn't seem that remote to me.

I looked at the Palm Gallery website and couldn't find prices. I think you can mention a price range here and maybe get some recommendations. "Inexpensive" doesn't mean anything because it so relative.

Someone above mentioned The Arenula which has a reputation as "inexpensive" but I can't call the street beautiful, and I don't at all think of that area as charming or quieter (maybe quieter than... I don't know... a runway?).

There is a certain charm to Rome, and it's not as gritty as the charm of Naples, but neither is it quiet or pretty. The closer you get to the center, the higher the prices will be. Many expensive hotels in the center of Rome are in busy and somewhat noisy locations.

What's your price limit?
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 07:25 PM
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I've stayed at TeatroPace. Not quiet; in fact, too noisy for me to stay again.
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I really recommend Trastevere - I found it to be quieter on some streets than the centre area and there are definitely lots of cafes and restaurants and just a lovely atmosphere.

We stayed in this apartment and I believe she rents by the night as well. The woman speaks perfect english and is really great to deal with: http://www.liveromelikearoman.com/index.htm
The bedroom is at the back and was very quiet other than a few church bells in the distance. If you click on my name you will find my trip report from NYE week with lots of details of the area and the flat.

But I agree that anywhere that is lively or has cafes around, or even any type of commerce is going to be a bit noisy and inexpensive hotels generally dont have storm windows so you may be woken up by a delivery truck, or bottles being dumped in a garbage truck, or a few revellers late at night.

If you want quiet ensure you find a hotel on a side street with a room facing away from the street, maybe into a courtyard. You wont get a nice street view, but it should be quieter.

Enjoy your trip!
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Does anyone remember the name of the hotel Bookchick recommends. It is near the Spanish Stairs and well situated for transportand inexpensive for Rome.We have stayed in that"s names. area severla times but I can't remember the hotel:
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tuscanlifeedit - Look at OP: "price range 120 euro/night"
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We stayed at B&B Rosmini last year in may

http://www.bbrosmini.it/eng/

For you period in may it's 100€ a night with breakfast...

The location is very good, also a lot of restaurants en bars around. And 300m of the termini station
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bardo, I read that at least twice last night and didn't see the price... old brain, I guess.
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This small hotel/inn is near Spanish Steps and Via Condotti, great location. Rates for double 180-230 euros. Stayed there a few years ago. Very helpful and friendly staff at that time.
www.fontanellaborghese.com/en
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Also in Trastevere:
http://www.arcodellauro.it/?lang=en
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i really suggest that, if this is your first visit to rome, you stay in the spanish steps area. from there you can walk anywhere-- and a bus termini is nearby as well. i like to walk all hours of day and night in rome-- to the trevi, pantheon, borghese, etc. all are just a very short walk.

we have stayed at the parlamento twice-- but it has gotten a bit more expensive. their website says 90-180E. my friend, who has much higher expectations of luxury than we, absolutely love the HOMS hotel last fall-- it's right by the spanish steps. they are showing about 120E for May. it's rome--- i would spend a little more and stay a little closer in to the top 10 sights.
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