The hotel was a block up Piazza Bernini. When the bus driver had pulled over to drop our group off, there were no bellhops to attend to the luggage, so I had to carry up our bags from the street up about half a flight of stairs to the lobby.
It was overbooked, so they merged our one Double and one Triple-sharing rooms into the Junior Suite on the fifth floor. The elevator was cramped, and could accommodate only three bags and one person. BUT THE VIEW OF THE VATICAN WAS SPLENDID!
My sister got a Triple-sharing room, which was actually a loft type unit a bed at the loft, and a fold-out sofa bed on the main floor. The stairs that connected the loft were pretty steep. so if you have poor eyesight or have poor leg-muscle control, request for a standard double-sharing room instead. All-in-all, the rooms were of a decent size.
We hope they used electronic key cards, but instead use old fashioned keys attached to heavy weights. We ended up leaving the keys at the front desk every time we would venture out into the city. Because of this security issue, we left our luggage locked in the rooms, instead of using the safe.
The air conditioning also didn't stay on the whole night. It was fortunate that the evening was quite cold, so I opened our room windows. UNFORTUNATELY, the birds outside kept making a quacking noise that sounded like people talking loudly. I asked the front desk receptionist about the air conditioning unit the following morning and he said this was a common practice among hotels. I also inquired about this at the Hotel Anglo Americano right across the street, and they said THEY LEFT THEIR AIR AIR CONDITIONING ON 24-HOURS A DAY! But that most old hotels turned off their units at night. I didn't ask why they did this, so maybe anyone reading this review can just comment on this fact later on.
The LOCATION was good, as the METRO STATION was a block down the street, as were 24-hour cafes/trattorias (the GELATOs in ROME are TO DIE FOR!!!). There is also a convenience store next door, so you can save an extra Euro on the cans of Coke, instead of drinking the ones inside the room refrigerator.
If shopping is your thing, then you can easily walk 10 minutes to the Via del Corso (although walking the whole strip of Via del Corso will probably take you about 30 minutes from the Piazza Venezia all the way to the Piazza del Popolo). The Fontana de Trevi were also a 10-min walk away. The Colosseo was about 30 mins away on foot..
For first time visitors to Rome, the METRO subway system has an optional 24-hour valid ticket for 4.00 Euros. This saved us a lot of money. A WARNING: THE SUBWAY IN ROME HAS A LOT OF PICKPOCKETS! The train car was quite cramped when we went in. My sister caught some girl with her hand inside her purse, and a fight/shouting match ensued. The pickpockets were working as a team, with the 20+ year old girl picking my sister's purse, whilst another 10 year old girl was working on my mother-in-law's purse. They do not look like vagabonds, but are actually quite decent looking. You cannot hit/physically hurt them, as this would get you in trouble with the local police.
What else dd I miss? The tap water is potable. The gelatos were the best. The Italians are a gorgeous people. Rome has so much history in it, and I would definitely come back again in a few years.
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