We stayed at this Hotel for 5 nights in May. I had long been a fan of Everybody loves Raymond and thought this would be somewhere my partner Paul and I would love (he is not a fan by the way). Its close proximity to Rome made it the ideal choice.
We made out own way from the airport to Anguillara and it really was so easy, the trains seem to run on time and quite frequent too. When we arrived at Anguillara we made our way down th road from the station not really knowing where we were going even though I had printed a map, as we turned the corner Hotel Massimino was right in front of us. A very welcome sight. Once inside we were quickly shown to our room which was a large and very well decorated. I think we had a suite as we had a large double bed in one room and a seperate room with a single bed too. The bathroom was excellent and hot water plentiful. The only thing was it did seem a little dark as the shutters were halfway down and we did not know how to open them, we probably should have asked but it really wasn't a problem. Breakfast was good with plenty of choice, there were never many others in the hotel in mornings but we were always made to feel welcome. We used the hotel as our base to visit Rome which was very cheap and easy to get back into. We purchased our tickets at the small shop outside the station for 6 euros and this entitles you to use trains, metro and buses too i think. Please be aware you prob need to leave Rome by 9pm to make the last train to Anguillara. We got caught out one evening and the train stopped one stop short. there are no taxis anywhere and we thought we were in big trouble as the pass did not come for over an hour and half. luckily a young man who was being picked up by his girlfriend offered us a lift, they were so kind and it was prob out of their way. they would not take any payment and were probably a little offended when we tried to pay.
On arrival back at the hotel that night there was an event taking place, some sort of election party, we were again made to feel so welcome and invited into the bar to join in. We had a drink and were offered a glass of champagne by some people on a nearby table, everyone is so friendly and welcoming.
A trip into anguillara sabizia is a must, its just a short bus trip into the old town and only 1 euro each. a few little restaurants and bars but just a beautiful and tranquil place right on the banks of the lake.
The food at the hotel was very good, we only ate there on 2 evenings but we knew it must be good as it was always full of locals. although they do not speak much english at the hotel other than davide (the nephew i believe) it was never a problem. lastly but most importantly as this hotels generosity is outstanding, we stupidly thought we had lost our camera on our first day in Italy and had to buy a new one on our first day in Rome, a few days after arriving home we had an e mail from the hotel saying had we lost something as they had found a camera in our room. ( the lost one ) what a relief as i had not had time to download the memory card before we left for our trip and it had pics from our holdiay to cyprus on it still. Hotel Massimino posted back our camera to us and it arrived safely within a few days, I wanted to arrange payment for the postage costs but they were very insistent they did not want payment. What a service...... and a fantastic family. Once again Hotel Massimino for making our first trip to Italy so fantastic. Would highly recommend to anyone
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Massimino has 24 recently restored rooms. Provided with every comforts: bathroom and hairdryer, satellite link up tv color with 6 sky channels, telephone, air-conditioning. All type of accommodation available: single room, double room, triple room or suite for families. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Massimino Hotel Anguillara Sabazia
- Hotel Massimino Italy/Anguillara Sabazia