We stayed at the Ponte Sisto from 7th - 14th Augut 2014. We had read the reviews and had asked for a room facing the courtyard. We did not get that, but did get a room overlooking some gardens which had a balcony - not enough to sit on, but room enough to stand and look out. It was still quite enough at night so that we were not disturbed. We had a couple of minor problems which when pointed out o reception were sorted immediately.
The room was larger than when we had when we stayed at a similarly priced hotel last year, the bathroom was a good size and toiletries were provided - even slippers. The hotels photographs do not do the rooms or bathroom justice. The bed was a decent sized double and spare pillows etc. were in the wardrobe.
The room cleanliness was excellent and the maid that cleaned our room always seemed jovial and polite.
The reception staff were very helpful, arranging trips/ excursions for us through a company called Green Line Tours (see below for details!). We had booked some tickets which needed to be printed off and they were only too please to help. When asking for directions to specific places they were shown on the map and the quickest and easiest way to get there was given.
Most of the major places of interest can be reached within 10 - 20 minutes walk. A taxi anywhere is the city limits costs €18.00 if you would rather. There is a boat for €12.00 which runs from the opposite bank from near the island to Castle St Angelo (useful for the Vatican) and it can be used as many times as you like for 24 hours.
Breakfast is excellent - a buffet style breakfast which should cater to everybody's tastes. There are hot eggs, boiled and scrambled, sausages and bacon, cold meats and cheeses, various cereals, yoghurts, breads and pastries. If the weather is suitable, then this is eaten in he courtyard, if not, then in the dining room.
On the 5th floor is a roof terrace. Ideal for sunbathing, or relaxing with a book. On an evening a bottle of wine or a cold beer whilst watching the sun go down makes a great end to the day. The terrace is open until 11:00 pm so you can also sit and chat after returning from dinner - perhaps with another wine or beer!.
We had 2 experiences with Green Line Tours, the first was a day trip to Tuscany with wine tasting - the trip was great (as was the wine!). If you take the trip do try and find the sword in the stone in Cortona. The only let down was that we were not dropped off back at the hotel. We were dropped off '2 minutes away', although this was nearer to 20 minutes away by the quickest route whist walking fairly quickly. The second was the 2 hour open top bus tour. The reason that the tour takes 2 hours is that you sit at bus stops for about 45 - 60 minutes. We used a different tour company last year (red bus with yellow writing although I cannot remember the name) and found them much better. We found the tour was better, as was the commentary.
The hotel does not serve lunch or dinner, but there are numerous places in Rome where you can get a good meal. If you take a walk over the Ponte Sisto to the other side of the river, there are a lot of restaurants, catering to all tastes and budgets, as well as the others nearer the city centre which tend to be slightly more expensive.
If you need water, or something to eat for a picnic lunch perhaps, there is a SPAR shop a couple of doors along which is open until 8.00 pm and has almost everything you could want - including basic medicines.
Across the road is a shop selling some of the best Gelato in Rome!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Rome - the Hotel Ponte Sisto made the stay, thank you to all the staff who made it that little bit more special than expected!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peaceful and quiet, the 4-star Hotel Ponte Sisto in Rome is located in a completely renovated historic building, enveloped in a relaxing atmosphere with a splendid garden filled with luxuriant palm trees and flowers from all over the world.The rooms are cozy and restful, able to keep the chaotic city or memories of a busy day at work at a distance to fill you will harmony and well-being within the bright marble furnishings and floral decorations.The friendly Hotel Ponte Sisto front desk staff takes care of all guest needs, booking excursions and guided tours, recommending clubs and restaurants to make your stay in Rome an unforgettable vacation or productive business trip. ... more less
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