From the moment we arrived for our visit in January 2013, the Yes Hotel made us feel at home and very welcome. The reception staff were always helpful and never made you feel that you were interrupting them and keeping them from something more important - we've all, I'm sure, been to too many of those establishments! Although a little on the small side, the rooms were immaculately kept and of a good standard, with a shower room that included a bidet - my partner found this a godsend for soaking her aching feet after a long day’s walking!!
The breakfast was good: all the usual continental fare, plus hot scrambled egg, bacon and frankfurters, with a machine that dispensed a variety of reasonable coffees: excellent!
In terms of location, this hotel couldn’t have been better: no more than a short five-minute walk from the side entrance to Termini station, where the airport shuttle bus dropped us off (book tickets online before you travel and pay 8€ return, rather than 11€ if you buy on the spot).
If you feel up to the challenge, we would recommend doing what we did: base yourself at the Yes Hotel and explore the city on foot – you’ll be amazed at how many architectural treasures you come across along the way (we were particularly impressed by the immense and imposing bulk of the Palazzo di Giustizia, overlooking the river).
We only roughly planned our route on the map and made a leisurely start from the hotel around 10.30am each morning, but still visited most of the major sights on foot in two and a half days – for a couple in our mid-fifties, we were very impressed with our staying-power!!
Day One included the Vatican Museum and Sistene Chapel (14€ for a combined ticket), strolling via the Spanish Steps, Quattro Fontane, Piazza di Popolo, then along the banks of the Tiber, past the Palazzo Di Giustizia.
Day Two saw us at the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Altare della Patria (war memorial) and the Colesseum.
We paid 12€ for a combined ticket which included the Colesseum and the Roman ruins nearby- we saved the ruins of the Forum and Palatine Hill for our final morning on Day Three.
It’s worth mentioning that when we visited, in mid-January, Rome was not particularly overcrowded, though as you might expect, St Peter’s Basilica had quite a long queue, so we decided to give it a miss this time.
We would also recommend The Yellow, a couple of streets away from Yes Hotel, opposite Mama Angela’s in via Palestro. It’s a lively diner/bar (with a hostel upstairs) frequented largely by student-types and young travellers – but we didn’t feel out of place in any way. The music was great, the atmosphere was lively and a couple of tasty burgers plus a pitcher of beer were good value at 23€.
All in all, our experience of the Yes Hotel and Rome itself was one we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
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