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Old May 31st, 2009, 01:26 PM
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Default Decided on Hotel Italia @ Via Venezia 18

Based on availability, location, etc, and some recommendations in other threads, I've tentatively chosen (and reserved) a room at the Hotel Italia (also seen it called the Hotel Italia Roma) on Via Venezia 18. This looks to be about a 10 minute walk to Termini and a 15 minute walk to other major attractions.

It's said to be clean and quiet, although I didn't find it inexpensive at 130 euros per night for a Two Star place (double bed)--about USD $183 per night at current exchange rates. This is for late September 2009 for a Fri and Sat night. Has free internet and staff are said to speak english and be friendly / helpful.

Evidently, the hotel is also on "scenic" Bus Route 64--if memory serves, this hits many of the major attractions and, I think, is what Rick Steves recommends in lieu of paying for a private bus tour (I'll have to verify that).

What are others paying for "high season" in September? I never expected to pay this much, but many other places that have been recommended are already full (Hotel Golden, etc). Is this a better deal than it first appears?

I booked through Venere as suggested, but not sure why-- the same room was available for about the same price at travel sites I'm more familiar with. But Venere does have good alternative reviews (best combined with TripAdvisor I think).

Looks like I can cancel up to 10 days before my stay without penalty, so I may continue to look for a better deal.

Here are some links to save future readers some trouble:

http://rome-hotels.tripadvisor.com/H...ome_Lazio.html

A good Street View link--love Google's Street View. Note that you can rotate in all directions (360 degrees) as well as up and down!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...3.37,,0,-10.15

Based on availability, location, etc, and some recommendations in other threads, I've tentatively chosen (and reserved) a room at the Hotel Italia (also seen it called the Hotel Italia Roma) on Via Venezia 18. This looks to be about a 10 minute walk to Termini and a 15 minute walk to other major attractions.

It's said to be clean and quiet, although I didn't find it inexpensive at 130 euros per night for a Two Star place (double bed)--about USD $183 per night at current exchange rates. This is for late September 2009 for a Fri and Sat night. Has free internet and staff are said to speak english and be friendly / helpful.

Evidently, the hotel is also on "scenic" Bus Route 64--if memory serves, this hits many of the major attractions and, I think, is what Rick Steves recommends in lieu of paying for a private bus tour (I'll have to verify that).

What are others paying for "high season" in September? I never expected to pay this much, but many other places that have been recommended are already full (Hotel Golden, etc). Is this a better deal than it first appears?

I booked through Venere as suggested, but not sure why-- the same room was available for about the same price at travel sites I'm more familiar with.

Looks like I can cancel up to 10 days before my stay without penalty, so I may continue to look for a better deal.

Here are some links to save future readers some trouble:

http://rome-hotels.tripadvisor.com/H...ome_Lazio.html

A good Street View link--love Google's Street View. Note that you can rotate in all directions (360 degrees) as well as up and down!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...3.37,,0,-10.15

http://www.venere.com/hotels/rome/hotel-italia/

It got a Venere guest rating of 8.3 out of 713 reviews.

Thanks again for the suggestions. That's the best I could do with a full morning of research given what's left for availability this September, and my per-night cap of USD $200/night. That figure doubled from $100 to $200 once I saw the reality of what I was facing.

On the bright side, my vigilance with RCI price checking paid off. I just got a price drop of USD ~$415 on my cabin, so that paid for my Rome hotel stay. Pays to check and *keep* checking. :-)

Mike






Thanks again for the suggestions.

Mike
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Old June 13th, 2009, 09:29 AM
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Default Renting an apartment in Rome for 2 nights cheaper and better than a hotel?

I started a new thread about the above topic after learning it seems cheaper and better to rent an apartment for a new nights than to rent a hotel.

The new Rome apartment thread is here:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...0#post19951590

The Paris threads, for anyone interested, are here:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1004827

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=997003

Hope this is helpful to someone out there, either now or in the future.

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Thanks for the heads up at Fraterna Domas convent. We will also be staying with them 3 nights in Rome in August. The reviews looked great and the place is clean. We have two rooms at 84 euros a night. Can't wait!
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http://www.monasterystays.com/?show=localities&id=12

If your budget is tight have a look on here
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