Palazzo Carpegna Domus Mariae Hotel, Rome
Reviews - Palazzo Carpegna Domus Mariae Hotel
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
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Definitive Hotel Review? Plus some toutist tipsfrom cheshiredave
Pretty helpful - I think slight formality is just the Italian way - and they cheerily confirmed my shuttle booking, check in and out not bad (but we arrived 10pm), despite Australian family in front (hi there) having probs deciding if they'd been charged twice. So allow plenty of check-out time if getting a taxi or shuttle. (See the Santa Susanna church Web site for a good shuttle contact, and much more tourist info.
They represent Americans in Rome.) ROOM - Brand new - we must have been lucky, but most rooms now seem to be renovated. Ongoing and a little noisy! I knew about the skylights (no windows) on top floor, so asked for a lower floor, but did not necessarily expect one. But got one.
Decor: dark wood, white striped linen, trendy lamps everywhere.
Bathroom changed while we were out from shower curtain to fitted glass compartment. Not bad ! MORNING FOOD - Breakfast OK if included, but would not pay 12 (?) Euros for self-service orange, coffee, scrambled egg, cold meats and cheeses, cereals. EVENING FOOD - did not try it - a bit pricey. There is a well-hidden underground pizzeria very nearby - turn sharp right at the gates, and follow the lit sign from cafe bar 20 steps to basement entrance. Looks bad from outside, but go downstairs, walk through the 'coach party' area, turn right and head for a corner.
Very good food, service and atmosphere. Massive, chatty place. Big Sky Sport TV (no sound) spoils it a little (for some). Lots of locals, inc.
many young priests, so must be good! Service slightly brisk, but by the end of the week the waiter was getting friendlier. Did not have a better meal elsewhere in Rome. Pizza or pasta 6 Euros. 75cl house Frascati 9 Euros. (Ask for half-lite or 1 litre - but you'll always get 75cl.) Name of the place - don't let it put you off. It's something like 'Big Eat'. DRINKS AT THE HOTEL - small 33cl draft beer 5 Euros.
Not cheap - but guy playing piano included in price. Beer elsewhere in Rome averages 4 Euros for 33cl and 6 Euros for 50cl, approx. AREA - very noisy and lots of Rome traffic (as anywhere) but the hotel was set back and very quiet. Yes, tiled floors and slight noise from above / next door. And yes, cleaners got noisy at 8am onwards, with trolleys of bed linen etc. Our newly-decorated room had a new mini-bar, so a polite lady checks this each day at c. 9am. BUT if there is a sign on your door, they don't disturb you. MINI-BAR - outrageously expensive, to quote Dorling Kindersley's Rome Guide. Coke can 33cl 4 Euros. Beer can 33cl 6 Euros. Whiskies etc 10 Euros for miniatures. There is room in the mini-bar / Frigo-bar to chll your own mineral water etc., and they did not seem to mind this. Area is NOT really, as another review says, 'a ghetto'. It is very much International Drive, Orlando, but with more residents. We can't all live in city centre ancient palaces. There are many nearby scruffy-ish shops quite nearby. Look hard for the supermarkets. METRO/TUBE - very easy to go 4 stops to e.g. Vatican and 6 stops to, say, Spanish Steps. Read the guides well. A weekly 16 Euro ticket (or get a 3-day Tourist Ticket for 11 Euros) is valid on tube (Metro), tram and bus. We got just the one bus - very crowded and hot.
Tube better! Read the guides well and the tube is very useful. Cornelia Metro station is 5 mins away. Go to hotel gates / cross road, turn to the right, go 100 metres to McDonalds and turn left for 20 metres. NOTE - returning, you can somehow surface 100s of metres away by accident!
Confusing. This happened to us once - not sure how. Look for the 'Via Aurelia' direction. STAY AGAIN? I would stay here again defintely. Not bothered in the least about getting the Metro, despite most guide book comments about staying in a 2-star in the centre being better than 4-Star outside. Look at the Metro maps in the guidebooks and decide.
Metro was not 'scary', but we did not travel after 10pm. COSTS - We booked through Expedia at a very good rate indeed. Might be more critical if we'd spent a lot more. Try different dates and book early for good rates! SIGHTS - Trastevere, the slightly isolated 'Bohemian' area, was a favourite place. For ambience rather than sights, but it has these, too. The main tourist sites left me a bit cold, but you are overfaced by sights and loud traffic! Too much art! Trevi Fountain and Piazza Popolo (near Spanish Steps, and better for us) good. Piazza Navone - suppoed to be artists, jugglers and people - or was it just beggars and lots of people selling plastic balls that twist into funny faces? Could not see the attraction of this. TOP VALUE TIP - sit opposite The Pantheon at night. Sip a large beer for 2 Euros at a table outside McDonalds, which is absolutely straight opposite the floodlit Pantheon and its fountain, listen to the music, and share the heater from next door. Or actually sit next door (10cm - yes 10cm - away) and pay 4 or more Euros for a tinier beer. That's it. Hope all that helps someone.
nice property, nasty stafffrom A TripAdvisor Member
scrambled egg disaster!from A TripAdvisor Member
Nice but noisyfrom Psip
If you have a choice, stay somewhere else!from BrookeD
The one positive thing about this hotel is that the rooms were very clean and comfortable (although very small).
The negatives: the staff was extremely rude and unhelpful; there is really no concierge, which is inconvenient if visiting Rome for the first time; and the hotel is located at least a 30-minute taxi ride from the major sights of Rome. Also, we found the hotel to be very noisy. We could hear our neighbors through the walls.
We were refused an extra key to our room and were never greeted with anything but a cold glare by those at the front desk; one of the people in our group was admonished by the hotel staff for putting his feet on an ottoman in the lobby; and the cleaning staff started knocking on our door at 8 a.m. one morning (our do-not-disturb sign disappeared from the knob during the night) and continued knocking every half hour which was greatly disturbing on our one morning we had to sleep in.
If you have a choice, stay somewhere else while visiting the beautiful city of Rome!
Not the Best Placefrom A TripAdvisor Member
If you are planning to see Rome on your own, you are better staying at a hotel in town near the train station. The hotels near the train station cater to Americans and they were very helpful in giving directions and booking tours for you.
The staff at this hotel is awefulfrom A TripAdvisor Member
OK Experiencefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Excellent Quality for Pricefrom Kathryn Foster
t go wrong staying here!from A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Rome
Use the Metro It's 1 euro for 75 minutes or 4 euro for the day. Great value and comes every 5 mins. Shame it doesn't service all of Rome but you can get to most places using it and it's a much cheaper alternative to the expensive Roman Taxis.
Scooters! There is so much to see hire a scooter = it is real value for money and means you can see heaps more in the time you have
eating out. After visiting one of Romes many sights make the effort to move away from that attraction before choosing a place to eat. Example: on exiting the Vatican Museum don't eat in the cafe/diner straight across the road, poor food and totally over priced... a complete rip off.
Other names for Palazzo Carpegna Domus Mariae Hotel
- palazzo carpegna
- grand palazzo carpegna
- grand hotel rome
- grand hotel palazzo carpegna
- Address: 481 Via Aurelia - Rome - 00165 - Italy
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