Hotel Art By The Spanish Steps

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

via Margutta 56, Rome, Lazio, 00187, Italy
Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps
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Satisfaction Very Good
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 72% more than similarly rated 4.5 star hotels

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  • Families90
  • Couples80
  • Solo72
  • Business78

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Aquiring Euros in Rome

by wsracerscca

Were and or how is the best way to obtain Euros in great number to pay for my Hotel? Thanks.

Re: Aquiring Euros in Rome

by leics

Surely the best way is simply to use your credit/debit card?

Most Rome hotels are happy to take Visa, Mastercard etc etc....just check with your to see what they accept. If yours doesn't accept cards at all, it might be an idea to cancel and find a hotel which does.

Otherwise, you'll need to make several visits over several days to an ATM, withdrawing the maximum amount each time (depending on how big your hotel bill is). Each time you make a withdrawal you'll pay your card provider's charges, of it's really not a very good idea.

Re: Aquiring Euros in Rome

by leics

I mean 'surely the best way to pay is to use your credit/debit card?'

Re: Aquiring Euros in Rome

by domenicococozza

I agree with Leics.
If, however, you still want to pay in cash, then any bank will provide you with as many Euros as you need.
Also, if paying in cash, ask for a discount.

Re: Aquiring Euros in Rome

by nicolaitan

agreed entirely. if you are staying in a fairly expensive hotel, pay your bill daily so you don't come to the last day and be over your daily allowance.

Re: Aquiring Euros in Rome

by hawkhead

Wondering how come you have been able to book a hotel without a card? Or perhaps this is just a question for an as and when. Or for you turning up on the day. If you are planning to stay for a long time, then you might have to pay upfront if you don't have a card. Just for a short stay the number of € shouldn't be that great, unless, of course, the hotel is a very expensive one. The option will either be to make trips to the ATM, or else have the money sent to a bank for your collection. Or take lots of € with you.....Using a card is preferable as the hotel will have your details and so can include any extra charges that you incur.

Re: Aquiring Euros in Rome

by leics

It has just occurred to me that perhaps the OP does not have a card, either debit or credit?

In which case I assume the only way to get enough euro would either to have them wired to a Rome bank (no idea how you do this), take them with you or take enough of one's own currency to exchange into euro at an exchange office.

Re: Aquiring Euros in Rome

by domenicococozza

Itlian hotels will acept wire transfers (BACS).
If you already know the cost of your accommodation, ask the hotel for their
bank details - IBAN number and SWIFT code.
You could then transfer funds directly to them in any currency they will accept.
This would just leave you to pay your ancillary charges when you check out.

Re: Aquiring Euros in Rome

by rkearns

there are exchange booths in rome. you just have to ask around. there is usually a sign like "cambio" or something similar and it's a hole in the wall place. good luck!

Re: Aquiring Euros in Rome

by kathymof

If you do not have a credit card to use as a guarantee on checkin and have to use cash instead, make sure you get an official receipt from the hotel. Otherwise the cash can be pocketed and you can be asked to pay (again) at checkout.

Re: Aquiring Euros in Rome

by rkearns

kathymof, i agree entirely. this is not unheard of. get a receipt. i would like to believe most people are honest, but i wouldn't take my chances.

Travel Tips for Rome


by kari5

Having read some of the tips on this site before going to Rome, I was led to believe that it was a jungle out there, with men grabbing at you everywhere you walk. In truth, you will get a lot of attention from the men, but it shouldn't put you off. Mostly it only ever amounts to being stared, winked or grinned at. Enjoy! I'd infinitely rather be grinned at by a man than have obscenities shouted at me by groups of builders, which is invariably what happens here at home.



A tourist or a local? You can find them both in Piazza del Popolo ! Like most of the famous piazzas, Piazza del popolo is usually very crowded, so take a stroll when you are there or maybe take a coffee from one of the cafe bars close by.

Burcardo Library of the Performing Arts

by icunme

This facility is recognized by and a member of the International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts (SIBMAS) and regarded as an important cultural and historical collection.
Located in the Centre of Rome, near the Teatro Argentina at Via del Sudario 44
00186 Rome, the Burcardo Library and Theatre Collection (an office of the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers) is housed in a late 15th Century building. Alongside the Library is a museum where one may view theatrical costumes, photos and set decoration. The reading room is open Monday through Friday, from 9.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. - closed on weekends, on holidays and in August.

A bit of very interesting Burcardo mansion (a.k.a. "Burckardt" mansion) history: The mansion that is home to the Library and Museum is actually built upon the ruins of Pompey's Roman theatre, the first masonry one in ancient Rome.
Johannes Burckardt was born in Nieder-Haslach, a village near Strasbourg, between 1445 and 1450. The old Latin name of his Alsatian native town was Argentoratum, from which they took his attribute of argentinensis (or argentinus). (Thus, the name "Argentina" in Torre Argentina is not a reference to the country Argentina; but is derived instead from this association with Johannes Burckardt and his homeland.) He was a scoundrel and convicted of theft and forgery in Strasbourg. His first Roman years are shrouded in mystery, though it is certain that Burckardt soon entered the Pope’s circle, accumulating richness, privileges and hopes of benefits. Burckardt was present at the laying of St. Peter’s basilica foundation-stone, on April 18th 1506. He died less than a month later. He was buried at St. Maria del Popolo’s church, but his tombstone was never found.

Bus 110 Tour - city tour bus

by stressball

The Bus 110 tour offers you a choice of a non stop tour bus or a hop on/hop off bus in Rome. This is a good way to get an overview of the city, but don't expect a full blown tour...the attractions are highlighted using a prerecorded message in several different languages (they provide headphones).

I would only recommend this bus if you're nervous about getting around the city on your own. I would suggest using this tour on the first day you arrive so you can get an overview of the city and try to get your bearings.

You can buy the tickets at Termini station. The cost is about 13 euros for a hop on/hop off tour or 8 euors for a non stop tour.

Lunchtime Treat

by vichatherly about Risorante Strega

We had an excellent lunch here.

I went to meet some friends for a pre Champions League Final lunch in May 2009. Steve had been to the place before and so recommended it. We met at 13:00 and so lunch was in full swing, plenty of locals.

Fortunately they had a table for 5 spare. Service was a bit weird as they brought out the pizza before the ravioli and then the linguine seemed to take a bit of prompting.

The restaurant served really good food at reasonable price, much better than some of the more touristy places that you might come across.

Highly recommended I went for the De Luxe ”Mix of Salumi", Italian-Style Cured or Preserved Meats, which I shared followed by the really gorgeous Green Peppered Fillet of Beef with Steamed Spinach

Other meals were
Ravioli Filled with Ricotta Cheese and Spinach, Butter and Sage
Calzone Carbonara

Linguine with Clams (this looked great)
Sea Bass crust of Potatoes - (this looked great)

Bruschetta al Pomodoro
Sea Bass crust of Potatoes


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 Hotel Art By The Spanish Steps

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Address: via Margutta 56, Rome, Lazio, 00187, Italy