Does anyone know anything about the Hotel Margutta in Rome? I believe it is close to the Spanish Steps. Has ayone actually stayed there - would be interested in exact location and quality of the hotel.
My husband and I stayed there in February 2002. The Margutta is wonderfully located--right off the Via del Corso, between the Piazza del Poppolo and the Spanish Steps. You can really walk to most of the must-see places. We reserved the room on the top floor and were quite happy with the spaciousness plus the outside sitting area. Our friend who was also traveling with us had a much smaller room on the second floor. We were there for six nights. Recommend it highly; the service was good and you can't beat the great location.
Just for your information: Check out the Jan 15, 2004 review on TripAdvisor.com. Whoever that person was, they sure did NOT like this hotel. My daughter and I are booked into the Domus Aurea, just north (I think) of the Termini Stazione. Check that one out on Expedia. Good Luck.
Will be going to Rome May 18, 2009 for 5 days. Booked Hotel Centrale via Venere. Anyone has any knowledge?
Lots of reviews on Venere.
Looks pretty reasonable to me (though out of my price range).
It certainly is a nice area, with easy pedestrian access to the shopping streets off the Via del Corso (these are pedestrian-only streets that run just south of here between the Corso and the Babuino/ Piazza di Spagna). As you can see from the map on the hotel's website, the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza di Spagna are very close, and things like the Borghese Gardens, the Trevi Fountain, the Mausoleum of Augustus, and all sorts of good stuff are within a very short walk.
The only thing that puzzles me is the photo on the hotel's location page (http://www.hotelcentraleroma.it/dovesiamo.html) - isn't that top photo Piazza Navona (it looks like the Fountain of 4 Rivers in the back, doesn't it?)? Oh, you can certainly walk to Piazza Navona from the hotel - it's about 1.3 kilometers or 3/4ths of a mile on foot - but there are so many closer piazzas like Piazza di Spagna, that I'm just a little surprised that they used this shot rather than a shot of the even more famous Spanish Steps which are quite close to the hotel...oh, well... ;-)
On the corner of via Laurina and via del Babuino is a plaque that reads:
In memory of the twinning between Via del Babuino and Madison Avenue occurred in New York on October 16th 2002
(How do I know that ? )
We're afraid to ask...;-)
....and now he won't tell us..... :) !!
I was hoping that Michael would show up again but looks like he's done a runner. Pity. So nobody is going to know now. Am sulking.
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Address: Via Laurina 34, Centro Storico, Rome, 00187, Italy