Value Score Great Value!
Good For Couples
In the heart of Old Rome
Built on the ruins of the Theatre of Pompey the Great, dating from 55 BCE, the hotel is located in a place of narrow, winding streets and centuries-old buildings. It is just off the Campo dei Fiori, site of a colorful daily market and a lively night life.
The staff is extraordinarily helpful. When we asked for directions to a restaurant near the Campo, a desk-clerk personally guided us to and through a short-cut just steps from the hotel's front door.
Rooms (13 of them) are small, but adequate, with ample closet space, minibar, miniscule TV set (with CNN and the BBC), and a tiny bathroom with shower only.
A complimentary breakfast is provided and tea and coffees are offered near the lounge all day.
Unique Quality: Gaius Julius Cæsar was murdered near the spot where the hotel stands, falling at a statue of Pompey.
Buildings in the area follow the curvature of Pompey's Theatre, the first such building in Rome not constructed of wood.
The location is convenient not only to the Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Navonna, but to many of the city's other main attractions. We walked to the Vatican, the Forum, and the Spanish Steps (not all the same day).
Directions: You'll never find it without a map (or a driver who knows Rome well).
Hotel Teatro di Pompeo
Unique Quality: This is a pretty nice hotel, though a bit pricey, like most hotels in Rome. But now that I'm past 30 (and have a job), I prefer to have the shower in the room, the TV, etc. Also it's built on the ruins of Pompey's Theater, and you can see the foundation in the basement, where they serve breakfast.
The only thing about this place is that for some reason I kept getting confused as to how to get back there--it's on the Largo del Pallaro, easy enough to find on a map but not in practice, for some reason. Hey, I'm from Chicago, where everything is conveniently on a grid!
Despite its proximity to some noisy neighborhoods, it was pretty quiet.
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Lively Area of Rome
I'm travelling solo to Rome in June and would like to stay in an area which is safe, lively by day and night, easily accessible by public transpotation and within walking distance of some key sights.
Any suggestions on areas and local hotels would be very much appreciated.
RE: Lively Area of Rome
In the centre are a lot of Hotels en its quite safe there... always people
If you want to meet other people dont take a Hotel but a (youth)Hostel its cheaper and more fun...
Just look in the travel guide (above in the red) and search for Rome a lot of hotels and hostels you will find there...
Rome is a beautifull city....
Have fun in Rome.... ciao Ron
RE: Lively Area of Rome
Two of the lively areas of Rome day or night are the Piazza Navona and the Campo de Fiori. Both areas met your requirements with the Campo de Fiori being a little less expensive area for eating and hotels. Middle of the road price for two superb hotels, Hotel Teatropace33 (Piazza Navona) and Hotel Teatro di Pompeo (Campo de Fiori). The two major areas are only about 5 minutes walking distance apart with the Pantheon area forming a 10 minute triangle.
RE: Lively Area of Rome
Really, most of Rome inside the Aurelian Walls fits most of your critieria, especially public access and walking distance to the sights (since there are sights all over Rome, this isn't hard ;-) ).
The two places that Larry mentioned - Piazza Navona and Campo de' Fiori - are indeed all of the above without a doubt. The only problem there is that everyone else knows it so you have to work hard to get a room for anything reasonable (not impossible, but the cheaper places - not all that cheap - fill up fast).
I like Trastevere, which is on the west (north) side of the Tiber just west of the ancient center. It is more of a neighborhood feel. However, you need to be careful where you stay in Trastevere, because while the northern part is literally just across the river from the Foro Boario, the Circus Maximus, and ancient Rome, the southern end is more than a kilometer away from anything interesting...of course, there is excellent public transportation so catching a bus or a tram into the dead center is not a problem.
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