00185 Travel Guide
Heaps of long-distance trains into Rome terminate at the appropriately named Termini station. We recommend staying at the less appropriately named Best Western Hotel Canada. Yes, it is in Rome (we have no idea why Canada rates a mention), and better still, it is just a short walk from the Termini station down a quiet side street.
The location is perfect for train travelers, and it's quiet enough too so you can relax a bit after a hard day's Roman sightseeing. Although it's not exactly in the middle of things, it is a short bus or taxi ride to most of the main attractions. The hotel also offers some special packages like the Honeymoon Trip or Shopping in Rome deals.
The Hotel Canada is small for a Rome hotel, with just 70 rooms, and has been recently renovated and refurbished. Wifi is available and there's also a small library and reading lounge with a fireplace for winter nights. Rates start at 144 ($200) for a double in low season, increasing to 225 ($315) in the height of summer; triple and quadruple rooms are also available if you're traveling with a group, and these work out much cheaper.
· Hotels Near Eurail Stops [HotelChatter]
· Hotel Stories in Rome [HotelChatter]
· Travel Stories in Rome [Jaunted]
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, jnaw heads to Rome. Enjoy.
Until four years ago, I'd never really wanted to go to Rome. Milan? Sure. Tuscany? Of course. But Rome? Please. I'd read enough about the art and romance to last me a lifetime. Until, that is, a friend came back from a European vacation raving not about the city--but about the Radisson SAS es Hotel, Rome. My desktop wallpaper has been an image of this modern architectural wonder ever since.
Details on my dream day stay at the Radisson in Rome after the jump.
Hotel Maven Amanda K reports....
If you're looking for budget in Rome, The Beehive promotes itself as the "most stylish and contemporary of Rome's budget hotels and hostels". Not only is it relatively cheap (from 70 for a double private room--or just 20 for a bunk bed in a hostel room), it's also kinda cool.
Opened by an American couple in 1999, The Beehive is proud to use organic olive oil and recycled toilet paper, it has a yoga space and is strongly against culturally-cringy pub crawls and charging for internet access. In fact, the owners sum it all up kinda nicely themselves (just try and read through the necessary self-promotional overtones):
We pride ourselves on being a stylish, contemporary and ecologically minded budget hotel with impeccably kept facilities, knowledgeable, accommodating staff and an artistic sense of modern design at an affordable price.
The Beehive also has a handy location near one of Rome's main train stations, plus a resident cat, Igmar. What else does a budget hotel need?
· Where to Swim Nude in Rome [Jaunted]
· Hotels in Rome [HotelChatter]
Imagine the Best Western pulling off a sleek boutique-like look and pulling it off well. Such a thing exists, but one has to go to Rome to find it. It's the age old cliché after all, when in Rome....To be fair, the ArtDeco Hotel was recently bought by the Best Western chain so its not like the folks at BW came up with this one all on their own but they did the right thing by leaving the place in its original state. Sure, the name gives away the hotel design, but the place is full of more surprises.
Blogger and Italian travel guru, David Anderson refrained from being too selfish to let others know about this hot little Roman number:
It is one of my secret hideaways when traveling to Rome. I stayed at this hotel until we found our place in piazza Farnese. Originally it was a classic contemporary hotel with a few theme rooms. I have always been picky about my hotels and required a king size bed, not always easy to find. The Art Deco had a Francesina, which is a sleigh bed just larger than a queen.
The hotel keeps up a decent amount of rooms, 68 to be exact, yet the design remains original. Take the marble staircase if the old and rackety elevator scares you. And even though the "authentic" Italian food served in the hotel restaurant now has the Best Western brand tagged to it, rest assured the place remains family-owned and run.
Even though we already wrote about Madonna today, we wanted you to see first-hand what exactly the fans were doing outside Madonna's St. Regis Grand hotel in Rome. Here's a nearly 3-minute-long video. Things start to get good after the 50-second mark, when someone yells "she's not there!" but turns out to be completely wrong.
Next time Lindsay Lohan, you want to complain about paparazzi just think of what Madonna puts up with.
· Madonna in Rome [YouTube]
· Madonna Fans Flip the Bird at the St. Regis Grand in Rome
· Madonna Drops in on Hotel Wedding [HotelChatter]
Madonna has taken her "Confessions Tour" abroad and this time she's landed in Rome at the St. Regis Grand.
A news reporter apparently on vacation at the hotel ended up filing this story on all the commotion going on at the hotel, thanks to Madonna's controversial mock crucifixion, just one of her many outrageous concert acts.
The pop superstar Madonna is here in the Italian capital and she's staying in our hotel, the St. Regis. Gathered each day outside our building are the paparazzi and hundreds of her fans--shouting, screaming, begging for just a glimpse of the Material Girl....
Security, as you might imagine, is tight. You need your hotel key just to get past the police lines into and out of the building.
On Saturday, so many of them packed the street in front of the hotel (a main thoroughfare near the Piazza de la Republica) that traffic was forced to a crawl. The horns and shouted obscenities from drivers were met with equally loud screams and extended middle digits from the crowd.
Now, Madonna seems to be stirring controversy off the stage as well. Reports say she requests a new toilet to be installed in her dressing room before each gig. No word on if that applies to her hotel rooms too.
The next stop on Madonna's tour? Her adopted hometown of London, where we presume she'll be able to use her own loo.