Our first time in Rome and, following other Tripadvisor reviewers advice, we took the SIT shuttle bus from the airport. The trip 8 euros each and took about 45 minutes. Our stop, Piazza Cavour was the first on the route. Via Marianna Dionigi was literally round the corner.
However, we had some difficulty actually finding number 17, AntiquaRoma. No. 21 was a cafe/bar, No.15 a shop. We were looking for a hotel frontage when in fact No. 17 is a commercial building and AntiquaRoma is on the second floor.
It has a massive double wooden entrance door, which was locked when we arrived, luckily it was daylight so were able to find AntiquaRoma in tiny letters on the intercom panel.
We met our host Enrico the following morning and he said the doors should have been open
but I don't think that would have helped any as there are no signs in the entrance hall either.
This, however, was our only problem, and I only mention it here as a guide to others.
The accommodation was spacious and exceptionally clean. An extremely comfortable king sized bed. We had a room with our own exteral bathroom, which was no problem. A lovely touch was a small bottle of wine and two glasses on a tray. Others have made comments about the noise from the street below but we didn't find this a problem, the area is very quiet at night, locals start opening their businesses around 8.00am.
The location of AntiquaRoma couldn't be better. It is located very close to the Pont Cavour crossing thre Tiber. Very convenient for the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain and many many sites,but also the main shopping areas with their designer shops for those with plenty of cash. All within walking distance. Equally convenient The Vatican City, St Peters Square, and Vatican Museums. Enrico kindly provided maps and full instructions on the best way to get around, including where to eat, how not to get ripped off and was a mine of information.
Such a kind and welcoming man.
My husband had a milestone birthday whilst in Rome, Enrico ' noticed' birthday cards and we returned one evening to a bottle of wine with a 'happy birthday' card attached.
Before we left for home Enrico made sure we knew where to catch the shuttle bus and gave us the time to be at the bus stop. This is worth knowing. You need to be at the bus stop 15 minutes before the scheduled time. Piazza Cavour is the last pick up on the return journey to the airport, so depending on time of day, queues start forming and not everyone always gets on. The buses are ever 40 minutes and this can make a huge difference at the airport.
The bus stops at the Arrivals end of the airport, it is a long walk to Departures. Then after check in there is a long walk through security and then to the gates. As an example our flight was due to depart at 11.40am, we caught the bus at 8.00am.Arrived at the airport at 8.40. We finally got to the gate at 10.50am, the flight boarded at 11.00 am. We were not dawdling!
Just one last thing Enrico does not take credit cards, so take enough cash!
- Also Known As:
- Antiqua Roma Hotel
- Antiqua Roma Rome
- Antiqua Roma Hotel Rome
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming and comfortable accommodation located in a strategic position in the heart of the city, walking distance to all the most important monuments (S. Peter, Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna , Pantheon) restaurants, elegant shops, banks and theatres. The rooms are elegant and attractive individually designed, with or without private bathroom, are decorated with a mix of antique and modern style. ... more less
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