I have been to Rome twice and travelled all over Italy.
The Hotel Savoy is a typical Italian four star hotel and the top end of four star for Rome. My friend was celebrating her 40th birthday and we were upgraded to room 115 a suite. The hotel has typical Italian, ostentacious styling, big mirrors and bold furnishings etc - see photos which was exactly what we wanted. Our room had twin beds with thick, black velvet bedspreads, a flat screen large tv, a double wardrobe with a safe, a mini bar, thick curtains in black and gold, gold wallpaper, a large ensuite bathroom with a huge mirror and the usual Italian plumbing - the red tap was the cold tap, the blue tap the hot tap! The shower leaked on the floor. This is not unusual for Italian plumbing.
However, the room was so quiet we had a dreamy sleep which you rarely get in Italian hotels when you are in a city full of youths on vespas and refuse collectors who work all night. Many people left their 'do not disturb' door signs on and fellow guests were extremely respectful and we were never woken by other guests.
The breakfast was great and please always ask for coffee to be made for you by the person behind the breakfast bar at the large coffee machine - if you ask for coffee they
will send you to the small tourist coffee machine. Ask for a particular coffee and you will get the best coffee in the world. Ask for an 'espresso' - a small shot of strong coffee or a 'cappucino' for those of you who want a more ordinary coffee - don't just ask for coffee. The hotel is in a good location right nexgt to the historic Harry's Bar where the bellini cocktail was invented and the Cafe de Paris, where Hollywoods finest once dined - see the great photos outside.
Rome is very walkable for the fit as long as you get some sturdy walking shoes as there are cobbles, but yes, Italians park where the hell they like which means crossings are blocked and you have to be on your guard all the time. Moving a suitcase about can also be grim, pavements are tatty, there are few dropped kerbs, but if you are mean like me, I walked to the railway station to return to the airport as the taxi fare was €25 for a five minute trip from the railway station to the hotel.
The hotel restaurant is very Italian and very nice. It is on the sixth floor and there are two lifts servicing the hotel, not one.
One is larger, but both have the grey carpet lining them, which is probably for sound proofing. We could not understand other travellers obsession with the lift decor.It is a lift. The lift is slow, but we are in Italy, not the Best Western in Vegas. Everything in Italy is slow apart from the drivers.
We ate in the hotel on the first night and two courses each,one bottle of wine, an espresso and a water came to €110. This is average in Rome for a 'proper' restaurant. The food and service were fantastic and you can buy cigars (including Monte Christo) from the restuarant. We also ate in the hotel on two other ocassions on a deal with our tour operator which was excellent value. The hotel restaurant also has a roof terrace with amazing views over the city. Enjoy an Amaretto on the roof after dinner or take some photos in the day.
Rome is expensive and honeymoon couples should always go five-star in Rome as four -star may not live up to expectations.
Here are some prices in the city to demonstrate the costs, a can of coke is €2.50, a small bottle of water can cost €2.50, a bottle of beer in an ordinary cafe €5, a panini €3.50 from shops.
We sat down in a low budget cafe in a park and paid €23 for one can of coke, two cappucinos, a plate of chips and a small panini.
In London this would cost you about €10.
In a mid range restuarant in the city a meal will cost the following: starter €18/20, main course €20/30, bottle of red wine €20 minimum, bottle of beer €5, €3.50 espresso.
There are tourist menus in some cafes which are ok, and offer a pizza or pasta plate, a salad and perhaps a beer for a total of €15/20. These menus are advertised on boards outside cafes with the waiters trying to get you in. They are a good deal but not top end dining. Try around the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish steps.
Try small shops used by Italians to buy water at 60 cents and carry it with you. The hop on hop off tourist buses will sell you a 24-hour ticket for €19, the train to and from the airport is €11 each way.
The hotel is happy to hold your luggage on your last day and you could walk to the nearby Santa Maria Della Immacolata Concezione Del Cappuccini Church on the Via Veneto just off Piazza Barberini. It does not look much on the outisde, but go up the steps and look for the door which says crematoria....you will see 4,000 bones decorating rooms. There is a skeleton of a small child on the roof arranged as the grim repaer. It's odd but you can't help but be amazed. We also walked the extremely long trek to the Catacombs of Priscilla. The guide was extremely helpful, a young German lady studying for her PHD in the history or art in Rome with perfect English who also knows much about Rome itself.
Another tip, if you visit the Colosseum, miss the long ticket queue by jumping to the audioguide queue which has few people in it. You can buy your €12 Euro ticket entrance to the Colosseum in this queue by renting a €4 audio guide. You will need to leave ID behind to rent the audio guide. Take your passport or driving licence along. The audio guide is ok and at least you miss the 45 minute queue for ordinary tickets. The Colosseum ticket also gets you into the Roman Forum nearby so hold onto it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Savoy is a traditional, historical hotel with elegant decors and modern facilities with a superb location, just off legendary Via Veneto in the heart of town, a few minutes walk to the Spanish Steps, the Borghese Gardens and Gallery and the most famous Italian Fashion shopping district, at walking distance to Fontana di Trevi . Each of the 124 guestrooms are classical in style and extremely comfortable, with a/c, hairdryer, safe and free wifi. The hotel has a Bar, a pc corner with printing facilities and a neighborhood with plenty of restaurants theaters and shops. There are 4 meeting rooms to accommodate up to 120 people for conventions meetings banquets exhibits; audiovisual equipment available. ... more less
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