So this was one of our slightly less glamorous stays!
I’ve written about things to do in Rome, so as promised, I wanted to share a bit about where we stayed, in my usual honest reporting way.
As a basic crash pad for our Rome visit, the Hotel Galileo provides just that, but not a whole lot more.
Initially on arrival in Rome, when looking for the hotel, we actually walked passed it. If you look at the pic below, you’ll see why.
Erm, have we got the right place?
It looked like a route to a car park, but in fact had the hotel nestled to the left.
On arrival, the hotel reception staff were knowledgeable and helpful, guiding us on very useful ways of getting about and what to see.
Hotel Galileo – the basic mod cons
Inside was more promising, but again, like my Paris stay (see review here), the room was pretty basic, choosing functionality above luxury. However it did have the complementary toiletries you’d expect, and the bed was comfortable enough.
However the hotel did have a ‘bar area’ which doubled up as a breakfast room in the morning. It had a flat screen TV, with the key Sky channels (sports for my hubby), and you could get water and some juices in tap. There was also a communal outside terrace, but it wasn’t quite as cosy as the terrace we enjoyed at the Riad Saba in Marrakech (more about that stay here). This was less cushion and more wicker chair.
Breakfast was standard continental fayre, which, being a buffet fiend, was slightly disappointing. But I think it’s fair to say a great majority of European hotels specify continental over cooked. It’s when I travel to farther climes that I’m spoiled by a fried egg station.
However, while this review sounds wholly disparaging, I must say that the location was spot on. Instead of being in the heart of Rome, or near any key sights, we opted to be right next to the Termini – or train station. This meant we were a quick tube hop from everywhere. And anyone that’s been will know that Rome doesn’t really have a centre. Like London, it’s main attractions – the Coliseum, the Vatican et al, are quite far apart.
Being close to the train station was very handy as we travelled by coach from the airport so had a short walk from the station.
Our favourite restaurant in Rome
Hotel Galileo – off the beaten track
Another great thing is that we weren’t in the tourist trap. Granted, we were nestled within streets oh hotels, but we didn’t feel the economic burn of being next to an attraction. Food was reasonably priced and delicious. In fact, one rough-around-the-edges American diner type place provided the best pizza and pasta, for under £10 per head.
So overall, if you’re looking for a place to crash with easy access, the Hotel Galileo is a good option.
For my roundup of things to do in Rome, click here.