Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Rome Hotel Review - Hotel Galatea

I did a lot of research online to find an economical, but still nice place to stay in Rome.  It was, after all, our honeymoon.  Here’s what I came up with.

Hotel Galatea.  It’s right off Via Nazionale, pretty close to the Roma Termini train station and just a short walk from the Coliseum.  It was just a few hundred feet away from a major bus line (line 64) and just a street over from a great park.  Even with the excellent location, it didn’t come with an outrageous price tag, just $134 per night.

Inside, it was extremely clean, but nothing fancy.

The bathroom had a bidet, which is always a plus.

And while some of the reviews I read on Trip Advisor complained of the breakfast, I was quite pleased with the array of pastries, delicious cappuccino, and little cheeses.

A pretty traditional Italian breakfast, I really like the idea of
cheese for the first meal of the day!  Also okay with it for
lunch and dinner.
However, there is something I must tell you about this hotel, and it originates here:

The site of the crime
First of all, the beds are not that comfortable.  But, that’s besides the point, the real issue is that there were horses being slaughtered right outside the window!

Or, at least that’s what it sounded like.  It was the most horrific noise ever, and it came about 5am every morning and lasted for hours.  I’m not sure if you know what horse slaughtering sounds like, I’m not even sure I know what it sounds like, but I’m pretty sure this was it.

When I looked out the window, I saw a garbage truck unloading trash behind the hotel.  Hmm, could have fooled me.

Total Cost: $134/night for a grand total of $589 for four nights

The NOT Best Deal: The city of Rome charges €4 per night for its city tax… we paid €16 total ($20) on top of the regular room rate.

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