If you are looking for a hotel in the heart of ancient Rome, then this is it. Here central means just that - no need for taxis or buses, so more time to spend seeing what you came for. The hotel is very old and although it could do with a bit of TLC in some parts, it has everything a visitor to Rome needs. Standing outside the hotel door, you may decide to turn right. Just a few feet away you have the entrance to Trajan's Markets, down a flight of steps takes you to his column and there you are, looking out at the Vittorio Emmanuel Monument (make your own mind up about that...). Head left and amble past the Forum towards the Colosseum. If you decide to take a left out of the hotel, make for the little archway - within 5 minutes you will have reached the Trevi Fountain and 15 minutes on from there, the Piazza di Spagna. When you've had your fill of culture for the day and the feet are throbbing, grab a bottle of wine you may have bought from one of the local shops and head up to the terrace of the hotel. The views from here are absolutely breathtaking. Comfortable tables and chairs (and a hammock) are laid out and are perfect for seeing the city's rooftops. The 360 degree view allows you to take in the sights - far beyond the Colosseum you can see the Alban hills in the distance, in front the domes of the churches and the biggest of them all St Peter's. Depending on the time of year wait on the terrace for the arrival of the starlings - millions of them making their way to the trees on the Janiculum Hill providing a stunning display of aerobics before they finally swoop down to roost. I have stayed at the Pace Helvezia many times and it has taken me sometime to write this review as I have wanted to keep it to myself. So don't tell anyone......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pace Helvetia is located in a sober and elegant building set in the heart of Rome, a short walk from Piazza Venezia, the Coliseum and the Quirinale. Hotel Pace Helvetia features a rooftop terrace overlooking the monument of Vittorio Emanuele and the ancient Trajan markets. A continental buffet breakfast is served in the morning, which can be enjoyed on the terrace on fine days. The spacious rooms are embellished with classical furniture, soft carpets and upholstery or elegant parquet, combined with modern comforts. All rooms have air conditioning and a TV. A few steps from the hotel, there are several buses to Termini Station, the Vatican and the charming Trastevere district, full of bars and cafés. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The Piazza Venezia area - Trevi Fountain is a great choice for travelers interested in city walks, sightseeing tours and food. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pace Helvezia Rome