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Navona: Hotel Teatro di Pompeo

Largo del Pallaro 8

Reviewed by: CH from PA, review #1482

When: April 2005

Great location for walking through Rome. Eat your breakfast in ancient ruins. Tucked in a little piazza off the main road, but near fantastic restaurants. {3 stars}

The Hotel Teatro Di Pompeo is built over the ruins of the Pompey Theatre, dating to 55 B.C. It is very close to Campo de' Fiori, Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon. We stayed there instead of at the Hotel Forum near ancient Rome on the advice of people on the SlowTalk bulletin board. (See thread: "Rome with kids, hotels and areas to stay" from February 19, 2005.)

The Hotel Teatro di Pompeo was in a fantastic location, the people were very nice, the airport transfers occurred seamlessly, and our children really liked the breakfasts (Nutella!). The only downside was that we could not all be in one room, so my husband stayed with my son and I stayed with my daughter.

One of the best little family owned restaurants, the Trattoria Der Pallaro, is just a few doors away. The salad place L'insalata Ricca and another fantastic restaurant Ar Galleto (also called Da Giovanni), are also close by along with multiple gelaterie. See my message board post that rates our restaurant and gelato experiences, entitled "Great Food in Rome" from 07 May 2005.

The hotel had large green umbrellas to borrow, and adapter plugs (for electronics that are rated to be able to handle the voltage - otherwise they will start melting!!) that we used for the video camera, digital camera, and my Macintosh powerbook computer. In some of the bathrooms, they also had 110 voltage outlets, but in an inconvenient location for anything that is not small and light. We used these for GameBoy recharging.

Rome is fantastic with kids, and our 8 year old son and 4 year old daughter want to live in Rome when they grow up, although my son is reluctant to part with the beavers of North America. My daughter even has her house picked out - Palazzo Farnese. We walked everywhere and will be posting these excursions along with pertinent restroom breaks when we get a chance.

A lightweight foldable umbrella stroller is essential if traveling with preschool kids. Although some question its utility on cobbled streets, we had absolutely no problems with this type of stroller in Rome (or in Dublin or London 6 years previously). There are some places where you have to step on the back bar and lever the front wheels up the curb or past a particularly large bump, and it did not work well with the very large pavement blocks in some areas of the ancient Forum, but it was easy to fold up and pull behind. Our 4 year old walked and ran a lot through the ruins and also was able to walk up and down the stairs to the churches and monuments.

The hotel is also very close to the church with the second highest dome in Rome, the Chiesa di Sant' Andrea della Valle, which was the site of the opening scene in the opera Tosca. In fact, we used this church as a landmark to figure out where to turn off of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II to get to the hotel.

Reviewed by: tdandmd from CA, review #1181

When: September 2005

Clean, moderately priced room in Rome.

This hotel was fine but nothing exciting. The room was rather dark but that can be a good thing when trying to get sleep near the Campo dei Fiori. It is very close to the action but just around a corner so as to be quiet to the outside. The inside is another matter. The floors evidently are very thin because we could hear the people above us drop something that truly sounded as small as to be a cap from something.

The bathroom had a good shower with good water pressure and a full-size tub. The room had a small TV (CNN did not have any sound), a safe, a desk and wardrobe.

The service ranged from very friendly to just enough to answer our questions.

I am recommending this hotel because the price was good and the location was easy, but I probably would try something different in the future. It was three star and we paid 190 per night for a double.

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