Traveling and boarding a cruise in Rome, July 6th for 7 nights. Staying for four nights afterwards in Rome. There are only about 3 Marriott properties to chose from; Boscolo Palace, Marriott Rome Hotel, and Courtyard Central Park that I can use points.
As a platinum member, I'm able to use some points for most or all of the stay. Of the choices, which one would I get most bang. Such as seeing the sights, walking v. shuttle/taxi
service. Perhaps window shopping, cafe's and etc. Along with specials on amenities at the hotel choice. As well I have never been to Rome.
Any advice would help?
Was just at the Boscolo in Rome and used my points as well.
It's a good hotel. Service was ok, but the hotel itself is beautiful.....in fact, the Boscolo's are my new favorite hotel's by Marriott.
We had a room that faced the US Embassy, which was rather quiet and really beautiful, but I noticed down below there were some rooms with balconies which you may like. Overall nice stay, good breakfast, nice staff....Rome is AMAZING!
Have fun, hope this helps.
Stayed at Marriott Grand Flora, near Via Vittorio Veneto, and the hotel is as the name suggest - "Grand". short cab ride from train station. You can walk to familiar tourist attraction - "Fontana Di Trevi" (3 fountains), Villa Gorghese Park, and with a little more energy, the Pantheon, one of the greatest architectural achievements in the world! Suggest scheduling "Hop on- Hop Off" bus just outside the hotel, which concierge desk can arrange, and visit Forum and Colliseum and St. Peters Basilica and Vactican (all a bit far to walk from Marriott). Other attractions are Piazza Navona (near River), old section of town - Trastevere - across the river and near Colliseum. The Marriott Courtyard in Rome is some distance from town center, but less expensive than Grand Flora. If you're flying out of Rome, suggest staying at Marriott Courtyard near airport.
Bon viaggio !
Interestingly, the Grand Flora and the Boscolo are only a few blocks apart. I've recently stayed at the Grand Flora and walked through the lobby of the Boscolo. To my personal tastes (and personal taste is what it is), I prefer the classic and sort of luxuriously harmonious feel of the Grand Flora to what I perceive as the over-the-top contemporary feel of the Boscolo (at least as far as I could see from the lobby).
My wife and I stayed at Marriott Grand Flora, which is more accessible (in my opinion) to all the familiar attractions, yet a long walk to Vatican City. That's why we had concierge desk make reservations on "Hop On-Hop Off" bus, which stopped across street from hotel. This way, you can spend as much time at particular attractions and then get back on next bus for next destination. There is also a Courtyard not too far from the Vatican. One area attraction you should visit - not on all the tourists spots - is Viale Trastevere, south of the Pantheon, across Tevere River.
Regarding getting to the Renaissance Tuscany IL Ciocco Resort & Spa, near Lucca, this is not near Rome, but some 1 1/2 hours South of Florence; however, you could take a train from Rome to Pisa, or Lucca, and on to Pascoli, Barga. Fabulous place to spend several days - see photo section on Insiders.
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