I am planning to go to Marriott Grand Flora in Rome Italy on august 22 for 7 nites. Is this an ok time? Are there many restaurants, museums, attractions closed? How is hotel? How is weather?Any other info would be appreciated!
The Grand Flora is an amazing hotel with great staff and a perfect location near the Villa Borghese, the Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain. Everything is open in August so you should have no problems. The only thing to keep in mind is that it is likely to be very hot. Also, if you're planning to visit the Vatican or some churches, women need to dress modestly (no shorts, miniskirts or sleeveless tops). ProfChiara
I completely agree with ProfChiara. It is a wonderful hotel, and if you are gold status or above, you will delight in the amazing breakfast that they will comp. for you. Also, the concierge can give you some wonderful recommendations for restaurants only a block or two away. I don't recall the name, but the restaurant that is right around the corner on a dark street that you enter form the street with no fancy sign or anything, and then go down a few steps once inside is to die for...we ate there a couple of times, and it was delicious, and they made is feel like family. Have a wonderful time!!!
I agree with everything said here, especially about the heat. You will find some restaurants and businesses closed during that time. While the Grand Flora is in a very good location in a somewhat ritzy area, I found that it's not as central as it claims to be. It's touted as being near the subway and from my experience, the closest subway station is quite a hike, as is the Spanish Steps. Rome is a very interesting city, but incredibly filthy.
I just got back from this hotel last week and it is very nice. Just keep in mind that they charge a heavy fee for internet use (I think it was 15 euros a day) and they have no concierge lounge. If you are Gold or Platinum you get the free breakfast which was excellent. There are many restaurants up and down Via Veneto with meals ranging from 10 euros to 23 eoros per person. We ate spaghetti and lasagne most nights and it was around 10 euros. The Metro is also at the bottom of the hill. I would recommend getting the Rome Pass which is 25 euros and good for 3 days. They only have 2 Metro's, blue and red lines so you need to take buses or walk to most places. If you like to walk then everything is walkable. Me and my wife walked from the Colosseum to Villa Borghese in about 3 hours and that was a slow walk, stopping at sites, and eating along the way. I was upgraded to a suite that overlooked Via Veneto and the room was beautiful. Found that the Rome Grand Flora was a much nicer and friendlier hotel then the Marriott Champs-Elysees that we stayed at the 5 days prior to getting to Rome. Rome is just amazing and I can't see where you could ever have a bad vacation there. Just as a side note, if you are a Bank of America customer then you can use the BNL or BNP atm machines at no charge or fees since they are partners with BofA. I found this to be an awesome benefit as I only took money out that I needed, when needed without the exchange fees. I also found that banks almost never can exhange USD for euros. I had $300.00 USD that I went in to change to euros in 4 different banks and none of them would do it. Not sure why. Just the little things you don't worry about until you need the information.