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Ed Welch Mar 11, 2015 at 08:49 PM

Hi all,
We are going on the "Rome:The Eternal City" trip May 17th. Anyone on the board going as well? Hotel reviews on this site are mixed. Heard Trevi Fountain is under remodel?


Gerry O'Sullivan Jan 27, 2015 at 06:59 PM

I did this program in 2014 (March 30-April 7). I have no negative comment about the Hotel Pace Helvezia. The location could not be more convenient. I saw no evidence of a lack of cleanliness. The desk staff were helpful, gracious and fluent in English. I'm sorry that your experience was unsatisfactory.
William Sherman Jan 29, 2015 at 10:51 AM

Thanks for your note. Hopefully I can say positive things about this hotel lin October. Several days ago I emailed them about booking a few extra days with them before the RS trip - no response so far.


William Sherman Jan 17, 2015 at 05:20 PM

This is the response I received from RS.

Thank you for your recent service request concerning comments on Trip Advisor about the hotel used on "Rome: The Eternal City." (#19688)

Back in the Spring, someone reported a cockroach, and the hotel immediately addressed the issue. It had rained the two previous days, which may have driven bugs indoors but again, the issue has been taken care of by the hotel.


There are places where people’s luggage has scraped off some paint from the door jams, but that does not affect the comfort of the room, perhaps the aesthetics. No issues were found with the linens.


Our program manager spent two weeks at the Hotel Pace Helvezia and believes it is a fine hotel, ideally situated in downtown Rome. From the hotel, one can easily reach the Trevi Fountain in less than 10 minutes on foot. There is a spectacular panoramic view from the top floor terrace, over 180 degrees from the Colosseum to the top of the Spanish Steps. The hotel is adjacent to Trajan’s forum and column is just behind the structure.

Hmm.......great location, but other wise, not that good. RS response certainly differs in general from
Trip Advisor. After my recent experience with a RS hotel in Santiago, I tend to put more trust in Trip Advisor that RS. Still wondering if RS reads this discussion board.

Denise, think you are wise to put this trip of until 2016.
mary light Jan 18, 2015 at 08:06 AM

What was your experience in Santiago?
William Sherman Jan 18, 2015 at 09:24 AM

Fairly good location, nice public area, breakfast OK. Our room was tired and worn out. If carpets wern't dirty they sure looked that way. Electrical fixtures literally coming out of the walls. Lights that did not work. Mold in bathroom and laminate on bathroom door pealing becuse it got wet. Wall in front of heat vent black. Shower head leked bdly when turned on. I think
William Sherman Jan 18, 2015 at 09:28 AM

Shower head leaned badly when turned on. I think RS gave the hotel a 4 or 5 star; I would give it a two. I am not a five star person, but do expect room to be safe, clean and free of mechanical defects.
Joanne Snead Jan 18, 2015 at 08:22 PM

We are signed up for this the Rome trip for Sept.27 and am concerned too about the hotel. I also wrote RS in Dec. after reading many of these posts but have not had a response. I will be very interested in hearing reports from Jeri Kennear after the March trip and from anyone else who may be going soon. Thank you all for sharing your experiences.


Denise Root Jan 17, 2015 at 04:37 PM

We would like to go on this trip but will wait until 2016 and hope that Road Scholar will upgrade their hotel choice.


Jeri Kinnear Dec 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

I am leaving on 23 March. I will be happy to report my findings. I would think since Road scholar has booked this hotel for the entire year for Rome: the eternal city they would have a great deal of influence.
mary light Jan 18, 2015 at 08:11 AM

I tend to agree as well, and the tripadvisor ratings offer a lot of good ones for this hotel. Most any hotel rating in tripadvisor seems to have some lows among the highs.


William Sherman Dec 21, 2014 at 09:38 AM

I wrote to Road Scholar about my concerns and they finally got back to me that they were looking into it and they will get back to me again. Not sure what that means.

Bill Sherman


Pamela Puleo Dec 11, 2014 at 03:59 PM

To William: It was only one roach - I didn't mean to discourage you from this program, there were many wonderful moments - the hotel wasn't one of them.. I do hope that RS reads these postings.


William Sherman Dec 11, 2014 at 02:42 PM

Thanks Pamela for your comments. I am not against a basic hotel room without a lot of "whistles and bells" but I do expect a room that is clean and without maintenance issues. A cockroach in the dining room and a bed that looked dirty...just not acceptable. What I assumed, until now, to be below Road Scholar standards. Guess I was wrong.

Does Road Scholar care and do they even read these posts. Guess I will have to check out their cancellation policy.
mary light Dec 11, 2014 at 03:24 PM

In response to Pamela Puleo ( " I just wish RC would organize trips for youthful (50 year old) people with shorter trips & longer days with less long lunch breaks.) I agree spot on!


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