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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!

Pamela Puleo Dec 11, 2014 at 01:19 PM

This is a reply to William Sherman regarding the Hotel Pace helvezia in Rome. My husband & I participated in the Rome program in September 2014. The pro's & con's of this hotel are as follows. I'll start with the positive. Location. the Hotel Pace Helvezia is perfectly located near almost everything. The staff is friendly & helpful, some of the staff speak a little of English, but with patience everyone understands each other. The wifi access is reliable & free. The roof top terrance offers a great view of the city & is easily accessible with a few flights of stairs. Now for the con's. The hotel is old, the rooms are not so clean. The sheets and towels are thin. The blankets on the bed look dirty. The furniture in our room was dusty, old & cheap The carpet was dirty. The A/C worked, but was very noisy. The shower did not drain properly. We saw a cockroach in the dinning room. With all of that said - the hotel is reasonable priced - I would compare it to a motel 6 (or 5.5.) Bring a bivysac and you will survive :-). I had a few complaints about the program, but now looking back there were some amazing highlights. I just wish RC would organize trips for youthful (50 year old) people with shorter trips & longer days with less long lunch breaks.
Steve Reagan Dec 11, 2014 at 02:32 PM

We were on this trip Sept 2013, it was absolutely wonderful. Yes, Hotel Tiziano, was much like you are describing, but location was fabulous. In fact, hotel was closing for a major remodel, which means the price is higher. When we travel in Europe, we try not to stress about the accommodations, knowing that they are not what we would use here in the States. But, what you see and learn on these trips more than make up for a complaint about accommodations.
William Sherman Dec 11, 2014 at 08:50 PM

Thanks Steven for your comments.. I understand that European hotel standards may be different than what we expect here. However , a road Scholar traveler should never have to stay in a dirty room..

William Sherman Dec 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM

I am signed up for this program for October, 2015 and am also interested in comments about the Hotel Pace Helvezia. This hotel really gets knocked on Trip Advisor (which I know is very subjective), but overall not much positive to say(maintenance issues, less than friendly staff, basically an overpriced, worn out hotel.) This year I took a trip to South America with Road Scholar and the hotel in Santiago was way below usual Road Scholar standards - rated 5 stars by some rating group but a stretch to reach 2 stars in my opinion. This seems to be the case with Hotel Pace Helvezia. If this does turn out to be a sub par hotel it will indicate a Road Scholar pattern and perhaps time to return to Vantage. What are the folks at Road Scholar thinking??? Would like to hear other comments from other Road Scholar travelers.
Lois MacLean Dec 11, 2014 at 01:12 PM

William, I don't have a lot to compare the Pace Helvezia with, since I have only taken one other Road Scholar trip, and that one was mostly a cruise. The PH is nicer than one of the hotels we stayed at briefly on my other trip, but it could not be called a 5 star hotel, nor do I think it represents itself as such. The prices you see on Trip Advisor pretty much reflect what you get. I did think the Pace Helvezia was centrally located, which means it's in a very touristed area, but also means you can walk practically anywhere from there It also has a knock-out view from the 6th floor roof garden. The rooms are small, but I understand that is somewhat standard in Rome. I found the staff pleasant and the meeting room functional. The breakfasts are ok; there are a lot of choices including boiled eggs and cured meats, fruit, cheeses, sweet rolls, cereal, and the coffee drink of your choice. Our group leader really loved the Pace Helvezia because of its location, but that means it's a bit noisy, especially if your room is on the street side. If I return to Rome, I will do so on my own, and will probably try to find a B and B that is located in a quieter neighborhood where locals actually live. I hope that's helpful.
William Sherman Dec 11, 2014 at 02:40 PM

Lois, thanks for your comments, they were very helpful..I think you said it all when you indicated you would not stay in ths hotel again when you return to
William Sherman Dec 11, 2014 at 02:42 PM

Sorry hit post by mistake. Rate for a room at this hotel in Octover when i am traveling is $247.00. Can anyone tell me this is a reasonable price for a tired run down hotel. I am staying an extra night which I will pay for on my own.

Jeri Kinnear Nov 09, 2014 at 01:59 PM

Can anyone comment on the Hotel in Rome. It is not the same one as was used last year. I have read not so favorable accounts of this hotel on Trip Advisor. For those that have been this year, please comment.

Lois MacLean Oct 02, 2014 at 02:48 PM

Hello out there...I'm signed up for the November 2 Rome, The Eternal City program. I'd like to find out if I have a roommate, but Road Scholar can't tell me, at least not yet. Is there anyone female, non-smoking out there who also signed up as a single, and is wondering if they're matched with a roommate? I was told if there was no one else needing to be matched, I'd be given a single room. Thanks!

Martha Wall Aug 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Hi Roman Enthusiasts: Is anybody going on the March 22nd trip?
Jeri Kinnear Nov 09, 2014 at 01:57 PM

My name is Jeri Kinnear and I am going on the March 22nd Rome trip. I am from Galveston, TX and have traveled on one other Road Scholar trip to Cuba.

Pamela Puleo Jun 17, 2014 at 09:17 AM

Hello Fell travelers - we are signed up for the September trip to Rome. Would like to add a side trip to Pompeii - Does anyone have recommendations for a local guide? ....thanks so much

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