a VirtualTourist member from Leeds asked on May 19, 2016
Hi am travelling next week and have booked this hotel called SUITE PARADISE near temini station. Anyone have any idea about it. The reviews in booking.com show that its ok, but still confused abit
And it's first time to the place. Does speaking in English work or should i need to learn a bit basic italian?
You might look at TripAdvisor. Hotel gets pretty good reviews. Look at those reviews where the reviewer had numerous posts regarding hotels.
Unfortunately, anyone at all can post reviews on Tripadvisor so I'm afraid I don't pay much attention to that site. Only people who have booked through booking.com and completed their stay can post reviews on booking.com , so that is where I prefer to look.
I always stay in the Termini area, as do many, many other visitors from all over the world. You really don't need to worry about not speaking Italian (although it is right to at least learn the basic courtesies i.e. please, thank you and sorry) because if you look at the booking.com page you will see that English is spoken (as it is throughout central Rome, and especially in the Termini area..the city has hundreds of thousands of non-Italian-speaking visitors every year and is very well set up for them!).
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Thanks ranger. I felt I was a bit naive in asking that question but being my first time trying to know as much as I can. Thank you
Unfortunately, the same can happen on booking.com which I use many times when I book hotels.
I have been offered a few perks by hotel's that know I have used booking.com for my booking and suggest that I write a favorable review for the hotel. This is something that I do not do, I am sure that I am not the only one that has been approached by hoteliers to write a favorable review. I post my reviews on TA and have over 300 honest and forthright reviews on that website. So don't think it can't happen booking.com because it can.
leics is right that some sort of English is widely spoken in the tourist zones - it may not be fluent, but it will be better than your Italian ;-). She is also right that it is courteous to learn simple phrases like "grazie" (thanks), "prego" (you're welcome, or please, or excuse me, depending in the context), "buon giorno" (good day, as in "hello") and so on. Any simple phrase book - or even many guides to Rome - are likely to have such phrases.
Note that it will actually be difficult to find restaurants in the city center that don't have menus in several languages. And, even better, English speakers tend to be familiar with a lot of Italian dishes in their Italian name. Indeed, I normally ask for the Italian menu, (1) because I speak a fair amount of Italian, but (2) because their English descriptions of the dishes are sometimes so convoluted (well, literal), that I can't figure out what they're talking about - but I know what the Italian name refers to.
Speaking of food, if you are like many budget travelers, you will want to buy some fruit and bread and meat and cheese and wine and water to take to your room. While there won't be huge supermarkets in walking distance (at least, I assume not, most of them are on the outskirts where land is cheaper), there are grocery stores in the city center here and there. If you have trouble finding one nearby or it's closed, remember that there is a grocery store in Termini station which is not far from you. Because it's a major train station, the shops tend to be open extended hours, and 7 days a week (heh heh, in some Italian cities, the only food store open on Sundays is at the train station). Look at romatermini.com/it/notizie/g... for the page describing what is closest to a grocery store in Termini - it's open 7 days a week from 6 a.m. to midnight.
Note that the "business" end of Termini where all the shops are is to the northwest; that is, if you walk along the Via Bixio from the Suite to the northeast, in 4 blocks when you come to a dead end (because of the train tracks), take a left and walk up to the front of the station (which will be 7 or 8 blocks).
Bill, there are quite a few small supermarkets (rather than just grocer stores) in and around Termini (and other parts of Rome). They are often very tucked-away and not really noticeable, but they do exist. The shopping 'mall' inside and underneath Termini station also has a 'supermarket' (plus plenty of cafes & fast food places).
As for budget eating near where the OP is staying, Termini station itself has a Ciao restaurant (in a spot ideal for people-watching). Ciao is a self-service Italian chain, which makes life very easy if you have no Italian, and because it is in Italy and used by locals its food is very decent indeed...and, obviously, extremely comfortable for solo travellers. I generally have something like a salad or a primi piatto (e.g. fusilli bolognese) plus small bottle of wine plus dessert. It costs around 10 euro.
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There are also plenty of eating places in the streets to the east of Termini (where the OP is staying). They are not as visitor-focused as those to the west, not least because that area has lots of residents, and their prices reflect that fact.
Thank you very much for the info guys. Was a bit more confident now. @ranger49, @yvr, @leics, @mccalpin really appreciate your time for the messages. Can't believe I missed this site till now. Now i'll gear up myself to travel around the world
Feel free, Suman. You certainly won't find a friendlier or more helpful travel site than VT! :-)
If you are a non-vegetarian, go to the grocery store which has a meat section. Around 8/9 am, fresh chicken (roasted) is brought in. Supplement that with bread and wine and you'll have a rollicking lunch/dinner!
"east of Termini". Classic proof that compass directions are very hazardous in Rome. Termini, as you can see on the map runs from the northwest to the southeast on a diagonal.
When we lived in Rome, we considered "east of Termini" to be on the far side of Termini, i.e., in the direction of Stazione Tiburtina (away from the city center). In this case, while the hotel is southeast of the terminal of the station itself, it is due south of the switching yards just outside the terminal, so "east" sounds very strange to me...however, I do understand that the compass directions sometimes seem arbitrary, given that Rome was not laid out by surveyors ;-).
And, yes, I am very aware of the smaller grocery stores around town. Again, this points to a difficulty of language, not compass directions this time. A "supermarket" in the US is a large footprint store, of which there are pretty near none in the city center. I suppose that other people use "supermarket" to refer to a grocery store that also sells dry goods and whatnot, regardless of the footprint. Yes, there are a number of such places in the center here and there, but if they are family owned, they may not have the same hours as a corporate location.
I looked at the Carrefour website (it is a chain of what you would probably consider supermarkets as well as Express stores), and, curiously, the Suite is in a dead zone - the grocery store(s) at Termini are closer than any Carrefour. Are there other places? Sure. But if they don't work for you (some are probably rather ethnic - and I don't mean Italian - as this area is a sort of Little India, if I recall correctly) or if they aren't open when you need them, it's nice to know that you have a backup plan...
>A "supermarket" in the US is a large footprint store, of which there are pretty near none in the city center. I suppose that other people use "supermarket" to refer to a grocery store .....regardless of the footprint'
I don't know about 'other people' but in British English a supermarket is just a serve-yourself grocery/home goods store, whether independent or chain. We would often use the terms 'superstore' or 'hypermarket' for the larger out-of-town supermarkets.
As well as Pam, Conad, Coop, SMA, Lidl etc supermarkets (supermercati) in central Rome there are a few independently-owned versions.....but by no means all central Rome supermercati are 'Mom & Pop' owned. The majority are chains. There is a big Conad in the lower part of Termini railway station.
There goes that "common language" thing ;-)