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Le Meridien Visconti Rome, Italy, [Master Thread]

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Old Nov 25, 17, 1:44 pm
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Going to be here for a few nights the beginning of next month. Any good restaurant recommendations in the area of the hotel?
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Old Dec 23, 17, 11:14 am
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Anyone have experience with Platinum amenity (Breakfast) being extended to multiple rooms.
Travelling with family of 5 and this hotel seems ideal for two rooms value-wise. (96K in total and the King+single is available for that rate)
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Old Dec 23, 17, 6:17 pm
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Originally Posted by Always Flyin View Post
Going to be here for a few nights the beginning of next month. Any good restaurant recommendations in the area of the hotel?
Some restaurants we tried that were very good (of course IMO) were Il Sorpasso just south of Via Crescenzio as you walk towards the Vatican. Well priced for Rome and very good pasta, salads, and desserts. Also, Pizza Re across the river at Ponte Cavour near the Augustus Masoleum has very good food, a nice outside seating area and decently priced lunch fixed price menu offering. Even our selections-not the fixed priced lunch-were reasonably priced and the fish, pasta and pizza were excellent. For a decent quick slice, Miss Pizza nearby was good, though not as good as Vesuvio's in Florence. My GF is Thai and she needs her Asian food, so we tried Box (buffet) nearby for take out and it was good, not as good as Sushi e Noodles, but quick and very inexpensive.

Of course, you should check this thread and the ones cited in there: Food in Rome

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Old Dec 27, 17, 11:01 pm
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Thanks rbAA. Was there a few weeks ago.

I liked the hotel a lot. Good location, modern, and the room was comfortable. If I received an upgrade, it was not obvious.

The staff in general, and the bartenders in particular, were excellent.

Will stay there again on my next trip to Rome.
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Old Dec 28, 17, 2:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Always Flyin View Post
Going to be here for a few nights the beginning of next month. Any good restaurant recommendations in the area of the hotel?
Lots of very good ones (not touristy) within walking distance. Paging bigguyinpasadena who may remember names...
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Old Jan 9, 18, 6:16 pm
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We spent 3 nights here, and overall were pretty happy.

The location is excellent -- quick walk to main sites, but tucked away in a residential neighborhood with lots of good food and non-touristy shopping nearby. Also, very easy for SIT bus to/from FCO, about 5 minute walk to via Crescenzio stop.

Upgrade was to an executive room -- what makes them so isn't obvious, as they seem to be as tiny as other rooms (20sqm) and lack upgraded amenities such as a Nepresso machine. I wasn't bothered by the size, but the construction is astoundingly poor -- you can hear everything that goes on on the street, in hallways and adjacent rooms. Breakfast (in lieu of 500 points) was pretty good by Italian standards, although it was the exact same buffet every morning (no variation). The rooftop terrace is amazing on sunny days.

We paid under EUR100/nt -- at those rates, it's my first choice in Rome!
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Old Jan 11, 18, 8:01 pm
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As mentioned, location is excellent and staff helpful.
Other than Breakfast buffet, I didn't get a Platinum upgrade
Only negatives:
1) Breakfast buffet not great
2) Cleaning the room at 6 pm after we returned from a full day sightseeing - not sure why they wait for you to return to clean the room
3) No Platinum lounge or drinks coupon for bar
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Old Jan 13, 18, 9:26 am
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Originally Posted by itsaboutthejourney View Post
Lots of very good ones (not touristy) within walking distance. Paging bigguyinpasadena who may remember names...
See my posts in the Italy forum. Lots of very good information there.
Let me add, as I mentioned above, I really liked this hotel and it's location for my first ever visit to Rome.
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Old Jan 17, 18, 5:29 pm
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Just had a very, very strange experience.

I have booked two rooms for next week. I coincidentally noticed in my SPG app that the reservation got canceled.

Called the platinum service desk and all they could see is that the hotel decided to cancel my reservation. I've double-checked my mailbox and didn't get any email, nor have I received a phone call from them.

All the platinum desk could do was re-book for a significantly higher rate, they didn't even want to file a complaint.

Any of you ever experienced this? It looks like a ghost cancellation by the hotel. Imagine that I flew there and just showed up next week..

Horrible service for SPG platinum so far..
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Old Jan 17, 18, 8:58 pm
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Originally Posted by arjen05 View Post
Just had a very, very strange experience.

I have booked two rooms for next week. I coincidentally noticed in my SPG app that the reservation got canceled.

Called the platinum service desk and all they could see is that the hotel decided to cancel my reservation. I've double-checked my mailbox and didn't get any email, nor have I received a phone call from them.

All the platinum desk could do was re-book for a significantly higher rate, they didn't even want to file a complaint.

Any of you ever experienced this? It looks like a ghost cancellation by the hotel. Imagine that I flew there and just showed up next week..

Horrible service for SPG platinum so far..
Hi arjen05,

We would like to look into this issue if you could provide your reservation details to us via private mail here or by email below.

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Old Jan 17, 18, 10:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Always Flyin View Post
Thanks rbAA. Was there a few weeks ago.

I liked the hotel a lot. Good location, modern, and the room was comfortable. If I received an upgrade, it was not obvious.

The staff in general, and the bartenders in particular, were excellent.

Will stay there again on my next trip to Rome.
I have to agree with this... the rooms were small - even though ours was upgraded... I couldn't tell a difference. The staff was nice enough, and I thought the neighborhood surrounding the hotel was charming. But the street construction at night, my God. So loud.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 9:33 am
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Originally Posted by aaflyer93 View Post
I have to agree with this... the rooms were small - even though ours was upgraded... I couldn't tell a difference. The staff was nice enough, and I thought the neighborhood surrounding the hotel was charming. But the street construction at night, my God. So loud.
Must be new. I didn't hear anything in early December.
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Old Mar 20, 18, 4:26 am
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The breakfast room (-0 level) has all the charm of a hospital cafeteria c1960. Totally unsympathetic lighting ( kind of weird for Italy) , no music, unattractive decor. The food is ok, if viewed simply as fuel rather than anything exciting. But they could make the place so much better, for minimal cost, with a bit of effort on the ambience, including some softer lighting and soft music.
As JPDX suggests above, the SIT bus stop is quite convenient from/to FCO. It doesn’t stop right at Piazza Cavour inbound but rather a bit further back ; outbound the stop is closer to the hotel by about 150 metres. At €6 o/w or €11 rtn it’s something of a bargain ( and is probably just as quick as the Leonardo to Termini and change to the metro to Flaminio and then a walk). Of course the fixed price cab option is a better bet for a couple, family.
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Old Mar 30, 18, 11:25 am
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Recent stay here ( 7 nights), left with mixed feelings. My primary reasons for choosing it: location and price .
No upgrade offered/available other than from the cheapest prepaid to an Executive ( as I'd had on a previous stay). I didn't expect an upgrade as they were running Full with a couple of big events/meetings and just prior to my stay rates were 3 or 4 times what I'd paid ( and then no rooms at all).
So in these circumstances no upgrade is ok; however, the executive rooms are very small ( someone suggests 20sqm and that looks about right). Really only just, barely sufficient for a couple...and Not really for 2 just sharing the room.
The Aircon appeared not to be working ...or maybe the temperature is centrally controlled. The thermostat showed 23 degrees...too warm for me when it's 8-10 Celsius outside. I switched it off and opened the window; it was ok.
I prefer Rome in Winter and autumn, maybe early Spring...and if rates remain low in those seasons I would stay again.However, given the low number of rooms in the upgrade pool I suspect that suites will be hard to get...just the luck of the draw...and that the barely adequate Exec room may be as good as it gets ( and really, what the lower category rooms are like I shudder to think).
Great location, nice staff, unremarkable breakfast, rooms just ok. A bit 'cheap and cheerful'
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Old Dec 10, 18, 12:30 pm
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Any recent updates? Any changes since SPG has merged with Marriott? (I'm Plat Premier). Thanks
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