Have you noticed that Hotel Fortyseven is up for bid once again. The only problem is that the starting price has jumped by $200. it is now at $1199. instead of $999. Everything seems to be on the rise.
Yes, I noticed the $200 increase. I assume it might have gone up because the offer is valid from July to December 2007, the summer and early fall being more or less high season. However, I doubt that they will come down again to $999 next winter, if they come back at all. This is just the nature of LL properties, once they have gained exposure, they seem to go away.... We can only hope another hotel in Rome will take their place at $999 for 4 or 5 nights....
I had previously suggested "il Senato" on another string, that I think is both a better location (facing the Pantheon), a 4 star without doubt, and probably better price, and more intimate than most on offer in LL, but it hasn't appeared yet.
Hotels drive their prices up. Travellers should look elsewhere.... il senato is still my hands down favourite in Rome for location, and personal service.
I remember you suggesting the il Senato earlier. Unfortunately, while we walked around the Pantheon with our friends, I thought of the hotel you suggested but couldn't remember the name of it, so I didn't look for it. Should have written down the name. I am beginning to agree with you that at times LL are not necessarily a bargain, especially when they increase their prices at random like the Hotel Fourtyseven just did.... We got an excellent deal from the LHW in Napels, the Grand Hotel Vesuvio. We got a rate of 200 Euros with breakfast, a great spacious room with a view of the sea and they threw in champagne and chocolates on arrival and a silver & coral good luck charm for the ladies.... that amounted to 800 Euros for 4 nights. At that rate we could pay for our own dinner at their roof top restaurant, and we didn't pay any more than we would have paid at a LL auction at a comparable property. By the way, thank you, we did follow your dinner suggestion for the Intl. Wine Accademy of Rome and had a wonderful time. I will try to put a more detailed report on that under the "Italy Restaurant Suggestions".
sorry that you couldnt remember the name of the hotel 'il Senato'. Next time, visit, it's a wonderful hotel, with the only 'private rooftop terrace' looking 'down' on the Pantheon. And they are strict about who can go there -- guests only, or intended guests if you are just taking a look!! Its a gem. And affordable, and so perfectly situated. Its my "hands-down" favourite recommendation (but I am swept away by the Pantheon, so that is what tips the scales).
As for the International Wine Academy, again, I am pleased that you and your friends enjoyed yourself there. Its difficult to make a 'food' recommendation to others, but that place is really a secret, and at the top of the scales for me. Yes, there are hundreds of restaurants that have history, and they'll tell you that Patton ate there, or Julius Cesare was murdered two blocks away etc, but that has nothing to do with the menu for that evening for me.
I have been extremely impressed by the IWA, and have never been disappointed.It has a quiet elegance, has been designed to serve its current purpose out of a 16th century Palazzo, and offers food of the same quality as the Hassler, expert wine matching, and no where near the price or extra pomp and ceremony as many others ... (the Hassler is supposed to have pomp and ceremony, by the way).
If you routinely check the Wine Academy website, and if you join for 20 euro a year.... you can just climb aboard any of their wine tastings, normally in the evening, and always in english and italian (sometimes concurrently, which is interesting) .... which makes for different evening in the eternal citta. Its one of the'off the beaten path' things to do in Rome, whichmakes it a liveable city.