Getting creative finding a room in Rome
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Feb 15, 2013 5:45 PM Last Post By: Satchie
Feb 12, 2013 11:39 PM
Getting creative finding a room in RomeHello everybody,
My girlfriend and I, along with my mother and father will be visiting Rome May 20th - 23rd. I booked flights there without realizing how expensive it is. Normally my girlfriend and I would couchsurf but since we are with my parents (in their mid-60's) we will probably do something like AirBnB or maybe get them a room while we couchsurf.
1. Are there some cheap (hopefully also interesting) suburbs of Rome where we could stay more cheaply but get into Rome easily with a train? 1 - 2 hour ride is fine. How much does a train like that cost (important for calculating)?
2. Are there any websites you would recommend for finding cheap rooms in hotels or pensions?
3. We will arrive at 11:30pm at the airport. If it was just my gf and me we would definitely just sleep in the airport to save a night of accommodation but with my parents I'm not so sure, is it a good aiport for sleeping?
4. Any couchsurfing hosts in Rome who have a comfortable place for my parents to stay? (I'm posting there as well)
Anything I didn't ask but you think would be helpful please post. THANK YOU!
Feb 13, 2013 12:33 AM
Feb 13, 2013 2:47 AM
Feb 13, 2013 5:02 AM
why did you take a flight that arrives at 11.30 pm? was it cheap? well, now you know why.
sleeping at the airport with your parents is just ridiculous. Not even sure if the airport is open.
I think finding a town 1-2 hrs away by train (one can hardly call that a suburb BTW) is i my view nonsensical too. Cheap double rooms start at around 60 EUR in Rome. if you're lucky you will find something for 50 EUR in a smaller town. Once you add the travel costs, you have no savings and you waste 2-4 hrs a day in transit... sounds like a bad idea , especially if you have only 2 days.
Have you couchsurfed before?
You can try to find an apartment that sleeps 4 people- my guess is it will be at least 100 EUR. or as I said a cheap double room near Termini.
Feb 13, 2013 8:26 AM
4I'm not sure how to answer this thread.
OK, you are willing to couchsurf. But what are your parents used to? You don't say anything about THEIR preferences.
Second, why are you asking this at all? What I mean is, are you going to be paying for your parents accommodation? Or will they be paying their own way? If they are, then it is their choice and they should be deciding where they will stay. It really isn't clear from what you have written, what the arrangement between you and them is.
If I were your parent and asked you to do the booking for me, I would tell you what I expect and how much I would spend. All this talk about couchsurfing would be out and so would somewhere an hour away. If I am visiting Rome I expect to be IN Rome.
Really, you need to provide more info on the situation. As it stands, my impression is that it is YOUR budget that is insufficient, not your parent's budget. But you expect them to go down to your level because you cannot go up to their level. To me that would be unacceptable.
Feb 13, 2013 10:41 AM
5I don't understand why you're even traveling since it seems you have no money. Anyway, do not stay in a suburb of Rome. Any money you save on a hotel will be eaten up with transportation costs and the major hassle of staying so far away. It's like wanting to see NYC and staying in Connecticut.
Check out the Beehive hostel or look at apartments for rental at their sister site Cross Pollinat e. Also think about staying at a convent .
If I were your parents I would pay for my own hotel and let you and your girlfriend fend for yourselves!
Feb 15, 2013 2:11 AM
6Well I see I've really made some people angry with this thread.
First as far as a budget goes I'm talking about something under 100 euros for all of us, obviously less is better since budget is important.
Yes the flight was cheap. It's not such a strange thing to suggest sleeping in an airport. In fact my parents, when the were younger used to do it all the time. Some airports are very comfortable to sleep in, some are not - we're talking about spending 6 - 8 hours not living there for a month. An answer about the seat style etc in the airport would have been helpful. Anyway I'll consider myself slapped, although I think that's a stupid ass response.
I obviously don't have "no money" which is why I am able and want to travel.
I am paying for my parents accommodation, they are retired and I'm trying to make this as easy as possible for them financially. However I'd also like to save some money myself.
IS ALL THAT SO WRONG PEOPLE? REALLY? Especially as a first time poster you've made me feel completely unwelcome and I think, given I've been traveling non-stop for 3.5 years non-stop and constantly read threads like this, most of you should calm down a bit and just answer what you can. If someone asks something that is not feasible - which is seems staying outside of Rome but commuting in is - just say that it won't work. In many places this is the BEST option.
What is with you people?
Feb 15, 2013 2:30 AM
7As far as a budget goes 100 euros would be fine, less is better as long as it is decently clean. My parents are happy with a small basic room that is clean and has an attached bathroom. They don't need a TV, view, or wifi but those are nice bonuses.
Some airports are very comfortable to sleep in. My parents have done it many times and so have I, or really anyone who has traveled (not just vacationed). We're talking about 6 - 8 hours, we're not living there. Not sure what all the outrage is about - if you have useful information like "the seat don't have armrests, it's pretty quiet" then maybe this is worth considering. It's just a question.
I've couchsurfed quite a bit and sometimes hosts are older and have very nice places, it can be better than a hotel. It's worth asking about since we still a while to look.
I am paying for parents accommodation since they are retired and I want this to be as small a financial burden as possible. I don't want them to stay in a bad place, but I'd also like to save some money IF that is possible - not a weird request or irresponsible - just good common sense (relax people). I'm not going to force them to couchsurf or beg for money on the street, I'm just trying to explore my options. I've couchsurfed in places that were nicer than hotels, I've stayed in really nice hotels for very low prices - it's all possible with a bit of planning WHICH IS WHAT I"M TRYING TO GET YOU TO HELP ME WITH.
I do have money, quite a bit of it in fact, but I try to use it wisely. That's why I'm traveling.
In many, many cities throughout the world it makes sense to stay outside a little ways and commute in. The commute is easy, you get out of the touristy areas, and you can save some money - all great things. It sounds like Rome is definitely not one of these places - fair enough, now I know.
My father skies 4 times a week and my mother is fit as well, these are not elderly people. We're on a 7 week trip through Europe together and it will be amazing. Apparently "getting creative" isn't really that possible in Rome - so be it but don't chastise me for asking and act like I'm dragging my parents through the gutter. I gave to little information and most of you assumed to much - we're even!
Feb 15, 2013 2:39 AM
Feb 15, 2013 2:46 AM
9MTL and Travelinginstyle46
Why did you post? Just curious because your posts don't contain any specific or useful information and they aren't funny or anything - just bored? You're posts are a bit antagonistic too. If you have time and want to discuss things on the internet there's lots of sites to do it but this particular site is about facts and relating experience, opinions come into play a fair bit here but they should be pretty grounded in specific previous experience with the place you're talking about so I really don't get why you wasted your time and everybody else's with getting involved in this thread. I mean this genuinely I'm not trying to get in an argument.
Feb 15, 2013 3:50 AM
As you said,you didn't provide enough information (which is why I asked you for more).
Now that you have (more or less...is 100 euros per room or the total for 2 rooms?) you might get some help...
On the telling other people how to respond...well,firstly its not your decision to make.People can respond how they like..there was nothing obscene or insulting in the opinions you were given.
Secondly,this site is all about opinions.If you want facts,use google or a guide book.
Third...someone who has as few posts as you do (and presumably has not been spending time helping others with useful contributions) is really not best-placed to tell regular posters how they should act.Don't you think?
Feb 15, 2013 9:03 AM
11The responses you get Scotty are based on the info you provide. The info you provided resulted in some responses you don't like or were surprised by. In that case, look again at the info you provided and try to see how it got you the results it got.
People act/respond based on perception, not necessarily based on reality. A lot of people don't think about that. Suppose you see someone dressed in hemp clothing with dread locks and a generally unwashed appearance. Do you immediately form an opinion? I suggest everyone does whether they want to admit it or not. Now, is your immediate opinion that this person is probably some kind of eccentric, millionaire astrophysisist? Doubtful huh.
You are right in #7 when you end with you gave too little info. I don't think we assumed too much, we responded to the perception you gave us. The fault doesn't lie with the respondent.
Moving on, you have now explained things as you should have to begin with. A budget of 100E for 4 people in or near Rome is extremely low. My suggestion now would be a family room in a hostel. Four bed family rooms can easily be found. Here is an example (not a place I know) http://www.twoduckshostel.com/ Price 100-120E depending on season.
Frankly, given the right amount of info it seems a simple question to me both to ask and to answer. Somehow you managed to make it sound complicated.
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