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Casa Linnea
Via Plinio 22, 193 Rome, Italy (Prati)   |  
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Ranked #497 of 1,263 Hotels in Rome
Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Never again”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2010

My friend and I stayed at Casa Linnea in October, 2010. Both of us have stayed in several B/Bs in Europe and the United States.

The good news: Location, location, location! This bed and breakfast is situated quite well and within walking distance of major historical sites and museums. Restaurants and shopping are very near. The proprietor provided very helpful maps and area advice, as well as calling her private driver for our transfer to the airport.

The bad news: Awful beds and NOISE!!!! Not street noise, but noise within the building and within the B/B itself. The room windows opened to a 6-floor atrium that was a virtual echo chamber, and we could hear every dish being washed, television show being watched, and every child’s cry or dog's bark (and one dog barked constantly). There was a bathtub above our room, and we could hear every time someone got in to or out of the tub. To make matters worse, even after 10-12 hours of walking daily, I was never quite exhausted enough to sleep well in the bed. I began calling it “The Evil Bed.” My friend used a sleep aid. There was simply no way to recover from the day in a bed so awful; not only was it uncomfortable, it was sized for a 12-year old.

Although the proprietor indicated free WiFi, she could not name the network and was baffled when it (whatever its name) was not available. Reiterating other reviewers' comments, breakfast was a choice of sweet roll or cereal. No single-use soaps or shampoos were offered. In this day of liquid restrictions on flights, these little conveniences would have been appreciated.

I've stayed in other B/B's in Italy where much more is offered for much less, to the point of feeling spoiled. I would not recommend even a brief stay at Casa Linnea in Rome.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Denver
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2010

I chose this B&B based on TA reviews, and for its location. My wife & I stayed here for 4 nights, and it had it's pros & cons:

Pros:

This is a converted apartment, and it makes you feel like you've moved to Rome and are living with the locals. It feels more alive and integrated than staying in a traditional hotel, which I really enjoyed.

The location is excellent. It is a 15 minute walk to Vatican City, 20 minutes to Piazza Navona, and only a 5 minute walk to the Metro for any other locations you may want to visit.

Another plus about the location. It is just off the shopping district which means it's a middle / upper class area and feels very safe (though I've never encountered a part of Rome that I felt was dangerous).

The kitchen has a coffee maker, fridge, stove, oven, and dinnerware in case you want to bring home your own food. It's not clear whether we were allowed to use the stove & oven, so ask first if you're thinking about it.

Cons:

As this is a converted apartment (multi-story building with courtyard), some of the neighbors across the courtyard were quite loud and didn't seem to care that their yells echo very loudly into all of the other apartments.

The water pressure in the shower was dismal.

The supplied breakfast is nothing more than basic twisted bread and an assortment of jellies/jams. However, there is also milk & juice in the fridge that's replenished as needed.
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As previously stated, the rental is a converted apartment. There is a shared kitchen & dining room, then (three, I believe) bedrooms with private bathrooms. With only three rooms, it mostly feels like you have the place to yourself. Only twice did I encounter fellow renters in the B&B, and they were considerate & quiet when coming & going.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Baltimore, Maryland
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2010

We stayed at Casa Linnea at the beginning of our trip to Italy because we wanted to be in walking distance to the Vatican. For that, it was very very good. We also walked to Piazza Navona, the Jewish quarter, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and Piazza del Populo.

The accommodation itself is very simple. Our room was on a quiet courtyard on the first floor of a 19th-century building. The bathroom was large, and there was a separate WC, which meant we had two sinks, which we liked. We had two folding chairs, but at least we had chairs. There was another bedroom in the apartment, so renting both rooms could be convenient for a family or two couples traveling together. We could not get internet access in our apartment, but apparently Casa Linnea has another apartment that does pick up free internet access. The hostess was not tech savvy.

As other reviewers have noted, breakfast was disappointing--cereal, milk, juice, and bread for toast. On the first morning the hostess brought us each a fresh croissants, but on the second day there were just two pastries wrapped in plastic. The Nespresso machine was convenient once we learned that it had to warm up for several minutes.

The accommodation is more like a private apartment than a B&B. We wanted to communicate with the hostess about leaving our luggage after check out, but the only way to do that was to telephone her or use the intercom at the front door downstairs.

We appreciated her recommendation to use the travel agency across the street to make train reservations rather than going back to the train station to do so.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington TX
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2010

Casa Linnea is located 5 minutes walk fro Castle St Angelo and 10 minutes walk from the Vatican. My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights at the end of June and walked to both locations as well as Piazza Nova (great square to enjoy dinner), the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. The room was comfortable with private bathroom and ours had a little patio. The only disappointment was breakfast which consisted of a couple types of cereal and toast. Everything was there but not prepared, you made your own coffee, toast, and cleared the table. I would definitely recommend to friends because of the location but let them know about the breakfast.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2010

I booked Casa Linnea based on the very positive Tripadvisor reviews. Our experience was somewhat mixed. On the plus side, the owner was nice, location was excellent (near Vatican) and other fellow travellers staying there were pleasant. On the negative side, it's billed as a B&B but they don't inform you in advance that it's self catering involving preparing your own (basic) breakfast and doing wash up afterwards. Also towels are only changed twice a week - we were there for 4 days so the towels were fairly scuzzy after 2 days. We asked for a change which we got. When we arrived, we were asked for full payment in cash on day 1 which were not informed about in advance. Our room (in a 3 bedroom apartment) was very small, with fairly drab furnishing. The bed was made every day but the bathroom was not cleaned during the 4 days we were there. Having stayed in B&Bs in several countries, we expected a daily change of towels and breakfast prepared - If we'd been told upfront about these conditions in advance, we could have made an informed choice about whether to stay there or not . We paid 96 euro per night which was in our view poor value. We realise that accomodation is not cheap in Rome but one would nevertheless expect more for what we paid. The overall experience was one of having stayed not in a B&B but in an upmarket hostel. This may suit some but most probably will disappoint others as it did us.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2010

We spent 5 nights in this bed and breakfast and were very satisfied with the place.

Our room was a part of an apartment, which had two bedrooms, with each their bathroom and a small kitchen, where we could help ourselves to an espresso anytime we wished. Breakfast was simple, but enough. The room was spacious and clean.

We were particularly happy with the location, which was very close to various interesting areas in Rom. A few minutes from the Vatican, close to the spanish stairs. We walked everywhere.

If you are looking for a cheap, but comfortable solution, this is a good choice.

Ana & Ebbe

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Denmark
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2010

What a awesome B&B! Perfect location in a quite side street in lovely Prati, with super friendly service - thanks to the swedish owner who speaks fluent english. The lovely little kitchen provides for self service coffee and tea. Modern, clean room with lots of space. Only problem I ran into: finding a parking spot.

Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
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Address: Via Plinio 22, 193 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Prati
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Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#88 Best Value Hotel in Rome
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Number of rooms: 242
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