This B&B is really very special and beautiful, it is set amongst the pretty back streets in a nice part of town on a busy square. The entrance is through a lovely old wooden door, into a picturesque plant-filled courtyard, which It is peaceful and very 'Roman'. We stayed in the deluxe room which was stunning - high ceilings (wood-panelled) with beautfiul frescoes around the top sides, antique furniture and two lovely big shuttered windows over-looking the sqaure. It was huge! And very clean and comfortable. It felt very authentic and really added to our Rome experience! It's really a very special room - lots of character and so much nicer than some generic hotel room. I didn't see any of the other rooms but the rest of the B&B is very pretty (see photos) - a lovely central traditional courtyard, lots of lovely plants and other beautiful features.The breakfast room is very pretty but a bit on the small side (you might have to share a table with other guests if the B&B is full)
For the price you can't beat the location really - it is very central & in a buzzy little part of town with shops and restaurants on your doorstep. We walked everywhere from the B&B (literally everywhere - the Colosseum, Vatican, Pantheon, etc) but there is a tram line very close if you'd prefer. It is also an easy stroll (past a fab gelateria) over the river to Trastevere which is a beautiful area to stroll around full of perfect little trattorias. It's also very very close to the Jewish Quarter which is gorgeous - and the restaurants there are lovely (the speciality there is fresh fried artichoke, and courgette flowers stuffed with mozzarella & anchovies - yum!)
The staff at the B&B are lovely - we met 2 very friendly and helpful ladies, one who manned reception / breakfast (with perfect English) and another lovely girl who cleaned the rooms. We were very much given the keys and left to our own devices which is what we like - we came and went as we pleased - it was more like having a little apartment for the weekend then staying in a B&B. We felt very indepedent. So if you prefer more of a 24/7 hotel reception / concierge service then this is probably not the place for you.
The only slight dissapointment for me was the breakfast - it was just store-bought cakes, cereal, and some bread. It would have been nice to have just a bowl of fruit salad and maybe a few yoghurt pots, or just some bananas and apples! Just something fresh/healthy would have been nice. And like I said the breakfast room was very pretty but rather small, so we had to share a table once while we were there which is not my ideal when on holiday really.
Like I said the Deluxe room was stunning - although it was very clean (and it was thoroughly cleaned every day that we were there) it did smell a little musty but I think that is becase of the antique furniture and the age of the room. There was a lot of noise from the street - traffic noise and a bit of chatting/shouting, and also a huge clock that starts chiming at 8am every 15 mins! But I thought that added to the atmosphere. The street noise was a bit of a pain - but the room was so beautiful that we didnt really mind! But something to bear in mind if you are a light sleeper.
Overall I loved my stay here and I would love to go back - the location was unbeatable, the room and other communal areas were really traditional and beautiful, and the staff were lovely. A special place in Rome, especially for the price.
- Also Known As:
- Casa Banzo Hotel Rome
- Casa Banzo Rome