We made our 3-night (at €100/ night) online booking four months in advance via B&B Giovy's website, based on TripAdvisor recommendations, but ultimately stayed only one night.
Our taxi from FCO brought us to the address shown in the website, Via Principe Amedeo 85a, which is a large, nondescript wooden door next to Hotel Cortorillo. After a false start ringing the wrong doorbell, we were shown to a nice, new entrance and Reception at Via Principe Amedeo 87, which B&B Giovy uses since becoming Hotel Maryelen & Giovy on 1 Oct 2010. We were promptly checked-in.
Then, we were led quickly through a corridor behind the Reception where a sliding glass door opens into a large rectangular cobblestoned courtyard surrounded by 5- and 6-storey buildings. Arched doorways labelled "Scala..." lead into their interiors. Through Scala D which has "1883" in mozaic on the floor, up flights of steps (it turned out the elevator was not working but no-one mentioned it), past a locked wooden door with "Giovy" etched on a small metal plate, into a narrow corridor with doors on both sides, one of which opened into our double room.
Our floor-tiled room appeared clean, well-lit and had two twinbeds pushed together. Next to the full-sized cupboard is the dressing table which had new plastic cups stacked beside two extra toiletpaper rolls, a bowl of sweets and sachets of shampoo/bath gel. An empty minibar-sized fridge stands on the floor. Between the top of the dressing table mirror and the ceiling is a small shelf supporting a flat panel TV with cable access. Reading lights flanking the bed are equipped with electricity sockets. WiFi access was trouble-free until it suddenly cut-off around 2230hrs. The curtained window is doubleglazed. The small, well-lit ensuite bath boasts a wall-mounted towel rack, clothes hook and hairdryer with variable temperature control. Things proceeded downhill from there.
The bathroom door could only be opened partially before it hit the bed. One of our three bags had to sit in the cupboard to make space for us to move around the room. The air-conditioner was on but the remote did not work; changing batteries made no difference. Leaving the window open did not make it less stuffy. It was impossible to sleep comfortably.
Apart from plastic-wrapped croissants at the next morning's buffet breakfast, there were slices of ham, bread, cheese, and tomatoes with mozarella. The reddish "orange juice" was diluted to coloured-water status but the cappuccino was relatively good.
On the way back to our room, we met Giovanna on the stairs and she animatedly thanked us for staying at Giovy, which she runs with her family. When went to check out a few minutes later she said we had to pay for the balance of our 3-night booking and that she could have shown us new rooms had she known we were unhappy with our room and the non-functioning elevator, etc, and she had to pay a commission to the booking agent. It rang hollow to us as we clearly had three large bags in full view when we checked in. Ironically, three other guests at the Reception were complimentary about the size of their rooms. We could only wonder if some form of discrimination is practised at Giovy, like airlines that deliberately overbook, and persons deemed unlikely to be regular guests are assigned inferior rooms. We settled on paying cash for two nights instead of three and left for another hotel.
Based on other critical TripAdvisor reviews of B&B Giovy, it seems a consistent and pleasant experience is not necessarily assured.
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