We booked through Hostelworld to stay at the Lilliput, as the reviews on there were mostly good. THEN I saw the review about the bedbugs! However, we decided to carry on regardless and were very pleased that we had. Due to the Italian way of inserting roads of differing names into the street you are negotiating, we had a little trouble finding the Lilliput. However, a quick phone call resulted in one of their staff being despatched to find us and lead us to the hostel. It is situated in a very nice courtyard, with fountain and goldfish, securely gated from the street. On arrival we were given a map, which was explained to us in detail, along with the numbers of the various buses to catch to The Vatican, Trevi Fountain etc. Having said that, Rome is very walkable and there is no need to use public transport, unless you are extremely tired after a long day sightseeing.
We were given a double room, which was actually two single beds pushed together, no problem with that as it was my daughter and I who were travelling. The room was quite small, but had everything we needed. We were close to the kitchen and bathroom. Both of which were very clean and tidy. We had access to a fridge, cooker and microwave and tea, coffee, milk and sugar were available for drinks at any time. A hairdryer was also provided in the bathroom and we were given two towels each (included in the price). The bedlinen was clean and fresh, but it wasn't changed during our three day stay, but we coped with this. The hostel is very well located in he Termini area, less than five minutes from the train/bus station. There are lots of eateries etc close by and we never felt in the least bit threatened at any time, even when returning to the hostel late at night. We had been advised to travel across to the Trastevere area for eating, as it is less expensive. On the night that we took the bus over there (one of the very few buses we boarded), we were very lucky to get a table at the Le Mani in Pasta restaurant without booking, and the meal was excellent and extremely good value. No wonder it is so popular, whilst we were there at least 20 people, in groups of varying sizes, tried to get tables. Be warned, the portions are huge, we shared the mixed anti pasti, and had a pasta dish each, plus a bottle of wine and coffees, total cost including service was less than 35 euros.
All in all we spent three wonderful days in Rome, which has so many sights that we only scratched the surface. We were lucky enough not to encounter any long queues, probably because we went mid week in October. Having been to Venice only four weeks earlier with friends, and paying almost £60 for two pizzas and four soft drinks in an out of the way pizzeria, I was very relieved to find that the prices in Rome were extremely reasonable in comparison. There is a large choice of street vendors, trattorias etc. and there is no need to spend a large amount of money keeping body and soul together. Even a meal for two in a restaurant very close to the Trevi Fountain cost just 50 euros, including wine.
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