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“Friendly Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Via Della Stazione di San Pietro 22, 00165 Rome, Italy (Trastevere)   |  
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Ranked #1,579 of 2,892 Rome B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

My wife and I stayed here while visiting Rome for our Honeymoon in Oct 2011. The price of the room fit the quality of the room, nothing extravagent or special, just a small clean bedroom and bathroom. The location was good, walking distance to the vatican, you can actually see St Peter's when eating on the balcony outside. The hospitality and service of the owner/manager Francesca is what made this stay memorable. Every morning she prepared us breakfast and she would sit with us to chat about what our plans where for the day and suggest places to see and things to do. She had great insite about the city. By the time we left we felt like we had become friends. We had a great time, and would definetly stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur
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34 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

We booked this place mainly because of the budget rate. Firstly, it is very close to Vatican but far from other attractions especially those on the other side of Tiber River. However, there are bus stand and train station within a few minutes walk from the B&B. The B&B is located away from main road so it is actually quite quiet and peaceful.

Generally, the provisions of the B&B commensurate with the price. We stayed in the "Green" room. It is spacious, no balcony but Vatican dome is visible from the room window. The B&B has free wifi. The shared bathroom is okay. However, the breakfast was not enticing and the cleanliness of the room and bathroom need to be improved.

We arrived at the B&B early just to leave our luggage. We are thankful for that arrangement. We had some problems contacting the B&B staff at the main gate but we've got them after all. We were greeted by a very friendly tall and skinny guy (cannot recall his name). We actually booked Colessum room which has a balcony but we were informed on that day that the room was over-booked. We were given Forum room instead. However, due to some admin errors again, we have to move to "Green" room which is at the opposite block of the building. It was so confusing!

In short, this B&B is okay if you are looking for a place to shower and sleep. More than that, I guess you should look at other alternatives.

  • Stayed July 2011, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Alvesta, Sweden
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

We stayed here in June 2011 and were satisfied with room and our host. i think his name is Corado. Very pleasant, spoked english and we get breakfast at ordered time.

Room we reserved didnt have church view, but we didnt pay either for such kind of room. We didnt find directly when we came. I dont remember that i ve seen any sign from the street so it taked some time before we found some person and get our room. But this is typical for Southern Europe.

Very nice room, nice location easy to reach center and airport.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

Avoid this B&B. Room was shabby, bed most uncomfortable and the breakfast consisted of packed pastries from the supermarket and toasts. No tea is available. The bathroom which serves also as a laundry room has a mixture of fittings and nothing which resembles real soap is provided. True it is extremely close to the Vatican and St Peters all the more reason to provide accommodation which is clean, comfortable and well maintained.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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fmxxxx, Proprietario at Casa Franci Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, October 6, 2011
Thank You for you review.
May I point out that this guest really requested a hotel set upon arrival, composed by slippers, toothbrush, bathing gown, and shaving tools. He wanted a wake up call and asked for a cooked breakfast at his own desired time. Incredibly, he also stated that the trip to the airport was included in the room rate !
The decoration of our B&B was not up to standard and we are profoundly sorry. We will certainly update the listing of our B&B as "shabby". This guest paid an incredible rate of EURO 50 per night in peak season in October. Finally, we may advise our guest to book the Hotel Excelsior for that rate next time. He will certainly find the proper "soap" and no laundry in his bathroom !
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

We stayed- I think in the Tiber Room- (it was next door to the Colosseum Room) which listed there was a balcony upon which to eat breakfast. This is a little misleading - as the balcony was for the Colosseum Room and we had a door to their balcony...which i could only see as totally awkward- to sit at their table in front of their room. It was not like the balcony was also in front of our room - we would definitly be in "their space".

The room and bathroom were adequate. The breakfast was nice - fresh pastry, milk and cereal and juice.

We were very safe - as there were alot of keys and gates to pass through if you got back after dark.

There was a room safe. Easy accessibitly to train station and bus #64 which runs a main route. About a 10 min walk to Vatican City.

The view from our room was mostly of the train station and the hills beyond that. If you stuck your head out of the window and looked left you could see the Vatican. Not sure where the picutre on the site was taken from, but not our room.

The stay here was fine. Really the only disappointment was we thought we had a balcony and we did not. Be sure to ask for the Colosseum room or perhaps there are others with a balcony if that is what you are wanting.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

It's truly awful, Everything was not as described. Balcony does not have any Basilica's view as promised. AC on the wall does not work, the blanket is old and wornout.
Soap is terrible that I used my own. Dirty, they don't clean the bath room everyday, they just put it to look as if it was cleaned. Terrible and worst nightmare experience. No table in the room.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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fmxxxx, Owner at Casa Franci Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, September 19, 2011
September 19, 2011

Dear Sirs,First of all we would like to thank you for taking the time to say a few words about your recent stay.
We understand what you had experienced during your stay was unpleasant and realize that this aspect is very important to you ( Room product not satisfactory, breakfast quality poor , staff service not enough helpful).
Any suggestions or opinions related to our service are highly taken into consideration and, if in any way this service can be improved, be well assured that our will is to achieve this goal. My staff and I would like express our apologies for the inconveniences caused. We aspire to certain essential priorities, satisfaction and impeccable service. We regret if these aspects were not achieved and we will definitely work on what you’ve kindly pointed out in your comment to improve ourselves and our service. Once again we apologize for the troubles caused and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you again.
Best regards
Franci
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Singapore, Singapore
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

We stayed here for 4 nights. It is located a distance away from the main Rome city area, but is it EXTREMELY close to the Vatican. 5-10 minutes walk and you will be at St. Peter's square.

The BnB is located right next to St Pietro Train station. It cost 0.90eur for a ticket from Rome Central station to this station. There is also a bus service, 64, that runs from Rome Central station to St Pietro station. It's our favorite bus and it cuts through the city central, passing a couple of attractions along the way.

Despite what the previous review said, I felt rather safe when in this neighborhood. The apartment complex does not look old or shoddy. There are a few good restaurants in the area too. I recommend the Chinese restaurant for cheap and nice food.

Even though we arrived here at 8-9pm, our host, Cezar, came straight down to meet us directly and showed us our room. Cezar speaks excellent english, and helped us with directions when we asked him. The room isn't very small, and there is a balcony overlooking the St Peter's Basilica. Note though, that the balcony is shared with other rooms.

Breakfast is excellent. They would leave a trolley cart outside the room for us to push in and have breakfast in the room. We tried to eat in the balcony, but it got a little to bright and hot as the summer sun is pretty strong. Breakfast consist of an assortment of bread/pastries, juice and coffee.

One minor note is that the BnB does not have Wifi, so we have to go to a local bar that has free wifi to connect to the internet. But other than that, it is a very good place to stay in Rome. Would recommend people with a budget and doesn't mind travelling a short bit to the main Rome city centre.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Della Stazione di San Pietro 22, 00165 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Trastevere
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1,579 of 2,892 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located in the heart of Rome Tourist centre, a few steps away from Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica. What distinguishes us from other hotels and Bed & breakfasts is the spectacular head-on view of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica from our balcony. We offer two rooms, one of which with the balcony and view. We are are within walking distance from most tourist sites and very well connected to public transport. ... more   less 
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