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Prati B&B and Prati Vatican Apartment
Via degli Scipioni, 135, 00192 Rome, Italy (Prati)   |  
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Ranked #1,041 of 2,893 Rome B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“When in Rome...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

After a long flight from Australia my friends and I were happy to be greeted by Alessandra! After traveling by the lift to our second floor apartment we were pleased to find a comfortable and spacious apartment with plenty of room for us.

The apartment was clean and simply furnished and we were given a tour by Alessandra who then sat with us and told us about some public transport options to help us get around Rome. While Alessandra's English is not 100% she tried very hard and was able to make conversation with us.

The plans for our holiday were to spend our first 3 days and last 4 days in Rome. We were overwhelmed and grateful to find a traditional Easter cake waiting for us when we returned for our second leg.

Overall the service we received from Alessandra exceeded our expectations. We had expected, like most rental apartments to pick up a key and be left to our own devices - but this was not the case.

We did not expect hotel style accommodation and service. We chose to rent an apartment, rather than book into a hotel to get a real experience of living like a Roman.

If you are looking to come to Rome and stay in an apartment, eat in an apartment and laze around all day then this is not the place for you - Why would you when you are in close vicinity of The Vatican, shops, restaurants and Ottiviano metro station. However, if your idea of a trip to Rome includes seeing the sights, visiting museums and eating lost of Pizza, Pasta and gelato then this is the ideal accommodation for you!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Krakow, Poland
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2011

Alessandra is a really nice person. The place (double blue room) was clean, cosy, warm(there was a heater) and had a big bed and tiny bathroom. We have been there for 6 nights and everything was always ok. This apartment is very close to the vatican and to the market place. We didn't use any public transport (we've been everywhere by foot) but it was also close to the bus stop and metro station(Ottaviano St. Pietro).
We would definately stay there again.
(the only thing was no kitchen to make some tea in the evening but you can manage it if you are creative enough)

Room Tip: doble blue room is good for a (young)couple
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abuja, Nigeria
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

i was in this apartment with my family, there service was very execellent, no noise, and the greatess is that you will feel at home. they are very friendly,cheerfull and careing. i like them and i promise to be lodging in there apartment when ever i visit rome

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Augustine, Florida
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

We rented the Prati B&B apartment. We've never stayed in a place like it, and have never had a host like Signora Bonaccorsi.

For starters, the website photgraphs are deceiving and are not an remotely accurate reflection on what you get. One description describes the place as a "lovely apartment" . Well, the apartment does have great bones and great location. That's about it. The building 's front hall, elevator, and stairway are dirty and dusty. The apartment is spacious, but it has not been maintained- it is grimy and needs to be painted (the paint is discolored in every room, it has nicks and dings and someone's tried to patch the paint, but it doesn't match, and it's really pretty gross). The floors need to be redone. The apartment needs to be given a deep and thorough cleaning and degreasing from top to bottom and under the beds. The scary part is the electrical system, which is old and, I venture, not safe. It certainly can't be up to code, and must be about 60 years old. The entire building was without power for 18 hours the last day we were there- no hot water for us on our last morning. Many of the outlets and switches in the apartment didn't work, the TV was jury rigged to the electrical outlet, which was one of about 4 things hooked up to it with extension cords. Ditto for the microwave, and on and on.).

Do not be deceived by the floor plan posted on some of the sites. One bedroom faces on to an inside courtyard, and is very dark all day long- needless to say the ceiling light is dim, as was the room light (which we moved to the living room in an attemp to get more light there.) The corner bedroom has windows facing two streets and the noise, even with the shutters closed and curtains drawn, is invasive- scooters, garbage trucks, automobile traffic are going 24/7. You can choose to either have the windows closed and have the room stuffy and sort of quiet, or to have the windows open a crack for fresh air and racket which makes Manhattan street noise sound pastoral. Our bedroom had two 20 watt bulbs for illumination, which made it impossible to read in bed or find anything out of the range of the weak light; the room had no ceiling light.

The kitchen is a typical, cramped Italian apartment kitchen, ditto the bathroom. No surprises there. The kitchen was an odd mix of clean in some areas and grimy in others. The bathroom was clean, although the bath and kitchen floor mats were filthy. It was obvious they had not been washed in months.

The pictures make the place look nice, with antique furniture. The piano was covered with a sheet, and we were told not to play it. The dining room table too high for the chairs and was uncomfortable to sit at. The sofa was covered with a throw; there were no other chairs in the main room except for the dining chairs. Most of the stuff on the walls- cheap African masks and wall hangings-- had been nailed to them and had a fine layer of dust across the top. Much of the other furniture in the other rooms was cheap and flimsy or looked like it had been parked there becuase there was no more space in the attic.

The beds were comfortable, but the sheets smelled musty, as if they'd been put away damp. Ditto for the towels. It's not so nice to get showered and then towel off with a stinky towel.

The television remote was partially broken and the television could not get a decent signal (may have had something to do with the jury rigged power supply or more likely the jury rigged cable access). It was on and working fine when we came in, but stopped when we turned it off and then back on. The Signora said she would send her husband to fix everything, and he never showed up.

Scattered through the apartments were signs like this one on the stove: "Please use with care. 500 Euro if damage occur thank you". There was the same sort of note on on the exercise equipment in the living room, the CD player with the broken lid in the living room, and a lamp, although the cost of damages were lower. Who does this woman rent to?

Now as for Signora Bonaccorsi: There's no one else like her.

The site says she speaks English. Her abilty to speak English is very poor, and we spoke the entire time in my poor Italian, which tells you something right there. Have no idea about her French or Spanish.

Signora is .......challenged by the hospitality business. We found it odd she was so aggressive when she met us at the beginning, and asked for her up front cash payment. (We now know realize this was done in an effort to put us off guard and for her to be paid before we realized what a dump we'd rented.) I am not sure who this woman rents to, but she seemed to think we were out to get her or wanted to rip her off. Her business plan is one of minimal work and minimal effort for as much money as she can possible get. We made an effort to pleasant and responsible renters, but she seemed to find us troublesome and a bother, and seemed to think it important that we know how she felt.

The key she gave us for the street door did not work.;we tried and tried to make it fit in the lock. We had to call her- it was the late afternoon of the first day we were there- and she came down to tell us what to do and also let us know we had disturbed her.

A day later we asked her for a stronger light in the living room, because one 40 watt bulb for a 14x14 room really does not give enough light. I asked her for a second dish towel and also asked if would be possible to have a new one every day. Signora said she could give me a second towel but that she would not give me a new dish towel every day. She said that that she changed her dish towel once a week and that would have to do for us as well. I could wash the towels out myself.

(Aftger that, we spent some time wondering what Signora's kitchen was like.)

And we did have to buy our own toilet paper and garbage bags. They were not provided.

The last night we were there, after the power had been off for hours, she brought is a candle (we'd gone to get our own at the tabacchi down the street so we could pack, or try to pack, in the dark) and a flashlight. And she kept telling us how the power outage was not her fault. We didn't hear any "I'm sorry", or "I apologize for the trouble", just "This is not my fault, this is not my fault". We knew better than to ask for a partial refund of the day's fee, since we felt such a request would have really set her off.

Now the ultimate:

We had made planswith her for the final inspection of the apartment the evening before we left. Our plans changed and I asked an Italian friend- another signora- to come and speak to Signora Bonaccorsi since I was not confident of my Italian, and because frankly I was afraid her. We knocked on her door, and when she finally opened it, I said, "Signora, I would like you meet this Signora" and pointed to my friend Silvia. Signora Bonaccorsi looked up and down at my friend and then said "E chi sei TU?" ("And who the hell are you?). I stepped in and said "She is a friend of mine, Signora", and Signora looked at my friend and said in Italian : "Well, you know, there are all kinds of strange people walking the streets around here.... and I thought maybe this woman ( head nod indicating me) had picked you up off the street."
For God's sake.
I don't pick up strange people on the street.
My friend Silvia is not a street walker.
If I were dumb enough to pick up a streetwalker, do you think I'd introduce her to Signora Bonaccorsi???

Who the heck does this woman think she is?

Stay away, stay away, stay away.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2011

Prati house on Via del Scipioni has an utterly central location. Though it was really close to the subway, we walked everywhere. There are many shops and supermarkets around, you can do your daily shopping very easily. It is a very big house. The bedrooms are almost as big as an individual hotel room. The kitchen and bathroom are new and spotlessly clean. All in all a very good place to stay when in Rome.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2010 via mobile

5 mins from Vatican and a metro station! Room was small but had everything you need (apart from tea and coder making facilities). Breakfast is brought to you at 8, it was nice enough and very large! The hostess was very nice and helpful. I would definitely stay here again.
Shelley, England

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jena, Germany
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2010

This B&B is clean, comfortable and in a very practical position, close to the metro. The quarter is also nice and not too caotic. It is definetly a good choice.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via degli Scipioni, 135, 00192 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Prati
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1,041 of 2,893 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Prati b&b and Apartment are located in a beautiful early 20th century building in the very central Prati district, near the Basilic and Museums Vatican. 50 mt from subway station of line A Ottaviano St Peter .Prati bb have 2 comfortable rooms: the yellow and the blue,and 1 romantic Apartment for 5 people.Don't miss this opportunity for a lovely stay in Rome. ... more   less 
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