Do not risk having a mediocre time in Rome by staying anywhere else but Il Boom!
Rome is by far my favorite city in Europe, but if you stay somewhere overpriced and middling in the touristic center, the city can leave a bad impression as being stiflingly hectic, bad value, and overrun with tourists, to whom the area caters, but for whom some locals have a thinly veiled (if veiled at all) disdain.
Il Boom, and the owner Angelo, are in a class above. First of all, he's a Roma fan, as the little tile next to the door attests, so you know he's a good guy. And he is warm, welcoming, and eager to share his favorite things to do and see in the city.
The B&B is a two story flat in a beautiful building on Via Dandolo, a classy tree-lined street which snakes its way up the Gianicolo hill from Trastevere to Monteverde Vecchio. Maybe you've read in Rick Steves or elsewhere that the Gianicolo is "Rome's Balcony". It's true, the best views of the city are from the hill, which is like a calm, shaded oasis above the incessant hustling below. Our morning walk every day took us up through the Villa Sciarra, a small park right next door to Il Boom. In ancient times there was a temple to the exotic Syrian goddess there. You can peek through the fence at some always-ongoing excavations right next door to the B&B.
The decor of the B&B was very cool, with classic Italian movie posters and a hip vibe. We stayed in the Magnani room. It was very comfortable. Comfortable bed, great view from the window out to the street below and the city beyond. Don't be nervous about the fact that the private bathroom is not technically "ensuite". It was directly across the hall, not an issue at all. The hall was very private too. The bathroom was great! Very spacious with a deep jacuzzi and nice shower.
Upstairs was a little kitchen where breakfast was laid out. It opens onto the terrace balcony, with another terrace on the roof. Angelo's pet cats were sweet and fun, and so were the turtles on the terrace.
I cannot reiterate enough how wonderful the location is. It is footsteps from the bus stop, so if you don't feel like walking, you're still close to everything. But nothing is better than meandering down the hill into Trastevere. If you don't want to walk, the 44 takes you to the center, Piazza Venezia, and the 75 takes you to Termini station. If you're tired after a long day of site-seeing, the same buses will take you back and drop you off at the stop right by your B&B. If you take the bus a little further up the hill, just past the walls, and get off at Via Carini, it will drop you off at the door of the BEST Roman-style pizza al taglio in the city, "Da Simone". The margherita is always fresh and amazing. I also have to give a shout-out to Gelateria Miami in Piazza Cucchi, also a short walk up the hill from Il Boom. The gelato around the Pantheon gets into the guidebooks, but Miami is better.
Rome was our last stop and Angelo arranged a taxi for us to the airport in the morning. There is a flat rate to the airport from here because the B&B is inside the Aurelian Walls. Angelo warned us to only pay the flat rate, but Rome's taxi drivers are notorious. I don't think I've ever ridden in one without the driver attempting to overcharge.
I don't think I'll stay anywhere else in Rome after this visit. The B&B was comfortable, cool, and fun, it was perfectly located, close to everything but up away from the crowds, the fanny-packed tour groups, and overpriced tourist restaurants. Rome is not usually a "relaxing" place to visit, but with Il Boom, you can escape, enjoy the serenity of a rooftop terrace, and dip your toe in the beautiful chaos below at your leisure.
- Also Known As:
- Il Boom - Il Bed `n Breakfast Hotel Rome
- Il Boom - Il Bed `n Breakfast Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bed & Breakfast IL BOOM is in a large apartment (where owners’ family lives) located on the attic floor and penthouse of an early 20th-century building, without lift/elevator, offering a breathtaking view over Rome. Up to 2005 this apartment has been just our home. We restored it with our taste and passion for the three decades (fifties, sixties, seventies) when Rome and Italy made progress and opened up to the world and culture. We tried to save what we could (vintage floors, ceilings, doors, full-length window), and maintain the Roman atmosphere of our place. One of the unique feature of our apartment are the two splendid terraces, equipped with deck-chairs and umbrellas, where guests can sunbathe and enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the Eternal City. On-site amenities furthermore include a comfortable lounge/kitchen, a PC with internet access, and wireless Internet access throughout the apartment. The Bed and Breakfast IL BOOM enjoys an excellent position in the heart of Rome, on the legendary Gianicolo Hill, along a beautiful tree-lined avenue in the charming Trastevere district, one of the city's most ancient and picturesque neighbourhoods. We are located in a quiet and secluded residential area, at a few minutes walking from the most important artistic, archeological, cultural sites of the city.Vatican City is just across Gianicolo Hill (half an hour walking through Fontanone - a monumental fountain - and Piazza Garibaldi - the most beautiful view of the city. Campo de Fiori, Piazza Farnese, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Tiber Island, Campidoglio, all the historical center is just under our place. Restaurants, pizzerias, bars, pubs, any kind of shops are at five minutes walking. And we have also very efficient and close public transportation (daily and nightly): Bus 44, 75, 870, H; tram 8. The Bed and Breakfast Il Boom offers 3 spacious double guest rooms (Loren, Magnani and Vitti), each featuring an elegant private bathroom and ample wardrobes. Individually decorated in an attractive 50's, 60's and 70's style, the rooms are named after three famous Italian movie stars of that period: Anna Magnani, Sophia Loren and Monica Vitti. Each room is large and very light, with high plastered ceiling. Room Loren is the quietest one because it gives onto Villa Sciarra (a small public park) and nearby gardens. It features a small private en-suite bathroom with shower, and a flat screen TV. Room Magnani has a window with a wonderful view over Rome. It features an external (just in front of the room itself) very large private bathroom with large jacuzzi bathtub and shower. It has a flat screen TV. A single bed can be added. Room Vitti has a balcony and a window with a wonderful view over Rome. It features an external (just outside the room itself) private black & white bathroom with shower. It has a flat screen TV, and a double sofa bed. All accommodations are strictly non-smoking and equipped with independent air conditioning, centralized heating, hair dryer, and wireless Internet connection. A delicious self-service continental breakfast, with home-made cakes and biscuits, toasts, jam, yogurt, fruit juice, milk, tea and coffee, is at guests' disposal in the kitchen. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the dining area or on the outdoor terrace, whenever you prefer, at any time until 1 p.m. ... more less
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