This is a very quaint B&B in Trastevere, and is situated on two separate floors in the building. The pictures make the rooms appear larger than they are, so we were a little dissapointed. But that's not to say the room was tiny -- it was adequate, and about the same size as some of the smaller hotel rooms in the States. The bed was comfortable, and once we figured out how to adjust the thermostat, the room temperature was comfortable as well. We did have trouble getting the free wi-fi to connect, and we had trouble getting the window/shutters to close all the way. There is a private bath, but there is absolutely no counter space in the bathroom for toiletries or to even set down a blow dryer. And be advised -- there is only one outlet in the bathroom. The "American" breakfast that is posted on their website is a basic continental breakfast. The dinning/breakfast room appears to be no larger than one of the guest rooms with five or six bistro tables crammed into it with a counter along one wall with food & coffee. The yogurt, OJ and milk were not kept cold in any way, so by the time we got there (9:30 or 10am), those items were room temperature. The staff, while very pleasant, spoke very little English. We actually had very little contact with them after we checked in; although they were helpful in arranging for a car (50 Euro) to the airport. The main reason we stayed here was the location. We wanted to be in a more "local" place rather than a tourist area, since we could walk to most all of the tourist attractions. Trastevere is within walking distance to everything -- if you are willing to walk. We walked along the Tiber River to the Vatican -- 20 minutes at best. There is a tram stop just a block away; the Piazza Santa Maria is just two blocks away; and around every corner there is a cafe/restuarant and shopping. The price was competitive with other lodging in the area at about 155 Euro (or $220) including all taxes. In this case, I think you get what you pay for -- it's budget B&B about the equivalent of Travelodge in the States.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- RIPA 145 B&B in Trastevere, situated in the ancient and picturesque districts of the Eternal City, offer you the possibility to find in a few minutes the Colosseum, Maximus Circus,the beautiful church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, San Crisogono and San Francesco a Ripa. Walking through its Trasteverini streets you can breathe ancient air, you'll be curious about the artisans who still work in the same places owned to his father and before him to his grandfather. ... more less
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