We stayed at Arches in the Prati district of North-West Rome recently and found it to be spacious, well appointed and clean. Fabio and his staff were very friendly and helpful.
Our only problems were that some noisy building work was being carried out during our stay (should be finished by now) and that there was a lot of late night street noise, but this seems pretty typical of most of Rome. However the free and unlimited air conditioning meant that we could shut the windows and stay comfortable all night.
The location is surprisingly convenient despite its suburban postion because it is close to the Ottaviano Metro station and several main bus routes into the city. It is only about a 10 minute walk north of the Vatican and is on the second floor of an apartment block set amid shops, businesses and a lively street market which sells just about everything. This is a quite respectable area and at no time did we feel at all unsafe whilst walking the mile or so back from the city late at night; most of the time this was a very relaxing way to end the evening.
In fact there are many local bars and restaurants nearby which offer better food and value than many city centre establishments. In particular the family run "La Tavernetta" about 5 minutes walk away on Via Giulio Cesare was about the nicest restaurant we visited offering simple rustic cuisine in a very friendly atmosphere.
We would definitely stay here again. Check out the Metro map for line A. You will see that it runs from Ottaviano station (nearby) all the way to Anagnina station at the end of the line which is only about 4 miles away from Ciampino Airport. The short taxi ride should be quite cheap and the Metro fare would be only 1 Euro.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- B&B in the center of Rome, a short walk from the Vatican Museums Arches B&B features the largest and most comfortable rooms among most of the bed and breakfast in Rome! Located in the suggestive Prati quarter, less than 10 minutes walking from the appealing Vatican Museums and the St.Peter Basilica. It is managed by Fabio, Massimo and Paolo.>. A Bed and Breakfast in Rome with a Great location for any occasion The house is the ideal accommodation for those willing to study, to work, visit Rome and feel at home even away from their country. The B&B is served by all the public transport: bus stops are just at the corner; metro stations are just a 5 minute walk, (Ottaviano - San Pietro, line A). All the most important city attractions are at walking distance or extremely easy to get to. In Arches B&B you'll find comfort, functionality and a rich italian breakfast. Large comfortable bedrooms with private internal bathroom and veranda, air conditioning, 32" lcd television, free wi-fi connection, a fully-equipped kitchen and public living room with an internet point available throughout the day. Our merits: receptive, comfortable, central! We started up this bed and breakfast exhorted by our passion for hospitality and love for Rome - our beautiful city. Here our idea become a reality: strategic location combined with our best service! The same ingredients of our new Arches Inn With the same idea we also manage Arches Inn, our new bed and breakfast 2 minutes walking from Cipro-Musei-Vaticani station (Metro Line A) ... more less
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