The Baghirova in Rome is the perfect location for guests who want to see the city on foot. The Pantheon and Piazza Navona can be reached in less time than it takes to eat a gelato. One has to only open one's eyes to see something beautiful.
Room "B" was pristine clean and the bed was very comfortable. The closet allows for lots of storage and keeping the room uncluttered. The modern, spare decor was especially appealing after days spent enjoying Baroque art. The second-floor B&B is conveniently accessed by elevator. It is wise to note the names of retail stores at the corners of the B&B's location on Via di Campo Marzio; streets merge, and even a good navigator can wander. Security is excellent. I found the room to be quiet. (I sleep with earplugs, even at home.) The weather was sunny, dry, balmy and perfect in early to mid-May. We never closed the window.
Emails upon confirmation of the reservation provided detailed and accurate information. We selected the recommended taxi service at Fiumicino and were rewarded with an engaging driver who spoke English, did not smoke and gave us a charming tour en route to the Baghirova. Finding the address was not a problem. As advised in the email, I contacted our hostess, Leyla, upon arriving in Rome. (Having my cell phone's sim card switched out for a sim card programmed to operate in Italy helped avoid stressful situations that tend to occur during travel. All of this can be done before leaving home, saving the precious moments of vacation for exploring and relaxing.) After traveling through eight time zones it was very reassuring to hear Leyla's voice and know that she was expecting us. Leyla is warm, gracious, professional, available but never intrusive. Her English is quite good.
Reservations were made in October for a May visit. Perhaps, it is customary, but it was foreign to me, payment - minus the deposit paid by credit card to hold the reservation - would be made in cash/ euros upon arrival. I was skeptical, but it worked out just fine.
Breakfasts are served in the room. Leyla is punctual and accommodating of morning schedules that may vary according to ticketed events. A sofa and coffee table allow for a leisurely enjoyment of yogurt, juice, pastries, toasts with butter and jam, coffee or tea - a very pleasant way to begin a vacation day.
It is a B&B, but the third, unspoken, "B" matters. The nice sized bathroom, like the rest of the room was immaculate. Necessary instructions are posted in several languages for the new, environment-friendly fixtures. This is Europe; there is a bidet. No need to pack a hair dryer. The shower offered plenty of hot water at full pressure. My husband and I are "sixty-somethings" and had no problem with the small step up into the shower. The shower is narrow by American standards; perhaps 20 inches wide, and slightly longer. Just don't drop the soap. (This is vacation. If I'd wanted an American experience, I'd have stayed home.)
The five nights at the Baghirova set the tone for a spectacular visit to Rome. Thank you, Leyla!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Baghirova in Rome occupies a prestigious location in the historic heart of the Eternal City between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. The property is located on the first floor with elevator in a noble palace built in 1555. ... more less
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