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“Mediocre stay.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Domus Elisa B&B

Domus Elisa B&B
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Ranked #1,517 of 3,641 Rome B&B and Inns
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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“Mediocre stay.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Conveniently located near the train station and within easy walking distance of all the major hot spots in Rome. Owner of the place was helpful and gave us a map on arrival; be aware that she doesn't speak much English (which is fine, we're in Rome, folks -- it just presents a challenge if you have particular questions). Wireless internet was handy. Bedroom and common area was clean. Our room was in the back so it was fairly quiet, just normal neighbourhood noises throughout the evening. Breakfast consists of a plastic-wrapped croissant, a cup of yogurt, jam, nutella, bread, corn or bran flakes, instant coffee or tea. The owner will make you espresso if you ask -- if you can find her. Everything is fairly old and well-used -- after pouring just-boiled water out of the electric kettle for tea, my teacup was treated to some extra chunks of scaly stuff from inside the kettle… rather unpleasant. Knowing what we know now, we'd probably just pay less to go somewhere without breakfast included -- we weren't all that pleased with the offerings here. Be aware also that if you're not in an ensuite room you'll be sharing the personal bathroom of the owner -- feels a little strange to be showering in a tub surrounded by a stranger's personal soaps and such. You'll really like staying here if you enjoy sleeping on a bed whose mattress tilts at such an angle that you're worried about rolling off at night; if you think that using a bathroom which lacks toilet paper pleasant (lacking toilet paper for over 24 hours, rather annoying); and if you find it exciting when you try to get into the building at 9 o'clock PM and your key breaks in the lock and you stand in the rain waiting for someone to leave so that you can get in the door because no one is answering the buzzer/telephone. Yeah. Not so fun.

We get it, the key wasn't the B&B's fault, but that plus a few other things left a bad taste in our mouths.

Room Tip: Quiet rooms are in the back! :)
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Me and my boyfriend have stayed in Domus Elisa for a week. The hostel is located really close to everything worth seeing in the city. Our "double" room had a little fridge - it was really convenient. But a fan was broken. If you need a hairdrier, you should ask hostess and she will give it to you. Bedsheets were clean, they were changed every two days or so. The room was noisy. Breakfasts were rather typical and became smaller and smaller each day. Forks and spoons were plastic. Bathroom was quite big, we had no problem with hot water or cleanliness there. In general we had a nice stay. Rome is beautiful and hostel was bearable :)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

We stayed in room 4 with the ensuite bathroom. Unlike rooms 1 - 3 which had ceiling fans, we had a little stand-alone fan which broke down on our arrival and was not fixed the four nights we were there. So it was really hot and sticky at night. However everything else including the breakfast was fine. I would certainly recommend Domus Elisa.

Room Tip: Room 4 is at the back and is very quiet at night, but make sure the fan works.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

This is a great hostel for couples or adults okay with sharing a bed. The rooms are cleaned each day and the washroom facilities are great. The free breakfast is typical and a nice inclusion to the cost. We found the room very noisy as it faces a busy street but it's safe and secure. The walls are thin so I recommend earplugs but we had an enjoyable stay. I appreciate the other reviews on how to find this place but we had no trouble thanks to everyone who commented on this entrance.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Great location - 5 minute walk to train station and just down the road is the colosseum and forum! We stayed in the room with ensuite with a little balcony. Didn't have any problems with noise. Breakfast was yummy with lots of choice - croissants, cereals, yoghurt, fruit and juice.

They have a little kitchen but nothing seemed to work in it! So no cooking in.

Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

We stayed here for 10 days and loved the cosy b&b! We walked everywhere which is very do-able if you're up early and have comfy shoes. The rooms aren't over the top but reasonable value for money. We were told we had a private bathroom and a tv but had neither - we didn't mind, as the lady who looked after us was so kind! Can't remember her name but she was lovely!

I found the mattress on the bed painful - sticking out springs and it got rather hot in the room.
If you're just exploring the city; saving pennies on the accommodation and spending more on sight-seeing and shopping, domus elisa is an excellent option.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Glasgow, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

Domus Elisa is situated on a busy road which is near the train station ,metro station and is in walking distance of the Colosseum.It is a good budget option when visiting Rome. Our room was clean and Sylvia was very friendly and did all she could to make our visit comfortable.There is no air conditioning but Silvia provided us with fans and gave us tips to keep our room cool.We had a private bathroom with hairdryer and our room was equipped with a small fridge.
Our room size was similar to other European budget hotels we have stayed in that is to say it was not big but we only slept in our room as we were out all day sightseeing.Our room was not on the main road so was not noisy but we cannot say if any of the ones on the main road were.
A continental breakfast was served in a large communal area and There was coffee making facilities in the small kitchen off this room.
As stated in previous reviews it is easy to walk past the entrance as it is a small bed and breakfast on the fifth floor of a residential block. The entrance way has marble steps and there is a tiny lift. We felt we were living like real Romans (modern day)
The neighborhood felt safe and there were lots of great places to eat nearby (Our favourite was Aquila Nera ) and the geletaria across the street was always busy as the ice cream was delicious.
i would stay here again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that is not on the main road as this will be quieter
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Domus Elisa B&B
Address: Via Cavour 124, 000185 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Monti
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Ranked #1,517 of 3,641 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Number of rooms: 3
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