My mother and I stayed here for six nights in the Spring of 2014. It was really nice. The rooms were very clean and located really close to the colosseum and Maria Maggiore. Giorgio was an excellent host and had many great recommendations for the city. Breakfast was excellent with croissants, Easter sweet bread, cereal, yogurt, bread, juice, tea, and espresso made by Giorgio. It is also right down the road from Gelateria Fassi, which has the best gelato in the city. I would highly recommend Domus Elisa to everyone.
Very clean and tidy. Breakfast was really, really nice. The only downside was that we chose one room for three people and we had hardly any room. I'd highly recommend to stay there. It was very close to Termini station as well as Colloseum.
My gf and I stayed here for 6 nights.
The greatest thing for Domus Elisa is its location. It is ten mins away from Termini train station and also ten mins away from Colosseo. If you prefer to take the subway, it is 3 mins away from Cavour Station. The laundry is just downstair, it is really convenient given that this hostel doesn't provide the washing machine.
Second, they provide the easy breakfast every morning at the time you prefered. The breakfast consists of milk, cereal, bread, croissant, yogurt, juice, chocolate cookie and the jam for the bread. They also provide the instant coffee at the table that you can use it at any time you want.
Moreover, they have the basic kitchen but no induction cooker. We also have one small refrigerator in our double room, we can basically make our lunch for these six days.
The bathroom is always clean, as well as the living room. The hostel host will clean the your room everyday. The host just lives in the opposite apartment that you can easily contact her.
The only drawback here is that the internet is not very stable here, it is worth to improve it.
If you want the clean, simple and convenient stay in Rome and with the reasonable price, Domus Elisa is a wise choice. It costs about 75 euro (plus tax) for a double room with the private bathroom, it turns out to be a fair price in Rome.
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Domus Elisa for 6 nights in April 2013. The room was clean and comfortable with a lovely view up and down the Via Cavour. There was a nice complimentary breakfast set out in the early hours of the morning of coffee, tea, yoghurt, cereal, and pastries (perfect since we got up super early for the papal audience on the Wednesday). There was a communal bathroom that was always clean. The location is brilliant: less than 10mins from the main train station/airport bus stop and a mere 5min walk from St Mary Major. The only downside is that it an be a wee bit noisy due to the traffic below (well, it's Rome after all, get used to it!). Overall, it's great value for money and I will definitely be back for my next trip to the Eternal City.
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.