Stayed here for three nights. The location is excellent. Nice easy stroll to the Colosseum, The Forum, the Palatine Hill. Easy walking distance to the Termini.
We had the Japanese room which has the ensuite, the room is a good enough size but with not many places to put your things. Also, as readers we found the bedside lighting inadequate.
The overpowering smell of plug in room fresheners was awful, we took the battery out of the one in the room, but there was another one in the hall. We understand why they're used, the cooking smells from other apartments were at times overwhelming. This room overlooks an alley with at least one kitchen backing on to it, we think maybe a restaurant.
There is an airconditioning unit in the room but there was no control for us to use it. The evenings were quite warm which meant the windows needed to be left open, in a crowded neighbourhood like this we found it quite noisy and as already mentioned a bit smelly. There is no traffic noise at all.
The room and bathroom are clean. Linen is clean and the mattress is comfortable but very soft. The wifi is good. The shower is adequate.
Breakfast is self serve, packet cakes, cereal, yoghut, milk, tea, coffee, juices, bread, jam and a toaster. The table is set with disposable cereal bowls and bread and butter plates with plastic knife and spoon. The odd thing is there is chinaware and stainless steel cutlery available which we chose to use.
The hostess is very friendly but lives elsewhere, if you need something you have to phone or email her.
All in all the location is the main reason we would stay here again and would choose the other room which is lighter and larger and looks out over the coutyard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ciao Bella Apartment is situated within a short walk from the Coliseum and the Basilica of S. M. Maggiore, where hospitality and friendship will frame your stay in this lovely apartment in the historical center of Rome. Located 150 meters from the Coliseum, surrounded by the historic park of Colle Oppio and the Domus Aurea, is well connected to other cultural and shopping areas as it's very close to the Metro stops Line A, B and Termini Train Station. The Ciao Bella is located on the 2nd floor of an old historic building, with its own concierge and elevator. There are two large bedrooms, each with ensuite facilities and decorated with great care and attention to detail: - The Sheherazade room creates a romantic environment thanks to the poetic four poster bed that will be surrounding your nights. - The Ikebana room takes you to the Far East with its authentic Chinese and Japanese paintings without renouncing to a touch of elegance and modernity.The kitchen compliments beautifully the two bedrooms. In the apartment you'll find many services: free wireless internet access, TV LCD, DVD player, A/C, fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms with shower, plus laundry facilities. Pick-up from the airport or railway station are also available upon request. ... more less