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Review of Relais Banchi Vecchi

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Relais Banchi Vecchi
Ranked #2,601 of 3,732 Rome B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Well worth trying”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2005

Well worth trying - we arrived having been collected by a car organised by Milena. Slightly nervous on arrival but after experiencing the circular lift and Milena's hospitality started to relax!! The room (No 2) - yes it is very dark and the bed very uncomfortable and the street incredibly noisy - especially on Saturday night when half of Rome seemed to be partying outside our window!!! Needless to say an excellent location, delicious room delivered breakfast and wonderful to be able to make coffee and hot chocolate on the little stove top!! The area is absolutely perfect and so pretty with wonderful shops within a 2 minute walk - bought most of my Christmas presents just in the area alone!! Experienced some wonderful meals, also within walking distance and having been an avid fan of Paris which we visit at least three times a year (partly because of the convenience of Eurostar from London) I am now totally hooked on Rome and cant wait to return. Whilst a little more luxury would be great I think, at the end of the day the BV would be our choice again if not just because of the price and perfect location.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Exton, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2005

Rome was the first stop on our trip to Italy this past October. We were nervous about finding the B&B, however, after leaving the airport, we were able to find a shuttle into the city by where you would take the train into the city (worth every euro...only 20 euro/pp). Our driver was able to locate the B&B, and even walked us up to the door. I was a little hesitant from the short walk from the main street down the cobblestone alley to the front door, but the B&B was simply wonderful! We were greeted by Milena, who was very helpful with giving us some ideas on where to eat and where to go. It was good to have seen her the first day, because that was the only time we did see her. She showed us up to our room....via an elevator - very uncommon in Italy. Granted, the elevator could barely fit my husband, myself, and our suitecases...but it saved us from lugging them up the stairs. You'll like that feature if you tend to overpack like me.

The room was very clean, looked exactly like the pictures on the B&B's website, and faced Via Banchi Vecchi. There was a lot of street noise from all of the mopeds driving by during the day, but at night it was very quiet. We liked its close proximity to the Vatican City, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Campo di Fiori. We liked Trastevere, and would have gone there more, but it's about a 40 minute walk from the B&B.

The first morning that we used our breakfast coupons, we were a little confused as to which coffee bar we were supposed to go to, since there was no name on the coupon Milena gave us. However, after one wrong stop we made our way to the right one... There are only a couple coffee/breakfast stops that it could have been. You just tell the guy at the cash register that you want to use the coupons, have a seat, and they bring you the latte and pastries. We left a couple Euros as a tip, but no one else seemed to be doing that.

The only thing that didn't work in our room was our little mini fridge. We had some water in there that never did get below room temp.

There's also a restaurant directly across from the B&B, but there's no sign with its name, no hours, and no menu...but it was busy every night, and smelled delicious. Overall this B&B is a bargain in price for both quality and location to the top Roman tourist stops.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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7 Thank mmbarb
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Brooklyn, NY
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2005

I was a little nervous about staying at a Bed and Breakfast on my first trip to Rome, but everything was great. Only problem was street noise from some construction, but that wasnt the hotels fault. Really nice rooms, super clean and big with a great bathroom and comfortable beds (and the pillows were fine). I agree with the other review about the bath temperature. It seems like the tub itself zaps all the heat out of the water. Excellent value. Location is great. Quick walk to campo and Navona areas as well as trastevere, vatican etc. Buses are very easy and right around the corner. I stayed at another cheap hotel and it was nowhere near as nice.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank goingtoROMA
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Waterloo, Canada
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121 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2005

Stayed here July 14 and 15. Booked 2 rooms. Place was a little difficult for limo driver and people in the store at 115 were not at all helpful yet they had to know what we were looking for, considering their back door opens into the building entry as well. Anyway Newton was available to let us in when we did find it. Cute building. Has an elevator. Rooms basic, but clean. Wooden beamed ceilings. Pillows need replacing tho, thin and worn. Bed was comfy. Bathroom was very well appointed, towels plentiful. Little hotplate for tea. Breakfast at a cafe next door. Basic continental , it was fine for us. On the Sat. morning Newton served breakfast in the room which was much better. Bigger cups of cappucino and the croissants were nicer. Location is good. Walking distance to Vatican, P.Navona, Trevi, Spanish Steps and we had our 2 kids with us.Really we have no complaints. Rate was 125 euros per room per night. Expensive by Canadian standards for the calibre of hotel but cheap and well worth it by Roman standards. I would rate it equivalent to a 2 star in Canada. The ideal would have been if it was a little closer to P. Navona but then we have had to pay much more. We also stayed at Residenza Canali (will post a review), but of the 2 Banchii Vecchi was a better value for money in terms of accomodations provided.

Stayed July 2005
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4 Thank Sungirlxxxx
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Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2005

What can i say? The rooms of this Bed and breakfast were really great!! Very clean, spacious, with very nice furniture... i really liked them!!
Of course i can't say that 140€ for a b&b is a real bargain but... this is Rome! And in comparison to mediocre hotels in higher prices i would definitely stay there again!
The only downside was the area. It's very close to Campo dei Fiori and 5-10min walk to Piazza Navona, but i can't say that it's my favorite part of Rome. It was my second trip there and i definitely prefer the Pantheon Area or even the Spanish Steps. But if you want to stay in that part of Rome, then i would definitely recommend it!!!!

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank cristina30
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Kentucky
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2005

This was a great little find! A small, quaint bed and breakfast in a very central area of Rome. It is located off a small side street that is a little hard to find. Once we got there, we loved it! Our room was large and spacious and was cleaned thoroughly each day. We walked everywhere from here-Colesseum, Forum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Vatican and only took a taxi to and from the train station on our way into and out of town. There are numerous restaurants/wine bars nearby to choose from and also some good shopping areas. Be sure to try Blue Ice Gelato in the Camp di Fiori!! I highly recommend this bed and breakfast and had a wonderful visit.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
6 Thank KYHome
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2005

My husband and I stayed here in Feb 05. We were'nt sure what we were getting into staying in a bed and breakfast but were pleasantly surprised. It was immaculate, I mean eat off the floor clean. I've stayed in 4 stars in the U.S. that were dirtier!! Our flight was delayed almost 8 hours and the owner was still there waiting for us to check us in. Our room was cleaned daily and we had a nice continental breakfast free everyday. Our bed was very comfortable and the heat worked wonderfully. There was no telephone in the room which normally wouldn't have mattered but, we had lost luggage and had to keep calling the airport from payphones that seemed to always eat our coins. The fridge was great for water and coke to keep cool since the Europeans seem to have a problem with using ice in drinks!!!
The location was in a safe area and the bus stop within close walking distance. (Trust me, I hate to walk to the mailbox). Small store on the corner for incidentals. The directions we got off the web site to get to the room were difficult though. When it said to get off the bus and cross the square, there were 5 streets to choose from. Needless to say, we did some wandering when we got off the bus. I think the only deterrent from staying here is that you feel a little isolated being there is no front desk. You have keys to the front door to come and go as you please. If you have any problems though, malena the owner will give you her cell number and you can get ahold of her at any hour.

  • Stayed February 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
7 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Property: Relais Banchi Vecchi
Address: Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 00186 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori , Ponte
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Ranked #2,601 of 3,732 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
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Number of rooms: 6
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