We stayed 4 nights from 21st March to 25th March. We are a couple from Indonesia, somewhere near Bali.
We travelled as a couple on our annual honeymoon routines, which this year happened to be in Europe. So, Rome is the final city in our Europe tour which began from Paris, Milan, & Venice.
For the benefit of other fellow travelers, here is my most unbiased & honest review of the property - La Finestra sul Coloseo (The Window on Colloseum... I suppose)
First of all... all other extremely wonderful reviews from other travelers (which could be rather questionable in the beginning until you experience it yourself) are very true.
So here our story began...
We arrived in Rome from Venice to the nearest station to the B&B in Coloseo (yes this is the name of the station).
Right at your doorstep is Coloseo, so you get to see the treat before anything else :).
At the station exit, we turned left & walked for about 400 meters to via Labicana. Approximately 300 meters down the road toward the B&B .... a young, tall, handsome & cheerful man was already on the way & waved "hii" to us... I just guessed that he must be Aldo & also he did guessed us too. Then he immediately helped us with the heavy luggage (as we were traveling in Europe for 3 weeks).
The apartment is on the fourth floor of an old building with a small elevator... its a big help anyway if you are carrying some heavy suitcases. The entrance to the apartment in itself is not specifically awesome (or read "standard") ... but just wait until you are IN the La Finestra Sul Coloseo as it is written on a small plate on the wooden door...
Its a plush... from the first step in.
The common room lighting is a modern auto-on lamp which use motion sensors. So, there's no need for you to push even a single button - anytime.
The theme of the entire place is modern minimalist.
Aldo cleverly choose a very pleasing combination of a warm colored wooden floor & entirely white everything (the wall, the doors, the frames, the windows, the bed, the linens & the bathroom except for the ceiling & the tv :))
So everything other travelers photographed is entirely as it is. No less. Unfortunately, we did not get our own photos of the place... which we promised ourselves that we would get one, on our next visit.
Aldo is ever helpful not just ON-Site, but also before we arrived.
Booking was very easy. & Aldo also was helpful with some regulatory paperworks, as it was required for us to obtain the schengen visa.
From the previously negative experience with the host in Venice; we were wondering how would the host be in Rome. But the moment we met Aldo; our doubt instantly vanished.
Not only did he welcomed us in the middle of the street; he gave a helpful one-page map showing all the attractions Rome has to offer, plus the hands-on explanation of how to maximize the Roma Pass. So I sat down chatting with him for about half an hour on that topic alone; while my wife was settling down in the room.
Aldo is one of the best hosts ever. He prepared breakfast every morning, weekdays or weekend. So you are very well attended. The breakfast was sumptuous, with a wide selection of traditional Italian breads & of course the coffee. Aldo makes a darn-good coffee. We agreed with the other reviewers on this topic. His love of cooking certainly helps in this regard. My wife noticed that its the precise proportion of milk that was his secret :) He also offered us a strong-small cup Italian coffee which could kickstart your day (or even night if you are caffeine intolerant). But it is an experience worth trying :) Thumbs up Aldo !!!
The room was fantastically clean & spotless. 2 bottles of mineral water were served for us daily together with a basket of fresh fruits. Not to mention the Wine he provided On-The-House !!
& the room was immaculately cleansed by Roy, the housekeeper, daily, no if no but.... & no other B&B we ever stayed in Europe or elsewhere had this kind of standard. Very Hotel Like !!
More to our surprise, on the third day they changed the bed sheets & the towels with the new ones. Truly apart of the rest. Well done Aldo & Roy... Bravo.. keep up the good work guys !!
The shower was powerful. Hot water was also good. Room heater was good. Air Conditioner was powerful & fully functional. We did tried it, as it was a warm & sunny day in Rome & we happened to be on our last day in Rome & we were packing up.
Wifi was good. TV wise, we found no english channel. Amenities were complete. However, a kettle would have been very useful, which Aldo said would be available from April onwards. The only one thing we found rather annoying was the sound of the toilet bowl & we talked to Aldo about this. Anyway the toilet worked just fine, nothing wrong, just the noise.
The B&B is located almost exactly in the middle of 2 metro stations, each about evenly 400 meters away from the B&B. Bus stop to many other places of interests are only about 200 meters from the building. Our room is the Coloseo View Room & we could see it from our window just as other traveler pictured.
There are many restos nearby. We found "Panella" about 15-20 minutes walk from the B&B. Its a good buffet resto with a Happy Hour. I don't remember precisely where it was. But its an easy walk & you can ask Aldo the whereabouts.
We are already in Love with the B&B, Aldo, Roy, & the coffee too... so, definitely we'll be back to this place the very next time in Rome & would never hesitate to recommend the place to all others.
Grazie Mille... Aldo
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Via Labicana 72, "La finestra sul Colosseo" is a welcoming structure dipped in the wonders of Imperial Rome, a few steps from the Coliseum."La finestra sul Colosseo" is located in the heart of Rome near the Colosseum and the Fori Imperiali, is ideally situated in the immediate proximity of the Basilica of San Giovanni and Santa Maria Maggiore. The structure is also well connected thanks to the proximity of the Metro A (Manzoni stop to 700 meters) and Metro B (Colosseo stop 400 meters). The rooms are spacious and bright, elegantly furnished in order to combine the modern style of furniture with the most ancient of particular vaulted ceilings in ancient Roman style. ... more less