This B&B is really very special and beautiful, it is set amongst the pretty back streets in a nice part of town on a busy square. The entrance is through a lovely old wooden door, into a picturesque plant-filled courtyard, which It is peaceful and very 'Roman'. We stayed in the deluxe room which was stunning - high ceilings (wood-panelled) with beautfiul frescoes around the top sides, antique furniture and two lovely big shuttered windows over-looking the sqaure. It was huge! And very clean and comfortable. It felt very authentic and really added to our Rome experience! It's really a very special room - lots of character and so much nicer than some generic hotel room. I didn't see any of the other rooms but the rest of the B&B is very pretty (see photos) - a lovely central traditional courtyard, lots of lovely plants and other beautiful features.The breakfast room is very pretty but a bit on the small side (you might have to share a table with other guests if the B&B is full)
For the price you can't beat the location really - it is very central & in a buzzy little part of town with shops and restaurants on your doorstep. We walked everywhere from the B&B (literally everywhere - the Colosseum, Vatican, Pantheon, etc) but there is a tram line very close if you'd prefer. It is also an easy stroll (past a fab gelateria) over the river to Trastevere which is a beautiful area to stroll around full of perfect little trattorias. It's also very very close to the Jewish Quarter which is gorgeous - and the restaurants there are lovely (the speciality there is fresh fried artichoke, and courgette flowers stuffed with mozzarella & anchovies - yum!)
The staff at the B&B are lovely - we met 2 very friendly and helpful ladies, one who manned reception / breakfast (with perfect English) and another lovely girl who cleaned the rooms. We were very much given the keys and left to our own devices which is what we like - we came and went as we pleased - it was more like having a little apartment for the weekend then staying in a B&B. We felt very indepedent. So if you prefer more of a 24/7 hotel reception / concierge service then this is probably not the place for you.
The only slight dissapointment for me was the breakfast - it was just store-bought cakes, cereal, and some bread. It would have been nice to have just a bowl of fruit salad and maybe a few yoghurt pots, or just some bananas and apples! Just something fresh/healthy would have been nice. And like I said the breakfast room was very pretty but rather small, so we had to share a table once while we were there which is not my ideal when on holiday really.
Like I said the Deluxe room was stunning - although it was very clean (and it was thoroughly cleaned every day that we were there) it did smell a little musty but I think that is becase of the antique furniture and the age of the room. There was a lot of noise from the street - traffic noise and a bit of chatting/shouting, and also a huge clock that starts chiming at 8am every 15 mins! But I thought that added to the atmosphere. The street noise was a bit of a pain - but the room was so beautiful that we didnt really mind! But something to bear in mind if you are a light sleeper.
Overall I loved my stay here and I would love to go back - the location was unbeatable, the room and other communal areas were really traditional and beautiful, and the staff were lovely. A special place in Rome, especially for the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A special place in Rome Nestling in a small square in the heart of Reinassance Rome on the remains of the ancient city, the 16th century palace was originally built for the noble family Alibrandi. The 18th century additions and subsequent renovation over the centuries have but added to the splendour. For four generations the building has belonged to the family now offering their unusually attractive bed & breakfast rooms and selfcatering apartments for discerning visitors to Rome. Their constant concern is maintaining their same traditionally high standards and ensuring the wellbeing of their guests and visitors of Rome. Great attention is paid to detail: antique furnishings and quality decor alongside modern amenities as well as the friendly but discreet sevice, make this private dwelling a very special selfcatering apartment in Rome. Casa Banzo hospitality begins in the stunning reception hall, with its stained glass and vaulted frescoed ceiling, continues in the comfort of the selfcatering apartments or bed & breakfast rooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Banzo Hotel Rome
- Casa Banzo Rome