First, I'd like to apologize to Giuseppe for taking 2 months to write our review. He and his parents were so gracious and helpful. We're kind of solo explorers and like to see where the day and adventures take us so we were concerned about how we'd feel being in 'shared' spaces.
Giuseppe was on a well deserved and needed weekend break but he was sure to be there when we arrived as well as the day we left. His parents, who speak almost zero English, filled in to help him - and his guests - out. They were lovely, helpful and passionate about Italy.
The B&B was super clean, the coffee each morning was Fantastic and make-it-yourself in a machine sort of like a Keurig but better. They had fresh yogurt, light pre-packaged meats, fruits, muffins and breads each morning. If you have an issue climbing stairs then please note that there are 4 flights of stairs. It was great exercise but if you are adverse to going up and down a lot...you might want to re-think things a bit.
The locks on the doors were crazy. We finally figured out which way, how how many turns, to go on our last day. One night I swear it sounded like we were trying to break in based on our lock turning inability.
My husband, Shawn and I, explored a very large part of Rome in just 4 days. I will say that we felt as though the street Cibele is on is really hip and we'd absolutely stay there again. There is this hang out area that all the younger people go to near a fountain around the corner. Each night there are tons of empty beer and wine bottles all around it and by morning they are all gone. It's a great spot to people watch.
While we LOVED the food in Rome our very favorite food (if you call it that) was about 10 fee from the door of our B&B. It's Gelateria dell'Angeletto. A little Gelato shop run by the owner who hand crafts the gelato. It's been 2 months and I still can't get his Pistachio Gelato out of my mind. We've purchased every kind of Pistachio in the big and small stores here in Washington State but nothing, and I mean Nothing, compares. Giuseppe recommended this shop to us and we ate there 3 times. YUM!
The area felt very safe, the buildings were old and beautiful and the people were fun and pretty friendly. No worrying about speaking English in Rome...unless you go into a purse shop - good luck trying to explain that your Mom (in this case I was calling her Mama) wanted Snake or Alligator bags - not ones with fringe or any other style. It was pretty funny though trying to communicate her desires.
The price was great for the quality of the B&B, morning breakfast options, private shower and bathroom. We had the "Air" room (the one with the orange) and it was really nice. There's a balcony to sit on, the blinds shut to make the room light free (which came in handy when we wanted to take a nap midday one day) and they are eco-friendly which we loved.
The ONLY complaint is the bed. It was hard to cuddle. The bed feels as though there are two twins put together so the center rides up a bit and cuddling is a bit uphill and not super comfortable.
There is a housekeeper who comes in to clean each day around 11am. This street has a ton of restaurants all varying in pricing and quality. The shops were interesting and this appears to be an artistic type of area.
We were only a 5 minute walk from the Colosseum which was super convenient and also easy to find on our nightly walks back. We only took a cab from Termini Station to Cibele and then to the airport upon our departure. We walked everywhere. Wait...I just remembered that we did take a taxi from Vatican city back to Cibele because that was a super long walk and that's the day we wanted to take that midday nap.
Again, thank you to Giuseppe and his parents for a lovely stay. We'd happily come back and try another of your rooms and even bring our kids for a stay. We highly recommend staying at Cibele!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cibele Bed&Breakfast is situated at the second floor (no elevator) of an ancient building right in the middle of the lively Rione Monti, the first quarter of the Capital. Just few minutes walk from the Colosseum, the Imperial Forum, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Quirinale hill and many other famous monuments and areas of the city. The neighborhood is constellated by excellent restaurants, chic shops, trendy venues and it is perfectly served by public transportation (buses and metro station Line B). ... more less
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