I had my first trip to Rome recently and was looking for a convenient, safe and reasonably priced place to stay while I was there. I came across B&B Smart and it seemed to fit the bill perfectly! As soon as I made my reservation, the innkeeper Isabella emailed me with some information about my stay.
I flew into FCO and took the Leonardo Express train that runs every 30 minutes to Termini station. The B&B is only a 5 minute walk from the station, but I got a little lost! Isa provided good directions, but I am a little directionally challenged and ended up making my first turn from the wrong street. Luckily, my iphone's GPS "point me there" option helped me to get back on track and I made it to the B&B! Note: When exiting Termini station, find via Giolitti and turn so the station is on your right. Walk down Giolitti until you come to via Cavour (just to the end of the station, before you get to Piazza dei Cinquecento), and turn left onto via Cavour. Follow that down to via Farini and make a left. B&B Smart is just a few doors up that block right past the police station. You can get there a few different ways, but I found this one to be the easiest!
I found B&B Smart on the buzzer and Isa let me in, then came to greet me at the elevator door. She took me straight to my room to sit my things down, then I stopped out to check in. She was very sweet and suggested many sites I could see on my one day in Rome, drawing up on a little map she had. She also suggested a place where I could eat that evening, as I was starving but didn't want to go far. She asked what time I wanted breakfast in the morning, and brought a lovely breakfast (egg, fruit, chocolate croissant, yogurt, coffee, juice, milk, "to go" pastry) to the room at that time.
The room was very large, clean, and had a nice big window facing the courtyard. The weather was very nice, so I did not pay additional for the air conditioning, but I did sleep with the bathroom fan on, as it was almost too quiet for me! Seems like a silly thing to complain about, but I needed a bit of white noise in the background. The A/C might be a nice option for that as well. The water pressure in the shower was very nice for European standards, and the water got nice and hot. There is no fridge or TV in the room, but there is a shared fridge, microwave and TV in a little sitting room / common area that you can use if needed.
I have no complaints about B&B Smart, and would definitely stay there again. It was also quite novel to feel like I had my own little flat in Rome for a few nights! I loved the whole process of going through the various doors, hopping in the cage elevator, etc. It was a great experience! If you want a luxury hotel with all the amenities, then this is not the place for you. But if you are looking for a nice, clean, safe spot to lay your head for the evening... and a very hospitable host, then definitely give B&B Smart a try!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- B&B Smart offers good location in the centre of Rome, huge, quiet and clean rooms, great value and professional, kind and helpul staff!It is perfect for visitors looking to see Rome for less, providing a friendly welcome, comfy bed and hearty breakfast right in the centre of Roma. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- b&b Smart
- Bed And Breakfast Smart Hotel Rome