This was our last hotel stop on our tour of Europe, and it sure was a let down, and one of the worst places we stayed.
First of all, if you are going to be taking a taxi here, keep in mind that this bed and breakfast is technically outside the city walls, so you may be charged extra than the advertised rates on the sides of the taxi. We were completely ripped off by a taxi driver just coming from the train station, so just keep that in mind.
Continuing on about location, this was not bad, nor was it great. This is in a non-touristy part of the city, where real Romans live. So if you want an authentic experience, you're in the right place. We loved the restaurant right below the B&B. But no one spoke English. Other restaurants around were also great, but again... no one spoke English, so keep it in mind if that matters to you! We didn't mind, and it gave me a chance to practice my meager Italian! The B&B is close to a major bus stop, so it made getting into town really easy. There is even a vending machine at the stop for tickets. We rode it everyday to get to the different attractions.
When we arrived at the address for the B&B, we saw a sign that said "Bed and Breakfast" for the building, but the name was different than "San Michele a Porta Pia". We buzzed it anyway since nothing else looked right. We were buzzed up and entered into the B&B on a higher floor. A young man there who spoke some English helped us check in. There was a nice breakfast room at that location and it looked nice. BUT... he took us downstairs, outside, and to an adjacent building, up a couple of floors to a completely different location for our room and gave us three sets of keys to get in the building, the main doors, and our room door. This would have been fine except.... we never saw another living soul our three nights we stayed there. We felt pretty abandoned. Literally no one else- no other guests, no owners, no cleaning people, nothing. We didn't have breakfast in our room rate, so I am assuming that is why we were put somewhere else... but still... it was weird, and we felt very alone. Our room was cleaned everyday though, so someone must have been there at some time.
On a positive note, the room was nice. Average size, clean, looked out onto the street. The bathroom was a little small, and smelled weird after water ran down the shower drain, but I have heard that is common in Rome? Anyway, it had a really nice little terrace in a courtyard, and we would buy pizza by the pound and some beer from the little shop downstairs and eat on the terrace. That was very nice.
So in summary, if you don't mind being out with the locals, and then possibly being abandoned to a completely separate building where you will never see another living soul... then this place is for you. For us... we'll probably stay somewhere a little closer in next time.
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