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San Michele a Porta Pia Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #2,692 of 3,752 Rome B&B and Inns
Albany, Oregon
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“Decent, but not great”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Miami, Fl
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

Very nice B&B in a local neighborhood, with good prices, clean, comfortable rooms with a nice terrace for evening relaxations. Closely located to bus stops, great restaurants and local markets. Great local experience staying close to the locals and the interaction was great. Excellent breakfast for B&B standards, although you had to pay extra (5 EU, a great value for Italy), but we did not mind as we had a discount for the number of nights stayed. Great reception by the staff and very helpful with directions of how to get around

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Plano, Texas
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

After paying 28 Euros to get to the city Center from the airport and another 6 Euros to get to the hotel, we were greeted with an "I'm sorry, but we sold your room to someone else who walked in earlier." It was 5pm on a Friday in Rome. Every hotel was booked because of a professional tennis tournament and the start of the heavy season. We asked if they could help us and call around for us to some other local establishments to see if we could possibly get a room. They said, you won't find one. Sorry. They offered no assistance to us at all. We ended up having to take a taxi and pay another $20 Euros to get to a hotel 30 minutes away and ended up having to pay $300 Euros for the night instead of the rate we originally thought we were getting (150 Euros). No assistance, no apologies...nothing. I would never, ever recommend that anyone stay at this establishment because they have no loyalties at all to the actual customers that have booked a room. If they can sell your room for a better rate to someone who walks in off the street, they will leave you stranded and not care at all.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nice Place , Ideal Starting Point for visiting Rome on Foot and by Bus , very friendly Service, highly recommendable.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

I came here on a girly weekend on year and the same another year.
The hotel rooms are clean and nicely decorated. The breakfast was a lovely continental breakfast.
The only two issues with it were, I was woken early in the morning a couple of times by the bin men but not really the hotels fault. It is also not great if you want a hotel in the middle of Rome, but I personally enjoyed walking down into Rome.

Would definatly stay again if I was lucky enough to return to Rome.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for 9 days at the end of october 2011. When you arrive the first thing that hits you is how nice the welcome is and how clean the place is. Even though it is a while since the last renovation, the rooms (beds) are confortable.
Porta Pia neighborhood is not very touristic, so you get a feeling of living like real romans! Lots of neat restaurants, grocery stores and even a market. Close to a bus stop that takes you literally everywhere in Rome.
Breakfast is aboundant and good! Fresh fruits would be a nice addition. The home made bount cake, wow!
The bilingual (italian and english) staff is helpfull and smilling. Very nice young people!
We would definitly recommand the San Michele B&B for a Roman stay.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

My friend and I stayed here for 4 days in mid-September 2011 and we would definitely stay here again. This was the first time either of us had stayed in a bed and breakfast (these places are cheaper than the hotels in Rome). However, we had stayed in several hotels within Italy and Europe prior to this experience.

LOCATION: Very convenient; right off of a semi-main street, within walking distance (10 min) to the Metropolitana subway, and is in very close proximity to a bus stop where several buses can pick you up. One 15 min bus ride from the Termini. There is a cafe, laundromat, and 2 small markets on the same block. The only problem we had was that it was confusing at first which unit was the bed and breakfast because there is a Hotel Porta Pia on the same block. Hoever, we eventually we figured it out (ring #15 and identify yourself by your last name).

SERVICE: Everyone was extremely nice, welcoming, and helpful. All of the staff spoke English and Italian fluently and were quick to offer their help. They gave us several maps of Rome and recommended places to go and eat. Breakfast (offered for 1.5 hours in the am) was very good and somewhat large: 2 types of salami, yogurt, 3 different types of bread, cheese, several different types of drinks (juice, milk, tea, and coffee), cereal, coffee cake, hard boiled eggs, etc.
There was a problem with the hot water not working on our last night (something about the weather change from the rain storm causing this), but since we discovered this late in the evening, it was difficult to contact anyone to fix it until the next morning.

FACILITY: I was pleasantly surprised how nice, expansive, and comforting this place was. We stayed on the 5th floor where were a total of 4 rooms and one bathroom within the unit. The flat was very clean and we were given free water and juice, use of the refrigerator and freezer, reliable wi-fi, and a landline phone in the common room. Our room was large and airy with a lot of storage and shelving space and had a nice balcony. The bed was comfortable and clean and the bathroom was large with 2 sinks. There was some road noise at night from the occasional motorcycle that goes down the street, not atypical for being in the city. It was not too hot during the daytime. We had a floor fan and could leave the balcony door open during the day without worry. Sharing a bathroom with strangers was not the most ideal situation, but everyone was courteous of the length of time they held up the bathroom.

Staying here was like staying at a friend's house whom I would visit again. It is good to have friends like this in Rome. I hope to return one day in the future.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: San Michele a Porta Pia Bed & Breakfast
Address: Via Messina 15, 00198 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
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