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Basilica Square
Ranked #1,827 of 3,734 Rome B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 26, 2011

Location - BB is just few walk minutes along street to Colosseum, next to church San Giovanni in Laterano, 5 min from underground station and next to bus stops.

Rooms - basic room, we got room in second part of building, so if you need to go to reception or just for breakfast you have to go downstairs and again upstars, not very lazy people :) rooms facing main street are busy, but you have better view

Breakfast free of charge - sweet italian style: coffee, juice, milk, croissants, jam, honey, cornflakes

Free wifi

Stayed October 2009

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

An apartment converted into a B&B in a traditional residential block of apartments and located opposite Rome's cathedral - San Giovanni in Laterano. Overlooking a busy street it was very noisy however no more than we expected from a City break. The hotel was in our price range and was in a fantastic location - a one/two minute walk to the bus stop and 5-10mins to the metro.

The room was small, very basic but clean, with air conditioning system. We stayed in a family room which had en-suite, however the sink was in the bedroom. Comparing this room to the hotel photographs and descriptions I can see that ours was very basic ie wardrobe, couple of bedside tables, double bed and fold-out single bed. The beds were very uncomfortable which, given that we were staying for 4 nights was a negative. We were a little disappointed that there was no fridge in the room (which we had been told there would be), or kettle however we were told to help ourselves to anything we required in the breakfast room ie tea and coffee, which was nice. The TV in our room was not LCD and, although the hotels states that the TV has Satellite TV channels, these are only in Italian (no English news channels). Just little things to bear in mind if you have young children and find yourselves back in your room early evening.

Overall we had a fantastic stay and would recommend this B&B as a great location for a City Break. Yes, the room was very basic and the breakfast is self-service and pre-packed but it was acceptable. Guests are welcome to use the facilities there to cook their own food. The staff were lovely and really helped us with bus routes and directions and although we had to check out at lunchtime they allowed us to keep our luggage there until later even inviting us to help ourselves to tea and coffee in the breakfast room.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 14, 2011

My Husband and I stayed at the B&B Basillica Square in the first week of September. Our plans changed quite a bit but the staff was graciously accomodating. We not only got a very good deal but were also upgraded on arrival to a better room for the same price.I only wish they accepted Paypal as a method of payment for the first night of stay so that we didn't have to spend extra for the bank transfer (we could have paid by credit card but we weren't very comfortable providing the credit card details on phone or by mail). The B&B is very well located - 2 mins walk from the line A subway stop and the bus stop (we found buses 87 and 117 most helpful for general sigh seeing and bus number 3/tram 8 for Trastevere).We took a bus from the Roma Termini which brought us straight to San Giovani in Laterno but once we were there we had a hard time finding the B&B.Once we found the B&B and called the person in charge we had to wait a good 30-45 mins for her to arrive.She apologised on arrival and was very helpful thereafter. The area is not very touristy and our room was in the building away from the traffic and noise (they have rooms in two different buildings). Our room was huge with a good size bed, flat screen TV, air conditioner,closet, breakfast table and an attached bathroom.Windows opened to a quite neighbourhood. The kitchen was always stocked with croissants, cakes,cereals,bread,cheese,juices, tea,coffee etc ---- more than what we could have asked for !!! Also the free internet is a plus.B&B is very well located for all the sightseeing and its in a safe location.We had a tough time on the first day looking for the right bus stops so it would be a good idea to get a quick orientation from the lady who helps with the check in.We will definitely return.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

We were happy with our room, we had our own bathroom but it was at the end of the corrider. this was fine but you had to walk through the small reception area past the other B&B rooms to get to our bathroom. In saying this though the room was cheaper so we knew what to expect, i was happy to have our own bathroom, I thought we would be sharing the bathroom so this was a bonus really. Breakfast is included but you help yourself, which again is fine, a little cereal, toast, cakes if you wish.

on one of the nights we were there a couple kept ringing the bell down in the street to be let in. we eventually let them in and they said they had a booking for that night but could not get hold of the manager. they had tried all numbers to ring and phones had been turned off or answering service on. We tried to help but only had the same phone numbers they had. I was online on my computer so the lady went on her emails and found the after hours check in number to ring & someone then did come andcheck them in. If we had not been in our room on this night not sure what would have happened with this couple. I think this was not a common occurance but all the same maybe the after hours phone number should be put on the door somewhere at street level in the event this happened again. We enjoyed our stay here.

Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2011

This B&B is located within a traditional apartment complex opposite Basilica Square and Rome's highest obelisk. Rooms are located on the first floor on each end of the building, with the reception on left (Staircase A).

Our room was very clean with multiple towels provided and a very comfy queen size bed (advertised as a double bed). The room was cleaned every day. It contained a fridge, wardrobe, split airconditioner and a well sized ensuite where everything worked well with steady hot water.

Your room view and the amount of noise depends on where you are placed in the building. We got room #9 which was facing a traditional italian courtyard which is part of the complex and it was dead silent at night apart from the emergency vehicle sirens that pass every so often. Other reviewers here were placed in rooms facing the square which gives you a fantastic view but with street noise that comes with it.

This B&B is located in a perfect location outside of the historial center. It's a 5 minute walk to the metro station for Line A which will take you straight to every major tourist attraction in Rome including Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Vatican City. The colosseum and the roman forum is a 10 minute walk in the other direction.

Given that the B&B is not in the historical center, you have the opportunity to avoid all the tourist trap restaurants. There is a spectacular Italian restaurant 2 minutes walk away from the hotel called "Merulana" where 3/4 of the clientele where Italian and yet the servers speak perfect English. We had the best pasta is ever had in our lives.

Our only negative is the breakfast. It's just prepackaged bread/sweets/cereal and milk/juices from the supermarket. However, the room quality and service more than makes up for it.

It was a fantastic experience. Don't hesitate to book if you're looking for the best budget hotel you can get that rivals the bigger chains (who really needs a business center?).

Room Tip: Sensitive to noise? Get room 9
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2010

I had a good stay in this B&B. Room was big and with flat screen and airconditioned. We had to wait almost half an hour when we arrived as there was no one at the reception and it was a bit unconfortable but apart from that all was ok. The receptionist was very friendly as well. Breakfast was quite poor. Location was good as well within 10 to 15 mins walking distance to the colosseum.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 5, 2010

I stayed here for 4 nights and found it very comfortable. the location couldnt be any better 10mins to the colloseum (walking) 5mins to metro which was so handy to bring you everywhere. I didnt really avail of breakfast as i dont eat much in the morning but it seemed nice but dont expect a full irish u aint at home. One thing I would say is the general cleanliness was good except for the curtains and condition of bed linen might need to be looked at. Oh and if your not used to the noise of traffic I wouldnt be that enclined to stay
All in all I did enjoy my stay you could go and come as you please and all the staff i encountered were very helpful.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 26, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino
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Ranked #1,827 of 3,734 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range: $49 - $88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Basilica Square 2*
Number of rooms: 4
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