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Matisse B&B
Ranked #2,051 of 3,743 Rome B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 15, 2011

This is my fourth time to Rome each time it has been fantastic, we have always stayed at Matisse , Roberto has been great extremely helpful and has gone out of his way to make our stay exceptional. Our room was comfortable well air-conditioned , quiet and clean.
I can't imagine going to Rome and not staying at Matisse the location is well placed for walking to all the sites.Thanks again Roberto and I will see you next time

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

we had great time here.
good location,pleasant personell,very clean and cousy.
breakfast even beyond our expectations ,especially comparing to the stories of our friends who stayed in other hotels and other hostels.
thanx,Roberto

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank alex m
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

- Arrived to hotel which was hidden inside a strange building. The owner came out of the building (or who we assumed was the owner) and told us we were checking too late (10pm) and unwillingly took us to another hotel 10 minutes away by taxi.
- Apparently there was a gas leak in the initial building (Via nazionale) and he had to take us elsewhere for the evening
- We found the owner to be not the nicest person in the world.
- Just to use the air conditioner was 10 Euros!
- No Wifi Connection ANYWHERE in the hotel
- Breakfast was down the street in a random cafe.... which only provided one coissant and a tea.
- Overall, would not recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Rome (not worth the price or your time)

Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
8  Thank vanessa242
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

The first room we were in was very nice. We had a streetview and we saw a lot of Rome. Matisse shares a big build with a lot of other hotels. Thats why you get a lot of keys for many doors to open before you are finally in you room. Breakfast is very very disapointing. In a small hallways there a 2 tables and the only choice you have is some sweet bread pre-packed. And some yogurt and very old cornflakes. So if you do stay in this hotel, only book for a room and no breakfast. On the mainstreet outside are many nice restaurants were you can eat good food!

After the first night we got a note saying we had to change rooms because the were overbooked. I read about this a lot in other reviews, and so it happend to us too. The owner was very rude to me and he told me that I had to change and if I was not happy I should go somewhere else. He said that he had done enough for us already. (I had asekd for some wine in the room earlier). After my mother also talked to him about the room change he calmed down. We were both shocked about his weard communication to his own guest. A day before we also heard other guests complain about rooms.
I told him that if we did have to change I wanted two singled beds, because I booked to two singles but we got a double.

The room we got was situated in another hotel. Matisse was clearly overbooked again. So we got a small room without a view, but with our twin beds.

On the evening before the last night I paid for the rooms. This was also very weard. He made me pay in cash. And be aware! when you pay dont forget about the extra commisions of 26% for tourists. I didnt know about this, because when you make a booking it doesnt say anything about this on the bill. You have to go to the second page of the booking and there it says so in very small letters.

The breakfast we got on our last morning was even smaller then the onces we had before. Our stay in this hotel was very disappointing. The first room was great, but the staff, breakfast, last room and the view were not nice. I do not reccomend this hotel to anyone. There a many many hotels in this area, so I suggest book somewhere were you get good value for you money!

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank S K
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

... what it is ain't exactly clear. Our stay at the Matisse B&B gave us the distinct feeling that something else is going on behind the scenes. What exactly we can't say. While the infamous Roberto was helpful enough, he also surprised us by asking us to pay in cash -- almost $1000. He also more or less insisted that we stay at his Coliseum rooms, and took us there by taxi, and that whole move was a surprise to us. He spoke vaguely about some business interests he had in Thailand. Hmm. He doesn't live at the Matisse, and can be hard to get hold of, and I wouldn't want to arrive late at night looking for him...
The breakfast part of the B&B is a non-starter. It's so bad we didn't eat it, even for free. You're supposed to scrounge around in the kitchen, making instant coffee and eating wonder-bread croissants. Sometimes the air conditioner worked, sometimes it didn't. Ditto the hot water. The room rates are all over the place.The lamps have no lightbulbs. Overall, it's a very scattered operation and does not give its guests a lot of confidence.
But the Matisse is not terrible. The beds were comfy, the linens clean, the rooms quiet, given how noisy Rome can be. But something's not quite right here. Roberto is obviously not meant for the hospitality business, but is some kind of slick operator...

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank tpatmaho
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

This hotel was the perfect place to stay. It is right in the center of the city, we were able to walk to all the sights and museums. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. We felt very safe at all hours, right across the street was a beautiful church. We had a nice breakfast and 24hr access. Very quiet even during the rush hours. Our host Roberto was very helpful and helped us with museum reservations. Very clean..., Best location...., Awesome price.....I will staying here again during my next visit.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

How you react to this place will depend on what you expect. If you expect a Rome B&B to offer a nice breakfast, then you will be disappointed; nothing is fresh except the milk. The "croissants" and the "juice" are packaged stuff designed to last 100 years. If you expect to find an actual B&B with a person there onsite, you will be disappointed. The place is a "virtual B&B" in two different locations within a large building. If, as we were, you are in the unlabeled part, you will not have direct access to the internet but will have to go through two locked doors, so make sure you get keys. There is no person there on-site. Make sure you get the phone number and at least you have a 50-50 shot at reaching him (of course, if you are from outside Italy you will have to pay roaming charges on your mobile/cell phone just to ask a simple question).

Getting initial access was a real problem for us -- we followed the directions we were given via email and no-one responded to the front door bell. There was another party booked into another "virtual B&B" in the same complex at the door and they let us in. We went to the correct door and no-one answered the bell there. We were forced to phone to leave a message. Eventually someone turned up.

Also, as other reviewers have reported, expect to be asked to pay the balance plus hidden taxes in cash. You should expect to get a discount to do so.

The A/C worked well in our room. The website claims an elevator (lift) -- again not quite true. The annex we were in (2nd floor) did not. The main B&B has a lift, but it starts on the floor above the street -- not very useful.

Pros: Good location; the windows overlooking the busy street are the most soundproof and lightproof I have ever seen; the place is reasonably clean (linens changed every other day); the bed is comfortable; the shower works fine with lots of hot water.

Cons: The hassle factors; breakfast; poor accessibility for infirm or handicapped people.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Nazionale 243 | Building C, 2nd Floor, 00184 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #2,051 of 3,743 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range: $44 - $193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Matisse B&B 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Matisse invites you to indulge yourself in a truly authentic vacation. Each Matisse guestroom is arranged on the premise of simple luxury and exceptional quality. Majestic columns highlight the triumphal arches of our 17th century building and guide visitors toward a stunning ivy covered fountain. Situated in the heart of the historical center, guests will delight in the convenience of exploring the eternal city on foot and the privilege of walking just 8-10 minutes to the main historical sites. ... more   less 
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