If you want a simple, no frills place to stay close to the Vatican, then this is a good choice.
We paid 90 euros a night, with breakfast included.
The breakfast is continental but there are several choices, including pastries, cereal w/ milk, slices of ham and cheese, yogurt and fruit (apples when we were there). Coffee is excellent, served in a small pot to your table with another pot of hot milk.
The rooms are of course very small, two twin beds that are relatively comfortable. I still put the extra blanket under my sheet for more cushion. The fluorescent lighting is a bit harsh, so if you want to read while your roommate sleeps, bring a reading light. The closet is large enough with hangers and 2 large drawers.
Bathroom is also very small, especially the shower. If you are over 6 foot and more than say 250 pounds, then you may have trouble. The doors open inward which makes it difficult to enter/exit if you are a big person. The water was very hot though.
The internet is not free. 2 euros for 30 minutes, 3 euros for an hour, but it was fast and there is a b/w printer for your use.
Safety deposit box is free.
Location is great, about 300 yds from St. Peters square. There are several good restaurants nearby and small shops to get any necessities. I bought a 4GB media card for 15 euros, which is way cheaper than those souvenir stands. The small pan y dolce place near the corner had great porchetta sandwiches.
The 64 bus stop is at the end of the block near the tunnel or better yet, another stop is about a 100 yards up on Via Della Fornaci.
The desk scheduled us a ride to the airport, which was 43 euros for two people. The showed up right on time in a comfortable mercedes van. The train ride for two people is 28 euros so may as well pay a little more for the convenience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The building is at 300 meters from Vatican with rooms all equipped of ensuite hygienic services, conditioned air and internet wi-fi, and receive those who, singularly or in groups, want to stay "in the shadow of the big dome". Approximately 10.000 hosts coming from all over the world, every year, demonstrate to appreciate the total absence of architectural feature that provides access to handicapped, the breakfast-room, the tv-room ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Santa Maria Alle Fornaci Hotel Rome