There are B&Bs where the host/hostess is interactive – there for breakfast and during the day to be a resource for the guests. And there are B&Bs where the host/hostess provides a place for you to stay and you are left to your devices. The Il Boom is one of the latter. Angelo gets you set up and then you are pretty much on your own after that. The breakfast covers an extended period and you make your own coffee and put together your breakfast. The breakfast was just OK.
The B&B is in the Trastevere district of Rome. It is across the Tiber from the main tourist attractions and up on a hill. It is a relatively short walk to the main part of Trastevere where you can find an abundance of tavernas, trattorias, gelaterias, osterias, pattiserias and ristorantes. Trastevere is really a nice area to explore. It is a 40 minute walk to Piazza Navona, etc. from the B&B.
Il Boom is an interesting place with many retro photos, artifacts and furnishings. The room (Loren) was large and the bath relatively small – normal for a B&B in a converted home.
The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. There is some street noise with traffic going up the hill.
The wi-fi is fairly strong in the common areas, but terrible in the room. I was unable to work in the room as the connection was extremely weak and continually dropped out entirely. I was unable to upload anything from the room. A wi-fi repeater is a relatively inexpensive item to provide service to the guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bed & Breakfast IL BOOM is in a large apartment (where owners’ family lives) located on the attic floor and penthouse of an early 20th-century building, without lift/elevator, offering a breathtaking view over Rome. Up to 2005 this apartment has been just our home. We restored it with our taste and passion for the three decades (fifties, sixties, seventies) when Rome and Italy made progress and opened up to the world and culture. We tried to save what we could (vintage floors, ceilings, doors, full-length window), and maintain the Roman atmosphere of our place. One of the unique feature of our apartment are the two splendid terraces, equipped with deck-chairs and umbrellas, where guests can sunbathe and enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the Eternal City. On-site amenities furthermore include a comfortable lounge/kitchen, a PC with internet access, and wireless Internet access throughout the apartment. The Bed and Breakfast IL BOOM enjoys an excellent position in the heart of Rome, on the legendary Gianicolo Hill, along a beautiful tree-lined avenue in the charming Trastevere district, one of the city's most ancient and picturesque neighbourhoods. We are located in a quiet and secluded residential area, at a few minutes walking from the most important artistic, archeological, cultural sites of the city.Vatican City is just across Gianicolo Hill (half an hour walking through Fontanone - a monumental fountain - and Piazza Garibaldi - the most beautiful view of the city. Campo de Fiori, Piazza Farnese, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Tiber Island, Campidoglio, all the historical center is just under our place. Restaurants, pizzerias, bars, pubs, any kind of shops are at five minutes walking. And we have also very efficient and close public transportation (daily and nightly): Bus 44, 75, 870, H; tram 8. The Bed and Breakfast Il Boom offers 3 spacious double guest rooms (Loren, Magnani and Vitti), each featuring an elegant private bathroom and ample wardrobes. Individually decorated in an attractive 50's, 60's and 70's style, the rooms are named after three famous Italian movie stars of that period: Anna Magnani, Sophia Loren and Monica Vitti. Each room is large and very light, with high plastered ceiling. Room Loren is the quietest one because it gives onto Villa Sciarra (a small public park) and nearby gardens. It features a small private en-suite bathroom with shower, and a flat screen TV. Room Magnani has a window with a wonderful view over Rome. It features an external (just in front of the room itself) very large private bathroom with large jacuzzi bathtub and shower. It has a flat screen TV. A single bed can be added. Room Vitti has a balcony and a window with a wonderful view over Rome. It features an external (just outside the room itself) private black & white bathroom with shower. It has a flat screen TV, and a double sofa bed. All accommodations are strictly non-smoking and equipped with independent air conditioning, centralized heating, hair dryer, and wireless Internet connection. A delicious self-service continental breakfast, with home-made cakes and biscuits, toasts, jam, yogurt, fruit juice, milk, tea and coffee, is at guests' disposal in the kitchen. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the dining area or on the outdoor terrace, whenever you prefer, at any time until 1 p.m. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Boom - Il Bed `n Breakfast Hotel Rome