The Obelus is a great place to stay as it’s both centrally located and reasonably quiet – a combination which I’ve found makes the best basis for a city visit. It’s situated in a quiet street just off the Piazza St Giovanni in Laterano, and is a 5 minute walk from the Manzoni metro station and about the same to the bus stand in the piazza; it’s a 15-20 minutes walk to the Coliseum. There are lots of places to eat and drink nearby, and also shops and takeaways (there’s a bar-café almost opposite). Monika, who manages the place and did breakfast, speaks excellent English and was very helpful and friendly.
The Obelus itself is an apartment on the second floor of a residential block, with a small lift. There are 3 rooms and we had Room 3. The room is what I would call adequate in terms of size and facilities – there are twin beds which were arranged for us as a double, and were very comfortable. The other 2 rooms must have been larger as they had families staying in them, but I didn’t see inside. In our room, other than the bed the only other furniture was a small wardrobe and a bedside table – no chairs (nor indeed would there have been any room for them). There is a reasonably sized en suite modern shower room / WC and plenty of hot water, and there is air conditioning. Breakfast is served in the dining room onto which all the rooms open.
The main downside for me was that the room is quite dark, with the only natural light coming from the glass door leading to a very small balcony facing onto a sunless enclosed courtyard – so you need the light on all the time (not really a problem if you’re out sightseeing all day).
Overall, bearing in mind the location and cost, I think Obelus offers very good value for money and makes a good base for a leisure trip to Rome. I would certainly go back if I ever visit the city again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It truly will feel as though you are staying at your best friend’s home when you are a guest at Obelus B&B located near His Majesty, The Colosseum. The three charming guest rooms have high ceiling and are clean and spacious and neatly furnished. All rooms have private bath rooms with shower, air conditioning, TV and safe box.You will wake up to the aroma of freshly baked croissants which are served every morning in the breakfast area located in the center of the apartment. The continental breakfast includes eggs, cheese, nutella, bread, toast, yogurt, american coffee, cappuccino, juice. So Monika and Pierdavide (the managers) make sure that Guests are given the proper startup for another dream-day in one of the most beautiful cities of the world.This B&B's located within walking distance of the Colosseum and it is the heart of the city. Consider that the Vatican is the farthest of all tourist attractions and it is only 3 kilometers away from Obelus, yet it can be reached with the underground train (the stop is around the block) and it is only 7 stops away (less than 8 minutes!!!) .People visit Rome for a multitude of reasons: the art, culture, food and wines. Relax and feel the magic in the air while walking the wonderful streets of The Eternal City. ... more less
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