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Obelus B&B
Ranked #1,011 of 3,721 Rome B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 3, 2013

I will try to make this a very fair review because honestly there were some things that were good and some things that really weren't.

Service:
Davide and team were very helpful from even before we booked. They helped us find another good place to stay while in Rome and during the stay, sorted out our airport pickup and drop and were very friendly, considerate and helpful. Even though they do not remain at the location the whole day they are always available on email and phone.

Value:
I got a good deal from Davide which was nice.

Sleep Quality:
The beds are hard and old as are the pillows. They really need to spend a little money to upgrade their bedding. You do not get comfortable sleep at all.

Cleanliness:
The room was clean as was the common area and bathroom but all showed signs of general wear and tear which could again do with a little money spent to deal with the wear especially the bathrooms. One thing to point out here is that we asked for the room/bathroom to be cleaned but it was not cleaned and all the old towels were folded and put back to appear like it was cleaned.

Location:
This was an amazing location. Its literally 15 mins walking from the Colosseum, about 20 mins from Termini (main train station). There are some really nice restaurants and coffee shops in the area. It's right down the street from the subway (Manzoni), bus and tram which is super convenient.

Rooms:
The room we had was probably the worst one at Obelus. It was a double room but was literally only big enough to fit the bed with about 2 feet on all sides to walk around it. The bathroom was clean but small and the shower was tiny. There was a little balcony but it opened up into the central part of the building and it was obviously used for cleaning and storage of dirty laundry.

The thing that was probably the most alarming was that we discovered bed bugs in our room around the 3rd day of our stay.

We stayed in another B&B down the street during our time in Rome and so realized that Obelus does not merit the excellent ratings its getting at all. The owners are very nice but need to sort out these issues to make Obelus reflect their charm.

Room Tip: If you do stay there do not stay in room #3. It is a double room but is tiny.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Gibran M
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Obelus, Proprietario at Obelus B&B, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2013

Dear Guest

Thank you for your review.

We are really sorry that you left with such negative feelings about our B&B . On behalf of the front desk's personnel let us give you our sincerest apologies. We had a special meeting, where we discussed your review and all the necessary measures to prevent similar cases in the future. We have already ordered new more comfortable beddings and they should be delivered this week.
Thank you for your feedback about the beds, so we can maintain and improve the quality of sleep with the new mattress and pillows .
As for the bathroom is 6mq and the shower is a standard size in Italy 80cm x 80cm
The balconies in the antique part of Rome, most of them overlook the courtyard of the buildings. It was a typical way to build in the end of XVIII century to make people socialize with neighbors.
We're sorry to hear from you that “It's not all it's made out to be by the Tripadvisor ratings” because it means that our daily job to make you feel home it hasn’t been enough and we failed our mission at all.
Thanks for alerting the likely located bed bugs in the room, just a pity that during your stay with us you did not inform us about it. We never heard about this kind of insect but after looking for them on Internet we found out that bedbugs can be transported by anyone and captured in trains, planes at the airport or the railway station so basically you could got it anywhere during your trip.

Since now our staff will give a special attention to control the rooms but for now our Maintenance didn’t find any trace of the existing bugs.

We thank you for your feedback as it helps us to prioritize what we need to accomplish in the future

Thank you one more time for all your comments. We take into consideration all your words for our successful further work.

Best regards,

Pierdavide and Monica

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Reviewed May 1, 2013

We came back home today from Rom. Everything was so nice and perfect. My husband and two kids are also satisfied. Location is super, the room and the bathroom are clean, breakfast is also ok. Monika, the manager is very kind, helpful and pleasant person. We just want to say THANK YOU!!!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

From the moment we arrived until the day we left, we had excellent service. Monica, Davide, and Chiara were so nice and helpful. The day on which we arrived, we received a map of Rome and a list of great restaurants, which helped a lot. The hotel was very clean and located in a quiet area. The rooms are comfortable and the breakfast is excellent. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. All recommendations by the staff appeared to be on the spot.thank you.
We will be back for sure.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

It was brilliant for the 5 adults making the trip to Rome. We stayed in the apartment, two large rooms plus a sofabed in the living area. Close to the city centre. And the hosts are so friendly and helpful. Great value for money. We could not have expected anything more and certainly we were expecting rather less than we got. Thoroughly recommended - and I just hope after all the excellent reviews it is not booked out when next I come to Rome!!

Room Tip: I can't comment on the other rooms but the apartment was excellent.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

In December me and my wife, we visited Rome. In a few words can not describe enough what fascinated us at obelus, it is even better than the reviews here I can tell. I had a bad experience at Rome in the past, so I chose this hotel based on reviews on Trip Advisor, and it was one of the best parts of our trip. We recently completed four nights stay there, and we wish we were there now!
The service is exceptional - friendly, professional and very helpful. The amazing staff made ​​it feel like a second home to us, and we would happily return to Rome just to stay there again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

We spent the first night in the main B&B where there are 2 bedrooms and a small kitchen. It was really clean and warm. We then asked for another night where we were moved to the next block over. It's a 2 bedroomed apartment with everything you could need, lots of space and spotless. Due to it being December we got a really good deal which was lovely as we also experienced hoteliers in Rome and Florence asking for more money on certain nights even though their place was empty. The owner of Obelus must be a good businessman as well as a generous human being. Thanks to the lady who checked us in too :) If you can stay here, do!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

Nice B&B, with the pleasent host Monica, very satisfing room, clean, with the separate bathroom, nice breakfast, very good location, 10 min. walk from colosseo... for that price more than good and satisfing...

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Obelus B&B

Address: Via Tasso 150, 00185 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1,011 of 3,721 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range: $63 - $149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Obelus B&B 2*
Number of rooms: 3
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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