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Gulliver's Lodge
Ranked #695 of 3,711 Rome B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 7, 2008

This was our most comfortable bed in Europe. The room had lots of amenities and a good location. Simon was always available to help. A good breakfast was included. Fairly quiet, but I recommend earplugs. Clean room, but the shower curtain smelled bad-the only negative. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2008

Wow...I can't say enough good about Gulliver's Lodge, or Simon. We booked them after reading about it in Rick Steve's Rome, and couldn't have been happier. The price is very reasonable, it's easy to find, and Simon runs a VERY tight ship. We stayed 3 places in Italy, and this was by far the best

The Good:
1) comfortable. Real towels. Good heat. Private bathroom.
2) The decor. New, clean, some small nice touches that made a huge difference. Well lit
3) Simon's organization. Everything's got it's place, he knows the ins and outs, speaks EXCELLENT English, gives you a map which he highlights with good pedestrian routes and places to see, gives you GREAT restaurant recommendations (we suggest trying them!)
4) Wireless access (free)
5) cords, chargers, adapters, all available
6) safe and minifridge
7) breakfast
8) Simon easily accommodates your schedule and is there when you need him to be (arrival, early departure, etc)

The bad:
sorta small rooms, but that's standard for Italy

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2007

We stayed at Gulliver's Lodge in November 07 and booked it because friends had stayed at one of the other Gulliver properties. We were seeking accommodation near Termini Station as we came in on the Leonardo Express from Fuimincino Airport - 11 euros - very good value for the 30 minute trip. The Via Cavour runs down from the station and whilst it was quite a hike, we dragged our luggage down the street - downhill as it turned out when we returned to the station at the end of the stay - uphill! We were very pleased with the accommodation. Simon gave us a thorough walk-through of our room and promised breakfast in the morning. The breakfast was great - juice, cereal, pastries and caffe latte. Very pleasant. Simon also recommended a typical Italian restaurant - La Carbonara to us. It is five minutes around the corner by foot. Food and atmosphere was excellent and we ate there both nights of our stay with Simon. All in all, very pleasant accommodation, near the Cavour metro station, and very quiet. We recommmend it highly.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 4, 2007

My boyfriend, his sister and I stayed at Gulliver's Lodge back in June for 4 days and it was the best place that we stayed while in Europe. Simon was wonderful and really tried to get to know us during our stay. Although the is no one "technically" there in the evening most of the time Simon was there with Coco and Lilly willing to answer any questions and show us the best places to eat. It really is the personal level of service that we all loved. The room was very large; the bathroom also large and very clean. The location was wonderful and map that Simon used to show us where everything was was invaluable while we were there. I would really recommend staying at Gulliver's Lodge and will stay there any time I'm in Rome!

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 25, 2007

We stayed 3 nights here and just loved it. Simon was such a gracious host! We arrived late in the evening and he met us at the gate. His warm welcome put us completely at ease; he took such care to go over everything in the room with us and then told us not to worry, he'd go over everything again with us in the morning, as it was nearly midnight.

The room was very roomy, with a small closet to hang clothes (but no dresser), double bed, a small table and chairs set, and a chair for sitting. There was a small refrigerator, a safe for valuables (which allowed you to put in your own code) and a flat screen tv (with satellite) and dvd player. There was a small selection of dvds in the room - several on Rome and Italy travel. In the foyer of the B&B was 24 hour internet access, a coffee pot and ice machine.

The breakfast was huge - cereal, toast with cheese and salami, pastries, yogurt (or pudding), juice, coffee and milk. It was more than we could eat.

Simon gave us a map with various places/sights circled on it and gave us tips on getting around town. We had been scheduled to stay at one of his other properties but, when a guest there had some personal difficulties, Simon asked if we'd care to move to his new property, the Lodge, for the same rate as the other property (which was 30 euro less). We were fine with that, as the new property is centrally located to all the sights which we wanted to see/visit.

We had a wonderful time and wished we could have stayed longer. Simon went above and beyond on our last day there. We had to get up super early to get to Termini Station in order to catch a ride to Ciampino for an early flight. He brought our breakfast tray in the night before, placing the perishable items in the small fridge with a thank you note to us.

We were so impressed with the warm welcome, the breakfast and the service we received from Simon and his staff. When next we go to Rome, we will surely stay at Gulliver's.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2007

We stayed at Gulliver's Lodge for 4 nights at the end of May. We loved our experience there. The location is excellent! You can easily walk to all the major sights.

Simon was very welcoming and helpful. He gave us wonderful restaurant recommendations that enhanced our enjoyment of this beautiful city. The breakfasts provided were excellent!

Our room was very comfortable and clean. An Internet station is available to guests as well as wireless in the rooms.

I would not hesitate to recommend Gulliver's Lodge to family and friends and we would definitely stay there during our next trip to Rome.

  • Stayed: May 2007
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Reviewed May 18, 2007

Simon and Sara opened Gulliver's Lodge B&B around 6 months ago and it follows on the heels of their other Roman property, the similarly named Gulliver's Place B&B. They cut their teeth with Gulliver's House Hostel (now run by another proprietor but still called Gulliver's House) , which was a wonderful small hostel with a reputation for friendliness and renowned for Simon & Sara's hospitality and thorough sit-down, 20 minute, welcome to Rome talk with a personalised map showing all the tips / highlights / secrets. The map has survived the move to the B&B business (as have the dogs Coco and Lily) but the price, of course, has risen considerably meaning expectations too must rise.

Gulliver's Lodge resides in a residential building on Via Cavour (101) but neither Simon nor Sara reside there. With no reception, guests must telephone on arrival in Rome to ensure someone is there to let you in to the building and check you in. Simon checked in my partner and I (with only a 5 minute wait at the door) and gave us a run-down of how everything works. It's important to listen carefully as from 2pm each day there is no-one else on site meaning problems cannot be resolved immediately.

There are 4 rooms - all themed by colour and scent. Green room, green apples. Red room, cherries. etc. Our room was the yellow room, vanilla scented. It was spacious with a small bathroom containing a power shower. The large double bed (possible to split to twins) was very comfortable although the pillows were a little hard for our taste. There is a small refrigerator and a digital safe in the room as well as an LCD TV with a (poor) selection of sattelite channels and free DVDs to watch (including a library of DVDs in the corridor area outside the room). There is an air-conditioner but beware - Italian law only allows their use from June until August meaning for some pretty humid May /Spetember nights. The room also contains a fold out single bed as well as a small set of table and chairs where breakfast is served in room.

Breakfast consisted of 4 items - cereal, pastry, yogurt and a piece of bread with a slice of processed cheese and a slice of ham grilled on top - all served with coffee and a small glass of juice. While this is a traditional continental breakfast, for circa 120 Euros a night I felt something a little more substantial (i.e. cooked) should be provided. It certainly is filling, just not that tasty.

And 120 Euros a night is by no means the fixed rate. We discovered other people were charged as little as 100 a night while some charges were as high as 150 per night. There may very well be reasons for this - perhaps more or fewer people in the room - I just hope it is all explained in a transparent way when their website is finally launched.

Breakfast is served between 8am and 10am by the person I assume prepares/cleans the rooms each day. As she finishes at around 2pm, if you are checking out but not flying out until later in the evening like we were you will not be able to store your luggage at the B&B. After 2pm there is no-one to let you in. Access is via a set of keys for guests or via a buzzer phone which didn't work consistenly meaning one American couple spent 30 mins waiting at the door and were only saved by use of our keys upon our leaving for the day. The following day we were required to store our luggage at Termini station for 10 Euros (6 hours - 2 bags)

We were advised check-out was at 10am which seemed a little inflexible considering breakfast was served until 10am meaning people have no time to eat breakfast and then shower/pack before departure. I feel 11am would be more appropriate. There is free internet available as well as a telephone in each room with free calls although this wasn't working during our 3 night stay due to an anti-globalisation protest which involved blowing up the local telephone exchange. Not Gulliver's fault. The B&B is very centrally located; you're near a metro line but in reality you're able to walk everywhere.

The saving grace in terms of the experience of staying here was really Simon's receptiveness and hospitality. His map, recommendations and approachability is exactly the personalised stay you're looking for when staying at a B&B - it's just a shame he wasn't around more often. When paying 20 Euros a night at his hostel in 2003 this was service well above expectation. In 2007, at a significantly higher cost, it was, in our opinion, the minimum to be expected.

Pros:

Simon, Sara & the Dogs
SImon's map & welcome
Room cleanliness & size
Comfortable bed
Facilities in room (safe/DVD/fridge)
Location - very central, close to Termini Station
Free phone/internet (when working)

Cons:

Breakfast
Inexplicable satellite TV
10am check-out
No left luggage facility after 2pm
No-one on site after 2pm


  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Cavour, 101, Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Monti
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #695 of 3,711 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range: $82 - $157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An enchanting alternative to typical hotels in the centre of Rome,Gulliver's Lodge offers a family run setting and a cosy, intimate atmosphere, perfect for families and couples on holiday in Rome.The Lodge is located only a few minutes away from the main attractions of our city, which include the magnificent Colosseum,the Palatium Hill, The Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain. ... more   less 
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