We stayed at the Ricasoli Guesthouse for 6 nights around Christmas 2007. Close to the central train station (Termini) and walking distance to just about everything (I don’t think we used public transport in Rome at all) we loved it.
On first arriving, the owner showed us the room - private and clean. She speaks limited English, though you can understand most of what she says if you don’t speak Italian (like we didn’t).
She spent 10 minutes with us walking through a map of the local area (provided for us by the hotel) showing where we were, and where the main sights and attractions were/how to get there, where the local supermarket was and its opening hours etc. After the initial introduction though, we were left to our own devices – so no interference unless you wanted their assistance.
Breakfast was not what we expected – chocolate sponge cakes, orange flavoured tarts and cream-filled muffin-like things were provided, but we ended up using these for snacks during the day. Coffee and tea making facilities were there and alongside the fresh fruit she left behind daily, we used the local supermarket to buy ‘biscotti’ (toast basically) and jam for breakfast.
There is a free internet terminal available to all hotel guests, and was readily available for use; with only about 4 rooms, there aren’t many guests to share the internet terminal with.
The bathroom (private ensuite) was clean, albeit the toilet flush wasn’t very strong, so we were told that we either need to put the toilet paper in the rubbish bin, or use the communal toilet (which had a more powerful flush and could handle solid paper matter).
The water pump in the bathroom was loud, though it only ran when you were running the taps (and only for several seconds at a time). Apart from this, the double-glazed windows and the 4th floor room kept the room fairly quiet.
The elevator to get up to the hotel is very old; it fits one person across by about 3-4 deep, so if you’re claustrophobic (or worried about rickety old lifts you have to open and close the door manually for), I’d suggest you use the stairs. Note that the hotel itself is only one floor of the building – lots of other residents live in the same building and so the lift is shared (and frequently used).
All in all, we had a fantastic time; it was central, clean, cheap, and a great find.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the centre of Rome, near the historic Piazza Vittorio and Termini Station, a few minutes from the Coloseum and splendid Roman Forum.Well connected by public transport, Bin's B&B "The Roses" is the ideal solution for those who want to visit Rome in comfort.Visit our site and book a room online!Payment is only accepted in cash, in euro. Room with ensuite bathroom Tv, mini bar, independent heating 3rd floor with elevator, independent entrance, double glazing Breakfast included kettle linen and towels provided.Wireless internet for your computer.Air conditioning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Rose Di Bi Hotel Rome