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Ancient Romance B&B
Ranked #1,764 of 3,743 Rome B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 7, 2012

It's located about 200 meters from the Ottaviano Metro station. You wouldn't think it was the place if you don't see the number 9 on the side of the door to the building. Our room was also on the 6th floor but as soon as we got in the room, we were surprised - we asked for a quadruple room and what we got was practically a suite. It had two bedrooms, a kitchenette, a toilet and bath and a dining table. It wasn't luxurious or grand, but it was roomy and comfortable. After settling down, we were on our way to look around and St. Peter's Square was just about 200 meters away. Food was easy to come by as there are numerous pizzerias and restaurants in the area around the hotel's entrance. The place may not be glamorous but I would definitely book there again if I go back to Rome. An added bonus, Rafael, one of the staff, was very helpful and gave us tips on what to see in Rome and how to get around Rome. Angela, the other member of the staff, was just as helpful even if she didn't speak English. She tried her best to help and somehow, we understood each other and she was able to book us a taxi to the airport when we left.

Room Tip: Try to book a room with a view of the courtyard at the back, it's quiet.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

My family, some friends and I stayed in this B&B last October. We had two triple rooms in the new part, which was situated few blocks away from the older one. Both of our rooms had just been renovated and were extremely clean. They were spacious and we had all that we needed in the room. Right outside our window was a busy street and there was some traffic noise, but nothing so loud that it would have disturbed our sleep.

The breakfast was served in the kitchen. It consisted of dry, pre-packed breads and cakes, different jams, yogurts and some fruits + coffee, tea and juices. It was quite adequate. The kitchen was open all day long and one could have a snack at any time. There was a computer in the hallway that guests were welcome to use and a free wi-fi in the rooms.The staff was excellent, nice and always very helpful. They told us all the good places to go, and all the not so good places. If you're travelling with a big suitcase, notice that the lift is very small and it doesn't take you to the same level with the B&B entrance, but you have one set of stairs to climb. The staff helped us with our luggage so it was ok.

One of the best parts of this B&B is its situation. It's only a few blocks away from the St.Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museum. The closest metro stop is right outside the B&B and it only takes about 10 minutes to get to the central Rome. Ancient Romance B&B is overall a very pleasant and nice place to stay, nothing luxurious, but comfortable, practical and welcoming. I'll be staying here on my next trip to Rome.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

My wife and I stayed here May 14th for 3 days, I can say that the staff were very helpful on our arrival showing where the main sites around Rome were located and the best form of travel. Our room was very clean and was the one I requested on booking. Breakfast facility was clean and had plenty of food. Metro was 30 second walk away and very cheap and easy to use. Vatican a short walk away as were plenty of restaurants. Colosseum is a must but check opening times first and beware, the queuing system falls flat as soon as the gates open it turns to every one for themselves. queue jump tickets are a good idea unless you want to stand in the sun for a while. This was an excellent trip and cheaper than expected for a city. also take advantage of the taxi service Ancient romance can arrange for hassle free transfers from the airport. Would Recommend to friends and would definately stay there again.
Ps the Cherry ice-cream from the parlor around the corner is the best!!!

Dean and Steph

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

My wife, I and older son (40) stayed there in early May. Good basic, clean room and great location and price for Rome. Close to Vatican (1 block) and Metro (2 blocks), plus major transit junction for trams, buses and taxis is on a nearby corner. Our room was on 6th (top) floor) of a condo/apt. The office area was on the 5th floor. Good solid elevator. Breakfast food OK but you are there to get out and see Rome. Got to St Peters Basilca at 7:15 AM on a Friday and walked right in! (through security screening these days)
Bob from Florida

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

We had a party of four-two rooms and we had nothing but the greatest service from all the staff. Close to everything at a great price.
Jim from Carlsbad, CA.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

Located right by the Vatican on a busy street. Rooms are simple but clean and quirky in an old mansion block. We shared an entrance and a small kitchenette with one other room. Breakfast ans snacks are available from there - you just help yourself. Staff are friendly and helpful. Surrounding area is nice and local - with some good friendly restaurants within 5-10 mins of your door. Great bargain for Rome where it's possible to pay through the nose for average accommodation. Parking as you might expect is a nightmare - we circled the block several times for a spot and gave up in the end. There's a proper car park about 5 mins from the hotel (PIazza dell'IUnita) which is pretty reasonable for the day - about €20.

Room Tip: Higher floor gets you a nice view of Roman rooftops and you're further away from traffic noise
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

Ancient Romance was a great experience. The staff was very helpful in making reservations for sites and was great in their assistance. The accomodations were excellent. The mattress could have been a little softer but the food was excellent and always available. They even made cappacino for me. Would definely stay there again. The location is excellent. Right at the Vatican walls.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ancient Romance B&B

Address: Via Ottaviano 9, 00192 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Prati
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1,764 of 3,743 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range: $48 - $159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ancient Romance B&B 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
“Ancient Romance” is a bed and breakfast located in the wonderful, historical and artistic area of the Vatican City, in the hearth of ancient Rome. It is just 50 metres far from San Pietro square and the Vatican Museums. Our B&B has just been renovated and it is situated in a splendid late-19th-century building, in via Ottaviano, on a quiet pedestrian precinct. ... more   less 
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