Here's our take on the "Center of Rome B&B":
ROOM: During our stay at "Center of Rome," the average daily high temperature was around 95 degrees F (35 degrees C). Consequently, the air conditioning at "Center of Rome" was greatly appreciated; after a day of walking around in the blistering heat, the 75 degree room was a lifesaver. I mention this specifically because the majority of Italian B&Bs do not have ACs.
The bedroom was strictly average. A little cramped, and a little smelly (sort of a chemical smell with an underlying pungency). Did have a TV and a reasonably sized internal bathroom. The hotel comprises a small part of a large condo- or apartment-type building; the building itself is attractive, with a quiet, expansive courtyard and a security-controlled entrance. Very quiet at night (a big plus).
LOCATION: Great if you're visiting the Vatican and the Vatican Museums; a little far from the other attractions. (Though the subway is only a 10 minute walk.) While staying here, we got into the habit of strolling down to St. Peter's Square at dusk. It's really close. The street outside (Cola da Rienzo) is bustling and upscale, with nice shops and a supermarket.
BREAKFAST: Delivered to your door on a tray. Basket of breads with butter and jam; juice and cappuccino. The lady who served our breakfast was extremely sweet and friendly.
HOSTS: Two individuals staffed the front desk during our stay. The first, a very kind and accommodating woman, spoke little English. The second, a younger, less-friendly man, spoke better English. We had no problem with the hosts. Like many Italian B&Bs, "Center of Rome" asks for payment the day before departure, and strongly prefers payment in cash.
OTHER: No internet. And a cautionary note: while staying at "Center of Rome," we witnessed another party get stranded outside without being able to check in. This party's train had arrived in Rome approximately an hour and a half later than scheduled; as a result, they arrived at the B&B late, and there was no one to let them in the door. We found them outside on the steps, with no key and no way to get a hold of the proprietors. This kind of situation may happen a lot in Italy, as most B&Bs do not keep staff on duty all day long; rather the proprietors ask for approximate arrival times, and then hang around only during those arrival times. Always try to call or email your lodging with up-to-date info.
SUMMARY: We would stay here again. If you're taking a few days to explore the Vatican, this is a convenient and comfortable home base.
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