I stayed at Domus Ester in July 2012 for 3 nights and returned for another stay in January 2013 for 8 nights.
The location is perfect, near Campo de Fiori, which is why I returned, as well as the price, which is very reasonable for the area.
That being said it has it's problems, they no longer serve breakfast in the room, or at all, not a big deal but their website as well as others (booking.com) are a little misleading on this.
The entrance to the building looks terrible but when you climb to reception on the second floor it looks fine. The young lady who was there most of the time during the day is great and will do anything possible to be helpful. Others working there were not quite as helpful.
Rooms seem to vary so wildly that I can't say much either way. In January they first put me in a tiny room with a tiny window with no view, I asked to change and they put me in a much larger room with a nice big window overlooking the small street (and the neighbor about 20 feet away!).
The bed was two twins pushed together (not unusual), There is a fridge with a few complimentary drinks, a safe and a small TV (seemed to work OK) WIFI seems to be spotty depending on where your room is. I stayed near reception and it was like there was no wall separating us and I'm really not exaggerating, the other room I stayed in also had thin walls, but not nearly as bad.
Bathrooms in both rooms I stayed in were just OK, clean but not much more and I think many people would find them unacceptable (mostly the shower stalls)
There is also no longer someone at reception at all times, which along with the breakfast thing makes me think that things are going downhill even in the short time between my visits.
In finishing the location is near unbeatable, right across from Trastevere, a few blocks from the Jewish ghetto (great food!) and pretty much equal distance between Vatican City and the Colosseum, just be well aware that it's a "you get what you pay for situation" and NOTHING more.
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