There are many reviews here that confirm what a nice stay one will have at this property and how friendly and helpful Marco and Helena are. Thanks to those reviews, we chose this place, and we weren't disappointed. Please read them for happy accolades, since there is nothing I can say in that regard that hasn't already been gushed about in other reviews.
I think I can help with three reasons why you might want to stay in Trastevere. First, despite many articles and reviews on the internet about how Rome is a walking city, this is only true to a certain extant. There are sections of the city where you can walk around and see several tourist sites in a day, but it's not as if you'll be walking from the your hotel near the Coliseum to Vatican City. So, where is the most convenient place? While clearly that depends on your plans, if you intend to see as much of the city as possible and have several days, it's a good idea to be centrally located. Trastevere is south of the Tiber, but you won't feel it staying here, because the tram 8 runs up and into the city, with 8 stops to Campidoglio. Along the way, there are stops that bring you to the sights in Trastevere itself, the Jewish quarter, the neighborhoods of Campo Fiore, Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon, and finally to Campidoglio. There are also transfers to buses, etc. that your hosts are happy to tell you about.
Second, we walked throughout the tourist heavy parts of the city, and they were unbearably crowded even off season (winter). We really couldn't imagine staying there among the teeming hordes and were always happy to get back to our quiet place. The food is far worse and more expensive in those areas, and the Romans working in those parts may be jaded from the bustle, because they were definitely less friendly than in other places. Third, some say Trastevere is the real Rome, whatever that may mean (I think it means it's the Rome of today where regular people live and work). It still looks like the big city with all of the attendant grime and such, but it feels safe to walk around, and the public transportation options are cheap compared to taxis and tour buses that also cannot bring you that close to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish steps anyway, due to the small streets.
Of course, there are also reasons to stay in other places, but you can find those in the reviews of hotels in those neighborhoods.
Here are some instructions to help you navigate to this property, especially if you are arriving at night as we were (once you get there, Marco and Helena will help you with directions everywhere else!). Take the FR1 train from Fiumicino, and it will cost you 8 euros. At the Trastevere station, exit and walk straight across the parking lot. The street directly in front of you (not the busy one crossing you) is Trastevere. Stay on the left hand side and walk past the stone wall. After that, you will see an apartment building in a corner niche; the first floor houses dressmaker or bridal shop and has picture windows (when we were there, the display was of wedding dresses). Buzz the B&B to get in and take the elevator to the 3rd floor (Marco will tell you this, but we couldn't hear the speaker well and had to guess).
Bonus tip for the Vatican: Bus 64 does not go to the museum side, as we were told. It stops near the basilica, and the walk to the museum is very far. Bus 64 does stop closer to the basilica than the FR3 train, but the train is a tad bit cheaper, only takes between 4 and 6 minutes, and runs 1 minute (really!) or 14 minutes apart. The ones 1 minute apart are slightly different in that one stops at an intermediate station called Quattro Venti. The other goes directly to Roma S. Pietro (checking Trenitalia, you must type it in this way to find it).
Bonus bonus tip for the airport: If you have an early flight, know that the FR1 train to the airport only starts running at 5:21. This isn't nearly early enough for many morning flights, knowing that you are asked to be at the airport 3 hours in advance. If you have Marco book a driver, it will cost you 70 euros. That's crazy expensive for a single person, but not quite as painfully bad if you have a group of four that would cost 32 total on the FR1 train during regular hours. You could also take a cab, but before 7 am, it costs 60 euros anyway. If you go with the driver, which is possibly a more secure and reliable option, you'll need to put cash aside, as he doesn't take cards.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The charm of art and passion for the hospitality are reflected within Suites Trastevere, a charming Bed and Breakfast solution for those who want to live the myth of the Eternal City.Located in Viale Trastevere, historical and cultural centre of the capital, the structure is easily reachable by bus and subway, a stone's throw from the main attractions of Rome, its monuments and its most famous museums.Just 3 stops of trolley will guide you in the Trastevere, historical centre of Rome. The artistic quarter for excellence, famous worldwide for its restaurants and its characteristic street artists, which animate the city night and day with their incredible performances: curiosity will be your guide, losing yourselves in the charming streets of this amazing district. Shortly later you will find Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and many other sites of historical and archaeological interest.Accessible on foot, only 200 metres from our B&B, the famous Porta Portese, one of the 3 most famous street-markets of Europe. Ideal for lovers of cheap antiques, here you can find new and used clothes, unique pieces of handicrafts and for music lovers, vinyl records of inestimable value. Enter Suites Trastevere is like living a dream in the dream.By closing the door to your rooms, totally decorated by the well-know roman artist Stefania Savioli and his team, there may happen to immerse in the green of Villa Borghese or observe the Roman sky by the hole of the Pantheon, lying comfortably on your bed. Will be possible see the Palatine's hill through the arches of the Colosseum, as it was at the time of ancient Romans, or to imagine the noise of water that flows from Trevi Fountain. And finally, to enjoy the most beautifule view of Rome from the top of the Gianicolo's hill.Suites Trastevere, an encounter with art that can enhance your emotions ..With the clear feeling, between myth and reality, that you are still in a place warm and comfortable, thought to the smallest detail by the two owners to guarantee an enchanting stay, full of comfort. ... more less
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