Yes read it right! This place is truly run by angels and I'm referring to the owner Fulvia Angelini and the cleaning lady Angela.
Due to a very unfortunate incident, we were unable to board our 11-day Mediterranean. I together with my mom and dad and a Colombian couple suddenly found ourselves in the middle of Rome with no place to stay at past 7 in the evening. Luckily, I was able to do prior research and saved some numbers of hotels in Rome top of mind of which was Casa Romana due to its rating in Tripadvisor. So I immediately called up Fulvia and inquired if she had a room available. We needed at least two rooms as were also with a Colombian couple who suffered similar circumstances as us.
Even at the last minute, Fulvia entertained my call and fortunately was able to accommodate us. Once we got to the hotel, it was then when I realized that all the reviews were indeed true. Fulvia was one of the nicest and most accommodating person you will ever meet in Italy. She was supposed to meet-up with a friend for dinner but she postponed her dinner a bit just to help settle us in. Already dressed-up for the evening, she singlehandedly prepared our rooms even refusing me to help her carry a folding bed.
The location is very convenient as it's located just a block away from Roma Termini. This makes it quite easy to travel to/from the airport, take the trains/metro/buses/taxis or for a little bit of shopping. The Termini has some shops and 2 small groceries. I also find the area which is located at the Via Marsala side of Termini to be less busy and safe even late at night. Definitely much better than the Via Giolitti side! Some people may find the street noise an issue though particularly with the cafe across the street. Nevertheless and just like us, you'll most likely be so tired at the end of the day to even notice.
The rooms are modern, very clean and kept in tip top shape. this is a small establishment that has only three rooms all with ensuite baths. Room 1 is the smallest and good if you are a solo or at most a couple. Room 2 is a bit bigger and can accommodate three persons at the most. If you can get Room 3, take it! This room is the biggest with an exposed ceiling, a more spacious bath and a closet. Towels, shower gel and shampoo are likewise provided. Wireless Internet inside the room was fast and reliable.
Another plus is the adequate breakfast that comes with the room personally prepared by Fulvia each morning. The freshly brewed coffee, breads, croissants, a choice meat, fruits, cookies, cereals, jams, milk, juices are just enough to help kick start your day exploring Rome. The breakfast spread is laid out in the hallway just outside your room so you can just help yourself and partake of the food in your room. During the rest of the day, Fulvia leaves some fruits, cookies, muffins/cupcakes, juice and you can just help yourself with snacks anytime.
When we needed to extend our stay but all the rooms were booked, Fulvia was even kind enough to refer us to her friend's place, Guest Haus Praetorium, just across the street from Casa Romana. Both establishments are somehow affiliated and equally great (read my other review).
The other angel is Angela, the kind and helpful cleaning lady. She also cleans the rooms at the Praetorium by the way. While we were trying to sort out our trip, she gave us a lot of helpful tips and advice and even used her phone and did phone calls for us.
Just be aware that Fulvia and Angela aren't around 24 hours. This is likewise true for similar establishments in Rome. So it's best that you effectively communicate your arrival and departure schedules so Fulvia can meet and settle you in. You will then be given a set of keys for the building, the main door and your room. Fulvia makes herself available 24 hours though by phone just in case you need anything. She'll also gladly offer you advice and tips on how to go about your trip in Rome. With her attention to detail and efficiency, you probably won't be needing much.
Sure there are much nicer places in Rome but at much higher prices. Travelers who are used to being pampered and provided with a host of amenities at inflated prices should look elsewhere. This is a place for independent travelers who appreciate the simple things and the kindness of others. In the end, it truly are the people who make the big difference.
With that said, I would like to say a big thank you to our two angels in Rome - Fulvia Angelini and Angela for helping make what started our as a disaster to a worthwhile and enjoyable stay in Rome. An overall great value place...definitely Highly Recommended. Dont' look any further, contact Fulvia now before Casa Romana gets booked out!
Now that I'm back home, now I can admit to Fulvia that I probably ate most of the lemon muffins/cupcakes at cupboard haha...so delicious!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Romana is a new family-run b&b near Termini station. The stylish rooms have private bathroom, a/c, and free WiFi. The welcome package includes a detailed map of Rome, our city guide, and fresh seasonal fruit. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Romana Hotel Rome