After reading many reviews we decided to stay at Casa Romana (My Rome apartments) for 4 nights in August last year.
We called when we arrived at Termini station and Fulvia our host met us and helped us find the apartment.
Fulvia was full of energy and information about Rome. She is passionate about Rome, travel and being well travelled herself, thoughfully provides "little extras" and interesting information for guests. There were recycled guide books and brochures from the tourist office and a book swap library near the breakfast bar.
Fulvia is very thoughtful, if you mention you like a certain fruit it might just appear for breakfast the next day. She is very warm and likes to hear about you as well as helping you with what you want to see in Rome. She will advise you on places to visit, circling your map and pointing out her favourite shopping, dining and historical sights in Rome. Thanks to Fulvia we discovered some great restaurants in the Jewish quarter and some wonderful shopping areas.
The apartment is located in Termini which, at first glance, appears to be not the most salubrious suburb and has a bad rap, but is no different to any major train station in any major city around the world. If you look hard enough around termini, there are hidden gems, we liked to have a quick coffee at Cafe Trombetta Via Marsala 44, 00185 Roma (across from the the eastern entrance of Termini station) a cafe that has been there for years and has serviced many locals on their way to work. Order your coffee and pastry at the register first before taking it to the bar. You will be jostled and it is chaotic, but is a glimpse of everyday life.
My husband and I walked around late at night after rerturning from dinner and early in the mornings and always felt safe.
The apartment is close to all public transport at Termini station where you can easily access all of Rome's sites.
If you like walking, it is an easy walk to Diocletians baths, Via Nazionale (shops and restuarants), Trajans Markets and the Roman forum/colosseum.
Don't be put off by the apartment's entrance, or the lift, they look a bit old, but the apartments themselves are tastefully decorated and are a good size for being near the centre of Rome. The beds in both rooms were comfortable and the shower was hot and had good water pressure.
We stayed in two different rooms at the beginning and end of our trip and both were great. They had a little desk with tea and coffee facilities, both had large windows, which was wonderful to throw open in the morning to view the street life below whilst having breakfast and planning the day. The street noise was minimal and the internet access was fast. I was able to upload photos to the computer with ease.
Casa Romana is a great apartment and Fulvia is an exceptional host. Whenever we get back to Rome we would definately stay there again. We have sent a few friends there to stay since our visit and they have all reported good things too.
Don't look any further.
- 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