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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8
Rome, Province of Rome, Lazio

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Orlando
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17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Pictures don't do this place justice”
Reviewed 12 August 2011 for a stay in May 2011

Really hard to find! The directions they gave us were to get off the bus a certain number of stops, but if no one wants to get off the bus, it doesn't stop! So we got off one stop too far and had to walk back. There was a small market in the building where the condo should be, and we didn't see any numbers. The non-english speaking person came out and pointed to the door to the condo when I showed her the address. The entry was not impressive, and I was worried, but when we got there, it was amazing! The owners were charming young people who showed us around and were so kind! The place had been renovated very nicely. The furniture and decorating in the living room was a bit unimpressive, but the rest was really nice. There were two very comfortable king-size beds. They felt firm at first, but I slept better in it than in my own bed. The bathroom was unbelievably huge. I didn't know Europe had bathrooms that large! There was a typical small European shower, and a separate tub, a toilet and bidet. It had two windows and was very bright and sunny. The kitchen was modern and well equipped with a bright sunny window. They even stocked it with some free items of food and some you could pay for if you used. Nice the first night and if we felt too lazy to get groceries! There was a nice market about a block away. You could walk to the Colosseum from there in 20 minutes and could catch the bus right out front. The metro was 15 minutes away, and we found a great flea market on the way to the metro. I would love to come stay here again. There was scaffolding up outside the windows when we were there, but apparently it normally has an outside deck, also. The neighborhood was very nice with lots of restaurants right outside. It was on the 2nd floor, which is actually the 3rd floor in U.S. There was no elevator, so if that's a problem for you, don't stay here. Other than that I would highly recommend it. They also have roll-away beds they could put in each bedroom, and the rooms are huge, so it is not crowded.

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Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway Families with young children
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Reviewed 20 July 2011 for a stay in July 2011

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Travelling group: Family with young children
Your age range 35-44
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MarieCE
London
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Felt luxurious and better than expected”
Reviewed 10 June 2011 for a stay in May 2011
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I was so pleased when I walked into this apartment. Usually we don’t spend money on the type of place that we stay in but rather spend that extra cash on sightseeing, shopping and days out. So, I felt spoiled when this place was so nice. It is very spacious and much larger than the pictures suggest. I think TWO of our 2 bedroom flat in London could easily fit into this 2 bed apartment! The style, décor, furnishings and facilities are above average. I did not miss a single thing from home.

I think the place is too cheap for what you get, but that is probably because it is on the third floor with no lift. So, if you bring heavy luggage this might be a problem – or a good workout when you arrive! We are a young family with a 12 month old baby. The apartment was so nice that we did not mind carrying the pram up and down the stairs every morning and night. I would return any day!! (We did however bring own travel cot with as I found it too hard to specifically look for places that had one)

The entire apartment has marble floors, which made it nice and cool. The large bathroom also has two marble basins, so we could each brush our teeth at our own basin. I felt spoiled! We went in May/early June and the weather was hot and humid, but bearable. (can’t image what it must be like in August) I can’t comment on the heating or fans, as we had no need to us them. It was about 29 degrees every day but the apartment was always nice and cool.

The owner was so nice on our arrival. He offered cold water and fruit. He also took his time to explain how things work and provided maps for the city and circled all the top sights. He also showed me on the map where a quite big supermarket “Sma” was, about 5 minutes walk. We were lucky that the apartment was so close to Sma, as we bought all our food there at very reasonable prices. Also, in the apartment there was plenty of left over unopened packs of spaghetti, pasta and pasta sauce – probably more than you can consume in a month!  They also had things like salt, sugar, tea, coffee that we could use. The owner also provided a fresh bottle of milk. So, it was very nice to make ourselves some coffee/tea and some pasta (starving from the trip from airport), without having to rush to a supermarket the first thing.

Location: it is about 7 minutes’ walk from the metro station: San Giovanni, which is 3 stops East from “Termini”, the central station in the city. It is also walking distance from the Colusseum. It is probably about 20 minutes, but we got a little lost that day and took longer.

I would definitely recommend this place to any of our friends. Just do not bring heavy luggage. And your knees must be okay with stairs.

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Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway Families with young children
Families with teenagers Tourists
Luxury-minded travelers
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EliseWilk...
Charlotte, NC
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Lovely bright apartment, great location and excellent value”
Reviewed 13 April 2011 for a stay in April 2011
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I stayed at Vetusta B&B for 4 nights in early April and was very pleased with the quality of the apartment and value for money spent. The location is excellent and the apartment is spacious, clean and bright.

The owners Mauro and Lan couldn't be more helpful or nice. They met us at the apartment and gave us a thorough orientation and helpful tips for our stay. They were also available by phone to answer questions. Their primary language is Italian, but they speak enough English to be helpful to American tourists. They obviously take great pride int he apartment and like meeting visitors and introducing them to Rome. Mauro also arranged for a car service to take us to the airport on the final day (Euro 50).

This is really an apartment and not a B&B. There is no breakfast included. However, the owners have stocked the fridge with some basics (water, juice, beer, wine, etc) available for a very reasonable fee on the honor system. They also offer free pasta and spices. There is a nice cafe across the street that serves pastries, coffee and alcoholic beverages. Other restaurants and some small grocery stores are also located on the street.

The apartment is very spacious with two large bedrooms (one with a small step-out balcony), a living room, separate well-equipped kitchen and huge bathroom. Each of the bedrooms contains a queen-sized bed, wardrobe and TV. My only disappointment with this lovely apartment was that the mattresses are showing their age and sag in the middle. But, otherwise, the apartment exceeded my expectations. The kitchen features a washer (no dryer), dishwasher and plenty of cooking equipment. The bathroom has a double sinks, large soaking tub, separate shower (very small) and enough space to host a small party. The whole apartment has great light, air conditioning (in season) and fans. The photos on the website accurately depict the space.

The neighborhood was well-lit and safe and was within walking distance of the coliseum (and other tourist highlights) and a metro stop (which will take you to the Vatican). There are bus stops on the street in front of the apartment. The down side (and this is true of many areas of Rome) is the persistent street vendors and street urchins who will constantly try to sell you junk or beg for money (they even come inside the restaurants and approach you at the table).

Please be aware that this is a 4th floor walkup (4th floor to Americans, 3rd floor to Europeans), so if stairs are an issue, this apartment may not be for you.

Overall, I was charmed by the welcoming hosts and found the space to be bright, clean and very comfortable for our stay in Rome. It's an excellent value for the money and I would stay again if I return to Rome. Thanks Mauro and Lan for being such gracious hosts and helping us enjoy our stay in Rome!

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Travelling group: With Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway A romantic getaway
Families with teenagers Tourists
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Reviewed 24 March 2011 for a stay in March 2011
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Travelling group: Spouse / significant other
Your age range 45-54
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mirado
mirado
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“wow- walking distance to colosseum, luxury app,friendly owners”
Reviewed 1 December 2010 for a stay in May 2010
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person found this review helpful

We stayed there for 3 nights- 2 adults and 1 child (five years)-and will definitly come back and recommand it. Nice interior, near city center, very friendly owners, WIFI for free.

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Check-in / front desk Service
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway Families with young children
Families with teenagers Tourists
Luxury-minded travelers
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ChristlFe...
Munich, Germany
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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Travelling group: Freunden
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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