I only put 3 stars out of 5 but it's really because I didn't like the area in which the B&B is situated, which has not a good atmosphere, it's guite dirty and smelly and there are no good restaurants around. Or they are very average. Plus there were construction workers in front of our windows in the morning, which woke us everyday but I know you can't blame the hotel for that.
Termini station is about 20mins walk and not the most beautiful walk of your life :D as the area is pretty much like every capital train station...
The coliseum is not far neither, 15 mins walk with the forum and palatin next to it. For everything else it's best to use the metro which is next to the hotel.
Luigi was very nice with us, and so helpful so we were quite satisfied with how we were received. We are independent so we did not mind the fact that he was there only the morning to clean the rooms and deliver breakfast. He always left around noon.
I have to say that as a French, for whom breakfast is very important, the one prepared by Luigi was a bit poor. You have 2 slices of dried bread / person, not more, and one sort of croissant in a package, which did not taste like haven. You have only one tiny industrial packed jam per person, and one coffee or tea. No cereals, no juice, no butter, no fresh bread, no cakes or anything of the sort. I think Americans or generally English speaking people who tend to eat savoury meals for breakfast must not really be thrilled :D
The AC did not work, it sort of warmed the room more than it cooled it, weird. We used the fan instead.
The mini fridge was not powerful neither but it worked and was great for soft drinks.
But then let's also face it, the price is very good, there are only five rooms so it's not an awful beehive, the breakfast is still existent though poor, the metro is near, you are not in the historic centrer but still in Rome and you don't have to share your bathroom.
I think the place would become a real bargain if there was a shared kitchen! So that everyone could make his own breakfast and other meals.
So again, I have to stress that the hotel is great for the price but it would not be honest to put 5 stars because it was not perfect. It's just that when we went out at night we just did not want to stay around, not because we did not feel safe but more because the area is not pretty and everything is closed after 9pm.
So all in all, it remains a bargain!
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- CENTRE OF THE WORLD is a B&B 5 rooms all with private bathroom,located in an ideal position for travelling around and discovering Rome. Every part of the city is easily reached from the nearby station at Vittorio Emanuele. It's just one stop away from the central station (Termini) where you can find all connections including all the main bus lines from Piazza dei Cinquecento (located in front of Termini station). From CENTRE OF THE WORLD most of the monuments can be reached on foot, like the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (which is just a few metres away), the Colosseum (15 minute walk) and the church San Pietro in Vincoli that houses the famous Moses by Michelangelo. ... more less
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