For anyone on a budget, Vittortio's B & B is perfect. It is located in a quiet off street residential area with off street parking if you need it. He works very hard at making one as comfortable as possible in strange surroundings. He patiently answers all your questions and gives suggestions besides providing valuable services such as having ROMA passes to make one's time well budgeted so you don't have to find a place buy the pass and then stand in line to purchase it. We bought ours from him, and he offered to sell us Hop On Hop Off passes, but we didn't need them. He also gave us a map of the city.
It was great having Wi-Fi in our spacious air-conditioned sixth floor room. There were three of us, and each of us agreed that the beds were very comfortable. The room also had a dresser and a large table. The room led out to a flower enhanced terrace where we ate our meals. There was a clothesline outside our window, and I added an extra line of rope which I had with me. It was handy being able to wash out our clothes. I had taken a tube of laundry detergent which I bought in Germany on a previous trip.
As mentioned in previous posts, Vittorio provides hair dryers, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, and toothpaste. The kitchen is well stocked with dishes, glasses, pots and pans, a coffee maker, wonderful fresh pastries each morning, coffee, tea, juice flavored soft drinks, water bottles, and pastas. Plus, he brings each person a delicious cream filled pastry from a pastry shop for breakfast! There is also a restaurant and small grocery store in the neighborhood. What more could you ask for?
We stayed about seven days and he was always so friendly and smiling. One night he brought us Tiramisu and on the last evening, he told us very sincerely that he considered us his friends and asked if there was anything he could do for us? How many owners, would take such an interest in his clients? He even gave us his cell phone number if we should need his help.
Our daughter met us in Rome and had a wheeled duffle bag and a carry-on. She had planned to arrive by the metro, and he suggested that she take the fourth stop from Termini, Ri Di Roma because it had an elevator. She had to walk to the end of area where she got off to find the elevator which wasn't well marked, but it is worth the walk. I believe this stop may have been a bit closer to the B & B than San Giovanni which was three stops from Termini. Therefore, if you have luggage or mobility problems, it would be wise to use it. All of us used it, when we left with our luggage. As I best recall, you get off the elevator which opens in a lovely circular park. Turn right and walk straight out the park. Walk straight across the street and take the side of the street to your right. Walk one block, turn right and walk two full blocks and turn left. Then watch for an entrance into a complex on the right. Then within a few feet take a right. The six story building will be on your left. Go to the safely locked doors and press the button on your left for B & B A Room for Holiday. Vittorio will buzz you in and you can the elevator to your floor. He will meet you there.
If you want to catch Bus 87 which goes to the Colloseum, you can catch it at the San Giovanni metro stop. It is only about a ten minute ride. Also, we loved the San Giovanni Basicilia which was about a 4 - 5 minute walk from the San Giovanni metro stop.
We will definitely use his B & B again and recommend it to our friends for it would be like coming home!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bed and Breakfast "A home for holiday" and "A room for holiday" are the ideal in Rome for a happy holiday. They are situated near the historical centre, rich of antiquities and beauties and site of cultural events. Nearly to a few minutes' walk will take you to the Saint Mary Major and Saint Clement Basilicas; with some bus stops you will arrive to Venice Square and Vittoriano, Navona Square, Pantheon; with some underground stops up to Trevi Fountain and Spagna Steps. The Bed and Breakfast "A Room for Holiday" and "A Home for Holiday" are, respectively, on the third and on the sixth floor of the same, elegant building in a calm private street, near stops of buses and undergrounds, connecting with the whole city (Auditorium, Stadiums, Theatres). The flats are made of a hall-way with a sitting-room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living kitchen and a square terrace. ... more less
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