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“I loved the food” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fraterna Domus
Ranked #1,569 of 3,734 Rome B&B and Inns
Philadelphia
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106 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“I loved the food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2013

I learned about Fraterna Domus from the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide on Italy. It was on the list of restaurants in the Piazza Navona area, not on the hotel list. After my family and I finished our visit to the magnificent square on a beautiful sunny summer day we felt hungry and consulted the guide book for some places to eat. Fraterna Domus was right around the corner and easy to find. The guide noted that they take cash only and suggested making reservations. Although it was late for lunch, they let us in. It was probably sister Milena who greeted us, since she spoke English. When I inquired about menu and pricing she told me not to worry. The dining hall was spacious, a couple of other guests at that time of the day were having lunch. The menu is set and probably varies from day to day. We started off with a couple of pasta dishes, lasagna and spaghetti. They were home made and delicious. A platter of grilled meats and vegetables with fresh salad and bread followed. It was more than we could eat. For dessert we had a lot of fresh fruits and the best part was home made hazelnut ice cream. Milena made it herself and when I think about it, my mouth begins to water. It was to die for. In the end we payed 15 euros per person and were delighted with the service and the overall experience. I wish I new about this place earlier and stayed here. Very good location.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Palm Bay, Florida
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56 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013

My husband and I stayed five nights here and we absolutely loved it. We stayed three different places in Italy, and this one was our favorite. From the Termini train station, you can take bus #70 and it drops you right in front of the convent. The nuns are very kind here. Only one speaks English, but they were quick to get her for us if we needed something. She spoke English very well and was always willing to take a few minutes and help us out.
Since it is a convent, we had two twin beds instead of a double bed. Not a big deal. There was also a curfew of 11pm. This is lifted on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. If you ask, they will give you a key to let you in on those nights.
The best thing about this convent is it is within easy (we are 26) walking distance of the Vatican, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona (love the Christmas market there!). There were many restaurants also in walking distance. You can take bus #87 to the Colosseum. We bought a Roma Pass to use the bus system and get into the Colosseum. You might want to look into it.
Breakfast was provided. It was mostly packaged snacks and hard rolls. If you were quick, when they brought out the tray of rolls there was usually one danish and two croissants. I was able to snag those some days. There was also whole fruit, oranges and I think apples. They provide coffee, tea and milk. My husband and I do not like any of those, so we asked for water. They brought us hot water on the first day. From then on, we just brought our own water down with us.
We did eat dinner there Christmas night so we did not have to worry about finding a place. It is 15 euros and we thought it was very good. We were stuffed. The appetizer (first course?) was pasta, which is standard in Italy. The second course was pork and roast beef with french fries. Then they brought out whole fruit. Finally, they brought a tray with little pastries and we got to pick several we wanted. They had wine for an extra charge.
I would highly recommend this place to anyone interested in finding a basic, clean hotel in Rome, as long as you do not mind the curfew. We loved it.

Room Tip: We were in #17, which is up a lot of stairs. If that is a problem for you, you can ask for a room wi...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Sharon S
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2012

My friend and I were delighted to find Fraterna Domus even better situated at the historic heart of Rome than we had dared hope, a big plus for two older women! The nuns were kind and very helpful, phoning for a taxi to take us to the station on a wet morning, and they create a lovely atmosphere. The place was well cared for and our bathroom looked modern and recent - an excellent shower! The only snag was that our room was up lots of stairs - and then down yet more! Older guests might like to check the location of their room - don't go for number 9!! But that's a small point - and a member of staff did help us with our cases when we arrived. We had a great stay in the heart of Rome at an amazing bargain price. I hope to take other friends there next year.

Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Anne P
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Toronto
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2012

We had a very enjoyable stay here. The sisters were welcoming and very pleasant, and we had a large, clean room. The bathroom was one of those "no shower curtain" ones, which some people seem to find awkward but is actually very practical. There was no WiFi in the room, and the WiFi in the lobby was hit and miss, but this is a converted convent and not high tech!

The buffet breakfasts were good, and we often had dinner here as well, as it was simple, nourishing, and a nice change from the usual restaurant fare.

Our room overlooked the main street and was noisy the first night, but fine with the window closed.

Be sure to check out their beautiful chapel, complete with an elaborately painted ceiling.

This place is in a great location in one of the oldest parts of Rome. The little side streets are medieval, and one can walk to St. Peter's, Piazza Navonna, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, etc.

As two older guys travelling together, we were a bit apprehensive about staying here, but the sisters could not have been more hospitable, and our stay at Fraterna Domus was one of the highlights of our visit to Rome.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank John R
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San Giuseppe di Cassola
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20 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2012

The place is vermante beautiful, the rooms are very large, with 3-4 beds per room, and the bathroom is very spacious with shower, sink, toilet and bidet.
There is a beautiful green park outside.
Great breakfast, lunch or dinner, depending on the treatment, which are plentiful.
Great for those who want to enjoy a week of peace, relaxation is quiet.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Giusy M
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Erie, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2012

My 17 year old daughter and I stayed in Fraterna Domus Convent on via Monte Brianzo. We had a wonderful experience. The Room was clean and simple. We felt very safe here at night. The curfew worked out fine and was probably best that two women were safely tucked in by 11 pm. The breakfast was wonderful. If you arrived around 7:30 the rolls were fresh out of the oven. It was a traditional Italian breakfast of rolls, bread, and spreads. a light fare, but when in Rome.... The nunns do not speak English, although Sr. Milena does a good job of communicating. We had no problem getting directions or bus numbers when we asked. We would stay here on our next visit to Rome!

Room Tip: We selected the room with a private bathroom. Worth the money. To find the convent you need to go...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank thePinto
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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2012

We recently stayed here for four nights while in Rome. Location is great and it is very reasonably priced. It caters to a lot of school groups, especially for meals, but we were not disturbed at all during our stay. Our room was high up in the building with some views of the surrounding roof tops so we were not disturbed at all by other guests. We were able to walk all over Rome from here and enjoyed getting lost in the surrounding streets. A very authentic Rome experience.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank weatherlakes
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Property: Fraterna Domus
Address: Vicolo del Leonetto 16, 00186 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Campo Marzio , Ponte
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Ranked #1,569 of 3,734 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
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