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“Grouchy sisters, noisy, tiny room”
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Fraterna Domus
Ranked #1,491 of 3,620 Rome B&B and Inns
Chapel Hill, NC
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Grouchy sisters, noisy, tiny room”
Reviewed 14 February 2014

We had stayed in a convent previously and had a delightful experience, so we were hoping this would be similar. How wrong! Our room was miniscule with miniscule bathroom. VERY noisy from street noise, I hardly got any sleep (window was closed). We complained to the sisters, and they got defensive and huffy. After much wrangling and unpleasantness, they agreed to let us out of our reservation by paying for one more night as penalty. We did not stay another night, but grabbed our stuff and got out of there & stayed someplace much better nearby!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Baden, Switzerland
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2014

We first stayed at Fraterna Domus in 2006 with the kids (triple room), and this year when I brought my mom to Rome, I could not think of any better place to stay. The location is fabulous, we only walked everywhere for 3 days, never having to take any other mode of transport around the city. Staff very friendly, from the initial emails to sister Milena to daily interactions. We ate dinner at Fraterna Domus the first night, but the food was a little too basic, and we opted for a wonderful restaurant just a few steps away, recommended by the sisters, the other 2 nights.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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3 Thank kj_ta2
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2013

My sister and her husband had never been to Rome before and we wanted to give them a great taste of the wonderful city. Included in this wish was a return visit to Fraterna Domus for evening dinner. We were not disappointed. The welcome was warm and the food delicious. As I understand it, fresh ingredients are purchased each day and the menu depends on what is available. This means that there is choice of soup or Pasta as a starter and then dish of the day. My pasta was lovely and my husband, who chose and had high praise for the soup, also was given some pasta to try. (He had been seen by one of the staff tasting some of mine). The main course was mixed meat kebab and salad. It was one of the best meals I have tasted on my travels round the world. That includes the cruise ship on which we travelled for the next twelve days. We chose a bottle of very good (according to my husband-I don't usually drink wine) Chianti wine at the cost of, about, 15 Euros. However house wine was available at a lower cost. I have to say we had a very enjoyable meal. Thank you to all concerned.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Ruth969
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Ottawa, Canada
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76 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2013

NOTE: This review is only about the restaurant of Fraterna Domus. We did not stay overnight.

After reading a lot of great reviews, our group of 8 made a reservation and walked a couple of kms to this unassuming place. It was a little confusing when we got there -- hard to determine exactly how to get in, and where to go once we were in, but we eventually figured it out and found our way to the basement dining rooms.

What we experienced were warm, friendly people who were able to talk with us in a few different languages and were keen to see us get our fill of their various homemade dishes.

The dishes seemingly kept coming -- prosciutto, salad, multiple pastas, meat...

It makes for a fantastic deal in terms of volume of food for the money you pay, but I'd say don't go there to get the most ooohhs and ahhhs from the taste. It was good-tasting but perhaps not great-tasting. "Foodies" may not want to put this one on the itinerary.

For us, it made for a very satisfying (and large) lunch that set us up for an afternoon of exploring -- despite the drowsiness that the volume of food induced!

If you need to mix some "good value" meals in to afford splurging on some epicurian indulgences on your trip to Rome, this places can serve that economic roler quite well -- just set expectations accordingly.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank Doug0nTheRoad
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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2013

what we spent, and what we got for what we spent, has become the running joke of our vacation. once the laugh is done, i can't help but feel like this place is symbolic of how some businesses expect tourism to compensate for the weakness of the local, national or regional economy. in this case, we got some basic pasta (the color of sauce was on there, but not much more), about a fistful of chicken, and some fries for 15 euros. everything felt measured and limited. wine was charged separate, again at about 4 times what you'd pay in a store for the same amount of comparable quality. is not like the food was particularly hearty or flavorful. better deals can certainly be found, even in the same neighborhood where you can eat for 10 to 12 euros, flavor included. very disappointing. sad to think nuns have to stoop to overcharging for their meager offerings in order to make ends meet.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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3 Thank Scoutings
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New Delhi, India
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42 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2013

We wanted to eat at Fraterna Domus as we had read such good reviews on tripadvisor! when we got there for lunch around 12.40 pm, the dining room was deserted and we were their first customers...we wondered, as it was so quiet. they gave us some house wine and bread to get started..At 1.00 pm the locals started trooping in, the young, the elderly, single men and women, a group celebrating an anniversary, and many more! It suddenly became very noisy and we enjoyed the company! then the food started coming onto the table, first the pasta, followed by delicious roast pork and sausage, with green beans and spinach on the side, followed by green salad, followed by fresh fruit, followed by desert..we were full to the brim with the food, the company, the atmosphere, and the price was bearable, 15 euros per head but extra for the wine..

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank MeenakshiT_13
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2013

What a find! Had a great experience here. The room was basic yet super clean. Small room but adequate for me and my husband. The included breakfast was typical Italian style with crusty bread, cheese, coffee. They also served fruits and crackers. I wasn't able to make it to dinner but we were able to join them for lunch and it was superb! We were stuffed! When we went for lunch, the dining room was pretty full of local italians. The food was definitely worth €15. Because of its location, we were able to walk to everywhere. The only drawback was the lack of Internet connection. The sisters were very hospitable and even gave us directions and advice on where to go. We are definitely staying here again next time we visit Rome! ( tried to book a few more nights before we head home this time but they are already booked)

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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8 Thank DionneKaye
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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 #1,491 of 3,620 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
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Number of rooms: 20
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