Casa Il Rosario is a convent guest house steps away from the Roman Forum and Coliseum. The nuns don't speak great English although I didn't find it to be a problem and I speak no Italian. The breakfast consists of bread, cheese, jam, fruit, juice, coffee or tea, yoghurt and cereal, which is plenty to give you a good start to the day. The nuns leave the food out for people to help themselves.
The rooms are large airy and clean. They're quite basic as you'd expect from a convent. The en suite bathroom was large and spotless. I was in one of the rooms overlooking the street rather than the garden and had no problems with noise but this is a city (and italian one at that) so you expect some traffic noise. There are also rooms overlooking the garden which may be a little quieter. I was in a twin room and the bed was firm, I slept like a log.
The convent has a rooftop terrace which you can bring your pizza back in the evening and sit with a glass of wine looking out to the coliseum all lit up. It also has 2 terraced gardens which are lovely to sit out in in the morning when you are planning your day.
There is no lunch or evening meal available here but as Rome is filled with places to eat that shouldn;t be a problem.
You can pay by credit card as long as you pay the charge. A small price to pay for the convenience of not carrying large amounts of cash with you. They even give you a set of Rosary beads when you are leaving which I thought was a nice touch so don't bother buying the expensive ones around town.
There is an 11pm curfew but after a full day touring Rome and as a solo traveller this wasn't a problem.
It's an ideal base for seeing Rome, very central, close to Via Cavour and all the major sights and it's much cheaper than other places. I loved it so much, I've booked in again for this year. Only €56 per night plus €2 tax (plus the credit card charge) I doubt you'd find anywhere as central and as good for the same price.
Nearest Metro is Cavour or there are buses that go down Via Cavour but it's not an insurmountable distance to walk. Turn off Via Cavour at Via Del Serpenti, take the second left then the second right and that's Via di Sant'Agata de Goti.
Take comfortable shoes as you'll be doing a lot of walking and it's very hilly. Also there are water fountains all over Rome with free, safe water so you don't need to keep buying it.
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- Casa Il Rosario Hotel Rome