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Casa Il Rosario
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

First of all, I couldn't disagree more with the "Cold Shower" review. We stayed at Casa II Rosario for five days the second week of May 2014 and ALWAYS had warm/hot water no matter what time we showered. It was extremely clean. The air/heat always worked, though we didn't need it. We kept the windows open during the night. While yes there are tourists that talk loudly in the courtyard, it is by no means a reason for a bad review of this place! People are there to have a good time, enjoy life and unwind with friends! The beds, while not perfect, were fine. This is a convent - a spiritual retreat to relax and unwind. Yes, there were issues with the WIFI and we were unable to get on the entire five days, but for $5E for a week, its not a big deal. We found a great cafe a few blocks away where we got free wifi, good breakfast and coffee - so no big deal. While breakfast wasn't the Ritz, read the reviews and what they offer. It was perfectly fine to get you through the early morning hours. No complaint. The nuns were helpful. While this was not your luxury hotel, the location was perfect for getting around and especially convenient to the Bus/Metro. While the trip to the Vatican was longer, it was by no means so far that is was inconvenient.

As far as just taking CASH, that is wrong also. You may pay for the room by Credit Card, as we did. Very convenient - maybe the person got someone who could not understand English that well, but credit cards are accepted. All you had to do is ask.

While there is no luxury here (no TV except one room where stations are limited, no radio, no phones) it was pleasant, good location, clean and very peaceful

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank dwings
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Casa Il Rosario Via S. Agata dei Goti, 10, 00184 Rome, Italy
The positives are the quiet location and it is well positioned in Rome for most attractions, except the Vatican. The nuns and reception staff are very nice but do not expect travel advice. They sell bus tickets at reception. The negatives are that the water was too cold for showering. The only time it was warm enough, lukewarm, for a shower was at 6am in the morning. After a long day walking around Rome, at Easter, we needed a shower on our return in the afternoons to find the water stone cold. I took to waking at 6am to get a lukewarm shower and jumped into bed to get warm because the rooms were freezing. The central heating was turned off and the a/c did not work. One morning I misread my watch and showered at 5am and the water was just a little warmer than at 6am. Four of the days of our stay were extremely cold and wet. My husband and I spent a miserable 6 nights in these cold rooms sleeping on hard lumpy beds with no hot water and a terrible breakfast in the morning.
The free one hour of WIFI had to be used in one session. Not good if you want to skype and receive and send emails to family. The roof garden only had very few seats and each time we visited the area there no seats available.
Our courtyard room was noisy because people opened the windows onto the courtyard and talked very loudly. Groups of people gathered in the courtyard for hours chatting very loudly.
Another negative is they only take cash. We had problems with the Euronext ATM number EDIT 005,near Termini Station in Rome. After we entered all our details into the ATM our 600 euros, needed to pay our 6 nights accommodation, was not delivered. We spoke to the woman in the shop behind the ATM and she said this happened all the time to people trying to withdraw money. We emailed the company and to this date have not received a response. On our return to Australia we checked and the money had not been debited. Keep in mind when overseas you cannot check activity on your accounts via the internet without entering a security number sent to your contact mobile number. Global roaming is out of the question because of expense.

Based on my experience I will not stay here again. If it had not been Easter Weekend I would have tried to find other accommodation. I have stayed in better cheap hotels, pensions and bed and breakfast accommodation in Rome, Florence, Milan, Verona, Sorrento and Venice for the same cost or less. Other places I have stayed in Europe have also been superior in all aspects for the same or less cost.

Tips
Pre-purchase the tickets on the Vatican internet site for the Vatican Museum otherwise you have to join a very long queue. Buy your bus tickets from the reception area.

SORRENTO ITALY
We stayed at the Ulisse Deluxe Hostel in Sorrento Italy that was absolutely fabulous in all respects. We could not find any faults with the accommodation, staff and the breakfasts and it cost 80 euros for two each night and would have been cheaper if I had prepaid and that included free WIFI 24/7.

TOUR TO the PAESTUM Greek Temples booked on the internet with Goldentours International for 42 euros each was worth every euro. We could not fault anything about the tour. The tour only operates on Tuesdays. We never go on tours but Paestum is too difficult to get to on public transport from Sorrento so we opted for the tour. The English speaking guide accompanies you on the bus, the Cathedral at Salerno, the Paestum Site and the Museum at Paestum. The Greek Temples at Paestum are a must see as well as visiting Herculaneum and Pompeii. Try to prepurchase the tickets or get there when it opens because you could have a lengthy wait. At Pompeii we queued for 40 minutes and at Herculaneum we arrived at 10 am and had to wait 1½ hours to buy tickets and enter because they had to wait for people to leave because it is a small site and was too crowded. That day there were lots of school excursions to Herculaneum There is no food sold in Pompeii or Herculaneum so bring your own food and drinks because you will be at Pompeii for a minimum of 5 hours and Herculaneum at least 3 hours. At Herculaneum we managed to have an English speaking guide with other like minded visitors. I think there were about 8 of us and it cost 15 euros each for a 1 and ½ hour guided tour. It was an excellent tour and worth every euro. Unfortunately at Pompeii only my husband and I only wanted an English speaking guided tour and the cost quoted was 120 euros for one hour so we decided to go it alone.
Happy travelling.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank veronicarose
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

We loved this place! The roof top terrace looked at the Coliseum. There was a lower terrace with plants and tables.
The room was very clean, basic but well thought out and quite comfortable.
The staff was very pleasant and they served a nice simple breakfast.
We will stay here again if we are ever lucky enough to get back to Rome!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Molly W
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

We completed our stay in Rome this past Saturday at Casa Il Rosario & we could not have asked for anything better!

For our unique needs with a wheelchair, the staff and facility were incredibly compassionate and accommodating. Our set-up was a central entrance with two separate twin rooms and a wheelchair accessible bathroom between the two. There was easy access to this ground floor room with a low-grade ramp leading up to the suite's door. It was perfect for us. After traveling a week at that point, this facility was better than we could've asked for with our needs. Simple and perfect, really.

AND! The location was incredible! Short walk or bus ride to Termini Station, access to main bus lines on Via Nazionale and the Roman Forum/Colosseum was less than a kilometer away. Anything else was within walking distance (Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, etc. Vatican was an easy bus ride away with a pick up for a direct, wheelchair accessible, bus).

Additionally, the breakfast was nice with a good array of hot and cold beverages, some breads with spreads available & yogurt with granola.

The only challenge (however, not enough to bother us) was the cobbled hill it was located on. That wasn't a huge issue because we were out all day, but someone managing a wheelchair on their own would need assistance possibly if in a manual chair. At the top of the hill (the joint of Via Panisperna & Via di Sant'Agata di Goti) just a few meters up hill from the Casa, the cars park quite close. Sometimes finding a way around them was a hair challenging based on how closely they were spaced. Someone in a wheelchair staying at Casa Il Rosario would want to know this ahead of time in the future as they would need help navigating the area. Additionally, the cobbles on the hill make a wheelchair a bit bumpy and slow. HOWEVER, not enough to deter us. Just helpful to know ahead of time.

We loved our stay at the Casa and would do it again for the cost and convenience!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Jenn S
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

Great place to stay. We stayed there for 5 nights. The location is great. We could walk to all main attractions within 15 minutes. The nuns are very nice and extremely helpful. The rooms are spacious and clean. It is not luxurious but we were not expecting that from a convent anyway.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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