My family and I stayed at this B&B for 5 days and 4 nights in June. I found this B&B on Trip Advisor as I was looking for a place to stay. I read the reviews that were already posted and I was impressed. I emailed the staff there, and Zanda and Marina responded to me. They told me more about the hotel and I decided to book my room. This is my review:
PRICE: I won't say what I paid, but I believe I received a very competitive price. Americans are always looking for a great deal, and I was complelety satisfied with the price I received at Your Nest In Rome.
LOCATION: The B&B is located in Trastevere which is abeautiful neighborhood. I can't describe hos much I was impressed with Trastevere. You are away from all the tourist stuff on the other side of the Tiber river. Although the tourist attractions (Colosseum, Piazza Nivona, Trevie Fountain, Spanish Steps, etc.) look far away when you see them on the map, I can assure you they are not. Everything was less than a 30 minute walk away. My family had a 4 year old boy, so we walked really slow. Even so, the didstance was not a problem. We were there in late June so it was very hot, but the distance is not a problem. I would say walking to the Vatican might be a stretch, but you can do it. If you choose to walk to the Vatican, cross the Tiber and walk toward the Vatican on the other side of the river. It is a little shorter walk.
There are dozens of outstsanding restuarants and gelato shops in Trastevere. We had a great dinner every night. There is an outdoor farmer's market one block behind the hotel. We were able to buy fresh fruit there every morning. There is also a little kid's park behind the hotel. My son was able to play with the neighborhood kids, which was awesome. We actually felt like we lived there, not like we were tourists. On the stret Francesco di Ripa, there is a little store front/deli 2 blocks east of the B&B where you can buy an ice cold 24 ounce Peroni beer for 2 euros (very nice).
Without a doubt the best place to eat in Trastevere was a restaurant we went to twice. I don't remember the name (sorry) but if you are standing outside in front of the B&B, facing the street, turn to your right and walk toward Via Trastevere for about 4-6 store fronts. Look to your right and you will find a clean, whole in the wall family restaurant. That place is awesome. the food is great and reasonably price. The staff is very friendly.
THE B&B: I was very impressed with the hotel. everything that Marina and zanda promised me, they delivered. There is an elevator that works. It is very small though, and can only accomodate 2 adults at the most. The room was spotlessly clean. The floor was so clean, I had no problem walking on it barefoot (which I wouldn't do in most hotels). The flat screen TV was great (there are cable channels in English). The air conditioning worked great. It was so hot in room, it was great coming back to a frosty, air conditioned room. The AC was definitely a life saver! The bathroom was clean, and the bathtub was a Jacuzzi with jets (which my wife loved). Breakfast was served every morning. The breakfast was exactly what they told me it would be: cold cuts cheeses, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, danish, croissants, fruit, toast, nutella, coffee, juice, water. For Americans, it is not really what we are used to (think Denny's, I HOP, etc.) but I was ok with that. I did not expect to get french toast and bacon every morning. The staff at this B&B provided enough food to fill you up and I was satisfied with that. If we ran out of something, we just asked Zanda and she would get it for us.
the service was really great. Zanda, Marina, and Helio were so nice. When we went to the Vatican, I asked Zanda to call a cab for us which she did, and it was right there. Our airline lost a piece of our luggage. When they returned it to the hotel, Zanda received it and took care of it till we got back from sight seeing. People in Rome can be very nice or very rude (like most places I guess). It was nice to know that the staff at the B&B were always willing to help you.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Not much to say here. I thought the refrigerator in the room was too small, and did not keep things very cold. We bought 1 liter size water bottles and they were too big for the micro-frige in the room. We just drank them room temperature which was not terrible because like I said, the AC worked great. Also, when you take your cab from the airport to the B&B, you will see that there is nothing distinct outside the B&B and you will feel like your cab driver is just dropping you off in a random neighborhood. It is a little wierd for americans who are used to clearly marked structures/buildings. This is not a big deal though, There is a small name plate on the side of the front door and just find the button for Your Nest in Rome and ring it.
CLOSING: All in all, this is a great place to stay in a great neighborhood in Rome. I would stay here again and I have nor problem recommending this B&B to anyone. Thank you so much Helio, Marina, and Zanda :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- RIPA 145 B&B in Trastevere, situated in the ancient and picturesque districts of the Eternal City, offer you the possibility to find in a few minutes the Colosseum, Maximus Circus,the beautiful church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, San Crisogono and San Francesco a Ripa. Walking through its Trasteverini streets you can breathe ancient air, you'll be curious about the artisans who still work in the same places owned to his father and before him to his grandfather. ... more less
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