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Ancient Romance B&B
Ranked #1,561 of 3,734 Rome B&B and Inns
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Would have been 5/5!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

Room was amazing - clean, spacious, well decorated and comfortable. The location was literally a stone's throw away from Vatican city and St Peter's Cathedral. The place ticked all the boxes for us.

The only thing that stopped this being a 5/5 for us was the lack of a reception/someone to speak to in case of emergencies for example or just for some info during our stay. The place was a little tricky to find although luckily we google-mapped it before we arrived (look out for the Blue Ice shop downstairs). We couldn't get in as no one answered the bell. Two other guests who were staying there let us in. There was a sign on the door saying the manager had nipped out for 20 mins and will be back shortly. However the two ladies advised that he won't be back unless we ring him. We didn't want to switch on our phones as the roaming charges would cost us a bomb. We did try the phone in the reception area but it didn't work. Luckily, the manager returned not long after and we checked in fine. He also gave us some really good tips on where to go/sight-see, what buses to take, where to eat. Unfortunately that was pretty much all we saw of him - we did try and look out for him the next couple of days as we needed to check out really early in the morning. We had to leave a message with the maid - it would have been ideal if a taxi could be called for us (as other hotels/B & Bs usually would) but we had to sort that out ourselves.

Nevertheless the room itself and the location was perfect. Breakfast was delicious and our room was tidied everyday before we got back. Comfy bed and great air-conditioning. Genuinely one of the best rooms we've stayed in during our travels. Would definitely recommend notwithstanding lack of reception.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

Me and my friend stayed at the Ancient Rome B&B back in June for 4 nights.
The whole experience was amazing, the family who run this B&B couldn't do enough for you and I'd encourage anyone to stay there.

The location was perfect, literally a 10minute walk to the Colosseum and into the bustling centre.

Charming hotel, lovely cozy rooms! Cannot wait to return :-)

Room Tip: Rose room - so cute!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 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 Reviewed 29 August 2013 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised with this charming bed and breakfast. I recently stayed 3 nights in a newly renovated room with private bath, closet, A/C, tv, and WiFi. The staff was so friendly and brought coffee, paninis, pastries, etc. to our room for breakfast. The location was great, in a safe but lively neighbourhood only a stone throw away from Vatican City. However, they will make you wait to check-in since there isnt someone constantly working there, so be precise with your arrival time and don't panic if they are running late.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 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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Tehran, Iran
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

It's called b& b because its small but it's really like a very good and cozy hotel,room is very big comparing to European standards and very comfortable,it's close to metro,Vatican and I enjoyed staying in there,specially if you want to go shopping!which I highly recommend,because rom is the best place for that and the location of the hotel is good and close to ottavio street.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brampton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

My husband and I stayed at Ancient Rome for 5 nights. This is a charming hotel in a beautiful area of Ancient Rome. It is about a 50 Euro cab ride from the airport and about a 15 minute walk from the main train station (Termini).  The location is perfect for sight seeing; just a 10 minute walk from the Colosseum and a short walk to the Trevino fountain. The restaurants in the area are excellent (we recommend El Baretto) and there are lively squares in the evening. We loved the area. The hotel staff; Francesco and his daughters are friendly and very helpful. Francesco gave us good information before arriving at the hotel to make sure we didn't pay too much for a taxi (only use the city authorized white cabs). No complaints. Enjoy your stay!  When in Rome, we highly suggest that you book tickets in advance for the Vatican museum and the Colosseum. This will give you front of the line privileges and save you lots of time. You can also get a tour with a guide outside the attractions. This will cost a bit more but will get you ahead of the queue and give you an informative tour. Just make sure they have a badge as a licensed tour company.  

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2013 via mobile

Excellent ! We enjoyed a lovely stay with fantastic air conditioning which was very welcome in 40 degrees heat
Francesco and his family are very hospitable and the garden terrace is a welcome place to have a drink or breakfast !
We will be returning

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

More of a hostel than a B&B. Really nice welcome from the reception, nice location but noisy as it is next to a main road. Nice size room but is extremely noisy with water pumping into the water tank in the middle of the night, we could hear it whenever next door was having a shower or using the toilet, even ear plugs couldn't block out the noise. When we complaint, the owner only gave €20 discount, which we thought was not enough compensation for 3 poor night sleeps. The room was stayed in was called "la divina commedia"- make sure you request for a room other than this one.

Nice breakfast room service but you have to go out of your room to look for the maid to place your order.

Room Tip: Make sure you don't get given the "la divina commedia" room.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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ancientromance, Proprietario at Ancient Romance B&B, responded to this review, 30 May 2013
We are sorry that Miss Erin had a bad sleeping at our place. When she complained she told us about the next room guests who had shower at 4 o' clock at night. We discounted her 15% of the first night cost, which we thought adequate. She agreed, got the discount, then she did not complain anymore, so we thought everything was ok. Reading her review it does not seem now, so I am sorry she did not tell us anything about the noise because we could have changed her room or we could have applied an extra discount even for the other two nights.

That said, regarding the noise: some of our rooms face on Via Ottaviano, which is a pedestrian street from 6pm. We are on the 5th floor and all our rooms have double glass windows. The centre of Rome is not quiet as the English countryside, but if she states that is not possible to sleep even with earplugs, that is sincerely exagerate.

Anyway, some people prefer street side rooms for the view, some others want internal rooms for quiet. That is the classic preferences division in room choice and we perfectly understand it. We just ask to our guests to be as clear as possible in order to give us the possibility to make our best to satisfy their needs.

Regarding the breakfast: we have a wonderful room service. I perfectly understand it could be improved, for example, if our guest could call at the desk and ask for the service, while actually Miss Erin is right: guests have to open their room door and ask the maid for the breakfast.
I hope that everybody can understand that this is not a big deal and that being a small property is very difficult for us to join good service, good price and good quality with an adequate earning.

That said, fortunately I am not the only person who thinks we are an high level bed and breakfast in Rome and I think Miss Erin has never slept in a hostel...

My best regards, Michele Bono
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Property: Ancient Romance B&B
Address: Via Ottaviano 9, 00192 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Prati
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1,561 of 3,734 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ancient Romance B&B 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
“Ancient Romance” is a bed and breakfast located in the wonderful, historical and artistic area of the Vatican City, in the hearth of ancient Rome. It is just 50 metres far from San Pietro square and the Vatican Museums. Our B&B has just been renovated and it is situated in a splendid late-19th-century building, in via Ottaviano, on a quiet pedestrian precinct. ... more   less 
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