We stayed here in the mid-2000's so it seemed a good choice to stay again. Location is excellent; staff is friendly; rooms and bath are clean; breakfast (served in room) is much better than average for B&B of this type.
However, while we knew to expect to use three keys and a small elevator to reach our room, we did not recall and were alarmed to find that the key to our room, and the key to the outer "apartment" door are required to EXIT. There were 3 of us, including one elderly traveller. We asked for an additional key so that if 1 or 2 wished to go out the other(s) could stay & relax. We were told no additional keys. Even if the room was left unlocked, the outer door also required a key in order to leave (double dead-bolts - no thumb latch). THIS IS A FIRE TRAP! We brought this to the attention of the staff and they said they knew. How can this be legal?
The only other complaint is that staff reserved taxi to the airport a half hour too early and we had to scramble or lose our ride. This also caused us to miss the hotel breakfast we paid as part of the room price and spend more on an expensive and rushed meal at the airport.
If you book, see if they have changed the lock situation, or will at least guarantee you 2 keys. That's such an easy and inexpensive fix for a potentially very dangerous situation! Otherwise, your entire travel party has to stay in the room or leave together at all times.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ancient Romance Hotel Rome
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