I found this B&B online and read some mixed reviews about it, but most of them were positive and the location was great -- only a couple of blocks away from Termini train & metro station -- as well as the price, so I decided to give it a shot. And I was quite pleased with it.
The building was ok, the apartment had 3-4 rooms and the owner, Mrs. Totti, lives there, so she's always around whenever you want to go to the bathroom, in or out the property, etc. She's a bit nosey but kind and accommodating. She doesn't speak English but her assistant does - he was a very kind filipino guy who came by every morning to clean the rooms & the bathroom and serve breakfast. I read online about people complaining that they had been robbed here (money and cameras), but the only 2 people who were always around were Mrs. Totti and the filipino guy, no one else had access to the bedrooms. We never had an issue and they always treated us well.
We picked the cheapest room -- with shared bathroom. They only have 1 room with private bathroom and, even though it was more expensive, my husband said he'd prefer to take that one on a future trip because of the privacy. You really don't have much privacy when you're out of the room and it can get somewhat uncomfortable (also when you try to get into the bathroom and it's already taken and you have to wait since it's the only one). Also, Mrs. Totti isn't very happy when you go inside her kitchen, although she did allow some guests to cook their dinner there. But she doesn't like people to mess with her fridge, so you can't really store a lot of items there (which is a pity because there's a supermarket a few blocks away and it'd be very convenient to buy your food and be able to cook it there). But in any case we didn't spend a lot of time here so it was convenient for our needs: just a place to sleep and shower. The bed was quite comfortable, by the way, and even though the weather was rather hot we didn't need to sleep with the windows open or anything.
Unique Quality: The quality I liked the most was its location. The owner gives you the entire set of keys for the main (building) door, the house's door and your room's so you can come and go freely. The rooms are spacious, well furnished and there's cable TV. Linens and towels provided, all very clean. The bathroom was very spacious too and clean as well -- until some dirty guests arrived and started getting the bath mat dirty but oh well, there are pigs everywhere and the owner's assistant did his best to keep everything clean. The place is not noisy in general.
Another thing which is quite charming is the little garden there is in the apartment, where breakfast is served. We were able to talk to other guests while having breakfast here; the atmosphere was very peaceful and pleasant; the breakfast was quite varied: yoghurt, fresh fruit (which is quite a plus in Europe), toast, cookies/pastries, coffee or tea or chocolate (Mrs. Totti tries to please you within her possibilities and prepare whatever you prefer), butter and jam. There isn't space inside to eat so I have no idea how breakfast is served when it's raining outside, but fortunately we had a great weather and it only rained at night.
Directions: Only a block or so away from Termini, across the Enrico de Nicola avenue, behind the Terme di Diocleziano complex. The building is right at the bottom of what seems to be a dead-end street (it isn't).
Small B&B within a 5 minute walk to Termini train station. B&B has 4 rooms - 3 doubles & 1 single. 1 double & the single have private bath. Other 2 doubles share a bathroom. I had the single room in the basement which smelt a little and wasn't particular pleasant but it was cheap at 50 Euros/night. The double rooms look much better. The bed and breakfast is managed directly by Mrs. Totti, who gives a good breakfast with milk and coffee, croissants, marmalade, jams, bread, butter, cheese and is served outside in a lovelt big courtyard with a big palm tree in the middle. There is no parking at the B&B but I parked right outside for 1 Euro/hour and you only have to pay between the hours of 8am-7pm.
My husband and I will be in Rome in mid September and we have our accomidation choices narrowed down to two places. The first is A Casa Totti and the second is Roman Walls. Casa Totti is very close to the station and Roman Walls is a bit farther. Has anyone ever stayed in either of these places or seen them? They have decent rates for rooms with ensuite baths. If anyone has suggestions on places that aren't far from the main attractions I'd appreciate any info. We want somewhere with an ensuite for under $100.00 US. Thank you all!
I haven’t stayed there, but www.venere.com has reviews.
One thing to consider: of the two, “A Casa Totti” has the better location. Very near Roma Termini, the main train station.
If you stay “At Roman Walls” you are a mile south of anything in the historical center. That extra mile can seem mighty far at the end of a long day. But have a great stay wherever you choose.
Check out the Hotel Panda. I just posted a review. While it may seem on the low-budget end it is located on a pedestrian street.
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