My husband and I just spent 7 nights at the Relais Banchi Vecchi in Rome. The location was just perfect perfect perfect! Walking distance to EVERYTHING! It's in between a hotel and an apartment. Milana the owner was there when we arrived and was very helpful and spoke English well. The rooms are nice, clean and had some GREAT shutters! Shutters?? I like total darkness to sleep. The windows had one set of workable shutters on the outside, one set on the inside and drapes! Newton is the "handyman/go-to" guy in the mornings. He cleans the rooms and does general things including bringing breakfast to our room on the weekends. He was just great as well!
The bed was very firm not lumpy, cotton sateen sheets, a medium weight comforter and 4 pillows (which was nice) None of the wall switches in the room are labeled and they control the lighting, a wall outlet or two (I think) and the heating so that was interesting. lol
Ladies, We tend to like very HOT baths so I would suggest asking (I don't know if they can) if the water heater could be turned up some. By the time the water fills the big marble tub (which was great) it's luke warm which doesn't cut it when you come in from the cold! I was actually boiling water on the cooktop to add into the tub! The cooktop was nice to warm things up such as leftover pizza although they only provide one small pot. Try smushing a slice of pizza in the bottom of that! lol (I rarely saw a microwave anywhere in Rome, maybe its a U.S. thing) We layed a heavy duty sheet of foil on the cooktop to reheat things. The minifridge was working hard but wasn't cooling too well although it was on the coldest setting so we put a couple of cans of soda in it and put the rest on the marble ledge outside the window as it was cold enough! Bring a portable dvd player and movies if you like to wind down at night as the t.v. is of course in Italian (except for M T.V. at times) All in all out of 5 stars I'd give it a 4. Microwave and hotter water would have pushed it up close to 5 stars.
Unique Quality: Great all the way around!
Directions: CLose to everything!
Everything about this B&B is wonderful. If you want authentic rooms which are unbelievably sumptuous to boot, go for this. Milena the hostess is wonderful ,really helpful, really friendly. There is no room service though, so it's more like an appartment in that respect, but that suited us down to the ground as we prefer things to be authentic rather than manufactured.
Amazing value considering the quality of the rooms (beautiful drapes and marble bathroom). It's classed as B&B but treat it as room only . Breakfast is a voucher for a juice, coffee and pastry at a nearby bar (very nice by the way, but not in the place you are staying).
Even with that in mind, this place is INCREDIBLE value. There is a fridge and even a tiny little stove to heat things on.
A real gem, book it before people catch on. Just a small thing, ring a couple of days BEFORE you travel as Milena isn't on site and arranges to meet you there.
Unique Quality: If you want faceless receptionists who shout "have a nice day" automatically everytime you leave the building, avoid this place like the plague. If, however, you want a real feel of Rome and marvellous surroundings to boot, go for it!
Directions: From termini station, take the no: 64 bus to Chiesa Nuova, cross over and walk towards St Peters Sq area,and it's a road on your left just before the supermarket.
The best located accommodation in Rome! Within easy walking distance of all the main sites and one minute walk of various bus stops. Only 7 rooms in this converted 16th century palazzo which has retained the ancient wooden beamed ceilings in the rooms, original Cotto floors, and the vaulted brick ceiling in the breakfast room. Bed was big and comfy, marble bathroom was impressive but no shower, running a bath took 15 minutes and an even longer 25 minutes to get rid of the water (I kid you not) - so no quick "wash & brush up" possible here!
Unique Quality: Maybe it was because we were staying over a holiday (New Year) but service could have been better - cleaning was cursory and neither the towels nor the faulty bedside lamp were changed throughout our five day stay. The heating was eccentric too - came on during the day when we were out, went off at night when it got very cold indeed! The breakfast room was closed due to the holiday - breakfast was left outside our room in the hall with a brief knock at the door to let us know. Apart from when we checked in, we simply didn't actually see ANY of the staff.
Directions: The main entrance (which is often closed and access then is through the rear door in Via del Pavone) only has a tiny sign - we walked past it three times before finally spotting it!
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Address: Via dei Banchi Vecchi, Rome, Lazio, 00186, Italy