This bed and breakfast was really cheap! We booked from www.venere.com so we even got a deal on top of what they offered on their web site. They are a small b&b with rooms in different apartments on Via Bixio.
We were able to contact them before we left for the trip to confirm our stay. Beware - there are MANY bed and breakfasts in ITALY that can confirm your stay and once you arrive you end up not having a room - they usually take you to a near b&b but it's frustrating. This one is reliable though!
The pictures on their web site http://www.family-house.it are not what we had. We asked for shared bathroom and that was the best thing we did. Since we picked shared bathroom, we were given a room in an apartment. The apartment was very clean. It consisted of a kitchen with a fridge and sink as well as dishes, forks, etc, and a small tv, a bathroom and 3 rooms. All three rooms were for separate visitors. The best part was that for most of the nights, they didn't have any other tenants in that apartment so the bathroom and kitchen were all ours. How can you not love this?
The room had IKEA furniture - a bed, bed side stands, a wardrobe and two side benches - nothing fancy but this is all we needed. They provided towels, extra blankets, soaps, shampoos, etc. The bathroom had a clothes washer so you could do laundry should you need to. The rooms and bathroom were cleaned every day. We have absolutely nothing negative to say about that.
Unique Quality: Your stay includes breakfast in the morning only if you get your voucher before 10AM. They give you a voucher to the coffee shop right next to the Family House and you get free coffee, latte, cafe latte, etc and a croissant - and those were good croissants, they had them with different jam inside. The coffee place was really cheap so you could shop there, too.
You can get a map from them of the city but we never did. They don't really get personal or try to help you with your trip, but they are kind and for this money the service is great!
The people there speak English, there is one lady who speaks it perfect, and another lady who is good as well. The night guy didn't really speak it but was really kind. Saying Grazie mille (thanks a lot) and buona notte (good night), buon giorno (good morning, good day), prego (please, you're welcome, here you are) were very useful throughout the whole trip and at the b&b - people were extremely nice back to us :)
One of the greatest things is that the b&b is at a great location!!! It is 10 minutes from the main metro and railway station Termini, and 5 minutes from station Vittorio Emanuele. It has great small local pizza places and restaurants - really that was the best food we had there! It has a grocery store 2 minutes from the place in case you want to save money and the BEST GELLATERIA in the whole of Rome - a huge ice cream house with more than 40 flavors!!! We had it every single day. Also, 5 min walk on Via Bixio there was an internet club so whenever we needed to go and check places to go or contact our family we just went there.
We took the pictures at 5am just before we left Rome - kind of last minute - so apologies for the messy room!
Directions: Right near Termini station - walking distance from Ancient Rome - you can walk anywhere from there but we often took the subway for 2-3 stops, e.g. to the Vatican.
Our plan for accommodations in Rome was very intricate and well planned: we'd get there and see what happens! Well, we got there, and based on what we read in a tour book we tried to avoid the Termini station or rather the pickpockets around that area. We took the underground to the Colosseum, and started walking hauling our little airbags with us. After checking numerous hotels (all ridiculously expensive), we landed at Family House and to no surprise we had walked almost all the way back to ... Termini! :)
The Family House is clean, the staff very friendly, and the room nice. We had an extra two beds in an extra room we didn't use. We didn't have much of a view, but since we were running around all day and came home extremely exhausted, we didn't notice much of what's outside the window (courtyard with some trees).
Breakfast consisted of a variety of croissants with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc., on the comfy patio of the little shop next door. The house seemed reasonably occupied from the amount of guests at breakfast every morning.
Note: depending on what time of the year you get there, you might be able to negotiate a better rate. We ended up paying ~ $ 34.-- per person/night.
~ single, double, triple, quadruple rooms with bath, television and A/C.
~ bigscreen TV in the common room
~ situated in the historical center in the imperial Rome
~ a stone's throw from the Forum, Colosseum and Theater of the work.
Directions: Family House
Via Bixio 72
~ 5 minute taxi-ride from Termini
~ 5 minute walk from underground
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Address: Via Bixio 72, Rome, Lazio, 00185, Italy