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 Value for Money  3.6
 Rooms  3.6
 Cleanliness  3.4
 Location  3.8
 Security & Safety  3.6
 Service & Staff  3.6
 Food / Dining  3.6
 Total  3.4

"it's all good"

User Rating:  1.7
Reviewer:   David B. of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Reviewed:   May 9, 2011  (see hotel reviews from Hosteltraveler.com)
Traveled:   April 2011     Type:   Large Group
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Comments  (English):
plain and clean rooms in the middle of rome. franco, the host, is a very friendly and helpful person. nice cafes and some bars around. a very good way to enjoy rome. would come again.

"Shady, not worth the money"

User Rating:  2.0
Reviewer:   Someone E. of Madison, United States
Reviewed:   April 10, 2011  (see hotel reviews from Hosteltraveler.com)
Traveled:   March 2011     Type:   Other
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Comments  (English):
First, this is not a hostel. The owner has an odd bar/cafe that I never actually saw anyone sit in. Next door is an apartment building where the rooms are located. If you want to meet other people, don't stay here. In addition, we arrived in the pouring rain and waited for 20 minutes, wondering if we were in the right place. Just before we gave up, the owner appeared. He had left no sign about his absence or even that this was a hotel.

Second, be warned that the pricing structure here is not clearly laid out. Franco asked us to pay 90 euros per night up front, which we naively did, after asking if there was anything less expensive (such as dorms, since this was purportedly a hostel), which there wasn't. The two-person room we were shown to was barren and grimy, with nothing on the dirty white walls except for one creepy Anne Geddes picture. The shower was just a showerhead and curtain with a drain in the bathroom floor, and the bathroom did not appear to have been cleaned. Shocked that this was 90 euros per night, I went online to look and found that it was actually listed as 50 euros per night on hostelbookers. I asked Franco to refund us the extra money we had paid. He told me that the 50-euro rooms were in a different building and even less nice (have a hard time imagining that). When I asked if we could move, he avoided my question, then finally said they had just been booked. I asked why these rooms had not been listed on his website, and he had no answer.

Also, there is no internet in the rooms, just in the bar/cafe. The door to the apartment does not shut well, so most of the time it is open.

The next time I was in Rome, I stayed at a B&B in Monti (a much better neighborhood) for 60 euros per night. It was clean and they had a real reception desk and an actual cafe for breakfast. I highly recommend staying somewhere that is cleaner and more honest.


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