We spent 2 weeks in Italy during the beginning of October and this was our only bad hotel. The main issue was the complete lack of personnel. If you simply want a room in a good neighborhood then you will be fine. We were checked in by a young lady who greeted us by saying she spoke very little English. She basically checked us in and told us there would be someone there in the morning then was gone before we could even put our bags away. We had no idea where anything was in the area and had to wander around trying to find even a place to eat the first night and this was the way every night. There is no one at the residence so if you need help with directions or restaurants or get locked out there is absolutely not a sole around. We only saw one person one morning during our five day stay. This was even more frustrating as it was our 25th anniversary and I had emailed no less than three times before our arrival asking for assistance with dinner for that night. Not only did no one mention our anniversary but that evening we got back around 3:30 and no one was there, we had no reservation, and ended trying to find our way in the rain for a restaurant. I wasn't looking for 4 star and understand that it is not like hotels in the US but this establishment is no more than a room for rent.
The room is very small which would have been fine except the bed was terrible. We expected hard beds and we had some others during our stay but none as uncomfortable as the bed and pillows there. The shower had old soap in the dish on our arrival and you get no shampoo or conditioner so bring your own. The room is also fairly noisy as the dumpsters are below and in Rome they empty trash and recycling at all hours of the night. I had asked 6 mo before our arrival for a quiet room. Again no one there to try and change rooms
There is one plus and that is that the neighborhood is lovely. There is a wonderful bakery just down the block and several decent restaurants within 4-5 blocks. It was an easy 5-8 min walk from the train station. The Vatican is an easy 15 min walk. Even though you are not in central Rome the transit system is very easy to use and we had no trouble getting around. If you don't mind being away from the other tourist sites I suggest staying in this area but just not this B&B. Last get good directions as this is a residential building and the only sign is next to the door listed with all the other tenants. We walked past several times before finding.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Residenza Scipioni Luxury B&B is located on the top floor of an historic building inside the elegant Prati district of Rome, a few steps from the Basilica of St. Pietro, the Vatican Museums and Castel St. Angelo. All rooms are elegantly furnished and have a beautiful view of the dome of St. Pietro and the rooftops of the Eternal City.All rooms are equipped with bathroom with shower, hairdryer, TV LED 22, 32 or 42 inches, Sky channel, Wireless Internet, heating, independent air conditioning, safe and minibar.Metro: Line A, at Ottaviano - S. Pietro stop (200 m) ... more less
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