I visited my daughter who was studying abroad in Rome and on her recommendation, stayed at Annette B & B. Even before I left the US, the wonderful Gabriela was helping me with instruction on the most cost effective way to reach the property from FCO (there is a bus for 6 Euro!)
This property is located in a great neighborhood and within easy walking distance of many sites, and right out on Via Crescenzio we never had trouble getting a cab if we wanted to travel further than my feet wished to walk.
Gabriela is so wonderful, kind, and welcoming. She made breakfast every morning (she is happy to make whatever you would like) but oftentimes I slept in and missed breakfast. At any rate, each room is given a shelf in the fridge and with the grocery store in easy walking distance, it was perfect. She always had fresh fruit and the little crunchy toasts (they are packaged; not sure what they are called but I loved them!) left out for the late risers or afternoon snackers.
I stayed in both the room with the en suite bathroom and also in the room with the bathroom across the hall (when I returned after having spent a few days in Salerno.) All of the rooms are lovely, comfortable, and spotless (bathrooms included.) At first I was a little worried about having a room with a bathroom across the hall, but it really is not a big deal - it is still YOUR bathroom - not for just anyone to use - and it literally is three steps across the hallway. The showers are great - water pressure and hot water consistently!
The rooms are all large and comfortable. You can easily open the shutters to let light in, you can open the windows for fresh air, or you can close everything (which really makes it easy to sleep late...) I found the beds to be firm but quite comfortable and always slept like a rock. I understand some other reviewers were complaining about the TVs. They are small by American standards - but honestly, I didn't travel to Italy to watch tv. There was cable in every room, but the shows are in Italian of course. I enjoyed flipping on the tv and having the sound of the beautiful Italian language in the background.
I truly loved my stay at Annette B&B and it felt like home. Gabriela obviously takes great pride in her property and her business. Without us even asking, she surprised us with tickets so we could go see "Papa" speak at the Basilica on Wednesday. The tickets are free, but I would have had no idea where to get them. It was so thoughtful of her. She is happy to help with anything you need.
In closing, Annette B&B is a wonderful, locally owned, small, intimate bed and breakfast. It is spotless, comfortable, safe, secure, and run by a wonderful lady who truly takes pride in what she does. Annette B&B is the only place I will stay when I return to Rome - without question.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Annette Bed & Breakfast is situated in the centre of Rome, near Saint Angel's Castel, St. Peters, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, which are some of the most visited monuments in the world and is just a short distance from Navona Square and the Spanish Square.Shops, restaurants, grocery stores, cinemas, theatres and interesting spots nearby. You can reach us taking the bus NÂ° 492 and stop in Via Crescenzio. You can also take the subway "line A" (red line) from the station to "Lepanto" or "Ottaviano" stations. ... more less
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