To make your stay as comfortable as possible, you should realize some of the differences between expensive full-service hotels and private family homes that offer bed & breakfast in the original Italian style.
Bed and Breakfast proprieties in Europe are not the same as in the U.S., where B&B has become increasingly associated with country inns, with housekeepers, staff and often with an in-house restaurant. In Italy these properties are known as “ casali “ in the in the countryside and as "residence" in cities.
Our B&B residences is a private family home, in older building, of several hundred years old and consequently may have smaller rooms than you are used to at home or at modern hotels. You will find that our top-rated rooms have attached en-suite bathrooms, just like a master bedroom.
However at a little number of these rooms the private bathrooms, which are for your use only, may be adjacent to your room or a few steps away along the corridor. An obvious, but often overlooked, difference between hotels and staying at private family homes is that of service; there is no desk clerk on duty to await your arrival, so it is vital that the we knows what time to expect you, as we have our daily life to attend to.
The worst possible way to start your visit is to arrive unexpectedly and find no one at home to greet you. We will ask you for these details along with the relevant flight information.
Be sure to ask our staff which one floor of the apartment is located on, as often the older buildings, do not have an elevator and the higher floors may only be suitable for younger guests, as it may take a couple of trips to get you and your baggage upstairs. The reward is well worth the effort, as you will find lovely rooms and charming hosts waiting to help you feel at home in Rome. You will be given a key to their home and this is a courtesy that should be respected, so if you return late at night, please be considerate of other guests or the host family. The rooms are regularly serviced, varying from home to home, but there is no ‘room service’. You are staying "in famiglia" not at a full-service hotel. But the real plus on the service side, is that you will be staying with hosts who really know their neighbourhoods and can give you the best independent advice about places to eat, shop and visit, unlike hotel staff who don’t live locally and don’t know about these things or perhaps get some kind of kick-back for referrals.