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Stayed in 4 bed room (1 double, 2 singles) Clean, quiet basic room with TV and fridge. Location was excellent, 2 streets across from Rome's main train station and within walking distance of major sights. Breakfast was good. What set this B&B above from other B&B's is the outstanding hospitality shown to us from Giovanna and her family. They could not do enough help us out. HINT: go across the road to Giovanna's sisters restaurant for cheap & v.good italian restaurant.
Personality, Personality, Personality
We were a group of 9 from Midwest USA. Most of us have stayed in Rome at various hotels, so we wanted a new experience with a B and B. We wanted someething a little more "homey" than a large hotel can give. Wow, did we get it.
Giovanna is about 35 years old, cute and with an extremely bubbly personality. We were welcomed into her home, literally. We had one more person than she could accomodate, so she gave her the key to her apartment above the B and B and put her up in the spare bedroom. The rest of us had rooms on the same hallway. We had 3 locked doors between us and the street at night. (We were given keys to all the doors.) Her B and B is located in a remodeled apartment house, and there is remodeling going on during the day. At night it is very quiet. The rooms are larger than in a hotel, but the bathrooms are smaller. They are all kept very clean. Towels are changed every day. (She even did some of our laundry...just threw it in her own machines rather than have us take it to the cleaners. And then we had to insist that we let us pay her). Giovanna does all the work herself so she knows it is done up to her standard. Her father used to own a hotel in the neighborhood (and Giovanna worked at it), but at his retirement he offered her the hotel and she said she would rather have her own small place that she could handle by herself rather than a large place that she would have to hire help to keep up.
Breakfast is coffee and oranges, juice and packaged bakery sweets, dry toast and jelly. The breakfast room is very small. There are 3 tables and 10 chairs.
We would often meet Giovanna on the street and she would always remember us, inquire about our day and how she could help us have more fun, see more things. She was very friendly without being intrusive. You can tell she grew up in the hotel industry, yet she wanted something else. So many other Romans in the tourist trade are just doing their jobs. Giovanna lets you know that she loves her work.
Giovy is excellent
My husband and I travelled to Rome not knowing what to expect from this BnB or the area around it. It is really close to the Termini and so a great base for travelling around Rome via metro or on bus and also for more general travel, we travelled to Naples/Pompeii and it was great that the termini could be reached so easily. The main positive aspect about Giovy's is the owner Giovanna though. She is absolutely terrific and makes you feel like you have a friend in Rome. She insists she is available at all times and greated us with a soft drink and some cake and a map showing us the main places and how to navigate around Rome. I cannot speak highly enough of her and she was friendly and helpful at all times. The rooms themselves were nice and were cleaned every day. They had smoking facilities, hairdryer and tv although it was all in Italian. The breakfast was served each day between 8 and 10 and consisted of beautiful cappucinos and also coffee or hot chocolate/tea and some toast and cakes and orange/juices. The breakfast room is quite small though and things got a little awkward if all residents descended on it at the same time. We never felt threatened when walking about the area despite it being so close to the termini. We did however find eating out quite expensive and very mixed. We ate across the street from GIovy's in her sisters place Mary Elen's one night and had a lovely meal and so being tired the following night went back there. It was without doubt one of the worse meals we ever had anywhere in our travels around the world and we were very disasppointed having had a nice one the previous night. Again, we'd just like to highly recommend Giovy's B&B and would certainly give her first priority for a return visit to Rome.
Great value for money
B&B Giovy really gives you good value for money. The standard is better than that of more expensive Rome hotels. It's also very conviniently located just a few blocks from the transportation hub of Termini Station.
Like previous reviewers have said, Giovanna is VERY helpful and friendly. Breakfast is OK with excellent coffee and if you want you can have dinner witha discount at her sister's restarurant across the street.
My only complaint would be that it was far from soundproof.
A safe haven in Rome
We stayed at the B&B Giovy for 3 days in January as part of a month long trip around Europe. It is very easy to get to from the train station and the hostess, Giovanna, was delighted to see us after our long train trip. After showing us to our room she got us a map and showed us where we could go for a walk at 9.00 at night, find some food and see some sights. Within 20 minutes we were standing in front of the beautifully lit up Collisseum.
Our bed was comfortable, the room was tastefully furnished and had a balcony overlooking the courtyard. The room felt very safe, especially as we had 4 keys (outer courtyard, inner courtyard, building and our room). On the down side, a couple of times there was no hot water, but that was probably due to us getting up late (after 10am).
We would definitely stay here again and would recommend to friends and family, mainly because Giovanna is so lovely and welcoming and helpful.Everyday she showed us on the map how to get to where we wanted to go, or which bus or train to catch.She brought us breakfast in bed when we overslept and she gave us biscuits when we left for our next train journey and shed a few tears. This was worth more than any 5 star hotel could offer, for a fraction of the price.
A Gem of a B&B
Myself, my husband and 2 sons, aged 11 and 13, stayed here for several days in April 2005.
I did consider it a bit of a gamble to book on the net, but we definitely made a great choice.
Excellent price for a family room,newly renovated, very central location, and last, but not least, a wonderful hostess!
Giovanna (and her sister Maryelen, who has a B&B in the same block) were very helpful, and went as far as providing maps, advice, and finally, phoning a taxi for our return to Ciampino aiport.
I have recommended her to family and friends and would not hesitate to return.
Very pleasant stay
We stayed in Rome for 4 days and I would highly recommend B&B Giovy. The host Giovanna (Joanna) greeted us as we arrived, she is very friendly and very accomodating. The B&B is only a 5 min walk to the main train station. Lots of places to eat around the accomodation and the laundromate is across the road. We had 4 people sharing a room and it was very spacious, the bathroom is clean and bright. The rooms are made each day. Breakfast was included in the stay. We were even given packed breakfast as we had an early departure. Security is no issue here, you need 4 keys alone to get to your room! Giovanna spent a good 30mins with us on our arrival to point us to the local attractions.
I would have to say B&B Giovy made our stay in Rome even more enjoyable. I would without a doubt recommend this place. No hard choice on where I will be staying next time in Rome.
Great friendly atmosphere.
Rome, Giovy Bed and Breakfast.
We stayed for six nights at this B&B in June 2005 and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. We had booked it via the Internet and the feedback and response from the owner, Giovanna (Joanna), was immediate. We were after a reasonably budget priced place to stay that was convenient to all the major tourist and transport locations. The B&B Giovy certainly met our expectations, and indeed exceeded them in many ways.
It is only a five minute walk from the main Rome Termini railway station, and the Metro/bus stops, from where all of Rome is then accessible. In fact, most of the major attractions can easily be reached within a thirty minute slow stroll. In the immediate vicinity there are restaurants, laundrettes, shops of all kinds, and a small supermarket, which we found very convenient.
From the street the B&B doesn't look fantastic, but don't be put off by first appearances. The neighbourhood is safe and we certainly never had any problems even walking after dark, but do be aware of pickpockets - they operate all over the city. Once you pass through the attractive outer courtyard with its fountain and gardens you make your way to the first floor and the B&B. There is a central corridor with guest rooms off to the left and right and the breakfast room is on the right just as you enter. The breakfast room is fairly compact and has three tables and the serving counter, but as breakfast is from eight till ten you will always find enough room, in fact we never encountered more than two occupied tables at any one time. The breakfast itself is continental with as much tea/coffee as you want and there is definitely more than enough to eat, or at least we thought so.
Our accommodation comprised of a large room and en-suit with shower. As there were three of us staying we had both a double and single beds and there was still plenty of room to move around. There was a large wardrobe, a dressing table with huge mirror above, two bedside cabinets, fridge, hair dryer, air conditioning unit and colour TV. The new double glazed window overlooked the courtyard below and was also fitted with adjustable shutters. The room itself, indeed the whole of Giovy B&B is clean and tastefully decorated, in addition, the room is serviced daily and there are plenty of electric wall sockets for kettles, hair dryers etc (there isn't a kettle provided, you have to supply your own if you want one).
While we were there we met several of the other guests most of whom were couples, the same as us who were after a nice safe time in Rome. We found the security to be first rate - you need four separate keys to get from the street to your room! If you are really concerned, the owner will let you use the safe, but we didn't bother and had no problems whatsoever. Which brings us to the main feature of this B&B - the owner, Joanna. She (and her husband) are on the go all the time, nothing is too much trouble for her and she goes to great lengths to make your stay as pleasant and trouble free as possible. From the moment we arrived she provided us with maps and suggestions as to what to do and things to avoid, all without being intrusive. In fact she is more of a friend than a B&B host and this is something most of the other guests here have also commented on.
In conclusion, if you are after a nice, safe clean base to stay in while you explore Rome, that is not going to break the bank, then this is an ideal spot. It suited us just fine and we would certainly recommend it to like minded people, and will definitely stay here again.