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I have to say, Rome was not our favorite city on this trip. We really loved the Colosseum and all of the old ruins and buildings all over the city, but it is a very intense city to be sure. I'm not a big fan of organized tours, but I think for me this might have been a better way to do Rome.
We wanted to be sure we got to see the …
Our departure from Venice was not quite as early as some of the other ones we’ve had and have still coming. We had a 10:45 flight out of Marco Polo airport, and all of our transport was covered by the 2 day pass we bought when we arrived in Venice. Everything went really smoothly and we had a great flight (on Easy Jet), just an hour long. We …
... sons (from the myth of Troy), a statue of Apollo which was hidden behind scaffolding but I just leaned around and took a pic anyway, giant bowls carved from a single piece of stone the size of my bedroom and numerous mosaics. The Sistine Chapel I found to be hideous place, all rectangular and sharp, with none of the domes and soft edges we have found in previous chapels/basicilas. The papal conclave are locked in here when they go to voting for the ...
... the people fighting such exotic creatures, putting their lives on the line, did so for the emperor, to show that man controlled the animals. The lunchtime spectacle showed two things, that crime did not pay, and that the animals did the emperors work for him under his direction, that he was in control. The gladiatorial events showed what heroes would do for their emperor, proving that he was worth their lives. The whole thing worked a treat. Time to move this little lesson to the side ...
... in its expanse, age, heritage and history. I loved every second of it (except for the 25 minute queue for the toilets). Poor Ken had aching feet at the START of the day, let alone the end. Still, with these places, a picture is worth a million words (or more), so I will not rabbit on too much about them. The best thing that I learned was that there were people whose job it was to mop up the blood of the defeated gladiators (most of whom were, of course, sentenced to death) as ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Matisse B&B Rome
My husband and I stayed at the Matisse B&B at Rome, the last week on June. We were very worried considering it borders on high season, and the temperatures were very high. We were sure a good, clean room with a good, clean toilet, and an air con would cost us a lot. but guess what? It didn't. The Matisse B&B was comfortable, great rooms, all air conditioned, a well stocked fridge, free internet(what a boon) and so centrally located. via nazionale is a main road, that had fantastic shops and irish pubs all along (great for watching football). so well, you were budget, yet you were safe and cool. and so we could go sightseeing till the heat got to us, then a short walk and we'd be back to our room. we saved money by being able to walk everywhere. I have great memories of rome, thanks to the Matisse B&B.
Hey Jen loved it!!!
Hmmmmmmm...such opposing views!! We loved this place and Roberto the owner. He is a gas and out-of-the-way helpful. You can not get a more centrally located spot for the price and there are loads of great shops and restaurants around. We were sent off to a local spot near a neighborhood sound studio with terrfic food and staff and a wall full of pics of "Sophia" and friends. Our rooms AND our sheets were always spotless. The area is downtown and a tich noisy, fun noisy, but if you tire of the atmosphere you can shut the windows and crank up the A/C. Perfect. Yes our bathroom although private was not in our room but three feet across the hall. It looked good, worked great and was not difficult to find!! You do have to carry your bags unless you want to use a small elevator for one flight but it is really only about 30 steps up all told. We travelled across Italy by train and spent time in Bellagio, Lerici and Radda, a couple of stairs weren't going to scare us. About the cash thing. I paid cash in every B&B we stayed in. There are bank machines everywhere. The Matisse certainly did not ask for our money up front. They actually told us just to leave it in our room on the desk on our last morning. I wouldn't say that was pushy. No, there is not a lot of hand holding. Roberto is always there if you need him but there are no staff on the premises in the evening. We did have a number where we were always able to reach him and he was hanging around during the day. That was enough for us. It made it a bit like an apartment, free internet, fruit, juice and icky Italian prepackaged pasteries(you'll see) 24/7. I am sorry some people had a bad time at the Matisse. Sorry and surprised, we loved it. If you stay there and I think you should, tell them Jen says hi and do take Roberto's advice on all things Roman, he never steered us wrong.
The 3 "c's" -> Convenient, Clean and Cost Effective
We stayed here for 3 nights in May 2006 and had a lovely stay.
The location was great and within easy walking access to all the main attractions as well as bus and rail transport at the doorstep for those attractions a little further a field.
Our room was huge and spotlessly clean. Matisse security was excellent and the free internet access was a bonus. Great value in Rome - We will definitely stay here again.
Roberto saved our vacation!!!
I went to Rome on Easter Sunday expecting to find the hotel I had booked being in a very convenient location to the train station and attractions. However, the map on their site was inaccurate. The hotel was actually 12 miles (18-20 km) from central Rome. I was very disturbed because I was to meet my daughter on Easter Sunday at that hotel. There was no way I wanted to stay that far from central Rome. Roberto saw me at the train station, and to make a long stroy short, he saved our vacation. He told me about his hotel, the Matisse Colosseum. Located 15-20 min. walk from the train station and only about 5 minutes from the Colosseum. It was fantastic. He even took me to an internet cafe so I could cancel my other reservations and helped me call my daughter so she would know the new place. I also wanted to go to St. Peters Square and be at mass with the Pope on Easter Sunday. However, that same time frame was when my daughter was arriving. Roberto met her at the train station and brought her to the hotel so I could go to church. How do you top that hospitality?
The rooms were also very clean, secure and big. For all of his hospitality, Roberto would not accept a tip. He said to use it for a special dinner for my daughter and I.
I highly recommend looking into staying at the Matisse Colosseum. [-]
Fantastic stay in Rome
I spent a week in Rome sightseeing, and I stayed at B&B MATISSE. It was an ideal base from which to visit the Colosseum, the Imperial Forums, the Fountain of Trevi and lots of museums. Because it is so central, it was also very easy to move round at night to go clubbing.
There is a service to pick up guests at the airport, which is very efficient.
There was a most friendly welcome from the staff when I arrived. The rooms are spotless and the hotel is cosy and very quiet.
The staff helped me to find my way around the city and gave me many useful tips for shopping.
I warmly recommend this B&B.
Terrific place in a central location for a great price in Rome
I am surprised at some of the negative reviews I am seeing posted and with regards to someone's post questioning if the reviews were genuine, I can surely say my experience with Matisse was really great (we have pictures of our rooms too in case someone wants).
We booked two rooms at Mattise for 4 people on May 15th /16th (two nights) and we greatly enjoyed staying at this place! The rooms were neat and clean and big! The bathrooms were not attached to the rooms, but they were private bathrooms -- meaning every room had their own bathroom --- so this was perfectly fine. The B&B is in a central location very close to the main train station and also to all the tourist attractions. It is in a good area on a main road (but is on the inside of the building - so no road noise -- at least in the rooms we stayed in) and is well served by buses (1 block from bus-stop) where you can catch many buses to the tourist attractions and the Vatican.
Combined with all this, there's a PC in the living room with free internet access (how many hotels offer free internet access?) and the kitchen which contains breafast items, juices, bread, milk, bottled water, etc.. is accessible at all times!!!
As for the comment about no elevator -- actually there is an elevator (very small -- but does its job when transporting luggage) -- yes there is one flight of stairs to climb to get to the elevator, but this is better than having to carry the luggage entirely by stairs.
All in all, this is a great place for a great price -- we will have no hesitation in staying here again.
A welcoming, safe, thoroughly enjoyable stay!
This was our first trip to Italy, and we booked the accomodations through Hostels. We were expecting a reasonable (not expensive, clean, nothing flashy) place to stay while we were in Rome. We were overwhelmed with Roberto's hospitality! We got exactly what we booked. The room was extremely clean, and perfectly suited our needs - we wanted a clean, comfortable place to stay close to the historical centre. The sheets were cleaned everyday,. and our room tidied. We were within walking distance of many incredible sites, and had the pleasure of enjoying the local roman nightlite! It was no more noisy than any other hotel in the middle of a thriving city - for total peace and quiet we suggest the villas in Tuscany!
What made the stay memorable was the attention paid to us. Roberto met us at the door - we had to buzz as we were a little lost on our first venture to Rome! Roberto gave us guidance and advice throughout our stay He recommened ristorante's that were the best meals of our stay. He arranged a shuttle for us to the airport at a great rate compared to a taxi or train, and waited with us until we said a sad "arrevederchi" to Rome".
We were recommended to stay here on the advice of a fellow traveller, and we were so pleased with the atmosphere and hospitality we are more than happy to provide a glowing recommendation for Matisse B&B!
Wish i could stay more....
I've stayed only one night there, because i've arrived in Rome earlier and the hostel where i had reservations wasn't available for that night. I've payed less than the real price, so it was great. Very clean place, absolutely non-smoking, free internet, private bathroom (although out of the bedroom), fantastic localization, really good place. The only thing is that i don't think that the real price is fair, because there's no TV, no doorman, etc, and i've payed less in a real 3 star hotel in Firenze...
Really comfortable place
We stayed in the hotel for 3 nights, it is in such a convemnient location and it is very clean. Although we are tourists, somehow we feel like we are not strangers there.
You won't regret a stay at Matisse
I just returned from Italy during which I have spent my last 3 nights at Matisse B&B. The room is clean, spacious and very stylish. Most important of all, the bed is comfortable, not like those other with stumping centre as in many bed & breakfasts. The decorations of the sitting room, which the owner bought from many different countries in the world & designed himself impressed me very much. The distinguished taste & personal touch make my stay like home. The hospitality & friendiness of the owner is another characteristic of Matisse. The boss is so understanding to the needs of each guest. He is so helpful that he will offer help even before you ask for it. If you planned to visit Rome, you must stay at Matisse. You won't regret the fine experience.