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Buon giorno, Aaron here.
A two hour train ride swept us away from Florence and into the grand city of Rome. If anything, it is even hotter here, but that did not stop us from hitting the ground running.
The four-room B&B we are staying at is near the Colosseum and an absolutely wonderful place to stay. The couple that run …
Bon giorno, Aaron here.
Cassie and I jumped on the Rome subway system this morning and headed over to Vatican City. For those of you living under a rock, the Vatican is the home of the Catholic religion, the Pope, and (supposedly) the remains of the disciple Peter. Even some previous Popes are not certain of the last claim but it is clear …
Bon giorno, Aaron here.
Busy (and very late) day today so let's get to it...
We started out by going to the National Museum as the doors were opening. We were one of the first ten or so folks let in. It is wonderful to roam around galleries that contain priceless works of art and have the room to ourselves. Cassie was especially …
We were up early today, as we had to check out, eat breakfast and walk to the train station. There were bunches of kids at breakfast. At one point they broke into song. We walked to the station and boarded our express train to the airport. I mistakenly thought express=fast. No, it just means "no stops" . It proceeded slowly to the airport, and we arrived nine minutes behind schedule. The Rome airport ...
... a local favorite and we did indeed have a divine meal (the best zucca di fiori so far).
Our last evening was spent eating at an unashamedly overpriced tourist restaurant (Andy insisted and he was right...for once). I held out for a place that did not display plasticized food to attract patrons - I think it is a wise rule of thumb to avoid these places don't you agree? We found a suitable choice front and centre in Piazza Navona with the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Nicolas Inn Rome
A lengthy, but very truthful summary from experienced travellers.
Overall the Nicolas Inn is a fantastic value at almost any price. At the winter-time rates my girlfriend and I paid of 90 euros/night, it was an absolute steal.
There are only two real reasons why you, gentle reader, should *not* stay at the Nicolas Inn. If neither presents a problem for you, then read on.
1) Noise. This inn is spectacularly located for sightseers (one block equidistant from the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Via Cavour metro and the Piazza Venezia). You can get almost anywhere you'd want to go including the Villa Borghese or Vatican City with no more than a 15-20 minute walk or a cab ride less than 5 euros.
However, since it's location is "everywhere you want to be", the street outside is very busy at nearly all hours. As a frame of reference, I live along a major thoroughfare in Washington, DC and the noise level at home is comparable to the noise level along Via Cavour. This did not present any problem for me, as I have grown accustomed to it and can easily sleep through a train wreck. My girlfriend, who needs and uses ear-plugs at home, was smart enough to bring them with her and also had no problems whatsoever with the noise. If you are a light sleeper and are either unwilling or unable to use ear-plugs, the Nicolas Inn may not be for you.
2) The beds. I would describe them as comfortable, but not as comfortable as what you would find in a high-end major chain (e.g. Sheraton or Hilton).
I have minor back problems and the beds here were just fine for me. If you have significant or major back problems, you might want to call ahead and get an accurate description of the mattresses from one of the two main proprietors (Francois or Melissa - both of whom were extremely honest with us in all dealings). Then you can make an informed decision if the beds will be adequate for you. If you think your back might need some extra support, the Nicolas Inn may not be for you.
Other than those two considerations, this place is a definite gem. Small, owner-operated B&Bs are always a roll of the dice, but this place is a Lucky 7. A few reasons why:
- The continental breakfasts, while technically still "continental" were unusually large and varied.
- The proprietors were not only knowledgeable and immaculately professional, but extremely helpful and friendly as well. As one brief example, we had a very breezy conversation with Melissa about some of things we planned to see while in Rome, and (without prompting from us) she prepared for us a customized itinerary including tips on when to use cabs/metro and when not, when to use audio-guides and when not, when to pay extra for a guided tour and when not, etc, etc. We were always very happy when we followed the advice she had given us, and we realized later that we should have followed her advice those times we had ignored it.
- Everything in our room was always kept extremely clean.
- As previously mentioned, the location can not be beat (particularly for the money). I met a woman who had been thrilled at the rate she had found at a place near the Spanish Steps. I resisted the temptation to tell her that the Nicolas Inn had cost us 15 euros less per night. Frankly, I have misgivings about posting this review to TripAdvisor because I do not want to give away the secret little place I have found. I am afraid the owners will start getting so busy that they will raise the prices. However, after the level of service we received from them, it would be unjust for me to not write this review.
Home away from home
I have now stayed at the Nicolas Inn twice, three times if you count the fact that my last stay was interrupted by a week-long sojourn in Sicily. François and Melissa have pampered me like a favorite uncle. They have given helpful sightseeing hints and have provided me with every comfort. Much as I would like to think they accord me special treatment, I have observed that they accord just as much friendly attention to every guest.
The location is ideal, within walking distance of the main train station and only a few blocks from the Colosseum and the Vittoriano. There are metro and bus stops nearby, and several good eateries.
Home Away From Home!
My wife and I visited Rome with our University daughter and stayed at the Nicolas Inn for five nights. None of us had been to Rome, and we were a bit apprehensive. Everything in the other positive reviews is totally true. We had read them prior to our visit. Nicolas Inn was the greatest. The rooms are on the small side, but very adequate. We stayed in the Inn over New Year's 2004. No problem with noise-- of course we were out in the streets till after midnight, but no problem any night with noise.
The Inn is a short walk from the Metro, just around the corner from the Coloseum and Forum, and gave us an experience of "real life in Rome.". The Inn is clean, beds are great, bathroom is excellent, and the breakfast was served to us in our room every morning! Melissa gave us advice via e-mail prior to our arrival, reserved tickets after we arrived, gave us tips to beat the crowds, tidied our room while we were out, and gave us her cell phone number in case we ran into trouble during the day.
After visiting Florence and Venice, we returned to the Inn for our last night before flying out. Francois stayed late to let us in and greet us. He called one of his taxi driver friends and arranged a 5:15AM pickup for our trip to the airport. And Francois got us a reduced fee for the trip.
We absolutely loved the Inn, and it felt like a home away from home with the hosts' warm support and hospitality. Location, quality accommodations, and personalized support are an unbeatable package at the Nicolas Inn. All three of us were totally happy with the Inn.
Accomodations were great, very clean, very comfortable. Loved teh location - a few blocks from the Roman Forum etc. Hosts were very helpful, booked reservations for us and provided excellent advice on restaurants. Even had breakfast in our room the night before ealry departures. Will stay there again when we return.
Really nice time!!!
This place was a great place to stay..
We got served breakfast in bed!!!...
The location was excellent too...
Francois & Melissa were so helpful with recommendations also..
Fantastic stay in Rome!
The Nicholas Inn made our trip in Rome completely stress-free. Quiet, low-key, and detail-oriented, it is an enchanting oasis that serves as a treat both at the begining and end of a long day in this exhausting city. Melissa and Francois really know how to make their guests feel welcome and at home. We will definitely return in the future.
A must stay if in Rome
Great place. Great people. Great location. Wouldn't chage a thing!
Nicolas Inn is home away from home!!!
It's the hosts that make this place so great. When we arrived they went over a map with us and pointed out the main stuff to see, how to get there, the best days to go, opening hours. Their restaurant recommendations are great. There are several good places to eat right by the B&B but they also suggested places throughout the city.
There were some strikes and protest marches during our stay but again, the hosts told us about them ahead of time so we weren't really inconvenienced.
We had a bit of rain. They offered us umbrella one morning but we said no, thinking the gray sky would turn into sunshine. Well, 5 blocks from returning we were caught in a nasty downpour! We walked in the door drenched to our undies. They immediately gave us extra towels and even made us tea! They just made our time in Rome very relaxing.
We were really happy with the location. The only time we took a bus was to the Vatican (but we walked back, seeing other things along the way) and the Catacombs, which are out of center. There are ruins all of the place by this B&B! And at night it is really pretty when everything is all lit up.
We spent two nights early Oct. 2004 - Great location walking distance to all the major cites. The room was quite, newly refurnished, clean with modern bathroom! The bed was very comfortable. we paid 120E which included a nice pastery basket, fruit & yorgurt, Melissa made great coffee and even gave second!!! What a nice treat. Melissa also made us museum reservations - she was extremely helpful.
We definitley recommend this B & B and would stay their again!!
Loved the Nicolas Inn in Rome
We spent 3 lovely nights at the Nicolas Inn in Rome this September. It is a small B & B with very nice rooms, great bathrooms, a perfect location and friendly and helpful owners. Located at 295 Via Cavour close to the forum and the coliseum, it is perfectly located to be in walking distance of sights, restaurants and transportation. It is also next to a wonderful small Italian market. The hostess, Melissa, is American and extremely nice and helpful. If you want a nice place to stay at a reasonable price, you can't do better than this B & B. Here is the contact information: Via Cavour, 295; Scala A, Int. 1;Roma, Italia 00184
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