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Via Veneto: B&B Daphne Veneto

Phone: 06.47823529

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Reviewed by: Amarena from NY, review #1374

When: March 2006

Very stylish & clean B&B in good location with a helpful, caring staff (and moderate prices to boot!)

double room at Daphne Veneto, photo by Amy Baker

I stayed here with 4 other family members. The prices, reviews and photographs of their fashionable rooms are what initially enticed me to book there. We were not disappointed, and were actually surprised at the level of service and comfort we received for the price of the accomodation.

Mimi was at the hotel to check us in after arriving late on a Sunday evening. She is an American, and very patiently explained every detail of our accomodations which include card keys and cellular phones. We couldn't believe they provided us with cell phones -- they even programmed into the phones 3 numbers to the hotel AND 2 emergency lines in which to contact them. The card keys are used for the front doors and the rooms, much the same as most American hotels.

They gave us to rooms next to each other on the ground floor -- one a triple and one a double. In between the 2 rooms was a private sitting area with a computer for internet access. No other guests were allowed in this area which makes the accomodation more like a large suite, and they try to only reserve these for groups who need two rooms. The rooms had just been redecorated in browns and creams in a very modern, trendy style. There is plenty of light, a small refrigerator, a wardrobe, a desk, and a small patio off of the larger room. The bathrooms were comfortable with great water pressure, heated towel racks, and a wall-mounted magnifying mirror. The rooms are thought out with great care for the guests needs and comfort. We had just stayed in a nice, but very old B&B in a palazzo in Florence, and as much as we had enjoyed that, we all agreed that it was very nice to be in a sleek-looking hotel in Rome.

Our only compliant was regarding the comforters: they are beautiful, but with a very sleek finish which makes them slide off onto the floor at night. If you turn them over, they will stay on. We mentioned this to Mimi, who said this had been a complaint of some, but the comforters had been custom-ordered and were quite expensive. I'm certain they will replace them with something different when they begin looking worn. Admire them when you check-in, but then remember to turn them over when you go to sleep!

Breakfast was served on the 4th floor, in a pleasant sunny room. I had read some complaints on the breakfast, so wasn't expecting much. But instead, we were very happy with our breakfasts. There were pastries which were very good, rolls, meats, cheeses, fresh fruit, large selection of yoghurts, juices, water, regular coffee, tea or cappucino. We enjoyed our breakfasts here, and the cappuccini were fantastic! On our last morning, we left before breakfast began, so they packed us breakfasts to take with us -- nice perk.

The location is 1/2 block off of Piazza Barberini where there is a metro stop and a taxi stand. It is a 5 minute walk to the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish Steps.

One other aspect of the service we received from Mimi and Elyssa... we had them recommend and make dinner reservations for us for 2 nights. Not only did they do this, but they typed up the information for us, including directions and what menu items were very good. Both places were good: San Marco off of Via Veneto (trendy, casual place with good pizza) and Armando's near the Pantheon for my mother's 70th birthday.

But Armando's was so wonderful to us for my mother's birthday celebration, and I can only assume this was partly due to the relationship they have with Daphne Inn. The brothers who own and run this place (one in the dining room, the other in the kitchen) were so good at making the patrons enjoy themselves; my mother had the best birthday, and got teary-eyed when we (then joined by the entire restaurant) sang "Happy Birthday" to her.

Lastly, after arriving home, I received an email from Daphne Inn, thanking me for choosing them for our Rome accommodation. They really made us feel so comfortable and welcome.

Reviewed by: janya from USA, review #1214


The perfect hotel. Located on a quiet street in the middle of historic Rome, nice rooms with comfortable beds, spotless bathrooms, excellent breakfast.

Reviewed by: chil147 from USA, review #1050

When: June 2005

Daphne Inn is clean and adequate.

We stayed 4 nights at the Daphne Inn. It had no elevator and we were on the 4th floor -- which was a bit of a challenge. The staff there was exceptionally helpful and made all our reservations, gave us a map drawing directions, made suggestions, and even gave us a cell phone to use. The room was small and so was the bathroom but it was very quiet, clean and adequate. Since we spent so little time in the room, it didn't matter.

The breakfasts consisted of rolls, fruit, cheese, coffee. Very qood. They kindly made us a take away breakfast since we had an early flight. The only complaint was the rate quote they gave us for the driver to the airport of 50 but when we arrived the price was 65. Make your own plans if going to airport.

Reviewed by: Marthur from MA, review #967

When: April 2005

Friendly Hotel. Great Location near Piazza Barberini.

Nice B&B with about 8 rooms on three different floors. All have private bathrooms and breakfast is included. The rooms are newly renovated and the baths are large and extremely modern. You are given cell phones to use during your stay and there is free internet service, as well as irons and a small refrigerator.

The B&B staff speaks excellent English, since most are from the States. The location can't be beat; half a block from the Barberini subway stop. There are no TV's and towels are changed every other day. My family of 6 stayed there and were very pleased. A room for three costs 180 euros during high season and they offer a 10% discount if you pay in cash.

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