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Repubblica - Termini: B&B L'Archetto

Via Bixio, 32, Phone: 06.70494944

Reviewed by: Annika from Sweden, review #1862

When: April 2007

A harmonic and peaceful hideaway in the dodgier parts of Rome.

The courtyard and inner entrance to L'Archetto., photo by Annika

After a horrible and noisy hotel night in Sweden before our early flight to Rome, we were a bit wary as we dragged our suitcases along the streets south of Termini. The streets were dirty, we were approached by a few beggars, it was extremely hot for a day in April and we were not sure of what was awaiting us.

It was such a pleasant surprise when we found the gate on Via Bixio, 32. We were buzzed in, walked through the gate and into a very nice courtyard, where the B&B entrance was the door on the right. It was as if we had entered a new world.

Lucia Mellone, the owner and landlady, greeted us and showed us to our room. As you enter the B&B there are two doors, one to the left and one to the right, which are the rooms. Straight ahead is Mrs Mellone's area; the kitchen and her own rooms. We never went in there. We stayed at the room called Romantica Roma, which was a big, cool and beautiful yet simple room. Our room was facing Via Bixio, but it was very quiet.

She served us freshly squeezed blood orange juice right away, and told us about the property while we finished the paperwork.

We were handed a set of four keys: One for the gate, one for the front door, one for the B&B door and one for our room.

The bathroom area was separated by curtains, and very nice. The toilet was in a separate room, which was extremely small and narrow even for me who is rather petite, and I imagine that for someone with a larger body frame than myself it might be uncomfortable. The door to the toilet also did not have a lock, which isn't a real problem but personally I would have preferred to be able to lock it. Flushing the toilet was very noisy, which isn't a real problem either unless you suddenly feel sick and spend the night in the bathroom...

Mrs Mellone speaks Italian, Spanish and French but unfortunately no English at all. She is a very quiet and discreet woman, and serves a phenomenal Italian breakfast with cappuccino, delicious cornetti still warm from the oven, freshly baked bread, butter and jam, all provided on a cart in your own room. She cleans the rooms every day, and changes sheets and towels every three days.

We stayed at L'Archetto for three nights, and paid 100 a night for a double room with an extra bed for our son. The Colosseum is within walking distance, as is Termini, Santa Maria Maggiore and lots of other sights. I found it price-worthy, and would definitely recommend it.

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