The apartment is in a historical building built in the late 1800s. It's in the trendy and central neighborhood of Trastevere, right at the foot of the Gianicolo hill - from the top of the hill there's a magnificent view of Rome.
Trastevere is full of restaurants, shops and markets. It is one of Rome's oldest areas so it's like living in an open air museum.
We're so close to Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, where if you have enough time, will want to sit in one of the open air cafes and watch the colors change (as the day goes by) on the gold mosaic decorations of the church Santa Maria in Trastevere.
Rome should be seen on foot, since its cobblestone streets lead to stunning things to see on practically every corner. However, Trastevere is very well connected by public transportation if you need it or want it.
I'm very happy to point you in the right direction to get you somewhere magical in the Eternal city!
The guestroom is simple but sunny, with a very comfy queen bed that can also be separated into 2 singles, and has its own private bathroom (with a new shower that doesn't leak!). I furnish the towels and there is a hairdryer in the bathroom.
I may not get up to fix you breakfast in the morning but if we are all home at breakfast, lunch or dinner time, you are more than welcome to eat with us! You can store things in the refrigerator and are welcome to use the stove to make coffee or tea.
There are a few places nearby where you can pick up some good already-cooked meals and bring them home to eat.
Wi-fi is always available.
The B&B room is near the entrance to the apartment so it is set off just a bit from the rest of the place which allows it to be private when the guests want privacy.
The apartment can be a busy place since it is also a Tibetan Cultural center, where we hold a few courses like meditation and yoga.
We even have a resident Tibetan Buddhist monk living here.
We don't have any televisions, but no one has complained about it yet, because it's hard to get bored around here!
P.S. As of April 2014 we have double windows. Very pretty and ... less noise!
Kitchen and kitchen facilities.
I interact as much as the guest wants.
Guests are very welcome to come sit at the kitchen table and have tea or coffee or just a chat when we are home.
Very easy to get around Rome from here. Walking is the best means, but there are buses, trams and even a local train that goes all around the city ... even to Fiumicino airport.
It was a great time in Marisa's apartment in Rome! We had a wonderful stay and with Marisa's help we enjoyed Trastevere and had the best italian dinner ever!!!(http://(email hidden)/). The room is small but very nice and clean, the bathroom is next door and private. Everything was great! Thank you Marisa!
I had such a wonderful stay in this apartment, the room was spacious and very clean, its location is close to tourist attractions, we walked everywhere. Its in the heart of Trastevere, close to bars and restaurants, with great coffee and pastries for the mornings. Marisa was and is a gracious host, she welcomed me into her apartment and helped me with any questions I had on getting around in Rome. This is quite unique place to stay in Rome, and I thank Marisa for her warmth and help during my stay, I would gladly return to stay once more.
Marisa is a very nice host, she likes to speak with you about Roma, Paris (she lived 10 years in France) or buddhism, for example. She is always smiling and nice.
There was a buddhist monk who lived in the appartment, he was nice too, smiling, and praying ! : )
The apartment is in a very nice quarter : Trastevere, my favorite area in Roma. The flat is safe, secure, as you need to get through several doors to get to Marisa's apartment (but the door of the bedroom doesn't close well).
So Marisa rents a room in her apartment. Be careful, because, as she told us when we arrived, it's very loudy. In fact, the window has no double gazing, and doesn't close very well, so it's always very noisy. In the day, you can hear - very well - the cars in the street, and in the evening, you can hear the bar-restaurant near the flat. We had earplugs for the night so, it was okay for us, but it was difficult in the evening to listen to a movie on the iPad !
Next to the bedroom, there is a private bathroom with a shower. It's fine, but as the shower leaked, there was always a bit of water on the floor. Not a big problem.
I didn't notice any air con in the room, but the temperature was ok (it was in May). Maybe in summer, it could be a bit warm, but ask Marina.
It was not a B&B, because Marisa doesn't cook the breakfast, but she proposed us to give some biscuits in the morning. Anyway, there are some great places to find a good breakfast outside !
Another detail, the wifi is not very good in the bedroom, sometimes you have to go the living room to catch it. I didn't manage to (website hidden) or facetime in the bedroom.
So if i had to sum up :
the "+" :
- warmful hosting
- beautiful neighborhood
- charming apartment with a buddhist atmosphere
- private bathroom
the "-" :
- really noisy, old wood window (cold in winter ?)
- bad wifi in the bedroom
Quite disappointed with the room. Despite the appartement is well located, the room is very noisy as it's just along a busy road !!!
Marisa may be kind but she lacks experience of a host, we only got to meet her the night before our departure... if only she could leave behind information to avoid all the misunderstanding.. since she was not present and the person she left behind lacked informations and explanations.
Rome remains one of the most beautiful city that is worth visiting .
I'm really sorry that you were disappointed and that you felt that the noise was too much. Luckily in the 5+ years that I've been renting the room out, there have been many return guests, so i assume that it is just a personal problem towards street noise (not busy road) that really is minimal with the windows closed. We are in the center of Rome and not in the country! Some street noise is inevitable.
I was always a phone call away in my absence and we spoke at least 2 times on your first morning in my place. I'm quite sure that if you had read the info about the room and the B&B conditions before coming you would have seen that no information was lacking.
Happy to know that at least you liked Roma!
All the best,
Our stay with Marisa in Rome was wonderful. The room is nice and has an extra access to the private bath room. The location is the best, very close to Sta. Maria in Trastevere. We did not do anything together, but Marisa is very open and helped us if we had any questions regarding anything in Rome. Thank you for everything, Marisa & Mr. Lobsang! :-)
All the best!
Marisa was so kind and warm and made a lovely home to stay in what I think is the best part of Rome. The bed was so comfortable, the bathroom was well-equipped, and the house always smelled nice. She is American, but has been a resident of Rome for over 30 years, and is happy to share what she has learned, and provide fantastic recommendations for meals and sights. This trip was better because of her, and she is the kind of person that deserves to be booked solid. All the stars.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.