Arco del Lauro
Via dell'Arco dei Tolomei 27, Rome, Italy
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Shopping
Expert review of Arco del Lauro
One of the most endearing of Rome’s new crop of boutique b&bs, the Arco del Lauro is great for those who want a good-value, no-frills perch in the picturesque Trastevere district. The simpatico owners are generally around in the mornings, but otherwise this is a come-and-go sort of place with the sort of generous free extras that always score extra points in my book – including Internet access in the lobby, and even free local calls.
Approached via a Medieval arch, the b&b gives onto a picturesque cobbled lane in my favourite area of Trastevere – the quieter southern part, not far from the Tiber Island.
While a splash of colour on the walls might be nice, the mix of unshowy antique furniture and clean, contemporary touches (especially in the bathrooms) works well, and the lighting is particularly well planned. Air-conditioning (not always a given in this price bracket) is another plus.
There’s no breakfast room; instead, guests are given vouchers for coffee and cornetti (sweet croissants) in a bar in a nearby piazza in Piscinula – a perfect Roman start to the day. There are tea and coffee making facilities in the hotel, and a communal fridge with soft drinks, yoghurt and limoncello, all provided free of charge.
Friendly owners Daniela and Lorenza are a great source of local knowledge and ultra-considerate when it comes to laying on little treats for guests (like bubbly and balloons for birthdays).
An international crowd of budget-conscious travellers, most drawn by the Arco del Lauro’s high Trip Advisor rating.
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- Via dell'Arco dei Tolomei 27, Rome, Italy