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.
Eating and drinking
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).
Who stays there
An international crowd of budget-conscious travellers, most drawn by the Arco del Lauro’s high Trip Advisor rating.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Friendly service and good local knowledge
- Generous extras included in price
- Great location
- Rooms have uninspiring views
- Small bathrooms