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Casa Serafina
Ranked #1,871 of 3,705 Rome B&B and Inns
Reviewed 20 September 2012

We arrived on a very hot day at 2 PM, desperately wanted a shower, but no water. The couple who had the room the night before had the same experience. Only two rooms occupied the two nights we were there, the girl in the other room had no water one of the mornings. When we came in the next day though, around 5 PM, there was water.
5 minutes trouble every time we wanted access to the premises, if it was the key or the lock I do not know.
Brown stains at bottom of shower door.
Neither Serafina or her daughter speaks English.
Beds OK, and our room, # 2, had space enough for an extra bed.
Very basic breakfast with strong coffee, the kitchen table where served seats four. Which means you cannot eat when you want, but have to 'make an appointment'.
Location is, in my view excellent, a few minutes from Termini and bus station Piazza Cinquecento.
Street Via Filippo Turati may seem 'shady' but is not. A little noisy.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

Stayed here for 4 days in May of this year. The location was good, and relatively quiet, although there are many B&B's in the building so at times a lot of noise echoing up the stair wells. The older lady who dealt with us on arrival was friendly and approachable, despite the language barrier, however the other younger female staff member was a little less welcoming. The main door had a entry system, although it was left open at times, and there are quite a few "characters" that hang around outside in the street.
We had asked (& had it confirmed) when booking for an en-suite room, but the bathroom was at the end of the hall, and was used by other guests, even though we were told it was for our use only. The room itself was ok, again not the most secure door but you would hope no-one would force entry as the B&B front door was quite well locked. A security light in the hall was annoying as it shone into the bedroom, but after a days sightseeing we were tired, so it was easy to get back to sleep. Also there was no safety deposit box in the room as advertised.
Breakfast was basic, the coffee lovely though. We were able to leave our bags in the hall until we caught the train later which saved having to carry them round the city.
If you are only paying a few euros a night then its good value for money as a base, but i suspect there are better options available.
Rome was fab, and lots of choice for cheap food & drink, and so much to see, i'd definately go back, just not to the Casa Serafina.

Room Tip: One room isnt en-suite, even when advertised as such!!
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Artemis17
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

I can't really explain why I didn't fully like this place. The rooms are big and the external bathroom is good. But it just had some sort of deserted place kind of quality to it. Like it needed some life. I stayed in a total of 6 hotels in Italy and this was my least favorite. Also the breakfast was not good. Pre packed sweet things. The coffee was good though and Angela, the daughter of serafina was nice enough, not a lick of English though.

I would say if you're looking for a cheap place next to the station this is probably for you. But u think you could do better.

Room Tip: Ask for the serafina room it's big
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank christineallado
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

The reviews for this B&B were correct. Serafina made us feel very welcome and was accommodating for a later check in and for leaving our bags for collection at the end of our last day. There was a minor language barrier but transactions were simple and did not require much beyond basic communication and lots can be done with gestures!
The room was very comfortable and the bathroom was a private one separate to the room but this worked out alright being only up the hall way. I am not sure if all rooms were this arrangement but it might be something to consider when you book if this is important to you..
We couldn't believe how quiet it was given it was the street parallel to Termini (about 50m as the crow flies) with a lot of scooter traffic. The only noise heard was other guests arriving or leaving and some faint footfall on the stairs. It was a great location for arrival by train but also close to the National Museum and Basilica of Maria Maggiore side of town.
Breakfast was served in the cosy kitchen and consisted of fresh good coffee, yoghurt, juice and sweet croissants. We were able to appoint our time for this. It was a nice homely stay and very convenient.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Foreignforays
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

My partner and me were at this lovely place a couple of days ago, we went to rome for a week and we enjoyed a lot the time that we were resting here after the long days that we were visiting the great things that rome offers to you. Serafina (the owner) is a lovely person who always has an smile in her face, there's a great breakfast, the rooms are clean and tidy and the area is calm, perfect to have the deserve rest that you seek here.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank JoseteG
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

Casa Serafina works well for a clean, comfortable room, with a good bathroom near Termini. It's only a short walk for an early-morning train. Valaria and Serafina greeted us, and Valaria speaks enough English for travelers to get by. She gave us a good restaurant recommendation down the street, and she offered to put our breakfast in a to-go bag for the next morning, which was appreciated. For pastry connoisseurs, be aware that the pastries were packaged. Also, be aware that there is no one on duty at night as far as I could tell, so this place is probably better for the independent-minded traveler. Our room faced an alley, so traffic noise was no problem.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank JanLarkspur_CA
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Reviewed 21 May 2011

The owner and her daughter made us welcome. As others have mentioned they have made no effort to learn any English so we made sure that we learned enough Italian to get by. The large bedroom was great by continental standards and the shower room just what you would expect. If you are happy with excellent coffee, some strange confections and a pot of yoghurt for brekfast you won't be disappointed. At €90 per night it was reasonable value compared to other places we checked out. Unfortunately, although the traffic noise subsided around midnight, every one of our four nights was disturbed by a car alarm which on two occasions went on all night. We cannot blame Casa Serafina for this but be aware of the potential problem. Four restaurants close by provide adequate food at reasonable prices.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank NorthYorkshireMike
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Address: Via Filippo Turati 107 | 3rd Floor, 00185 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino
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Kitchenette Room Service
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Ranked #1,871 of 3,705 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range: $87 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Casa Serafina 1*
Number of rooms: 3
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