Review written by Gina
from United States
who wrote this post on 11/02/2012
This guest spent his holiday in bed and breakfast in Rome at Quodlibet on: 10/2012
I just returned from a 2-month trip to Italy, and finished with 7 days in Rome. My parents (69 & 76 yrsold) visited Rome with me, and we loved 'the eternal city' & our stay in Quodlibet!
Quodlibet is a straight walk from the Vatican (~7min to Vatican Museum Entrance or St. Peter's) and a Metro stop (1 block north of Ottaviano/St. Peter's). Being so close to the Metro allowed my parents to get to many main sites without needing to walk long distances. It's also close to Via Crescenzio, a nice street for shopping, and Castel & Ponte Sant'Angelo.
Besides the stretch between the Metro stop & the Vatican, the neighborhood seemed to be calm & less touristy (which to me was a great thing!). And as a bonus, next door is a 24hr bakery (http://www.dolcemaniera.it/), with really good pastries. Quodlibet buys croissants and other treats from them in the morning, and serve it as part of their yummy breakfast.
Quodlibet (and it's sister B&B) take up the top floor of a building, and thankfully has an elevator which was handy for my 2-month-sized luggage. The building is very safe, with large wooden front doors, a glass door in the foyer and a door to enter Quodlibet, each with its own key/lock, not that they're necessary.
My parents and I stayed in a triple room, facing the inner courtyard. Though there was no view (probably hard to come by in Rome), the room was very nice - it felt clean & modern, yet very cozy. Everything felt new, including the floors, curtains & sheets. The appliances were also new and worked great (which wasn't true everywhere I stayed in Italy), including the hair dryer, A/C and flat screen tv. The only negative was that our room didn't receive (or decode?) any English channels, like CNN or BBC. It might be added though in the near future.
There's also a common kitchen & dining area, where coffee, tea & biscoti are always available. Nice selection of teas, which I appreciated being a tea-fan.
The service at Quodlibet I think is really what makes them shine. Gianluca & Agostino, brother-in-laws who co-own the property, were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. And Lisette, who works hard to keep everything tidy, was sweet and also very helpful. My mom got sick for a couple of days, and they were genuinely concerned - Gianluca even bought a hot water pack for her to use.
When we first arrived, it was a bit hectic, with I think a group checking out and 1 or 2 groups checking in. We had to wait our turn for a bit, but after that everything went well. Agostino took the time to suggest a nice 'first day' walk to get oriented, and helped us into our room. Pretty much each morning and/or afternoon, he or Gianluca would chat with us, answer questions and provide suggestions.
And another show of their kindness: The first night, my dad pulled that chord (yes, THAT chord) in the bathroom, and the alarm went off. I called Gianluca's number, and he calmly directed me to a 'reset' button to silence the alarm, all without castigating us! (To our neighbors at the time: Sorry!)
The breakfasts were hearty and very tasty: It usually consisted of croissants (so good!) and bread from the next door bakery, boiled egg, salumi, cheese & other spreads, yogurt, fruits, coffee or tea, and juice. Perfect for starting a full day of sight-seeing or strolling.
All in all, we felt at home & welcome at Quodlibet, and would recommend it to everyone visiting Rome!