This was our first B&B experience on our trip, that was not only family-run, but inside a huge flat on the second floor of an older building. It turned out to be really nice with a cozy local-style decor. Loved just looking out the shuttered window at the stone street below and enjoyed the smells of cooking.
The family was great to us: we were checked in and oriented by a son; 'mom' arrived first thing every morning to make us breakfast and clean our room and give helpful concierge information, even allowing us access to her computer; 'pop' provides a handy airport taxi service too. Breakfast was standard modest, Italian style: primarily croissants and espresso.
The location's proximity to Roma Termini station -- the hub of all local and regional transit as well as Eurail -- simply can't be beat. A couple notes for arrival: we found this out the hard way. There are streets of the same name preceeded by "Via" and "Viale". If you find yourself on the "Viale", you've walked too far from the station.
Simple directions from Roma Termini station:
Walk out the back entrance, turn immediately right, walk to the end of the station on that block. Turn immediately left -- this is Via di Castro Pretorio. Walk 1 1/2 blocks to the B&B entrance directly on the left side of the street. The numbers are confusing and there is no large awning or signage for the B&B; read the flat numbers carefully to find it. Travel books caution about walking behind the station, but we found no problem at all, even at night. It is a sleeping spot for the homeless, but they seemed more concerned about us bothering them.
Another note about location. It's at Roma Termini where you catch the express train to the airport. Buy your ticket the day before and allow lots of time to get from the B&B to the actual train because, even though the station is not more than ten minutes fromt the B&B, the actual train platform is a full 15 minute walk once inside the station.
Would definitely recommend staying at Tropical as a really pleasant, local, find.
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- Also Known As:
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