We had an absolutely brilliant holiday, and mainly because Ines B&B or Alex and Alfredo’s company made it that way!
To begin the journey, you need to buy the coach tickets. You can either get these from Ryanair (on board the plane) or at a kiosk at the airport. The cost is €8 return, which takes you from Ciampino airport to the Termini station. You can also get them from Fiumuncino, but the cost is different. We got the address from Hostelworld.com where the B&B is located. However, this was incorrect and was incredibly stressful. We ended up ringing Alex who met us on via Giovvani Giolitti and rescued us! He then told us that he has three different B&Bs underneath the umbrella of Ines B&B. We hadn’t received the e-mail from him to tell us which one, so we’d advise you to contact him if you don’t receive this either.
Alex’s English is fantastic and after a really early-morning flight and heavily sweating, it was nice to see a friendly face who understood us completely. We were offered a free upgrade from a double shared bathroom, to one with a private bathroom. Also, a free lunch at his restaurant on via Principe Amedeo called Ristorante Alfredo. Alfredo is actually Alex’s partner in the business, who is the most hospitable person we have ever met. We shared an apartment with Alfredo, who personally brought us our breakfast each morning at our preferred time. He also gave us samples of whatever he was eating whenever we came in from a tiring journey to the city’s attractions, and he made a fantastic cuppa! Alfredo saw to our every need and we felt safe around him. As we are two girls of 19 and 21, safety was something we were concerned about.
The room itself was clean, spacious, comfortable and well air-conditioned. The bathroom was small, but ideally situated to the room. It had a shower, toilet and sink, with an electrical socket. However, this was one of only two sockets within the room. When we arrived at the B&B, they offered fresh fruit and cold water to refresh us. If you are a television fan, don’t expect anything English. This wasn’t essential to us though, as we came for the sights and spent most of our days out. The bed was everything you needed after a long day; it was comfortable and very spacious. It also had lightweight sheets to deal with the heat. It was a king-size and not a double; ideal for two girls who are not actually a couple, and also for couples who may worry about being too hot at night. For the stereotypical British who love a cup of tea, there is no kettle in the room, but Alfredo was always ready to offer us one. If you are planning on taking expensive items with you, be aware that there is no safe in the room, so either take a big bag to carry it around with you throughout the day, or try and leave it at home. Also, there is no hairdryer provided, but the temperature outside provided a natural hairdryer as well as a tumble dryer for our washed out clothes.
Breakfast included fresh croissant, yoghurt of unbelievable flavours (e.g. banana!), fruit juice and the infamous Italian coffee with hot milk. If there was anything else we wanted, we could have asked for it, but this was a perfect start to each day.
Ristorante Alfredo, as mentioned earlier, is a beautiful underground restaurant, which is homely and the epitome of Italian cuisine. As we were offered a free lunch, we would recommend the lasagne and the seafood. Alex constantly offered us free wine, limoncello and beer. He was always wanting us to come back and have a free beverage to finish our night. There is an outside seating area, which is perfect on a night time. All the staff were very attentive, and a lot of them were family. Alex was kind enough to introduce us to his family, for which the B&B is named after his daughter, Ines.
We are planning on going back next year after an absolutely fantastic experience, and we wouldn’t consider staying anywhere else. The location is very close to the Termini station and bus services, but you will have to walk a fair distance to any attractions. Alex provides you with an extremely helpful map to guide you through the city.
WE LOVE YOU ALEX AND ALFREDO!!
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- Also Known As:
- Ines Hotel Rome
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