Rome Hotel Nicolas Inn Review

From the moment the owner of the Nicolas Inn met us on the street we could not have been more warmly welcomed to the hotel. The owner, Francois escorted us up to our room (it's a 4 room B&B) showed us our immaculately clean, neatly furnished room. After offering us a glass of ice water he took us on a quick walking tour of the surrounding neighborhood, pointing out the breakfast place (a separate restaurant a short distance away), a local gelato place, best pizza stop and a couple of restaurants in the alley behind the Inn.

Francois made dinner reservations for us for the following evening and recommendations for dinner that night. Along with the dinner recommendations he indicated the dishes the establishment was known for. The recommendations were outstanding, we had the best meals of our trip at all 3 of our dinners. Each restaurant was locally owned, small establishment and we trusted Francois' recommendations on dishes. One hint from Rick Steve's we found helpful was to "share" the dishes. We order a shared appetizer and pasta and then couple of main dishes followed by dessert. With house wine we spent about 70 euro per meal. I think our pizza cost us about 7 euro for lunch. The breakfast was "real Italian", at about 7 each morning commuters, local workers come in for a coffee and pastry. We did the same (although we sat at a table instead of standing at the bar), after one day they "knew" us. We picked out our pastry, they made us a cappuccino and brought it to our table (along with a juice). Simple and fun. Yummy pastries by the way.

Our accommodations were quiet, we didn't see or hear the other guests. Our room faced a busy street but with the window closed we didn't hear anything. We occasionally opened the window to get a feel for the street. It was a hot week in Rome so we used the room AC and were quite comfortable sleeping.

Location was perfect for us (50's couple) we took the train from Florence, hopped on the metro and walked 5 minutes to the hotel. Total cost from train station to the hotel 3 euro ( 2 , 1.5 euro metro tickets). We traveled light with a roller board each, and I had a small backpack. The Inn is 2 blocks from the Colosseum. We hopped the metro to the Vatican (easy, use a money belt). We walked to Trastavere from the Inn. We flew out of Rome and again took the metro to Rome Termini and bought tickets for the Leanardo Express at a Tobacco stand in the Termini (14 euro each) to Rome's airport. We happen to hit it just right, catching a train as we entered the station. I think our trip from the Inn to our gate took about an hour (don't count on that).

If you are looking for simple accommodations with a personal touch I wouldn't hesitate to use the Nicolas Inn. It was a wonderful experience for our first trip to Rome.

Posted by jpl
48 posts

I've heard great things about the Nicolas Inn. Thank you for your email. Do you remember the names of the restaurants the owner recommended? We will be in Rome next month staying in the same area.
Thanks so much,

Posted by mgorski1103
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Sure, here is the rundown. Local pizzeria, aloe Carrette, it's in an alley, Via della Madonna die Monti 95. The restaurants, Mario's, Plazza del Grillo 9 (this was the 3rd favorite), Risorante Santa Cristina, Via della Cordonata 21-22 (in the alley behind Hiberia Hotel) try the pasta with fried zucchini flower and steak with honey and peppercorn sauce or chicken with gorgonzola and any of their homemade desserts. By the way it is cash only unless you spend over 100 euro. She accidentally shorted us some change and chased us down the street to make it right. Our favorite was La Taverna die Fori Imperiali (closed Tuesdays) Via della Mondonna die Monti 9. Reservations a must Tel. 06.679843. Our waiter was fantastic she was very helpful, welcoming. Rely on the specials. Pasta Carbonara outstanding, Sea Bass amazing.

We were early diners so no issue getting seated at Mario's or Santa Cristina. If you go in prime time 8=9 pm it looked like it was crowded. Fori Imperiali no way to get seated without reservations.

Wow I'm hungry. Have fun, we sure did.

Posted by jpl
48 posts

Thank you for all the details. We've been to Rome once and our favorite restaurant was La Taverna die Fori Imperiali. It brought back great memories reading your post. We will check out your other recommendations as well.
Take care,