We have 5 nights in Rome. Decided on Navona neighborhood, but can't decide between advantages/disadvantages of a B&B vs. apartment. Found a REALLY great B&B that's $30 (US) cheaper than a recommended apartment, but would dinners out make the apartment cheaper in the long run?
I prefer a hotel or B&B because I like the daily changing of towels, the bed being made and the convenience of someone to answer questions. To some people this is of little importance. While it may be nice to have be able to make your own coffee will you really make your own meals? After sightseeing all day do you see yourself stopping at the market to pick up supplies for dinner? If yes, then an apartment may be a better options. I'm Mr Lazy Bones on vacation and prefer to eat out. There are lots of cheap dining options and many hotels & B&Bs even have refrigerators in the room if you would like to keep some supplies on hand.
I guess I will offer an alternative view. We always stay in apartments if we can - more space, separate bedroom and living room (one of my pet peeves in only having the bed to sit on), kitchen facilities, often a washing machine, privacy, cost etc.
We rarely make much more than breakfast in the apartment, maybe 1 dinner in a week and perhaps a couple of lunches. I hate to be locked into having to eat out every single meal and depending on where you stay, fresh food, wonderful breads and cheeses etc are steps away.
We are often back in our apartment around 8.30 -9 in the evening and enjoy our home away from home which is never the same in a B & B or hotel. And, if centrally located, often go back for a break during the day.
We stayed in an apartment in Campo de Fiori last October and had the market outside out front door - literally. That is only about 5 mins from Piazza Navona.
A site with heaps of apartments and apartment reviews and many for Rome is www.slowtrav.com
Thank you both for the informative replies! Different perspectives and things I hadn't necessarily thought of, help so much.
If it's your first time in Rome, I would recommend a B&B so they can help you with reservations at museums, suggestions for restaurants, etc. If you've been to Rome before and already have the lay of the land (plus can speak some Italian), I would suggest an apartment.
I think it is personal preference. If I was staying a week or more, would probably opt for the apartment. But one of the main reasons we keep going back to Rome is to eat out. After the first two trips we had seen most of the sights but not able to eat at all of the recommended restaurants. Now working on that list. It will take a while.