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La Bernardon Guesthouse
Situated on the first floor of an elegant eighteenth-century building in the heart of Trastevere, La Bernardon Guesthouse has three guestrooms, each with private ensuite bath. The guesthouse, which was restructured in early 2010, offers modern amenities like WiFi, TV, telephone (calls to landline phones in Italy are free), and hairdryer. The common room has air-conditioning, while the bedrooms are equipped with fans. Guests are welcome to use the kitchen for cooking, and the owner provides a self-service breakfast by leaving all breakfast items in the kitchen for guests to prepare themselves whenever they choose to get up. Two of the rooms are double, with queen-sized beds, and the third room is a single. The owner does not live on-site but the manager lives nearby, and both he and the owner are readily available by phone and in the neighborhood for most of the day, so they are easy to contact in case of any problems or questions. Across the hall is the Nonno Giulio Apartment, also on the site, which is run by the same owner.

Trastevere, meaning "across the river", is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Rome -- first inhabited by the Etruscans, and then, once conquered by Rome for control of the river, by fishermen, sailors, Jews and Syrians as early as 500 BC. It was never as developed as the rest of Rome, only getting actual paved streets in the middle ages. The houses were small and inhabited mostly by poor immigrants. The effect, which is so revered now, is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets and small, quaint buildings. It often is considered the "Village" or "Soho" of Rome, which is a bit misleading in my opinion. On the one hand, it is a very picturesque neighborhood, filled with so many restaurants and cafés that an entire guide could be filled just on Trastevere alone. It's also well-connected to the center either by foot or by the tram that runs down Viale Trastevere to Largo Torre Argentina. However, the downside is that it can be a bit grungy - homeless people with their dogs, graffiti and litter can make the area look a lot less appealing that many guidebooks make it sound. If you want the experience of "old Rome" though, and want to explore all the shops and cool local businesses, it really can't be beat.
Amenities
  • linen and towels provided
  • WiFi
  • hair dryer
  • use of kitchen
  • telephone
  • calls in Italy free (to landline phones only)
  • TV
  • 1st floor
  • with elevator
  • fan
  • air-conditioning in living room only
  • condominial heating (set on timer)
  • self-service breakfast included
  • breakfast items provided
Reviews
Inger Elisabeth Reier on Oct 2015:


It is nice and clean, the rooms are nice with a bathroom inside, and you have the possibility to use a well-equiped kitchen. I like the nabourhood in Trastevere.
Perhaps better breakfast.
Very good experience.
marianne heine on Sep 2015:


The location, the freedom within the apt. and the suggestions made by the host.
The mattress
They were prompt in responding and offered help should we need it ·
Claire Hyde on Oct 2014:


We were actually in the apartment across the hall, Nonna Giulia. It was very nice having a kitchen. Maurizio was great. Spoke good English, was very helpful in explaining everything and suggestions. When we had a question, I emailed him and he got back to me immediately. Great location 2 blocks from a taxi stand. Grocery store next door. I would stay there again
The bed was more like a futon on a frame and a little hard but that may not be an issue for most people
As always, Cross-Pollinate is the best. We have stayed with their lodgings at least a dozen times over 10+ years and have always been very happy with their places and their service. Great response when I have emailed them. And reminders from Amy about meeting some of the owners. Very happy and will use them again
Heidi Saito on Mar 2014:


The location, information given upon arrival, change of breakfast materials, quiet flat in a nice building.
Directions could be better. We didnt know which train to take from Termini and where to buy tickets. Breakfast was just a cake, but then we were given cereal when pointed it out. Bathroom shower was not really clean, there was already mold on the cealing. The stove was hard to put fire on.
It was easy once I got into direct contact with the flat-owner. He always gave immediate reply and was very friendly. I would recommend him and would use your service again.
Penny on Sep 2013:

location, the owner was very quick to respond to questions, concerns or complaints
The room is a single, perfect for just 3 nights. Small, clean, but a bit dark. The wifi didn't work for me except at midnight or 1:00 am.
Sean on Aug 2013:


Everything. I actually stayed at the neighboring apartment, same building but a bigger unit. I imagine they are similar though for purposes of this review. Location was perfect for me. I was able to walk everywhere. Plan your day accordingly. If your trying to see everything in a day than walking will probably not work. If you don't want to walk or can't walk far, a few blocks away on the main road (Viale Trastevere) it is easy to catch a taxi. I enjoyed being in Trastevere, which was a little more laid back than Rome center, IMO. For example it was easier to find a good cheap place for espresso. In Rome center its more geared for tourists and most things are 3x the price. Your not far at all from Rome center, just far enough. Owner was available by phone or email and very willing to help with anything, although I didn't need any help other than a general orientation when I first arrived
Everything was great.
I am so glad a friend reccomended this website. Using trip advisor and other sites like that was too overwhelming. I don't know why people like those sites so much, I found them to be impractical due to the enormous number of locations and thousands of reviews to sort through. Cross-Pollinate helped me narrow it down to a place. Directions from airport to hotel were also very helpful.
Allan MacRaild on Aug 2013:


Located in a charming and attractive part of Rome within easy walking distance of city centre.
air-conditioning or a fan would have been welcome given the August heat
Helpful, speedy, efficient.
Letizia on Sep 2012:

Location,price,host. Arriving a little later than expected (and not being able to communicate due to my cell phone issues) we were met by Stefano's charming, helpful& patient brother, Maurizio. He showed us how everything worked, told us how to get around the neighbourhood and recommended a wonderful local restaurant \"Ristorante Da Vittorio\" that we ate at twice in 2 days. We loved that the kitchen was so well stocked and even had olive oil, spices and pasta available. Thanks Maurizio & Stefano. We enjoyed our stay very much and would not hesitate to return! Ciao."
Be advised the room is in a market district and can be noisy early morning with deliveries so bring earplugs! This is not a complaint - just a \"heads up\" to my fellow travellers.
Emily on Jun 2012:


This is in a lovely old residential palazzo in Trastavere. Location is perfect (Trastevere), and I liked local neighbourhood feel. Only issue, really, is that street outside can be noisy - sound from mopeds, rubbish collection, early in morning, so bring ear plugs. Very clean, otherwise, spacious, good clean bathroom with hot shower, very good value for money for Rome. Breakfasts basic, but there's a kitchen to make coffee etc, and lots of local cafes.
For the money, you can't really ask for more than this. It would be good to have a guarantee of key handover on time, though. I had to wait 25 mins for owner to turn up, which was pretty annoying after long day travelling. However, owner very nice, and otherwise it was all as promised and I had no complaints. Would stay there again. Wi-fi worked perfectly.
Very good website. No problems using it. No issues with money. Delivered as promised. Will definitely use again.
Ratings
average score
4.5 / 5.0
Price/Value
4.4
Comfort
3.8
Cleanliness
4.8
Accuracy of listing
4.4
Location
4.7
Helpfulness of owner / staff / host
5.0
Helpfulness of Cross-Pollinate
4.6
Booking details
Booking details: guesthouse (owner does not live on premises), 3 guestrooms, with private bathroom (ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, bank transfer
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm) or 2 singles
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, check-out time is 11 am, luggage can be held before check-in, room will be ready by 2 pm for check-in, fee for check-in before 2pm or after 8 pm is €20, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price), fee for check-in after 8 pm is €20, luggage can be left after check-out
Spoken Language(s):
Rates and Availability
Location
 La Bernardon Guesthouse
A
Colosseo
B
Foro Romano
C
Vatican City
D
Trevi Fountain
E
Pantheon
F
Circus Maximus
G
Piazza del Popolo
H
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
I
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
J
Stazione Termini
K
Campo dei Fiori
L
Piazza di Spagna
M
Piazza Navona