Daphne Inn

Tridente, Rome, Italy Book from

Reviewed by Abigail Blasi
Chic American-Italian owned B&B, with friendly multilingual staff and a central location
Chic and B&B are not concepts you often put together. But this is Italy, where style matters, and Rome’s Daphne Inn is a boutique B&B that embraces Italian style. Minutes from Piazza Barbarini, bang in Rome’s historic centre, Daphne Trevi sits on a cobbled lane and offers a calm retreat from Rome’s cultural thrills as well as somewhere to drop once you’ve shopped.

Décor-wise, Daphne is like diving into a cappuccino with lots of cream, coffee and chocolate sprinklings. The style is an international hybrid, with Japanese-style wiggly twigs in burnished vases, and touches of Aboriginal, African and Chinese art. It’s young, funky and family-friendly, and all thoughtfully put together by Elyssa and Alessandro, an American-Italian couple. Their welcoming, helpful staff will (if you want) offer plenty of insider tips on what to do; otherwise, whether you're a family, group of friends, or couple, you're perfectly placed to get lost in Rome's historic, winding streets.

Highs

  • Superb location in the Trevi area - central yet calm and quiet - at reasonable (for Rome) prices
  • Contemporary design coupled with a level of comfort and luxury unusual in a B&B
  • Gadgets galore: mobile phone loan, MacBooks in the communal areas, and free WiFi
  • Entry card for doors and floors allows easy, secure access (for when reception is closed)
  • We enjoyed an excellent buffet breakfast during our 2014 revisit, unusual for Italy! Plus numerous excellent eateries on your doorstep

Lows

  • Work is underway to expand Daphne Trev, including additions such as a roof terrace and a new breakfast room; there shouldn't be any disruption for guests
  • No room service or minibar, though there is a small in-room fridge for storing your own provisions
  • No 24-hour reception (though the mobile phone has 24 hour emergency numbers to contact staff out of hours)
  • Two of the rooms in Daphne Trevi have shared bathrooms
  • A couple of the rooms are a bit on the small side

Best time to go

Any time, but the balmiest months (September, October, April and May) are high season and busy. It’s very hot in July and August, but also vibrant, with free open-air festivals. In August some businesses close (though not in the tourist centre).

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Family
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 19
  • Breakfast only (walk to restaurants)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 8 Jan 2017 - 1 Feb 2017
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
  • Car/scooter rental
Room: Daphne Trevi Suite

Rooms

Creams, bronzes and browns colour the rooms, which are comfortable, contemporary and moderately sized. The beds have firm mattresses, plentiful soft pillows, crisp linen and dark brown velvet cushions. The floors are parquet, pale and uncarpeted in 5 of the Daphne Trevi rooms; all the rest have ceramic tiles. Bed types vary from singles and doubles to twins and kings, the main difference between room types is size.

The B&B has a quiet vibe, with rooms spread across 3 floors of a residential building. If your budget can stretch to it, stay in a large, bright Junior Suite. The Apartment is great for groups or large families, as it is made up of the 3 double bedrooms and sitting area on the second floor.

For families, we'd recommed Daphne Trevi: Family Room with can sleep 4 comfortably. All rooms are ensuite, bar 2 Standard rooms on the second floor which share a bathroom.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Mobile phone (on request)
  • Safe box
  • Small fridge
  • WiFi

Eating

Served in a sunny, tranquil breakfast room, the plentiful buffet breakfast offers cold meats, cheeses, croissants, jams and fresh fruit. To drink there are juices, American coffee, various teas, freshly made cappuccinos or café lattes. Breakfast is the only meal available, but staff can help with recommendations for lunch or dinner.

There are hundreds of restaurants within walking distance. Winners include Colline Emiliane, next door to Daphne Trevi, which serves up superb cucina bolognese and has some of Rome’s finest pasta. Try Ristoante Matricianella Roma for typical Roman cuisine, such as the wonderful aubergine parmigiana and fried ricotta appetizers. Also recommended is traditional family-run Armando al Pantheon, located (as you may imagine) behind the Pantheon, which serves a range of spaghetti dishes and roasted meats.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • The question is: where to start in the Eternal City? Daphne Inn suggests its self-guided 3-hour Reconnaissance Walk as a good way to get your bearings; take in the Spanish Steps, Pincio Hill, Piazza del Popolo, the Pantheon, St. Ignazio and more (maps are available at reception)
  • See where Anita Ekberg romped in La Dolce Vita: the fantastical, foamy Trevi Fountain. If you throw a coin in, you’ll return to Rome
  • Visit Galleria Borghese, a chocolate-box building packed with Bernini, Caravaggio and Titian, in rambling Borghese park. While there, take a ride on the tethered hot-air balloon
  • Wander through Ancient Rome along to the Colosseum, through the ruined splendour of the Roman Forum
  • Visit the breathtaking Pantheon and then make your way to the boho district of Trastevere, via glorious squares Campo di Fiori and Piazza Farnese
  • Pose on the Spanish Steps, with a view down Rome’s sleekest designer-packed street, Via Condotti, overlooked by Keat’s house
  • Revel in the Renaissance at Baroque Palazzo Barbarini with its Bernini and Borromini staircases
  • Shop, shop, shop - starting with Via del Corso
  • Staff can assist with Vatican bookings, including Wednesday papal audiences, Christmas and Easter Mass, and visits to St. Peter's tomb and the Vatican gardens

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures

Kids

Daphne Inn welcomes well-behaved children of all ages. Children aged 2 and under are free of charge; children aged 3 and older are charged the normal adult rate.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

We'd recommend the Daphne Trevi: Family Room which can sleep a family of 4 comfortably. The Apartment is a good option for a large family, as it can sleep 7 in 3 double rooms. A number of other rooms can fit a baby cot or an extra bed.

Babysitting:

Babysitting services can be arranged upon request and with advance notice.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request (free of charge). There is also a high chair at both branches.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
8/
Food
9/
Service
8/
Value
8/
Overall

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