Daphne Inn

Tridente Rome, Italy Book from Book from £70 per night

Chic B&B with friendly multilingual staff and a delightful breakfast terrace and wine bar in 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. Plus there's a delightful fifth-floor covered terrace for breakfast, coffee or an early evening bottle of wine. It’s young, funky and family-friendly, and all thoughtfully put together by brother and sister owners Cesare and Caterina. 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.
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.

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
  • Entry card for doors and floors allows easy, secure access (for when reception is closed)
  • An excellent breakfast buffet (unusual for Italy) in an airy, open-sided terrace; plus numerous eateries on your doorstep
  • A smart wine bar resides on the same terrace: order a bottle in the early evening and enjoy a tranquil moment before you venture out into the city

Lows

  • No room service or minibar, though there is a small in-room fridge for storing your own provisions
  • No 24-hour reception (7:30am to 8:30pm in summer; 7:30pm in winter)
  • Two of the rooms have shared bathrooms, though this will change soon with upcoming renovations
  • A couple of the rooms are on the small side, and a few a looking a little tired, but there are plans to refurbish soon

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).

Our top tips

If you're heading to Trevi Fountain, wake up early and arrive by 9am before the crowds descend (armed with selfie-sticks). During the winter months, walk past the Altare della Patria and along the Via del Teatro di Marcello at sunset to watch thousands of starlings in murmuration above the ancient city.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Family
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 10
  • Breakfast and wine bar (walk to restaurants)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • 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:

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 five 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 three 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 three double bedrooms and sitting area on the second floor.

All rooms are ensuite, bar two 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 the lovely fifth-floor covered terrace, the plentiful buffet breakfast offers fresh croissants, baked rolls, assorted cakes, a variety of cheeses, Italian cold cuts, cereals, yoghurt, fresh fruit, butter, marmalade, honey, Nutella, espresso, cappuccino, caffe latte, hot chocolate, a variety of herbal and regular teas and orange juice. Breakfast is the only meal available (though some finger food might be provided if you're drinking from the wine bar, open until 8:30pm in the summer months), but staff can help with recommendations for lunch or dinner. A coffee and bar menu is available throughout the day during reception opening hours for an additional cost.

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. Watch the chefs at work as they handcraft fresh pasta via an enormous window from the street. Around the corner from the B&B is lively Pepy's Bar, which was packed inside on our last visit, so we took a seat outside opposite a fountain and snacked on bruschetta while sipping a spritz, watching the world walk by. For the best pizza near Trevi fountain, head to Piccolo Buco: we loved the blu, butter and culatello white pizza with Normandy butter and ham from Zibello town.

Features include:

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

Activities

  • The question is: where to start in the Eternal City? Daphne Inn suggests Rome Your Way, a 3-3.5 hour walk to the main sites
  • 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
  • After all that walking, head to the Spa next door to the B&B - the staff can book you a Thai massage and other treatments

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), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

We'd recommend the 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 available.

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

Families Should Know:

There are many stairs between the rooms and reception and the lift can probably only fit one adult, one child, or one adult plus one suitcase. Reception is only accessible during the day - a phone number of provided for absolute emergencies only outside of the opening hours (7:30am-7:30pm in winter; until 8:30pm in summer).

Distances:

  • Beach: 50-min drive
  • Hospital: 12-min drive (San Giovanni Addolorata)
  • Supermarket: 3-min walk
Kid Friendly:

Location

Daphne Inn is in the Trevi area of Rome, close to the famous Fountain and Spanish Steps, just south of Borghese Park.

By Air:
Rome is served by two airports: Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino (30km), where most international flights arrive, and Ciampino/G.B.Pastine (18km), for domestic and a few international flights. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

From the Airport
The Fiumicino-Termini train (Leonardo Express) runs every half hour, and is a convenient way to get into the city from Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino. From Stazione Termini, hop onto a taxi. From Ciampino, get the Cotral bus (which runs regularly) to Rome's main train station. From here get the metro or catch a taxi. Alternatively Daphne can arrange a transfer for you from either airport. It's a 20-minute walk from Termini Station, though Rome's cobbled and busy streets can make pulling a case hard work.

By Car:
Taking a car into Rome is no joke, but if you are driving anyway, take the Via Cassia exit from the Grande Raccordo Anulare into the north of the city; then follow a good city map. If you do want to hire a car see our car rental recommendations. Note: there are traffic restrictions in central Rome.

Detailed directions will be sent when you confirm your booking.

More on getting to Italy and getting around

Airports:

  • Rome - Ciampino 18.0 km CIA
  • Rome - Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino 30.0 km FCO

Other:

  • Beach 60.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 9 independent reviews from i-escape guests

7/10
Room
8/10
Food
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
8/10
Overall

Large rooms, very central and yet quiet

10/10,

Fantastic location very near the Trevi Fountain, but it really was the top service from the hotel staff that was the standout for this Inn. We got so much help and information. There was a real focus on us having a great time in Rome. The room we had was small but we could fit our two large suitcases - and shopping easily. The room was clean and the AC worked well.

8/10,

Great location and value for money. Lack of street signage made it difficult to find.

9/10,

We love this gem of a hotel - a haven in the bustling heart of Rome in a great location near the Trevi Fountain. Rooms feature that Italian design ethos we love - minimal and crisp, but still feels spacious. Breakfast is a treat, with an assortment of fresh breads, sweet and savory, fruit, yogurt, and hot beverages made to order. Staff are genuinely helpful and will make a dinner reservation; call a taxi with no problem. This was our second stay at the Daphne and we hope to go back one day.

10/10,

Room was a little small, with unprepossessing views over a back courtyard. BUT, it was well equipped and very quiet; which for such a central location was a godsend. The service was outstanding. Prompt and friendly responses by email. Luisa was there to meet us and gave us invaluable and cheerful information. We would definitely stay there again.

8/10,

The owner Caterina was particularly friendly. My son and I had been given a double bed instead of two singles and she gave us two large doubles as an apology. When our key card did not work out of hours she drove across Rome to sort it out and let us in, although it was her rare night off. She spent time organising two tours for us. The breakfast was excellent. The location very central. The decor was sparse and uninspiring but the location, friendliness etc more than made up for this. It was very good value, first weekend in December, a great time to visit Rome. We went to the first recommended trattoria on the hotel’s list - excellent, and full of locals.

9/10,

The staff at Daphne Inn make this a great place to stay - informative, chatty, and helpful with loads of suggestions for places to visit, especially if this isn’t your first visit to Rome and you don’t want to see the usual tourist haunts. In a really good central location. Downsides are: for under €100 in Rome you get what you pay for - the photos on the website are quite flattering; really good central location but rooms are in an apartment building which was a little odd; WiFi in our rooms on the 3rd floor was non existent and the water ran hot and cold in the shower. Doesn’t really have a ‘boutique’ feel about it.

8/10,

Whilst the room was a little tired, the location, cleanliness, breakfast and service from reception could not be faulted. All the restaurant suggestions and walking routes proved perfect for us, and we really appreciated being able to leave our luggage securely until the evening on our day of departure

9/10,

Cannot recommend this place enough. We stayed for two nights before Christmas. Its location is ideal - easy walking distance to a lot of the major tourist destinations and on a very charming street with lots of great bars and restaurants nearby. The room was very comfortable and had everything we needed. The breakfast was great. The standout for us were the owners Allessandro and Elyssa - could not have been more helpful and hospitable. They both spent time with us giving detailed tips on what was good to see in Rome. which made the trip. They recommended and booked two fabulous, great value for money restaurants for us too. Would definitely stay here again.

10/10,

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