Daphne Inn

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

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)
  • An excellent breakfast buffet (unusual for Italy) in an airy, open-sided room; plus numerous eateries on your doorstep

Lows

  • 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 have shared bathrooms
  • A couple of the rooms are 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
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 19
  • Breakfast only (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 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.

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 lovely, open-sided 5th-floor 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 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:

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 2 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.

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 16 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

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,

A charming B&B with excellent location and superb service. Would recommend it to anyone not wanting to get ripped off, but still have a pleasant hotel experience.

9/10,

The location was good, the room was very clean and appropriate for our stay. The food, especially the home made pastries, were excellent. The friendly owner and staff were the best, and they made our stay memorable.

10/10,

Lovely rooms with plentiful, delicious breakfast. Provided us with breakfast 'to go' on the days we had early starts. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful and recommended a great walking tour of Rome. A lovely calm oasis in the centre of Rome!

10/10,

After finding it (the b&b does not have a sign on the building so you need to find the street number), we were warmly welcomed and shown to our rooms. The rooms were well appointed and the bed was comfortable. The breakfast was fabulous and the staff went out of their way to be helpful. Great restaurant recommendations. The location is ideal for walking to the major nearby sites...cab rides to the colosseum and vatican. We would stay there again. Very pleased.

10/10,

A superb experience - we'd go back to Rome just to sit on the terrace, and to chat to the owners about where to buy the best buffalo mozzarella and wines. Thank you. (the room was excellent; attractive and clean but not large)

10/10,

This was a lovely B and B with great location. Our room was upgraded. The staff were courteous and helpful. The breakfast was plentiful (and well explained i.e where the cheese came form etc.) and we ate on a lovely high terrace overlooking other lovely garden roof terraces.

10/10,

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