Hotel Fraterna Domus

A killer location, cheap meals, and plenty of Jesus at this religious hospice between Piazza Navona and the river

Fraterna Domus religious hospice in Rome, Italy
Fraterna Domus religious hospice in Rome, Italy
Fraterna Domus religious hospice in Rome, Italy

If you don't mind monastic simplicity, tiny bathrooms with curtain-less showers, and a decor that begins and ends with the small crucifix nailed above the bed, this hospice just north of Piazza Navona run by a lay sisterhood may be the ticket.

The beds are firm, the tile floors kept next-to-godliness clean, and the price heavenly.

Unlike some religiously-affiliated lodging around Rome, this one is refreshingly proselytizing-free (though it's always polite to be respectful of their deeply held beliefs).

The bad news: there's an 11pm curfew (but one sister confided to me that they might slip you a front door key if you stay for a week). They also offer excellent full, family-style dinners for a paltry €13 in the basement's communal dining room.

(Note: Do not confuse this with its sister property in Sacrofano, which is located way outside of Rome and is the focus of the shared website.)

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Details

Via Monte Brianzo 62 (Upper Tiber Bend) - A block off the Tiber River, just north of Piazza Navona
tel. +39-06-6880-5475
www.fraternadomus.it (note: covers two sister properties, the second one waaay north of the city)
(you can book it at www.monasterystays.com)

Bus: 70, 81, 87, 116, 116T, 186, 280, 492, 628, C3; 30, 130F
Hop-on/hop-off: Vaticano

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English (Inglese) Italian (Italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a hotel un albergo oon al-BEAR-go
...a B&B un bed-and-breakfast oon bet hand BREK-fust
...a rental room un'affittacamera oon ah-feet-ah-CAH-mair-ra
...an apartment for rent un appartamento oon ah-part-tah-MENT-toh
...a farm stay un agriturismo oon ah-gree-tour-EES-moh
...a hostel un ostello oon oh-STEHL-loh
     
How much is...? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
a single room una singola OO-nah SEEN-go-la
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] doppia uso singola DOPE-pee-ya OO-so SEEN-go-la
a double room with two beds una doppia con due letti OO-nah DOPE-pee-ya cone DOO-way LET-tee
a double room with one big bed una matrimoniale OO-nah mat-tree-moan-nee-YAAL-lay
triple room una tripla OO-nah TREE-plah
with private bathroom con bagno cone BAHN-yoh
without private bathroom senza bagno [they might say con bagno in comune—"with a communal bath"] SEN-zah BAHN-yoh
for one night per una notte pair OO-nah NOH-tay
for two nights per due notti pair DOO-way NOH-tee
for three nights per tre notti pair tray NOH-tee
Is breakfast included? É incluso la prima colazione? ay in-CLOO-soh lah PREE-mah coal-laht-zee-YOAN-nay
Is there WiFi? C'é WiFi? chay WHY-fy?
May I see the room? Posso vedere la camera? POH-soh veh-DAIR-eh lah CAH-mair-rah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
Is there a cheaper one? C'é una più economica? chay OO-nah pew eh-ko-NO-mee-kah
Rome's hotel tax

In January, 2011, Rome began charging a hotel bed tax. This is the city's doing, and sadly it is not a scam.

The following tax rates are per person, per night for all guests over the age of 10 and can be charged for stays of up to 10 days:

  • 1–3 star hotels: €2
  • 4–5 star hotels: €3
  • B&Bs: €2
  • Apartments: €2
  • Rental rooms: €2
  • Agriturismi: €2
  • Campsites: €1 (up to 5 days)

So a couple staying three nights in a four-star room would pay an extra €18.

Some hotels have begun folding this tax into their quoted rates; others tack it on when you go to check out, so be prepared.

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Fraterna Dom

Via Monte Brianzo 62 (Upper Tiber Bend) - A block off the Tiber River, just north of Piazza Navona
tel. +39-06-6880-5475
www.fraternadomus.it (note: covers two sister properties, the second one waaay north of the city)
(you can book it at www.monasterystays.com)

Bus: 70, 81, 87, 116, 116T, 186, 280, 492, 628, C3; 30, 130F
Hop-on/hop-off: Vaticano