Hotel Fraterna Domus
A killer location, cheap meals, and plenty of Jesus at this religious hospice between Piazza Navona and the river
Via Monte Brianzo 62 (Upper Tiber Bend) - A block off the Tiber River, just north of Piazza Navona
No website (though you can book it at www.monasterystays.com) — Note, if you Google it, you will find a website, but that's a totally different "Fraterna Domus" located waaay north of Rome.
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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 does have a website.)
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This article was written by Reid Bramblett and was last updated in February 2011. All information was accurate at the time.
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