San Jouan Bed & Breakfast
Via Francesco Berni, Rome, Italy
www.sanjouan.it/?lg=en - (+39) 06 7008543
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San Jouan Dec 26, 2011
105 BC Cimbri tribe's men win the battle at Arausio and Rome has no troops left to defend the city
Fact about the Cimbri tribe "The tribe lived in Jutland Denmark and left there homeland in search for a new place to settle down. On their way south they eventually got to the outskirts of the Roman Empire. They beat the Roman armies in a series of battles and after the Battle at Arausio Rome were open for conquest by the Cimbrians. But the Cimbrians were not particularly interested in conquering Rome instead they turned and went to the Iberian Peninsula which gave the Romans enough time to gather new legions and the Romans finally defeated the Cimbrians at the Battle of Vercellae July 30 101 BC. The women of the tribe killed all the babies and then committed suicide to avoid capture and serfdom in Rome."
I stayed at San Jouan for a few days during my visit to Rome. It is a small Bed and Breakfast which only got 6 rooms so advanced booking is advised if you want to stay here. The hotel is located inside a courtyard which means you will have to go through a gate to the courtyard to actually get to the hotel. The location ensures the place is very quite at night and you can't hear any noise from the city outside.
The location of the hotel isn't in the middle of what you would consider the central part of Rome - but it is pretty centrally located only about 400 meters from the Colosseum - and right next to a metro station Manzoni. Further it is right next to the Basilica di San Giovanni in Lanterno which used to be the church where the Pope resided until he moved to the Vatican. This church is quite nice to visit and not many people staying in the central parts of Rome will ever make the effort to go out here and see it.
The rooms are a bit small and mine was without a window except for a window in the roof which I couldn't reach which pretty much means nobody can reach it unless they are in the Guinness book of Records as the tallest man in the world. But there are a television with satellite channels where you can change the language from Italian to the original language which is quite useful if your English is slightly better than your Italian which is the case for me. There is also air-conditioning in the rooms which is useful all year - in the summer due to potential heat and in the winter because it is pretty cold outside.
Breakfast wasn't included in price I paid for the room but for only €3 more you can get breakfast which was pretty good. The owner is helpful but doesn't speak much English. Though his English was sufficient for me to communicate with him about the bill and leaving my luggage for the last day of my stay until the evening.
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Home from home Aug 28, 2011
The San Jouan is more of a guest house than an out and out hotel and for us this added to the homely feel.
The San Jouan is situated in a quiet side street and after stepping through a door you enter a very pleasant courtyard surrounded by 'real' Italians and their apartments. The guest house entrance is in the far left corner of the courtyard and first impressions as you walk in are very favourable. There is a communal seating area with newpapers, magazines and a coffee machine along with a small reception desk. The receptionist told 'this is your home for your stay' and demonstrated the coffee machine.
Our room was just as well presented with modern tasteful fittings and fitted out to a very high standard. No frills, basic even, but with everything you could need for a short break.
As there is no restaurant on site, breakfast vouchers are issued for a small friendly cafe just a one minute walk away and the breakfast is very good.
The San Jouan is located just behind the Piazzi del Laterno and is surrounded by historic buildings. The Colosseum is a ten minute walk away and the nearest Metro station is just five minute's walk away.
The San Jouan comes highly recommended for any one seeking a quality guest house. Friendly, homely, and well located, you won't be disappointed.