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Rodrigo de Vivar

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This is owned by some of the warmest and caring folks. Family that welcomes you with open arms. I loved my memories made here. My older sister and I stayed here we adored all the down home touches. I don't drink wine or really at all but, they made sure we left knowing we were special to them. If I ever can afford it I would go back in a heartbeat! It's a magical vibe. Thank you for your kindness! The picture doesn't do it justice. Must see.

This place was great. It is placed back on a little farm outside of Rome. Don't expect to get to it by anything but a car. The rooms were great and the breakfast was nice. I would recommend this to someone who wants to just get away from the hustle and bustle of the city

I recently made a reservation through and since we were going to arrive after the reception desk closed they made arrangements with a woman to come over with the key and they gave me her cell phone number. When I called the woman that evening she hung up on me and turned her phone off. We ended up staying at another hotel after driving around for hours. I contacted and explained ad offered them my cell phone records showing the many calls I made to this woman. Evidently does not believe in proof, because they sided with the hotel and charged my credit card. Needless to say I will be disputing this one.... just beware...If we hadn't found the other hotel we would have been stuck in the car all night.

I stayed one night at the hotel (luckily) and couldn't sleep one minute. You stay at cabins in the middle of some park and all through the night you hear noises in the ceiling. I don't know what it was, maybe the wind but it was making me nervous. I asked for the WiFi password and it never worked. Its like living in exile. The only way to get out of there is with a taxi and it costs a fortune. The hotel staff was friendly and it was clean although very old. My door didn't have a lock and that made me nervous. If you're a tourist visiting Rome please don't stay there. I would only advise to use this hotel if you are flying on the next day and have a very limited budget which was my case.

We had a lovely week long stay at the Rodrigo De Vivar. We were in rooms in Country - about 1km out of the village. As others have mentioned, arrival was a bit flakey - no-one there. We called the number on the note on the door, no answer. But then the cook arrived and let us in. We had booked 2 double rooms, but were in fact given an appartment with big living area (our son commandeered the cabin bed) and 2 double bedrooms, each with en-suite. Beds were comfy, rooms clean and well furnished and each room had a kettle, which was a nice plus for Italy. As this felt more like a holiday rental than a hotel, we were pleasantly surprised that the rooms were cleaned every day. TV carried mostly the Italian terrestrial channels, but we found BBC World to keep up with the news. Free WiFi is available for guests in the breakfast room, which kept our teenagers happy. The country location was lovely and quiet, less than 10 minutes walk from the Ostia Antica dig site (well worth a visit), and about 15 to the station where trains go into town every 15 minutes or so. (Trains run from early morning to late evening). Note however that there is no street-lighting between the rooms and the village - so we found ourselves using our car to shuttle back and forward between the village and the rooms in the evening. Breakfast was good - though a bit starch heavy - the buffet could have done with some fruit or something. We had 2 meals at the hotel restaurant and they were FANTASTIC and HUGE, and very reasonably priced. (30 Euros per head, wine, mineral water and coffee included.) I thoroughly recommend this as a great base for exploring Rome. Although it is close to the airport, I'm not so sure if it would be a good one-night stop-over. A certain "ambient level of chaos" that is fun and part of the charm over several days might be more than you want to deal with before or after a flight. A couple of practical tips: floors are tiled, so unless its high summer you probably want slippers. And even in late October there were mozzies, so take repellant and after-bite and appropriate clothes for the evening. (Not only at the hotel, but it was unseasonably warm.)

I did like this place a lot, but I can imagine it's not for everyone. It's an agriturismo, so they grow everything themselves, keep animals etc. (although we were assured that the pig, goat, horses and chicks close to the main building are purely for the guests and don't end up as prosciutto etc. somewhere down the line). It's the epitome of rustic. I've read that some of the rooms are actually in the medieval village, but our rooms (there were four of us) were close to the main building. No one else was staying in that particular building at the time, so we also had the living area to ourselves. The downstairs room was spacious, if oddly lit (the only window was a skylight) and although the upstairs room was smaller, it was charmingly decorated, with a four-poster bed. It's a real breath of fresh air from the chain hotels where every room in every city in every country is identical; you feel as though you're right in the heart of rural Italy. The people are lovely, warm, and helpful, and the breakfast is fantastic (brioches, sandwiches, cereal, etc.). It is a bit out in the middle of nowhere, which is part of its charm, but might make it difficult to find/get to if you're not sure where you're going, although I'm sure the people who run the place would be more than happy to help if you're having trouble finding it. Also, in the building we were in, it was impossible to get a proper phone signal. This wasn't a problem for me, as I didn't need to use the phone/internet anyway, but it created some inconvenience for my partner who was there partly for work, and had to go outside into the courtyard to answer work calls/send emails. We ate dinner in the restaurant the first night, and the food was lovely - we had a mixed antipasto of salumi, homemade cheese, salsiccia, bruschetta and peppers under oil. For the main course we had two types of pasta, and then two of the four of us had dessert, which was crepe with peach jam (very nice). We also had two litres of wine and water, and for four of us, it cost around 90 euros. They produce everything themselves, so there isn't the choice you'd find in a standard restaurant, but the quality was great. Overall, this is a great place if you want somewhere tranquil, rustic, and a bit different, but it definitely doesn't have the conveniences of a city hotel.

It's a hotel, folks, but not as we know it! The Rodrigo de Vivar is something different. Just like any hotel it has rooms, a reception desk and a restaurant. The difference is that no two rooms are the same; often they’re not even in the same building, the restaurant is surrounded by goats and horses and reception is about a mile away from the accommodation! This hotel is part of Italy’s ‘Agriculturismo’ project which encourages guests to take part in cultural rural activities while staying in eclectic places and exploring traditional life in the vicinity. We stayed in a Superior Room in the Medieval Village of Ostia Antica. Calling it a ‘room’ would not do it justice. It was in fact a suite consisting of 2 bedrooms, bathroom and living area incorporating tea and coffee making facilities and a small fridge housing a mini-bar. Situated on the ground floor of an ancient building opening right onto the picture-book square an area surrounded by tubs planted with aromatic herbs and flowers offered an ideal place to sit with a glass of wine while enjoying the charms the village has to offer. The room itself was furnished in a style reminiscent of the past. The main bedroom featured a 4-poster bed with curtains that really drew along with heavy wooden furniture and rather strangely, pictures of English hunting scenes. There were plenty of power sockets for modern appliances and a television and what I imagine was one of those new-fangled DVD whatsits (never tried turning it on) were provided. Perfect in every way? Well, it was for us but I can imagine those people more used to the comforts of modern hotel chains might be disappointed for a number of reasons: All the rooms in the hotel are situated in listed buildings. This means you can’t drill holes in the ancient walls for unnecessary purposes like air conditioning. In the summer Rome is hot. Live with it! You can open the windows or turn on the electric fan. Maintenance is not up to 5-star standards but the Hotel doesn’t purport to be 5-star. The walk for breakfast takes 15-20 minutes but leads you onto a flat, unmade road passing through fields of wheat and alongside smallholdings before arriving at the picturesque farmhouse where a meal of cereal, sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs and pastries is served, accompanied by tea, coffee or soft drinks. If you don’t fancy the walk the Hotel has an arrangement with a local bar where a simpler breakfast can be taken. The Leonardo Da Vinci Airport has recently expanded; depending on the wind direction the flight path may be directly overhead leading to aircraft noise. Mere trifles! On the plus side guests can enjoy staying in truly unique surroundings. An unspoilt mediaeval town with its own castle about 20 minutes by train from the centre of Rome; less than 10 from the beaches of Ostia Lido and right on top of the extensive and largely unknown excavations of the Roman city of Ostia Antica. Those who want to be more remote can book ‘country rooms’ to be found in local farms and down country lanes. If you’re looking for International standards of luxury forget it, but if you’re looking for something very different where you can unwind in a quiet and cosy restaurant after a busy day’s sightseeing or sunbathing then this place is for you. This was my second stay but it certainly won’t be my last! Tips: Visit the ruins of Ostia Antica 2 minutes from the old village. The excavations go on and on. You can explore streets of ancient houses and marvel at the great public buildings that still exist. Hardly anyone knows about this attraction so you’ll have the place almost to yourself even in the height of the season. Most of the beaches in Ostia Lido are private and can be expensive. Take the train to the last stop, Cristoforo Columbus then board the number 07 bus. Get off after stop 8 and you’ll find yourself at an excellent public beach with very good facilities including bars, toilets and changing rooms.

We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights during summertime and everything was as expected. Very clean whith cleaners doing the rooms and changing towels every day. The breakfast served every morning with fresh food avalaible the space of the room very close to a small apartment bathroom and bed perfectly clean and comfortable. Also the hotel is situated in a real Roman country side and it's amazingly peacefull and relaxing with the possibility of walking to Ostia Antica ruins litterally a back to the past experience. The reception staff was always helpfull and polite and the location is perfect as a base for visiting Rome both by car and train and in summertime you will be close to the seaside and pines wood as well. Lovely place and very modern and costumer orientated as well as being a country resort.

Arriving 3 hours late due to the ferry crossing from Barcelona - we found ourselves trying to locate this place at 10.00pm. I knew it was not easy from the previous reviews, but the place really could do with a sign, especially for a fully loaded car & trailer which had to be reversed on the rough tracks several times before we finally found the correct house. When we did however we received a friendly welcome from the owner who had also cooked for us as we had pre-booked dinner (though we were slightly worried we would not get fed due to the late hour). We ended up with an excellent home cooked meal under the stars & the odd airplane taking off. The food was excellent & we were told all produced on the farm there. We did not have much time to look around in the morning as we had a long drive ahead, but an excellent simple breakfast & relaxing stay overall. Only 1 recommendation - Needs a Big sign!!

Hotel Rodrigo De Vivar May 19 Don't judge a book by it's cover. Although the exterior of the country house seemed a bit tired, we were pleasantly surprised with the room itself. The reviews on TripAdvisor aligned with our expectation and experience. The location was peaceful and very quiet. Dispite being so close to the airport, we could not hear any planes. Our room was situated on a farm near the restaurant La Kucina. It was in a one story building with a shared parlor in the middle of two rooms, each with their own bathroom and sitting area. This main room had lovely antiques and a shared TV. The rooms were very spacious, well appointed with beautiful antiques, a small flat screen TV (we did not watch TV while we were there) and very clean (I am very fussy when it comes to cleanliness!!). The bed was comfortable and the sheets were white and crisp, as if they had been ironed. The bathroom had a large tub and handheld shower as well as a bidet. Very clean and spacious for Europe standards. The towels were soft and white (new). The only draw back was the hair dryer. It is wall mounted and seemed to be a throughback from the 70's (looked more like a vacuum then a hair dryer.) Unfortunately the hose had been ripped, so the airflow was compromised....however I'm willing to have wet hair to stay in a place like this again. Breakfast was from 8-10am, so not for the early risers. It was very satisfying and included cereals, croissants, pastries, and yogurt. The coffee was DELICOUS and freshly made to order....served with a fresh sandwich of tuna as well as ham/cheese. We would have rated this as excellent all round, had someone been available in either of the two offices. The other issue we had was finding the place. Unfortunately, do not rely on Google maps to get you there if you search by the hotel name, as the map incorrectly shows the location in a suburb of the town of Ostia. However, if you search by the address, it directs you to the correct location, even though the first impression is that you are in the middle of someone's farm. As an alternative, there is an office for Rodrigo de Vivar directly beside the entrance to the medieval ruins and castel of Ostia Antica, just as you enter the town of Ostia on the right. The cottages, however, are down a dirt road directly across from the entrance to the castel, about 2kms from this alternate office location. It's quite challenging to find, as there is no good signage. The easiest would be to follow the signs for the restaurant called La Kucina. The outside of the building look very rustic. The entrance to the cottage office and restaurant is to the left and behnd the main building ....not what you would expect. We went to the farm stay first and there was no one there. We then went to the town office and it was locked, so we went back to the farm stay and the owner had just driven up and we were able to check in (around 6pm). If we wanted dinner, it started at 8pm. ' The metro train station is very easy to get to with free parking. You can easily walk from the medieval castel. It's about a 25 min train ride to the Colosso (Coloseum). However, be sure to catch the train 1 hour before it's scheduled last train (11:30pm Sun-Thur and 1:30am Fri-Sat). We caught the train at the Colosso at 12:45am and missed the last train to Ostia Antica. It was at 40 EUR taxi ride from the end of the 'Red' line. Definitely give this hotel a try. You will be pleasantly surprised. Once we knew where it was, we would NOT hesitate to stay there again.

Via Rainaldo 18 Rome RM

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Ostia Antica, Rodrigo de Vivar is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Ostia Antica. This 13-room farm stay has free breakfast along with conveniences like free self parking and a conference center.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or grab a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.


The bathroom offers hair dryers, free toiletries, and bidets. Other standard amenities include free minibar items, a refrigerator, and a coffee maker.

Property features

Rodrigo de Vivar features free WiFi in public areas, a conference center, and a business center. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle for a fee (available on request). A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with tours or tickets, dry cleaning/laundry, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this family-friendly farm stay include free use of bicycles, a library, and express check-in.

Room options

Family Suite in Medieval Village

Full 2 | Sleeps 6

Standard Double Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Standard Double Room in Countryside

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Double Room in Medieval Village

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

55.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 79 reviews

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