Good people, if you're looking for a great hotel and you are overwhelmed by the sheer number in Rome you are reading your last review because you have found your place.
My wife and I stayed at this quaint hotel, a former cloister in early January 2009. It is located in the Trastevere area of Rome which is across the Tiber River (Trastevere actually mean 'across the Tiber) from most of the major sites (Colisseum, Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navonna, etc.) It is an easy walk to any of these sites. You may have to walk a little further to some of these sites than if you stayed in central Rome but you would miss out on great views of the Tiber River and an authentic Roman neighborhood experience. Also, Hotel Santa Maria is an EASY busride on the #23 to The Vatican. The walk to the Colisseum is about 30 minutes and the walk to the The Vatican is also about 30 minutes in the other direction.
Hotel Santa Maria is an oasis in the middle of Trastevere. This part of Rome is less commercial and has been described as crusty or gritty but don't be scared off by these descriptions. If we had stayed in any of the other hotels we passed along a more beaten path, we would have missed this experience. The area around the hotel has narrow, cobbled stone streets and at night is very well lit. At NO POINT did we ever feel unsafe which is a concern for some people when they go to a foreign city and don't know the area where they are staying.
Once you enter the green gate from the street and walk down past the ivy-covered wall that leads to the front door, you feel like you are in a different world. It is secluded, quiet, inviting and comfortable. If we had been there with warmer weather we would have spent more time hanging out in the courtyard after a long day of sightseeing. Mid January isn't prime hanging out weather in Rome.
The rooms are comfortable and clean. They are not huge but how big a room does a monk or a tourist need? The bathrooms are modern and clean and the water pressure in the shower is hard and relaxing. They give you fresh towels everyday and make up the room. There is also a safe in the room.
The hotel provides breakfast in the morning from 7:30 until 10am. Everything from pastries, yogurt, cereal and fruit to eggs and breads. There is also a choice of juice.
The hotel has a computer with internet access but the time it is available is limited. I think you can't use it until noon. Not sure why.
Trastevere is also a good place to find food. The hotel staff is good at recommending restaurants in Trastevere. You must try either Taverna Trilussa or ai Fionaroli. (I'm going from memory here on the names but I know I'm close on the spelling)
It seems like I should put some detracting qualities about this because no hotel ever gets it exactly right. For us, however, it was a perfect little place with helpful, courteous staff and no problems.
I highly recommend this place to anyone heading to Rome and wanting a quiet, clean place to stay.
Also, you'll love hearing the church bells in the neighborhood ring. A nice touch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Santa Maria is an Hotel de Charme located in a 16th century cloister completely renovated in the year 2000 maintaining the flavour of the original construction. It makes a very pleasant base in a romantic and relaxing ambience. The hotel is located in an historical area of central Rome in the heart of one of the most ancient and characteristic neighbourhoods of the city, Trastevere.A true oasis of tranquillity immersed in an intricate labyrinth of colourful and brigth narrow streets.From the hotel, guests can easily walk to the historical and archaeological beauties of the city. It is also possible to drive to the hotel with parking available in the courtyard, or in a garage next to the entrance of the hotel.Internet (free access) The Hotel is Internet connected by secured Wireless Lan.You can comfortably use your PC where you like: at the lounge Bar, in the garden or in your room.If you are travelling without your PC, a computer with free Internet connection is at your disposalin the Lounge Bar.Bicycles (free of charge) The Hotel has a number of bicycles should you wish to cycle through the alleys of ancient Rome.The Staff You may refer to them regarding any problems, desires, or needs you may have. Antonio, Arianna, Tiziana, Chiara, Pasquale, will always be ready and avaliable to assist you to the best of their ability.Their responses will be accompanied voluntarily by a friendly smile.Kind guest, you will be our welcome friend! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Maria Hotel
- Santa Maria Rome
- Hotel Santa Maria Rome