Although I travel regularly and rely on tripadvisor, this is my first review. I have not had an experience that was so awfully bad that I felt the need to warn others away or an experience that was so awfully good that I wanted to give a strong recommendation.
My stay at the Villa San Lorenzo Maria in May 2013 definitely falls into the latter category. I selected the hotel because it was close to a conference I was attending at the university and because of the very good reviews I had read on tripadvisor. I stayed several days after the conference in order to do some sightseeing. What I have to say largely reiterates what has already been noted about the hotel - nice rooms, good breakfast (and cappuccinos!), good value, a tram that is a 3-minute walk from the hotel and a supermarket just around the corner (I bought water and fruit before heading out on my sightseeing days). As several reviewers have noted, the neighborhood is not an affluent one and has a lot of graffiti, which is not so pleasant to see. But my experience was like many of the others who said that they always felt safe both in the day and at night.
What set the hotel apart for me was the quality of staff. I had the most contact with Antonio and he is without a doubt the very best manager I have come across. He was exceptionally helpful with suggestions for the sightseeing days - where to go (and where to avoid), when to go, how to get there via public transportation, etc.
Regarding transportation, I was concerned that I would lose a lot of time getting to the main sights of Rome because of staying in a hotel that was outside the city center. I was happy that this was not the case. With easy access to the tram, buses and subway, I could get to most places I wanted to go within 30 minutes.
In sum, I highly recommend this hotel because of the nice rooms, good value and especially because of the first-rate service.
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Thank you for your fantastic review about theHotel Villa San Lorenzo, we couldn't have asked for better feed back and would like to take the time to thank you sincerely for your wonderful review. It is so nice to receive such kind comments and it indicates our team of dedicated staff are working hard to ensure your stay is the best it possibly can be. We are delighted you had a lovely stay and do hope to see you again soon in the future so we can deliver the same great standard of service.
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