We had previously been to Rome and we tried to book a room with a B&B where we had previously stayed. The owner said she was fully booked and recommended Casa Santa Maria alle Fornaci. Having multiple interactions with her for the past two years I trusted her opinion so we booked a room and I am glad we did. It is an excellent value and great location if you are looking to be near St. Peters Basilica. Our room was clean. While we were staying a monastery there was no curfew (most have curfews) and there was free wifi in the public areas and your room. I found the daytime staff to be friendly, we did not interact much with the night time staff. Breakfast was pretty good and included hot tea, coffee, juice, cereal, pastries, cold meats and cheeses, bread...your typical European breakfast. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
You can hear people outside and in the other rooms however it didn't bother us too much.
The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that we went straight to the booking link provided on their website and we overpaid. I would book through booking.com (after checking today they seem to have a better price) or definitely do a little bit more research in prices.
We also booked a "king" bed and we were expecting our beds to be pushed together however they were not. It was two twin bed across the room from each other and there wasn't a way to push the beds together. It wasn't a bit deal to us as we were only staying there one night before we jumped on our cruise ship.
If you are looking for a great deal on a clean room near St. Peter's and the Vatican definitely consider staying here. We were looking for an inexpensive place to lay our heads for the night and this hit the spot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The building is at 300 meters from Vatican with rooms all equipped of ensuite hygienic services, conditioned air and internet wi-fi, and receive those who, singularly or in groups, want to stay "in the shadow of the big dome". Approximately 10.000 hosts coming from all over the world, every year, demonstrate to appreciate the total absence of architectural feature that provides access to handicapped, the breakfast-room, the tv-room ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Santa Maria Alle Fornaci Hotel Rome