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Locanda San Cosimato
Ranked #505 of 1,093 Specialty Lodging in Rome
Naples, Italy
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“Economic and clean”
Reviewed June 10, 2012

Very conveniently located in Trastevere, Rome within easy walking distance to public transport, lots of great restaurants and bars.
Small rooms but clean and with everything necessary for an easy stay.
Breakfast is served in the downstairs restaurant.
Good security.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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I stayed for three days in the Locanda hotel and found it very over-priced for what it offers, The rooms are incredibly small, there is only the space for a bed (I had to jump over the bed to be able to shut the windows), noisy (the walls are in paper), the breakfast is minimalist, the staff unfriendly and unsmiley even when you speak decently Italian, there is no lobby and no services of any kind. Overall, it is clean and well-located but I will certainly look for a nicer place in the area for my next trip.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Rugby
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Reviewed April 3, 2011

Had to go to the Cafe to be shown to our room. The girl was quite freindly. We had asked for twin room, but ended up with a double and they were unable to change this as fully booked. It wasn't the end of the world though as we were out and about til very late each night and could have slept on a washing line, saying that though, the bed was comfy, but could have done with another pillow. The girl that showed us the room got us some more coat hangers when we pointed out that there was only 1 in the wardrobe and agreed that we could store out bags til 6pm on the day of our departure.

This isn't a hotel as such, it is like living with the locals, but didn't actually see any of the other people living there. The rooms are on the 1st floor and the building feels very secure. Our room (no 3) was quite small but was bright, had modern furniture and a newly fitted bathroom with decent shower cubical and a hairdrier. It over looked the square that has cafes, market stalls and a florist surrounding it. The sheets and towels were replaced daily.

If you are looking for a touristy place with no true Romans around, then head towards the centre a bit more and pay twice the price. It you want to be with the locals and feel the real Rome vibe, then stay here. It was a little noisy at night due to the small cafe below...just talking and them packing up at midnight, but a lot less annoying than traffic noise, horns and sirens, which there was none of. We paid 100 euros a night for the room, including a basic, but fresh and filling continental breakfast that is served til 10.30am.

As in any, City there were a few down and outs around but not the pestering type, they were too drunk to stand, let alone do me any harm. We were two 30 something women and didn't feel threatened once. They were few and far between though.

When facing the building, if you take a left and walk for about 2 mins (or anywhere in the area) you will come across a maze of narrow cobbled streets full of character and eateries and small piazza's. It is easy to get lost, so take a map, but that's part of the fun. A great place to sit and people watch. There is some graffiti on the walls, but this is common in Europe unfortunantly. People of all ages mingled together. Prices here are cheaper than in the centre too!

Within 5 mins walk is a tram line and lots of bus stops taking you all over the City...get a 4 euro day ticket from the tabaconist near the hotel and get on and off as you wish...get it stamped in the yellow machine 1st on the bus to validate it, then you don't have to show it again, unless checked. If you wish, you can walk to all the sites within an hour max, some sites are a lot, lot nearer. There was a public transport strike on our 2nd day, but still managed to go to at least 3 or 4 main sites. You get to see a lot more when walking too.

A great place to stay for someone who wants to see the sites without breaking the bank and without feeling like a typical tourist. Great to sample the culture of real life Rome.

Hopefully I will be able to go to Rome again, and this is where I will be staying!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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Linden, New Jersey
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Reviewed March 13, 2011

We booked on Expedia and it was not cheap: $140/night, but when we arrived no one was there.

The neighborhood of Trastevere - although called charming in the Lonely Planet guidebook, was dirty and scary. The piazza the hotel was in was scary and looked like projects.

The "hotel" - if that's what it could even be called - was inside a run down building that looked like it was falling apart. The doors were filthy and truly looked like a place you would find prostitutes. No one answered the door when we arrived, which in the end was probably a blessing. We went to a nearby internet cafe to book a different hotel.

I would never recommend that anyone stay at this hotel, nor in the neighborhood of Trastevere. It's not charming at all. There are many other places in Rome that have a local flavor without being scary.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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sarahstrikes
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Reviewed February 18, 2011

I know the location is great but you should not have to put up with a room like the one we got for location. We stayed for three nights we probably got the worst room in the place as it seemed to be the only one facing the back and not the square, it was covered in cobwebs with a tiny bathroom and a very small room. There was never anyone at reception nor was there any free maps or information on rome. There was no tv guide not that i think there was any decent channels on the tv. The room worked out at 60 euro a night which I felt was well over priced for what we got. I have stayed in better private hostel rooms. The breakfast was laid out in a private room to the side of the cafe underneath but we had to find this by ourselves and there was a few pieces of bread with ham and cheese slices. Oh yeah there is no wi fi atall and the bed was the most uncomfortable bed we have ever slept in. We couldn't wait to get home for a decent nights sleep.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Launceston, Australia
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Reviewed November 6, 2010

Trastervere has local and touristo feel, close to trams and in walking distance of the Vatican, Colloseum etc if your feet are up to it. We stayed here twice, staff can be unfriendlly when cafe busy, especialy in the mornings. Our Italian must have improved for second stay in the month, as they appeard more willing to smile. Rooms vary in size and quietness, last room had paper thin walls, could everything in room next door. Rooms over the inner courtyard are thin walled, rooms looking over the piazza have usual street noise but more soundproof. Take a google map to find it. Location is the highlight.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 3, 2010

We are just back from a great break in Italy. We stayed 5 nights in Rome and 6 nights in Venice and we both loved the experience. Rome is a very expensive place to stay, and finding value can be difficult. After a fair bit of research we booked the 5 nights at the Locanda San Cosimato in Trastevere. It isn't a hotel as such, it is 2 large apartments on the first floor of the building that have been converted into en-suite bedrooms. The rooms are small, but clean and functional. We stayed in room 3 and this was above the Cafe below which is is owned by the same people. Our room looked out onto the piazza below with its fruit stalls, lock-ups and a children's play area.
We arrived at Trastevere Railway station from Fiumcino Airport, 8€ single fare each. When you arrive in Trastevere you may be surprised at the extensive graffiti, begging and street vendors offering all kinds of goods. Try to look beyond this because the locals are friendly and this is were the real Roman population live but first impressions are not great. We took a taxi from the station to the Locanda, fare was 9 € and the taxis all have satnav and meters so you can see the fare ticking over.
Access to the Locanda is via the Cafe, just ask in the cafe and they will get you sorted out., or ring the bell to the right of the 2 big green doors. The Locanda is marked on a bellpush. The building has a lift which does look as if it came out of a 1920's Poirot episode. On the first floor are some doors, two have Locanda door-mats and these lead through to the rooms, there is also a door to the Local Psychotherapist!
The hotel is in a great location for the main sights of Rome, you can walk to the Vatican in 25mins, Castell Sant 'Angello in 30mins, Pantheon and Colloseum.
Trastevere comes alive at night as the maze of streets is filled with small local bars, cafe, restaurants. The atmosphere is great as all of the Romans come out after a hard working day. Head for the banks of the Tiber and you will find the banksides filled with stalls, food vendors and bars. A great place to go.
We ate locally and you copuld get a decent meal for €40-45 for two people including drinks. We enjoyed the Pizza Roma restaurant that was just across street from the Locanda, great staff andf good food. The pizzas were excellent, and if you sat outside you could view the great street entertainment!! One night we got 2 accordionists, a singer who sounded like Madame Edith from Allo Allo!!, a canoodling couple getting over-amorous 20ft from my table, various rose-vendors and a street person searching through his entire worldly goods which were contained in a large rucksack for a razor!

Trastevere is a great location, the area offers better value for money and we paid €100 per night for our room including breakfast. Breakfast is taken though a doorway in the Cafe that leads to the next door Al-Sphagettaria restaurant. Cereals, bread, jam, ham, cheese and croissants were all available, just order a cappucino or Latte from the Cafe staff as you go through for breakfast.

For good basic, clean accomodation in Trastevere the Locanda is great for €100 per night per room, the rooms are small but they are functional and have air-conditioning.

The only drawback was the rooms are above the cafe and Al-Spaghettiaria restaurant so you will get some noise from these and you will hear the restaurant owner locking up his tables every night with chains.

Would we return to the Locanda? Yes, we would as it offered everything we needed, decent value for Rome and it was a great location.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Locanda San Cosimato
Address: Piazza Di San Cosimato 63, 153 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Trastevere
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Hotel Class:2 star — Locanda San Cosimato 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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