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“Simple and central - perfect for exploring Rome on foot”
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Casa Santa Sofia
Ranked #41 of 1,196 Specialty Lodging in Rome
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

I have now stayed at this lovely convent eight times, with parties of school children and also with friends. It is mostly perfect in that it is central, simple, clean and in a lively area of Rome with an underground nearby. However, some rooms are a bit scruffy with showers that need replacing. I would suggest asking for an updated room (some now have air conditioning) and if you don't enjoy noise and hustle and bustle, best avoid a room at the front. I sometime purposefully choose one of these as I so love the early morning bells and rush to work and also the long evenings watching the diners and folk loafing by the fountain. But I also sometimes ask for a room at the back where it is perfectly peaceful - but no view whatsoever - just walls - unless you are lucky enough to be on the third floor where you have marvellous views into back gardens and patios! Do check our the attached church from where you can hear the nuns singing at 7.30 every morning. I would never stay anywhere else in Rome and have already booked for next year.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank BJDLondon
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Have just returned from my fourth visit to Rome and my second stay at Casa Sant'Anna. Its a perfect place to stay for solo travelers because of the very reasonable curfew and security in place. The Convent is spotlessly clean and at this price (50 euro per night) having your own bathroom is amazing. The breakfast is minimal but if you need something more substantial there are two restaurants in the piazza open for breakfast and many more only minutes away. Its a five minute stroll to many of Rome's ruins and a similar distance to the Metro that gets you to other sites within minutes. Its all about location really and the added bonus is that the piazza is not filled with vendors selling to tourists but Roman families out for a stroll and gelato at dusk.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Maria H
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

Very clean with good simple furnishings. Helpful staff. Some rooms are hot in summer. Location is perfect for tourists.

Room Tip: Front rooms can be noisy with the piazza down below. Some back rooms are hot in summer.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Storkoes
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Reviewed July 7, 2011

Our family of four stayed in two doubles in late June, 2011. The convent is SPOTLESSLY clean and the location is fabulous, just a couple of minutes from the Colosseum, but you still feel like you're not in "tourist-central". The hotel is not air-conditioned and there are no ceiling fans, so it was a little warm, but fine with the windows open. The rooms overlooking the Piazza are really noisy, but we loved watching the acitivity on the piazza from our window. If you prefer a quiet room, request one away from the square. We liked the bustle and noise, lasting well into the wee-hours! A lovely neighbourhood and nice breakfast. We thought it was a gem.

Room Tip: If you're averse of noise, request a room away from the piazza.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 11, 2011

We were pleased with these very basic accomodations. They would work for women traveling alone or couples. Ukranian sisters manage the convent, very little English is spoken but really isn't a problem. Rooms were basic but clean and acceptable. Convent is on a square that can have a lot of noise. Breakfast was rolls, jelly, cheese and either coffee, tea or hot chocolate. The location could not have been better, we walked easily to the Coloseum, Trevi fountain, Spanish steps, etc. After looking at some of the hotel prices in Rome we were more than pleased with this choice.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank kathleenglackin
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Reviewed November 13, 2009

I stayed there for three days, in november, I had inside room so, fortunately, it was silent.
The zone around is AWFULLY CAOTIC!
But, this place could not be called HOTEL, only because there is reception, because there are the rooms with the bathroom.......It's too poor for being called HOTEL.
Anyway, for whome needs a quite clean place, near to Colosseo, cheap, and for who's travel alone or in couple, without pretending too much, and for who doesn't take coffe in the morning (only instant coffe :-) ), it can be right place to stay for some days.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled on business
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8  Thank adaisola
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Reviewed October 24, 2008

Well priced convent (50 euro per night) lodgings with great location in Rome, walking distance to colosseum and other roman ruins. The train station is about a five minute walk away and the train (metro) easily takes you to the centre of rome and all other attractions. A number of places to eat nearby.

Price per night included breakfast which was basic but filling - bread rolls with jam, butter, cheese and coffee, orange juice. Did not have dinner there. Rooms are basically furnished, but clean and with ensuite facilities.

Unfortunately I had a room which faced the piazza dei monti and it was noisy quite late - at times up until 2am, with the sound of people in the piazza and opposite restaurant. Luckily I was so tired from day of walking I was able to sleep but if you are a light sleeper it is worth requesting a room facing away from the piazza. Also if someone is smoking outside your window in the piazza the smoke drifts into your room.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled solo
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7  Thank Rachel_2280
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Address: Piazza della Madonna Dei Monti 3, 00184 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Monti
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #41 of 1,196 Specialty Lodging in Rome
Price Range: $68 - $148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Casa Santa Sofia 1.5*
Number of rooms: 50
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