I booked this place for a photography tours I was leading through Central Italy. The location was my main reason, but also many hotels won't take group bookings, even though we only needed 6 rooms.
The experience booking was a little convoluted, with emails taking some days to be responded to, and then eventually they needed a deposit but wouldn't take it by credit card, only giving the option by western union, or international bank transfer.
This is a working convent, and I hadn't really expected any creature comforts. The nuns who run the place were friendly, but not so helpful with tourist information, like where to park (they suggested a parking lot at the station, kms away, but there is plenty of over night street parking just on via Cavour, and the side streets past there. The rooms were very basic, the beds like camp-beds with a mattress on top (don't move too quickly or you will fall out!), my window wouldn't lock (main floor courtyard), and the noise from the square below was unbearable late into the night (imagine 100s of people drinking and partying below your bedroom). Breakfast is not worth the money or the time. The coffee comes out of an instant machine, and the rest is cornflakes, "rosette" rolls (very fresh), triangle fake cow cheese, and maybe some jam. We were given breakfast in the deal, but given the choice, I'd rather save the 5 euros and eat elsewhere. Bathroom was clean, well sized, great shower cubicle with plenty of hot water and pressure.
Positives? There was free wifi in the lobby, and some of the rooms (mine!) and the location is perfect, right in the middle of an area full of Romans going about their daily life, and some really great second hand, and designer stores, wine bars, and very good local eating haunts. Also, the nuns were very respectful, and there wasn't much religious paraphernalia decorating the place.
So, all in all, this place was more than adequate for me, and even the people in my group (who have more needs than I do usually) were happy to save some money too. I would definitely stay here again because at this price, and location, you can't beat it.
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