Most of my dozen or so visits to Rome I've stayed in the Termini area for budget reasons. Never again! It's simply delightful to wake up in the heart of Trastevere and feel in the middle of a safe and friendly community, full of light and good restaurants and conveniently placed for all the major sites. Even reaching it from Fiumicino is easier and cheaper than going to Termini (a train every 15 mins. costing 8 euros instead of 14; then tram 8 to Piazza Mastai: cross the road and take the left fork. Don't hesitate to ask directions. )
There's a big, beautiful wall fountain at the end of Via Manara. A few feet to the left of it you'll find steps that take you up the Janiculum Hill. Or take the road just opposite the hotel and you arrive in the Piazza of S.Maria in Trastevere. Every road in every direction seems to have restaurants recommended by the guide books. You need never repeat yourself.
Distances are much less than you think, looking at the map. Even walking to S.Maria del Populo we didn't need transport (you're passing so many interesting things en route.) It's a 20 min. walk max to Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. We enjoyed lunch at Miscellanea at the right hand side of the Pantheon, just down from a wonderful gelateria called Cremeria di Monteforte (no queues; a bench outside or sit by the Pantheon.)
The hotel staff are friendly and efficient. The decor is sweet in the public areas (floral stencilling) but dull in the rooms (very brown and heavy) The beds are comfortable, the tv works, the shower room is luxurious and breakfast the freshest I've ever enjoyed in an Italian b&b: cappucino, espresso and chocolate as in a bar; crisp, warm croissants and pain au chocolat.
Our only problem was on the last day when the service was overwhelmed by a mass of young Americans on a college trip, who started breakfast 20 mins earlier than programmed and ate everything. Arriving promptly at 7.30 (when brkfast was supposed to start, continuing to 10.30) there was no table for us, no choc. croissants, and no Nuttella. So on my next visit I'll check that they don't have a huge party in.
Otherwise: I'll stick with this for my next visit to Rome!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Trastevere is located in the heart of Trastevere and it's within walking distance to all major landmarks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Trastevere Hotel Rome
- Hotel Trastevere Rome