Both my wife and I feel that our wonderful stays in Venice and Florence prior to our trip to Rome took away from the perfectly good stay we had at the Hotel Santa Maria.
The hotel is set in the Trastevere area which is perfect for proper Italian food with the locals and at a much cheaper price. And that's if you even want to leave the courtyard. Breakfast in the morning sun was delightful and enjoying an aperitif and a book in the early evening was very relaxing.
The room was standard but nicely decorated. We had an issue with the air conditioning on one night. We tried to reduce the temperature in the room and yet the temperature would snap back to the original temperature and then start to increase. However we fiddled around with it, set it at the low speed and for some reason, it eventually started to work.
As mentioned at the beginning, we would probably have given Hotel Santa Maria a 5-star rating had we not already had such brilliant service in Venice and Florence. The staff at Hotel Santa Maria were always polite and never failed to help, but we just thought that the help was always provided grudgingly. Said help was usually in the shape of assistance in either booking or choosing a restaurant for the evening, the staff were never rude, but we almost felt like we had inconvenienced them by asking. Maybe this was the language barrier or more likely the standard set by the previous hotels was slightly better.
Please don't let this review put you off staying at the Hotel Santa Maria. It was a very good price to stay in Rome and I would still recommend it to friends and family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Santa Maria is an Hotel de Charme located in a 16th century cloister completely renovated in the year 2000 maintaining the flavour of the original construction. It makes a very pleasant base in a romantic and relaxing ambience. The hotel is located in an historical area of central Rome in the heart of one of the most ancient and characteristic neighbourhoods of the city, Trastevere. Our guests can easily walk from the Hotel to the historical and archaeological beauties of the city. It is also possible to drive to the hotel with the parking available at the private Garage next to the Hotel. The Hotel rooms, connected by a monastic portico, face onto an ample and silent garden of orange-trees, flowers and Mediterranean plants, or onto our rooftop garden, framed by evergreen vines... perfect settings to enjoy your breakfast in the warm and sunny roman days , or just for relaxing after a day of sightseeing The Hotel has a number of bicycles should you wish to cycle through the alleys of ancient Rome. The Hotel is Internet connected by secured Wireless Lan. You can comfortably use your PC where you like: at the lounge Bar, in the garden or in your room. If you are travelling without your PC, a computer with free Internet connection is at your disposal in the Living Room. You can relax in the romantic atmosphere of our bar or our garden with a glass of excellent wine, chosen from the selection of refined Italian wines stocked in our Cellar (from Vermentino di Gallura to Brunello di Montalcino), before you venture out into the narrow streets of Trastevere in search of a good trattoria or restaurant. After site-seeing in the ' Eternal City ' , our rooftop garden, framed by evergreen vines, with lounge chairs facing the sun, awaits you for relaxation in an ambience of refined comfort. You may refer to our Staff regarding any problems, desires, or needs you may have. Tiziana, Arianna, Chiara, Paola, Malina, Pasquale and Alessandro will always be ready and available to assist you to the best of their ability. Their responses will be accompanied voluntarily by a friendly smile. Kind guest, you will be our welcome friend! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Maria Hotel
- Santa Maria Rome
- Hotel Santa Maria Rome