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“A wonderful retreat away from the crowds and traffic”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Santa Maria

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Hotel Santa Maria
Ranked #11 of 1,290 Hotels in Rome
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“A wonderful retreat away from the crowds and traffic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2009

The Hotel Santa Maria,Trastevere will not disappoint . Trastevere is a fantastic base for exploring all the main tourist attractions of Rome which are all within reasonable walking distance of the hotel. A street map is essential as the hotel is hidden away in a small side street which can be difficult to locate. The hotel is secured by a set of high iron gates with 24 hour access. Free snacks are provided during the early evening and an excellent breakfast choice is available in the covered courtyard. The rooms are a good size by Rome standards equipped with a comfortable bed and excellent en-suite facilities. One disappointment was the lack of any room tea/coffee making equipment.
Light sleepers are advised to travel with earplugs because the nearby church and clock bells ring during the night.. Restaurants recommended by the hotel staff were excellent and very good value. The hotel taxi service to and from the hotel is recommended for price and service. I would highly recommend the Hotel Santa Maria for the tranquillity, location , service and for the opportunity to experience the "real" Rome.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2009

perhaps not so nice for kids. because there is no special bidding for them. but great for all others. you are in the middle of trastevere. from there you can start all activities. you can reach everything you want.
wonderful rooms. good breakfast. very pleasant personnel !!!!!!!


just one little point. they speak nearly no german. if you really need ist, it will be a problem.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2009

We stayed here for two nights prior to leaving for a cruise. We loved the courtyard where we could sit and have a meal, a cocktail or pleasant conversation. The wine bar had free appetizers each night and the bar tender was a lot of fun. They were happy to provide lots of ice which we didn't get in other places. The breakfasts were very good. Internet only in the breakfast room area. We were able to get it out in the courtyard or our room. Lots of good cafes close by, a taxi stand within walking distance(or have one called for a couple more euros). The staff were helpful and pleasant. All in all, a great start to our vacation. You do have to be able to pull your luggage as it is in an alley that many taxis cannot get into.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2009

We were delighted with Hotel Santa Maria and would highly recommend it. It is located in the beautiful Trastevere area of Rome, just across the Ponte Sisto foot bridge and close to all the major sites. We loved seeing the sites of Rome and then escaping from the hordes of tourists back to our lovely quiet hotel. It was unbearably hot in Rome while we were there (August 2009), so we really appreciated the orange tree lined courtyard that always seemed to have a lovely breeze. Trastevere is very quiet during the day but comes alive at night and there are dozens of excellent retaurants to enjoy, all within walking distance. The hotel staff did a wonderful job of recommending restaurants patronized by the locals and we enjoyed some fabulous meals. We loved the ambience of Trastevere....walking around the streets is a feast for the eyes. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a quiet, clean, low key hotel with charm and character.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2009

Having never been to Rome before we were unsure of which part of the City to stay in and since the reviews for Travestere and this hotel were all good, we decided to book up. Overall, we were happy with the choice made. The hotel is beautiful - very clean, tidy and fresh looking. Our room was on the small side but as with the whole hotel, looked new, clean and well finished. Great shower, flat panel TV, air-conditioning. No tea or coffee making facilities was the only negative point. The hotel gardens are lovely for relaxing in with a drink - under the cover of orange trees. The hotel is tucked away in the back streets of Travestere and without the hotel organised taxi we would never have found it. Travestere is good for restaurants at reasonable prices but as an area, appears a little run down with graffiti and untidy buildings. We walked around Rome, visiting most of the attractions - the hotel is about 30 mins walk from the Collosseum, about 45 minutes from Trevi Fountain. There is no Metro station in Travestere. Overall, a very enjoyable weekend in a great hotel that is tucked away in the quieter part of town. Perfect if you don't mind walking or getting a taxi into central Rome. I think that if we return to Rome, we will probably go for a hotel nearer the Trevi Fountain or Spanish Steps.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2009

My wife and I began our trip to Europe in August 2009 with four nights at the Hotel Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome, and could not have been happier with our choice. We booked a car through the hotel to pick us up a Fiumicino, and would recommend this highly, as for first-timers the hotel would be difficult to find.

The location in Trastevere was good for us, as we love to walk. We were no more than a five-minute walk from the Tiber, and a ten to fifteen minute walk to the Campo de Fiori. The neighborhood is packed with restaurants, and the hotel's recommendations were helpful and good. The room was small, but very attractively appointed and absolutely spotless. The bathroom was equally clean, and included a tub.

While Trastevere is a very active neighborhood in the evening, the hotel was unfailingly quiet. Indeed, the courtyard seemed absolutely tranquil, befitting the place's former life as a convent. Summer of '09 was perhaps the hottest on record in Rome, and I'm happy to say that the air conditioner in our room worked quietly and well.

The breakfast buffet was simply the best I've ever encountered. It included two kinds of melon as well as other whole, fresh fruits, well-prepared scrambled eggs, a numbert of Italian cold cuts and cheeses, breakfast cereals, many different types of bread, yoghurts, and coffee made to order.

Unless there is an extremely compelling reason for us to be in another part of town, my wife and I will always return to this hotel when we return to Rome.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2009

Loved everything about this hotel. The location is perfect. Excellent restaurants, bars boutiques and sites nearby. Not a "tourist trap" location with regards to restaurants. Really pleasant having a quiet breakfast among the orange trees. The afternoon antipasto in the bar was delicious.

Special kudos to Roberto on the front desk and Christiano at the bar. You guys were terrific!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Santa Maria
Address: Vicolo del Piede 2, 00153 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Trastevere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Rome
#4 Family Hotel in Rome
#5 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Santa Maria 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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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