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Hotel Villa San Pio
Ranked #88 of 1,290 Hotels in Rome
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San Francisco, California
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“Peaceful oasis to return to”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

This hotel is up on the Aventine Hill, in a very quiet location--you can walk down to the Circus Maximus area quickly (and to its metro stop) or almost as quickly, up to the Pyramid and its metro.. The rooms--I got a double for single use, asked for a quiet location, and it was a nice sized room, lovely modern bathroom (marble, nice linen hand towels and good bath towels). The staff is very friendly. The hotel consists of several different buildings around a central garden area, and my room faced that inner greenery--birds in the trees. The buildings are in the architectural style of the neighborhood as a whole. All very pleasant as an experience. The room decor is nice but you have to like the style--see the hotel website and there are pictures. And I have heard, but didn't experience, that some rooms can be small.

The breakfast buffet is one of the major draws of this hotel for people: full breakfast with eggs, cheeses, meats for those who eat them, fresh delivered rolls and croissants, yogurt, fruit, all to be eaten in your choice of two indoor rooms or an outdoor area. They'll bring you a cappucino.

No regular restaurant in this hotel the rest of the day. But lots of good places to eat quite nearby (I recommend the casual style Angelo & Diavola pizza just a little ways up San Saba Street, quite close by, one of the best in the city, knowledgeable friends say.)

There is no functional wireless in the rooms themselves, though it works in the main lobby, and the cable connection provided was sometimes very slow; it is free, at least. No coffee maker in room, but there is a stocked mini fridge into which you can tuck your own sandwich if you want. Room safe provided. It was cool weather when I was there, so I can't comment on the air conditioning, which I know matters to people who go to Rome in the warmer months. Housekeeping staff were friendly and good.

What I loved was a) the quiet room and b) being able to wander the nearby area but also get down to the rest of Rome pretty easily. Walking distance: the famous Knights of Malta keyhole through which you can see Saint Peter's, several interesting old churches, the Non-Catholic Cemetery where Keats and Shelley and various other luminaries are buried, the city Rose Garden (open and at its height when I was there in late May). A good walker has no problem getting to much of Central Rome and back from the Villa San Pio--it's not that steep a hill. In all, I really enjoyed everything except the lack of really good wireless.

I used the hotel's car service back to airport and got a really friendly driver in a nice limo. (My bags were just too heavy to do the much less expensive walk to metro option.)

For a slightly more upscale experience, the San Anselmo Hotel just up the hill has the same owners--four star, where the San Pio is three. I chose the less expensive of the two, and for my purposes it was perfect.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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FamigliaPiroli, Direttore at Hotel Villa San Pio, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Dear Guest,

I want to thank you for this very exhaustive review, our Hotel Villa San Pio, placed in a very special and privileged area, on the top Aventino Hill. It’s in the center and it is very close to the main historical and archeological sites such as Coliseum, Foro Romano and Circo Massimo
We loved to take care of our Guests, working hard every day to give top quality service and trying to make things better and better our joy is closely tied to the positive experiences and the satisfaction of our Guests.

We are happy you appreciated the large and well decorated room and especially the quality of our breakfast, to enjoy the good season in the garden, spending relaxing time.

We hope to have you as a precious Guest again in our Hotel Villa San Pio for another pleasant trip, to live another memorable roman experience.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

Nice hotel with short walk to colliseum. Basic continental buffet.

Staff is very friendly and helpful.

I Would recommend to those interested in a hotel with quick access to main tourist sites, but in a neighborhood having less a touristy feel.

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FamigliaPiroli, Direttore at Hotel Villa San Pio, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear guest,
Thank you very much for the time you spent to write about hotel Villa San Pio.
We're happy you appreciated so much our location, so close to the main archeological sites and that you found the staff so helpful and friendly.
We're so happy to know you had a great Roman experience with us.
Come and see us again for another wonderful holiday in our eternal city
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is the 2nd time we have stayed at the Villa San Pio. From the reservations via email to the reception to the checkout all went perfect. This time we only stayed for 2 days prior to our cruise. Everyone at the front desk went out of the their way to be helpful. The room we stayed in was quite large for European standards, very clean with a good sized and up to date bathroom. The breakfast area was very nice with a great selection of food to get the day started.
The hotel is located in a very nice residential area away from the crowds of the city. It is about a 10 minute walk to the Forum and Colosseum.
We would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Some will mention that the beds are firm. I would agree but I slept very well on them.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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FamigliaPiroli, Direttore at Hotel Villa San Pio, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear guest, thank you so much for the time you dedicated to write about hotel Villa San Pio.
We are proud to be'"a great hotel"and very happy for your second time here.
It's nice to know you enjoyed our location so far from the Roman traffic and your beautiful room.!!
We're looking forward to have you again in our hotel to enjoy another memorable Roman experience in the eternal city.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

The hotel has friendly staff and our room was nice and clean with a lovely bathroom and a huge balcony (room 503). You get the safe for free, a great deal of hotels do charge for this, the breakfast is continental, plentiful and varied in choices, being a full English breakfast type of man I am hard to please when it comes to breakfast but I found plenty for me to eat.

This was the perfect hotel for being in walking distance (for the reasonably fit) to the ancient city, but with all bus routes and the Metro underground system just down the road it was also easy to access the attractions via the public transport system. We found the best shopping at Via del Corso leading up to Piazza di Spagma and Piazza di Popolo and all the designer shops and good restaurants.

I would recommend the Hotel Villa San Pio to anyone, but only at the right price.

Nice views from the roof terrace.

Room Tip: For a big balcony on the first floor go for room 503
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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FamigliaPiroli, Direttore at Hotel Villa San Pio, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

the Staff and I are delighted to know you had a lovely city break with us ….in our beautiful city of Rome.
The rooms with a balcony are definitely a real” plus “ especially in this season, where you can enjoy the view of our Roman houses and the flowers are colourful and scented.

We hope to have you back again for your next wonderful break with us.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

We had such a fabulous time in Rome and a large part of our experience was the accommoddations and location of the San Anselmo Aventino hotel. WOW and so inviting. The layout of the hotel, the reading area, the outdoor seating, the guest services were so amazing. The price point for such a lovely hotel was outstanding. We have already told our friends about the wonderful atmosphere of the Hotel Anselmo. Gracie!

Room Tip: Our rooms for our stay coming to and returning to Rome were fabulous. We especially loved room 833...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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FamigliaPiroli, Direttore at Hotel Villa San Pio, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Dear Pat,

thank you so much for your amazing review about Aventino San Anselmo hote!!!
We are delighted to know you had a memorable experience with us and that you told your friends about us !!!!
Glad to know you enjoyed the special atmosphere of our cozy and romantic hotel St. Anselmo.

Thank you again for having given us your preference !!!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

My son and I stayed at Hotel San Pio for six nights from May 2-7. I had stayed in one of their sister hotels, Aventino Hotel, for business and remembered how pleasant it was. Hotel San Pio did not disappoint, it was even better. The best thing about staying here is the location, Aventino Hills is a beautiful wooded area with charming villas and peaceful parks with a view of the Tevere. It is 20 minutes walk to Circo Massimo and 10-15 minutes walk to trams, buses and the Metro. The next best thing is the service, the staff are attentive, knowledgeable, efficient yet friendly and personal. Our booking was done swiftly and we were given a better rate when I asked them for it. Agapito and the other bar staff who served the breakfasts are troupers, they provided service that was fast and fun. The hotel has an inviting restaurant set in a pretty garden where breakfasts are served. The breakfasts were good with sweet and savoury selections although by our fifth morning, my son and I were ready ready for something different. The room was tastefully done, the size was just right, not cramped, we had a desk, good sized drawers and a safe. Our room was on the second floor with big windows that bring lots of light. In the morning, we heard the birds from the trees in the property. The bathroom is big, with a bath and a shower. The two issues I had were: the sound from the next room was quite audible and the bed was too firm. But these are minor imperfections that I am sure can be corrected. On the whole, Hotel San Pio is a delightful experience that is bound to complement any vacation in Rome. It felt like staying in a Roman Villa with gracious hosts.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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FamigliaPiroli, Direttore at Hotel Villa San Pio, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear guest, what an amazing review.!! And thank you so much for the time you dedicated in writing about our hotel Villa San Pio.
We're so glad you enjoyed your Roman experience and the staff, service and location met your expectations.
Rome in this season is so beautiful and charming and hopefully you'll keep in your heart sweet memories of your Roman holidays.
We'll be' happy to see again in our hotel.
Best regards
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

All the hotel staff was amazing! Convinent location to metro rail and other transportation. I will be going back to this hotel next visit which I plan for next year. Walking distancemto restaurants and bars.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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FamigliaPiroli, Direttore at Hotel Villa San Pio, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear Mickey,
We are happy you had a comfortable stay with us and we really appreciate you shared your satisfaction with the Tripadvisor community.
It was really a pleasure for me and the staff to take care of you during your roman Holidays.
Our location is much appreciate because, even in the center of Rome, it’s far from the hustle and bustle of the city…it’s an oasis that not all have are lucky to know and visit!
We wait for your next visit next year and we suggest you to come in this period to enjoy the beauty of the spring season.
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Property: Hotel Villa San Pio
Address: Via di Santa Melania 19, 00153 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Aventine
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#52 Business Hotel in Rome
#62 Family Hotel in Rome
#69 Romantic Hotel in Rome
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa San Pio 3*
Number of rooms: 78
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