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.
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