This is one of the best hotels in which I have ever stayed (and I have stayed in many, across the world).
From first contact to departure we were treated brilliantly. Before we left England the hotel got in touch about transport from airport to the Residenza. We were given clear information and prices. When our flight was delayed by nearly 6 hours the reception staff, who were tracking the flight, ensured that the driver was there, right on time, to drive us into Rome at one of the busiest times of the day. We know that both he and the reception staff were late home because of our lateness. But they could not have been more courteous and helpful.
This kind of treatment continued throughout our two day stay. As a result of being helped to know where was best to go and how to get there, we made the best of our limited time.
The Residenza itself is beautifully, if somewhat quirkily, presented. The room was comfortable, spacious and well-equipped. Given that it is in a cramped, but very attractive location it is amazing how well the space has been used. Residenza Santa Maria is an oasis of tranquillity in Trastavere, which is a very lively area, full of fantastic eating and drinking places and street entertainment. (Check out the break-dancer!)
This was a 5 star experience that we will never forget. And, if we can, we will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residenza San Calisto ( previously know Residenza Santa Maria), is a small exclusive Hotel de charme, located I the heart of Rome, just a stone's from the magnificent and picturesque square of Santa Maria in Trastevere. This boutique Hotel is the result of the skilful restoration of a 17th century building. The whole house is dominated by brick arches, wooden ceilings, artistic hand painted frescos and wall decorations which give to the Residenza Santa Maria an atmosphere of refined elegance. With only 6 rooms, the Residenza Santa Maria is somewhat smaller than its namesake which allows for even greater atmosphere, notwithstanding the fact that having only recently opened it is also equipped with high tech environment. The large and quite, no smoking, rooms, some of which family rooms, are fully equipped with private bathroom with tub and shower, A/C, telephone, mini-bar, safe, satellite flat panel TVs, free internet connection, boiler for tea/coffee and other amenities. In the breakfast room, once a Roman cistern of the II cen. BC, decorated by original ancient Roman artifacts found on site during restoration of the building, guests can enjoy a rich and delicious buffet breakfast, (scramble or boiled eggs, ham, cheese, salami, fresh bread, assortment of biscuits, cakes, fresh fruits, yogurt, fresh croissants, selection of fruit juices etc.). Thanks to great location, from the Residenza Santa Maria, guests can easily reach the main tourist sites like Campo de' Fiori, Navona Square, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi's fountain, the Roman Forum and Coliseum with just a relaxing stroll through a maze of fascinating medieval streets. The Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Square are a few minutes away. Furthermore Trastevere, apart from the beauty of its mediaeval narrow little streets, is filled with typical restaurants, markets, pubs and cafes.The Residenza Santa Maria also offers services like transfer to and from the airport, private guided tours, laundry service, shiatsu massage, beauty centre, baby sitting service and car and scooter hire, as well as offering free use of bikes to its personal guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residenza Santa Maria Hotel Rome