The San Anselmo is certainly a nice hotel. We had booked Room 829 which was a good size with nice bathroom and spacious Terrace overlooking the rooftops towards Rome. On arrival, the room seemed very dark but on opening the curtains and windows wide it was airy and well decorated with a large comfortable bed. A small table and two chairs would have been better being replaced with a comfortable chair or sofa to relax but as the weather was very warm we made plenty of use of the Terrace. There were two chairs and a table but it adjoined the next room with just a flimsy trellis and hedge so somewhat lacked privacy.
Towels and shampoo/shower gel were generously provided and I liked the fact that the lockable wardrobe contained a safe so valuables were secure.
Breakfast was fine but after five days became a little monotonous. However, the coffee was strong and tasty and there was a good selection of cheese, meats, fruit, yogurts, hard boiled eggs, croissants etc. so all in all, it set you up for the day.
The staff at the hotel were, without exception, helpful and polite. This was in contrast to the surly and unhelpful waiters we came across in most of the restaurant we visited in Trastevere or Rome in general. Is it just that they didn't particularly want our custom in their restaurants or is this the normal reception people get when dining out in Rome - it didn't do tourism any favours although there was no lack of tourists!
If it was our first visit to Rome we would have preferred to stay in a hotel nearer to the centre as it was a bit of a trek back after a day visiting the sites. This was our second visit to Rome though and for a repeat visit, the hotel was perfect. It encouraged us to see the real Rome and most nights we went to Trastevere to soak up the atmosphere in the narrow and atmospheric streets and sit in lovely, dimly lit squares and watch the world go by.
To get into the Colosseum, we found the best bus from the bottom of the hill on Marmarata was the number 75 as this stopped right outside the Colosseum. Make sure you know which direction you are travelling however as the Number 3 tram caused us directional headaches!
To get to St Peter's or to Trastevere we always caught the Number 23 from the same stop at the bottom of the hill and this stopped at several bridges from where you could stroll into the heart of the area - a real Rome experience. It also stops outside St Peter's and the Vatican City.
We preferred the atmospheric Rome to the tourist Rome but the hotel does enable a mix of each, sightseeing in the day and eating.drinking in reasonably prices bars and restaurants at night.
In short, a very good hotel, we booked a superior room and would do so again; the location gives an authentic taste of Rome; the staff and ambiance of the hotel were excellent - however the climb up the hill was always a bit of an effort. A most enjoyable five nights in Rome and at the San Anselmo!
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