An exceedingly charming hotel, set in the cobbled alleys of Trastevere offers warm, friendly service and comfortable clean rooms, all set around a small courtyard full of orange trees. The first night we stayed in the Junior Suite as there were no triple rooms available, We then moved to the triple room which was spacious and equally comfortable. The complimentary breakfast was large, consisting of eggs, cheese, cold meats, cereals, juices, fresh fruit, breads, pastries and pies and excellent espresso coffee or any other hot drink you wanted- more than enough to fortify you for a long day of sight seeing! The happy hour had a small selection of tasty bites and a good selection of wines.
Trastevere has a large number of very reasonably priced, good bars and restaurants which are frequented by locals. All these are within very easy walking distance from the hotel. We found a small gelataria about 5 minutes from the hotel where we had the best dark chocolate gelato that we tasted anywhere in Italy.
The hotel is close to bus stops and tram stops making it easy to get to all the sites in Rome. One thing you should however bear in mind. The alleys of Trastevere are very narrow and difficult to navigate in a big car especially on a Friday or Saturday night. There are so many cars parked all over making it impossible to drive through, unless you are familiar with the place. This made it very difficult for us to get to the hotel on Friday night when we arrived from Tuscany. We had to stop the car a fair distance away and wheel our baggage down the streets to the hotel. Our rental car driver, who was from Rome also had some trouble finding the place on another occasion. Good instructions and map on the website would certainly help in this respect.
The first bit of inconvenience not withstanding we had a lovely stay at the hotel. The final really touching gesture was the beautiful book on Rome that they gifted us just as we were leaving.
Thank you all of you at the hotel for everything that you did to make our stay comfortable. We take back beautiful memories of a lovely week in Rome- a holiday of a lifetime, a real dream come true!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Santa Maria Hotel
- Santa Maria Rome
- Hotel Santa Maria Rome