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Domus Sessoriana Hotel
Ranked #303 of 1,258 Hotels in Rome
Columbia, South Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Simple, quaint”
Reviewed 13 September 2011

If you're looking to be pampered -- flat screen tv, stocked mini-fridge, room service -- this is not your hotel. If you want a clean, comfortable bed to sleep in after a long day of exploring Rome, this might be your place.

This hotel was a little difficult to find as it's connected to the adjacent Basilica and doesn't have obvious signage until you're right at the entrance. However, from the very beginning, the staff was really nice and helpful. The hotel is in a quiet neighborhood, away from the really touristy area around the Colosseum, but it is only about a 15 minute walk to that area. There is also a bus line right in front of the hotel.

The rooms were simple and all I needed after walking all day. The only problem I had with my room was that I had to walk quite a long way to get to it. A really long way.

They offer a free breakfast, well-stocked with just about anything you might be in the mood for.

The hotel itself has a lot of character and is definitely a place I will stay in again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

just outside the city centre but wtihin comfortable walking distance of the Colosseum. Rooms are comfortable and clean and the breakfasts were good. Fab rooftop terrace on which to share a nice bottle of wine after a long days sightseeing. Would stay here again when I return to Rome!!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

I really liked the Domus Sessoriana. It has so much character, being in a monastery architecturally connected to the Santa Croce Basilica, one of the seven pilgrimage basilicas of Rome. There is a modern glass elevator that takes you way up to huge hallways with large clean rooms. There is a wonderful terrace at the top with a terrific view of the southern part of Rome. From my room I had a view of the Aurelian walls and San John Lateran. The guys at the front desk were very friendly and helpful. The location is perfect for Rome: within the walls in a peaceful location but close to San Giovanni metro stop. I'll definitely stay here next time I am in Rome.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Omaha, Nebraska
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2011

As the other reviews will tell you, this hotel is architecturally amazing (there's a beautiful rooftop patio where you can watch the sunset over the city) but doesn't have a lot of frills. The rooms are average sized with a nice bathroom. There's a small television and a small safe. One thing that may be a drawback to some people is that the beds are very firm. I personally loved it, but it may not be for everyone.

Breakfast in the mornings was cold meats, cheeses, breads, pastries and cereal. Coffee and juice were also provided. Again, nothing fancy but everything was delicious.

Finally, the hotel staff was amazing. Always willing to go above and beyond to help you figure out Rome. We got great restaurant recommendations, bus routes that took us straight from the hotel to the Colosseum, etc. Overall, they were awesome!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lillehammer, Norway
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

I work as a Front Assistant Manager in a well-known norwegian hotel chain. I LAUGH at the other reviews recently posted, I mean, come on - the taxi drivers gave you sideways glances when you said you live at the Domus Sessoriana?? Whole lot of bulls...!

We stayed at the Domus Sessoriana for one whole week, 14-21 aug. Room was very large, with lots of space to put your things in - as well as the safe in the closet. I loved that.
Breakfast was basic, put actually very good. Most italians do not eat breakfast like the rest of us are used to, so this is probably the reason.
Location is very interesting. The basilica is indeed very beautfiul, and well worth a look.
The best about Domus is the rooftop square at which you can take the elevator straight up to. Tables and lots of chairs, and the most amazing view at night! We had many nights up there watching the view eating local cheeses and hams, drinking wine. Beautiful.
Staff is proper and able to speak understandable english, although very basic in my opinion. I guess this is influenced by that most italians have never had the chance to learn english. Aircondition working properly and in order. Busstation right across the street, take line 3 to get to the Colosseum and eareas around.

HOWEVER:
- We had cold water in the shower EVERY day except the one day before we were leaving. I never really said anything to the reception snce the weather was so good it was really great with a cold shower, but something was not right.
- The cleaning staff? Oh my. I've never encountered more "agressive" people. Almost forcing us to get out of the room so they could clean it. And when we did, the cleaning was NOT really the best. They did not clean the floor with water and soap for that whole week, I am sure of it! And what is up for a hotel with not having "DO NOT DISTURB" signs to hang on the door??? I did not thought that was possible!
- TV def. needs an upgrade.
- Bed is standard Italian - hard matress and sheets only, not proper, thick sheets.

All in all - a good hotel, but could be a pot of gold if the owners were aware of what they have under their hands. I mean, big hallways, beautiful monastery garden and view from the rooftop - it is unique. I loved it! It was really something special. All the negative factors written above are in my opinion just small details. I would def. recommend Domus Sess. to others, but not too much families, couples are better off staying here. Thanks for a nice stay! We will be back.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the first floor. They are the biggest. We had 116 - it was huge.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2011

In general not a bad, but basic 3* hotel. She needs updating which would bring her up to a healthy 3 and half stars. Staff were very very friendly, extremely helpful and bilingual. Rooms were small, air conditioned, but more than adequate enough. The free breakfast was pretty basic (but at least it was free !). Hotel is within walking distance to most of the major attractions. Ideal for young couples/people, not so much for families with very young children (under 5's).

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2011

We checked into the Domus Sessoriana on August 4th. The desk staff are very friendly and extremely helpful. Our rooms are both quite adequate with air conditioning- mandatory in this thirty-five degree heat! I'm not that keen on the breakfast but the worlds best cappuccino and croissants are just across the street. The bus stops directly in front of this beautiful old church. Have a look inside the basilica- it's absolutely beautiful!

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Domus Sessoriana Hotel
Address: Piazza di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 10, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#92 Best Value Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Domus Sessoriana Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Domus Sessoriana is a 3 Stars Superior Hotel, located just minutes from numerous attractions in Rome, near the Papal Archbasilica of St. John in the Lateran and the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. The hotel has 80 rooms of different types: single, double, triple and quadruple room. It offers many services to its clients, such a 24 hour Reception, a buffet breakfast served on the terrace with panoramic views of Rome, multi-lingual staff and much more. Each room has a private bathroom. The hotel coincides with a large area of the Benedictine Monastery completely renovated, equipped with every comfort and immersed in a scenery of inestimable value. On the top floor of the Domus Sessoriana there is a beautiful roof garden, where breakfast is served (outdoor and indoor). The hotel offers various food and beverage service: bar, snack bar, restaurant. It also has meeting rooms for corporate events, conferences and workshops, companing the capacity of the structure and the quality of business services. The hotel has free wifi. Other guests appreciate the excellent quality/price ratio. Thanks to its position, also well-served by public transportation, Domus Sessoriana is an ideal starting point for discovering Rome and its extraordinary monuments and artistic heritage: Coliseum, Appia Way Park, Circus Maximus and Palatine. ... more   less 
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