Although we went to Rome in 2006 for some reason I never left a review. We booked our trip through Gate One and Court Travel in Charlotte, NC. We flew Luftansa from Charlotte directly to Munich, Germany. When we arrive in Rome our Gate One agent was waiting in baggage claim with a sign with our name on it and after collecting our luggage he drove us straight to our hotel. First before I talk about that I want to say what a fantastic airline Luftansa was. After each meal we were brought warm hand towels to wash our hands and face. No surprises. Everything including seats were exactly as we booked them. We did not want to stay in a touristy part of Rome. We wanted to stay with the locals and to feel like Romans. Our hotel, Domus Sessoriana is a working monestary with part converted to hotel rooms. If you are looking for a luxurious hotel, then do not stay here. The rooms were large, and the bathroom with bidet was adequate. There were two twin beds that we pushed together. Not sure why but the beds were really long. Plus, I took several adapters for my hairdryer that never worked. The hairdryer in the room did not have sufficient air flow. Breakfast was included and in the breakfast room each morning was delicious bread, prosciutto, the most wonderful white cheese I've ever tasted, a pound cake-like slices, and the usual cereals and oatmeal and coffee and fresh juices. Very simple, very good and enough. Although you knew you were in a monestay, you only got a glimpse of a monk. Our hotel was connected to the First Church in Rome which Augustine built for his mother and it is open to the public. There is a huge book in the sanctuary and you can write the name of someone you would like the monks to pray for. Also, they have in a glass box a piece of the cross from Jesus' crucifixion. The monestary/hotel is in a neighborhood. There are several delightful local restaurants just down the street. Also, a local park with lots of people sitting or strolling. All just so wonderful to us. In one of the local restaurants less than a block from the hotel, we had dinner and the owner served us from a pan that looked to be 50 years old or older, right at our table. We couldn't get anyone's attention to get our bill and without our ordering, they brought us dessert, finally we went to the front to pay and they brought wine. So wonderful. So nice to be with the locals. Again, do not stay in this hotel if you are looking for a luxurious hotel room which you will not spend much time in. If you want to stay with the locals in a neighborhood for a good, fair price, and you do not require bells and whistles, I recommend this hotel. We actually went in November 2006 but the website did not give me a past date as an option. I will tell you that November was a great time to visit Rome. Crowds way down. Weather is cool but you can layer.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Domus Sessoriana Rome
- Hotel Domus Sessoriana