As stated in previous reviews, this hotel is a converted monastery which means it is a very interesting place to stay. It's not much else though.
Wifi is available but only in the common areas and the connection/speed isn't great. The rooms have a bit of a hostel feel to them, don't expect much more than a place to rest your head after a day of touring Rome! Our room was basic and the shower/bathing facilities weren't great. The attachment for the head of the shower was at waist height in the bath, so you had to lift it up and hold it above head height. Rooms are a bit shabby and in need of a lick of paint, but not bad for the price.
The location is quite far out from the main drag, but there are good transport links to the city centre nearby. It's quite nice staying away from the main tourism areas as the restaurants tend to be cheaper and of better quality, which is a bonus! The church attached to the hotel is lovely and well worth a visit.
At breakfast the staff seemed hurried and completely uninterested in diners. They come rushing through the hall with top ups for the breakfast buffet with no regard to customers trying to have a quiet dining experience and the impression we got was that they really didn't want to be there at all. The breakfast itself was extremely basic. 2 cereal choices, and the rest was all bread and pastries. No fresh fruit or anything like that (the closest you'll get is a fruit flavoured yoghurt!).
The housekeeping staff were very noisy in the mornings (their office was near our room) and they appear to have to have no regard for guests trying to sleep around 6am, banging doors and talking loudly amongst themselves, which wasn't great. What I will say is that the air con is very efficient in the rooms and street noise was not a problem, despite our room looking out to the street!
Overall, a good, interesting place to stay, but don't expect much more than a basic room and poor-average service. It ain't no Hilton.
- 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