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“Cheap, clean, but hard to find!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Suore di Santa Elisabetta

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Suore di Santa Elisabetta
Ranked #613 of 1,292 Hotels in Rome
Pella, Iowa
Level Contributor
28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Cheap, clean, but hard to find!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2008

We stayed in Rome for four days and this was our oasis from the exhausting city. The hotel is a convent run by Polish nuns who may or may not speak English. If you want to immerse yourself in Rome without the insulation of big, touristy places, stay here. The hotel itself is in a very Roman neighborhood, four or five blocks from the Termini Station. We looked for the steeples of the Santa Maria Maggiore Church to find our way there.
Once you find the church, pass directly across the square in front, and you will cross a busy street with an information booth directly across. From there, the hotel is up the hill behind the booth. It has no sign, only the number 9. It is on the Via del Olmata, so make sure you're on that street.
We had to be buzzed into the place, and got room 32, which was very spacious. It also had three twin beds, which we requested. Breakfast was a very hard loaf of bread with butter and jelly. That's it. We also had a choice of coffee, or hot or cold milk (not so cold). However, we could live with the breakfast for the price, size, and cleanliness of the room. We also really liked the rooftop terrace. We ate all our evening meals there, and had a great view of the Coliseum, Victor Emmanuel Monument, and even St. Paul's in the distance. There is an SMA grocery store across the square from the Santa Maria Maggiore church, and we bought picnic supplies there.
I would recommend this place if you don't mind the bare necessities. We felt safe there, and we loved practicing our Italian on the nuns at the check-in desk.

  • Liked — Friendly front desk
  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Clark123Pella_Iowa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Grand Junction, Colorado
Level Contributor
70 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2008

My daughter and I really enjoyed our stay at the convent. The price was so reasonable, the location was convenient to the Termini, and our rroms were clean and so welcome after a long day of walking all over Rome.

The location is fine, not the swankiest part of town, but I couldn't beat the price for a room with a private bath and a terrific rooftop balcony we could use. It was quite, safe and we felt blessed to have stayed with the Sisters. Waking up in the morning to their sweet voices brought a smile upon our faces.

  • Liked — The experience of staying in a convent.
  • Disliked — Termini area is not the best area to be in.
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
Helpful?
3 Thank MTJTraveller
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Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
220 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2008

Great location near enough to Termini for convenience but far enough that it was very quiet. 11pm curfew, but that didn't bother us as we were stuffed from all the walking during the day. Sisters were great hosts. Rooms were very clean and spacious with own bathroom. Breakfast of rolls, jam, coffee/tea was nice. Common use terrace on roof was great for a simple takeaway meal at night. Close to supermarket, cafes, bars and takeaway. Found on eurocheapo.com but booked directly via [--] Definitely would stay again.

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank WigglyWorld
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Göttingen
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2008

Having read about the nasty smell in number 14 I dreaded to enter our room after being shown to - guess what - number 14. I fact, there was a mouldy smell in the beginning, but after tracing the stench back to its origin in the shower drain it could easily be prevented by putting a folded plastic bag over it and weighing it down with a heavier item.
Furthermore, number 14 is equipped with ancient paintings and a beautiful coffered ceiling. The beds are comfortable and the room provides an enourmous lot of space.
As I heard and eventually saw, the equipment of the other rooms is more modern.
We spent a fabulous week in the convent. Every single one of the nuns was outstandingly friendly, the breakfast coffee is excellent and the location perfect. Termini, Rome's major railway, metro and bus station, is a 10 minute walk away. Just across the street a cosy Irish Pub can be found and an excellent ice cream parlour (L'Orso Bianco) is just around the corner. And the view from the terrace is overwhelming, the Colosseum and St. Peter's could easily be spotted.
The only downside is the curfew at 11pm.
The early breakfast time (7am onwards, Sun 8pm onwards) on the other hand were quite handy, as we set out early and thus could make the most of the day.
I would definitely recommend this hotel with its lovely athmosphere, setup and people.

  • Liked — Service, cleanliness, location, friendliness of the nuns
  • Disliked — curfew at 11 o'clock
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank romapasqua
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illinois
Level Contributor
21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2008

PROS:
Central location, 10 minute walk to termini, SMA grocery across Santa Maria Maggiore, nuns are very nice, especially Sister Andrea who prepared breakfast for us at 5:30 AM (we had to leave at 6:00 AM for an early flight).

CONS:
Room #14, where we stayed, smells bad (from the bathroom), shower is very slippery (I slipped & skinned my elbow, very thankful I did not break any part of my body), door is a challenge to lock & unlock, room facing the breakfast area.
BOTTOM LINE:

I would stay there again,BUT I would be VERY SPECIFIC I DO NOT WANT ROOM #14.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — the room
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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2 Thank rosepercy
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Phoenix Arizona
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2007

We stayed in this charming convent that was located close to the main train station. It was a most excellent location and area. We awoke each morning with the delightful sound of the nuns sweetly singing on their way to the chapel. The rooms were large..very clean but minimal. We would stay there again.

Stayed September 2007
Helpful?
5 Thank HoneyHouse
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New York, NY
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2006

Stayed here from October 19 - 22. I stayed in the single room on the 3rd floor, and had a GREAT view of Rome from my private terrace. The roof terrace is great for views and to meet other guests.

The room was clean and comfortable, and the sisters were very nice.

The single room with private bathroom was 46 Euro/night.

  • Stayed October 2006, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
16 Thank michelle_nyc
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Property: Suore di Santa Elisabetta
Address: Via dell'Olmata 9, Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Monti
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Ranked #613 of 1,292 Hotels in Rome
Number of rooms: 35
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