I have stayed at Monteverde & Austria twice--once for three and a half weeks once for two and a half. Originally a pilgrimage house, the Monteverde has immaculately clean, spare rooms that are comfortable and pleasant. The bathrooms are large (and again immaculate). All rooms have large windows. Tram 8--the most accessible and reliable transportation in Rome--is a few feet away. It is about a 20 minute ride to Largo Argentina but when you return back to Monteverde you are not in the middle of nowhere but in another part of Rome with its own charm and amenities. There is a GREAT rosticceria down the street, a number of very good restaurants, and a neighborhood much calmer and more Roman than the craziness of the touristic center. The people who run the hotel couldn't be nicer or more accommodating. I read a couple of reviews that disparaged Carmelo, the manager. He may not be Mr. Jovial, but the man is the salt of the earth. This year one of my students needed medication shipped from home. We were in southern Italy but by the time we had arrived Carmelo had filled out all the paperwork to have the medicine cleared through customs and made the whole confusing process very very easy. This was absolutely not his problem and he didn't need to do anything to help. That's just his way.
Any downsides? The breakfast is no great feast--coffee and rolls (on a good day) or bread; and packaged croissants. But it is cheerfully served and the hotel is a five minute walk from a killer (and cheap) bar/pasticceria. There is no bar or food service other than breakfast--but again there is are plenty of options right outside the door.
If you get a charge from walking out your hotel door and being in the middle of a mass of humanity taking photos of monuments the Monteverde is not for you. If you want to do your thing and then live in a proper neighborhood in comfortable clean rooms in a place that seems more like home than a hotel (at least to me)--this is your place!
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