This was my 78 year old mother and mine favorite hotel during our 2 week visit to Italy. The room was quiet and comfortable. Hard to believe we were in noisy Rome. It was an oasis of peace and quite. The neighborhood is great like has been said by everyone else. We felt safe and secure walking the streets of this lovely neighborhood. Of course it was a quiet time of year. The weather was cold which meant none of the outdoor cafes were busy - so most nights the streets were virtually empty. The breakfast was always good - we had fresh fruit every morning. One day they even served us strawberries and this was the end of November. The only complaint and it isn't the fault of the hotel was tha the driver we hired from the airport could not find the narrow little street where the hotel was located. It wasn't even on his GPS system. We literally drove around in circles for over 30 minutes trying to find the right one way streets so that he could deliver us to the door of the hotel. He wouldn't just drop us off in the the Plazza Santa Maria. Turns out the hotel was only a block from the plazza. But he was determined to get us there himself. The best part about this hotel is the staff. Chiara at the front desk went above and beyond the call of duty for me and I will always be in her debt. I left my eyeglasses in a taxi on our second to last day in Rome. Not only did she track down the cab driver who had picked us up from the hotel but the next day she arranged to have the cab driver meet us at the Borghese Gallery to give me my glasses. I call that service. I didn't think I would like Rome but Romans like Chiara proved to me that the Romans are much nicer and friendlier than the Italians we met in other Northern Italian cities like Florence and Venice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residenza San Calisto ( previously know Residenza Santa Maria), is a small exclusive Hotel de charme, located I the heart of Rome, just a stone's from the magnificent and picturesque square of Santa Maria in Trastevere. This boutique Hotel is the result of the skilful restoration of a 17th century building. The whole house is dominated by brick arches, wooden ceilings, artistic hand painted frescos and wall decorations which give to the Residenza Santa Maria an atmosphere of refined elegance. With only 6 rooms, the Residenza Santa Maria is somewhat smaller than its namesake which allows for even greater atmosphere, notwithstanding the fact that having only recently opened it is also equipped with high tech environment. The large and quite, no smoking, rooms, some of which family rooms, are fully equipped with private bathroom with tub and shower, A/C, telephone, mini-bar, safe, satellite flat panel TVs, free internet connection, boiler for tea/coffee and other amenities. In the breakfast room, once a Roman cistern of the II cen. BC, decorated by original ancient Roman artifacts found on site during restoration of the building, guests can enjoy a rich and delicious buffet breakfast, (scramble or boiled eggs, ham, cheese, salami, fresh bread, assortment of biscuits, cakes, fresh fruits, yogurt, fresh croissants, selection of fruit juices etc.). Thanks to great location, from the Residenza Santa Maria, guests can easily reach the main tourist sites like Campo de' Fiori, Navona Square, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi's fountain, the Roman Forum and Coliseum with just a relaxing stroll through a maze of fascinating medieval streets. The Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Square are a few minutes away. Furthermore Trastevere, apart from the beauty of its mediaeval narrow little streets, is filled with typical restaurants, markets, pubs and cafes.The Residenza Santa Maria also offers services like transfer to and from the airport, private guided tours, laundry service, shiatsu massage, beauty centre, baby sitting service and car and scooter hire, as well as offering free use of bikes to its personal guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residenza Santa Maria Hotel Rome