Donna Camilla Savelli
Via Garibaldi 27, Rome, Italy, 00153
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Shopping, Special occasions
Expert review of Donna Camilla Savelli
Total peace and quiet even with the windows closed is a rare quantity in the historic centre of Rome – but this new four-star with soothing classic décor was converted from a convent that was partly designed by Borromini, and most rooms look onto a large, tranquil garden cloister. In fact it might all be a little too secluded if not for the fact that right outside the door is the bohemian neighbourhood of Trastevere, a village within the city, full of great bars, trattorias and quirky shops.
On the edge of rustic, picturesque Trastevere, the hotel is set just back from Via Garibaldi, which leads up to the panoramic belvedere of the Gianicolo.
Bedrooms can be a little on the small side (these were the nun’s cells, after all), but they are restful and light-filled. Bathrooms are well-appointed, with large rainhead showers, and the air-con (at least in my experience) works like a treat.
The former chapel – open for Mass on Sundays, and visitable at other times by request – is well worth a look. There’s also a lovely roof terrace. But it’s the hotel’s two garden cloisters that are its real selling point.
There’s no need to do penance here: the dainty lounge bar and hearty buffet breakfast, served in the garden in good weather, are more Dolce Vita than Hail Mary. On colder days, breakfast is served in the refectory, which is adorned with imposing antique oil paintings.
It’s not sticky or gushing, but the efficient desk staff are there when you need them, and full of good suggestions and advice.
Anyone who likes the idea of total R&R in a historical setting. Party animals should look elsewhere.
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- Via Garibaldi 27, Rome, Italy, 00153
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service