Hotel Santa Maria
Vicolo del Piede 2, 00153, Rome, Italy
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Nightlife, Shopping
Expert review of Hotel Santa Maria
I like this good-value 18-room refuge: it feels like a little rural community in the centre of Trastevere. Carved out of a 16th-century cloister, the hotel consists of a series of low, single-storey rooms set around a pretty gravelled courtyard, where breakfast is served – weather permitting - under the orange trees. For those relaxing in the courtyard over a glass of sparkling wine after a hard day’s sightseeing, the rural illusion is challenged only by the washing strung out to dry in the apartment blocks that loom above the hotel on three sides. Not only is WiFi free – so is the use of hotel bicycles.
Just off Piazza Santa Maria in the heart of Trastevere, the hugely photogenic centro storico neighbourhood on the left back of the Tiber. You’re surrounded by good places to eat and drink here, and some quirky craft and fashion shops too.
The decent-sized rooms, most featuring overhead wooden beams, are done out in warm colours, with vases of cut flowers and bright photo-realist paintings guarding against rainy-day gloom. Be warned that the advertised free WiFi does not work in all rooms.
The main communal area is the magnificent garden courtyard.
A decent continental breakfast (including a few hot options like scrambled eggs) is served outside in the courtyard, weather permitting, or in a wood-beamed breakfast room that was once an artisan’s workshop. There’s also a small wine bar, where at 6pm you can enjoy a glass of wine with free nibbles (such as cheese or salami) from the buffet.
They have a fleet of bicycles here which guests can use free of charge – a great way to explore the lanes and piazzas of central Rome.
It depends a bit on who you get – but by and large, the staff here are friendly and helpful.
Leisure clients, mostly, from all over the world. The secluded, gated courtyard garden makes it popular with families too.
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- Vicolo del Piede 2, 00153, Rome, Italy
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