Residenza Santa Maria
Via dell'arco di San Calisto, 20, Rome, Italy, 00153
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Nightlife
Expert review of Residenza Santa Maria
Very simple and very charming, this budget three-star in an 18th-century building that once housed craft workshops stands right in the heart of picturesque Trastevere. The décor is of the traditional pensione variety, enlivened by some cute Roman landscape murals, but it’s all very welcoming, and little extras like free WiFi and proper bathtubs in all the rooms give the place an edge over similarly priced competitors. Residenza guests also get to enjoy the garden, free bicycles and evening aperitivo sessions at sister establishment Hotel Santa Maria, a one-minute walk away.
Trastevere is the boho centro storico neighbourhood on the “left bank” of the Tiber; the Residenza opens onto one of its most characterful little squares, and is surrounded by bars and restaurants. Piazza Santa Maria, with its lovely church, is around the corner, and the Campo de’ Fiori area is a ten-minute walk across Ponte Sisto pedestrian bridge.
The six rooms are all on the ground floor – and set back from the sometimes boisterous social life of the busy piazza outside. The downside is that they can be a bit dark and viewless, but in heat of summer many will find this a plus point. Bathrooms are decent-sized, and all have tubs as well as showers with good water pressure.
There’s a small lounge in the entrance lobby with an Internet point for guests’ use, but the most pleasant area for lounging is the small covered courtyard with its pretty landscape murals.
An ample breakfast is served in a basement room carved out of an Ancient Roman water cistern. Hotel guests are also invited to the 6pm aperitivo buffet in the garden of the Residenza’s big sister, the Hotel Santa Maria: you pay just for the glass of wine and help yourself to the cheese and salami buffet.
Not gushing, but professional and helpful in my experience.
Budget-conscious independent travellers, many attracted by the hotel’s high Trip Advisor rating.
More information on Residenza Santa Maria:
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- Via dell'arco di San Calisto, 20, Rome, Italy, 00153
- High-Speed Internet