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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
Anyone who likes the idea of total R&R in a historical setting. Party animals should look elsewhere.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- The thrill of staying in a historic property that was designed by Borromini
- Tranquillity in the heart of the centro storico
- Internet access is pricey
- Rooms can be a little small and austere, and windows are sometimes too high for views