Hotel Santa Maria

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Address: Vicolo del Piede 2, 00153, Rome, Italy

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.5

Explore picturesque Trastevere from this former convent with its pretty courtyard.

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.

Location
5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.3
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
4.7
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

The main communal area is the magnificent garden courtyard.

Eating and drinking

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.

Leisure facilities

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.

Service

It depends a bit on who you get – but by and large, the staff here are friendly and helpful.

Who stays there

Leisure clients, mostly, from all over the world. The secluded, gated courtyard garden makes it popular with families too.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Good for kids
  • Free bicycles
  • A lovely garden hotel in one of Rome’s most atmospheric neighbourhoods
  • Shower stalls are fairly small
  • Light sleepers may be bothered by other guests returning late
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