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.
Eating and drinking
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 [node:124383]: 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.
Who stays there
Budget-conscious independent travellers, many attracted by the hotel’s high Trip Advisor rating.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
Pros & Cons
- Good value, especially in August or in the winter months
- Free internet access
- Great location in one of Rome’s most picturesque neighbourhoods, close to some good restaurants and wine bars
- Free bicycles
- Rooms can be dark and viewless