Since this was my first time in Rome (for a one night business trip), I was a little worried about finding the right hotel. Our criteria were comfortable, clean, wifi and reasonable pricing. I found the Santa Maria based on a search here and a recommendation that showed up from a Facebook friend. Since we were visiting Rome for a one day business meeting, the most important thing was a restful sleep the night before.
We ordered the pickup thru the hotel and a pleasant driver with a nice Mercedes station wagon was waiting for us as we came out of customs. For some reason he took us for the "scenic route" which gave us a interesting view of some of the different neighborhoods. Usually I would worry about it, but since we were being charged a flat rate of 55 euro, that was OK.
We arrived at the hotel in the late evening and the streets (if you can call narrow alleys - streets) were blocked with young people, our driver was able to convince them to let us thru with a gentle nudge from the car.
At the Hotel, we immediately shown our rooms (4 +5). They seemed to be the exact same rooms. This was the first time that I was in a hotel that reality was nicer than there website pictures. The rooms are medium size, very clean and so was the bathroom which had a nice bath as opposed to a shower like some other hotels.
We had ordered only 1 single room, which was $20 cheaper, and 1 double since that was all there was available on the web site but in reality I guess we got both double rooms.
We were disappointed that the Wifi was working (in geektalk the DHCP service on the router was not working) and when we complained to the reception, we were told " this is the password, everyone uses it and it is fine". Only in the morning was this fixed after other guests complained.
The rooms have thick walls and are soundproofed, but I slept with the window open to the courtyard, so there was some interference of other guests walking to the rooms (maybe the hotel should have a notice up, please do not talk loudly in the courtyard after 11pm..) and then was a church bell ringing once an hour. All in all though the bed was comfortable and the night restful.
The location for us was great. We started our business meeting in the "breakfast room" and then continued it right across the river at one of the many restaurants in the old Jewish Ghetto. In the evening again we were picked up by another similar driver (who was right on time) and returned promptly to the airport, this time taking the main route.
All in all although the wifi at the beginning was a disappointment, I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone on a business trip, who also wants to be in walking distance of most of Rome's attractions (which I found disappointing during the few hours that we had to tour after the meeting, but that is a different story...)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Santa Maria is an Hotel de Charme located in a 16th century cloister completely renovated in the year 2000 maintaining the flavour of the original construction. It makes a very pleasant base in a romantic and relaxing ambience. The hotel is located in an historical area of central Rome in the heart of one of the most ancient and characteristic neighbourhoods of the city, Trastevere. Our guests can easily walk from the Hotel to the historical and archaeological beauties of the city. It is also possible to drive to the hotel with the parking available at the private Garage next to the Hotel. The Hotel rooms, connected by a monastic portico, face onto an ample and silent garden of orange-trees, flowers and Mediterranean plants, or onto our rooftop garden, framed by evergreen vines... perfect settings to enjoy your breakfast in the warm and sunny roman days , or just for relaxing after a day of sightseeing The Hotel has a number of bicycles should you wish to cycle through the alleys of ancient Rome. The Hotel is Internet connected by secured Wireless Lan. You can comfortably use your PC where you like: at the lounge Bar, in the garden or in your room. If you are travelling without your PC, a computer with free Internet connection is at your disposal in the Living Room. You can relax in the romantic atmosphere of our bar or our garden with a glass of excellent wine, chosen from the selection of refined Italian wines stocked in our Cellar (from Vermentino di Gallura to Brunello di Montalcino), before you venture out into the narrow streets of Trastevere in search of a good trattoria or restaurant. After site-seeing in the ' Eternal City ' , our rooftop garden, framed by evergreen vines, with lounge chairs facing the sun, awaits you for relaxation in an ambience of refined comfort. You may refer to our Staff regarding any problems, desires, or needs you may have. Tiziana, Arianna, Chiara, Paola, Malina, Pasquale and Alessandro will always be ready and available to assist you to the best of their ability. Their responses will be accompanied voluntarily by a friendly smile. Kind guest, you will be our welcome friend! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Maria Hotel
- Santa Maria Rome
- Hotel Santa Maria Rome