Location: It is located in a lively, touristic area. There're lots of cafe's and restaurants close by catering to tourists.
Room: There're 6 rooms all on the ground floor. There is no direct sunlight into the rooms thus a bit damp and cold. It is clean and neat. Decoration is classical modern with a country flair. Size of the room is not big but comfortable.
Our room has a small problem with dripping water of the toilet bowl continuing all night and day. It's wasteful of water and annoying to hear the water dripping noise. Although the room is clean, the extra blanket in the closet is very dirty and dusty. We had to use it anyway because of the cold weather.
Breakfast: We're not impressed by the breakfast. The breakfast room is small & cozy situated in the basement with 6 tables, a buffet table and coffee bar. It's a simple buffet with a varieties of dry cakes, 1 kind of bread (very dry), some scramble eggs, 1 kind of cheese, salami and ham, juices are not fresh, yogurt and some fruit. Our cappucino was a bit cold.
Internet: Poor WIFI connection in the room.
Staff: Friendly and helpful.
Comment: We booked online directly from the hotel website. The hotel offered us a discounted room rate on an advance payment and no cancellation. The hotel website stated the payment would be charged within 24 hours of the online booking.
When we checked out, the reception asked us to pay cash because they said the hotel didn't charge our credit card. Anyway we let them charge again the same credit card and hope this is not a double payment. We were confused by this.
Caution: From Fiumicino airport we encountered many taxi scams. Please note the flat rate taxi from airport to city center is 40 euro. Please don't let them scam you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residenza San Calisto ( previously know Residenza Santa Maria), is a small exclusive Hotel de charme, located I the heart of Rome, just a stone's from the magnificent and picturesque square of Santa Maria in Trastevere. This boutique Hotel is the result of the skilful restoration of a 17th century building. The whole house is dominated by brick arches, wooden ceilings, artistic hand painted frescos and wall decorations which give to the Residenza Santa Maria an atmosphere of refined elegance. With only 6 rooms, the Residenza Santa Maria is somewhat smaller than its namesake which allows for even greater atmosphere, notwithstanding the fact that having only recently opened it is also equipped with high tech environment. The large and quite, no smoking, rooms, some of which family rooms, are fully equipped with private bathroom with tub and shower, A/C, telephone, mini-bar, safe, satellite flat panel TVs, free internet connection, boiler for tea/coffee and other amenities. In the breakfast room, once a Roman cistern of the II cen. BC, decorated by original ancient Roman artifacts found on site during restoration of the building, guests can enjoy a rich and delicious buffet breakfast, (scramble or boiled eggs, ham, cheese, salami, fresh bread, assortment of biscuits, cakes, fresh fruits, yogurt, fresh croissants, selection of fruit juices etc.). Thanks to great location, from the Residenza Santa Maria, guests can easily reach the main tourist sites like Campo de' Fiori, Navona Square, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi's fountain, the Roman Forum and Coliseum with just a relaxing stroll through a maze of fascinating medieval streets. The Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Square are a few minutes away. Furthermore Trastevere, apart from the beauty of its mediaeval narrow little streets, is filled with typical restaurants, markets, pubs and cafes.The Residenza Santa Maria also offers services like transfer to and from the airport, private guided tours, laundry service, shiatsu massage, beauty centre, baby sitting service and car and scooter hire, as well as offering free use of bikes to its personal guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residenza Santa Maria Hotel Rome