Small, quaint hotel with the "flavor" of old Italy
Posted Feb 7, 2017
The Hotel Santa Maria was the perfect hotel for our trip to Rome. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and wanted the best possible experience. It's a small hotel, only about 18 rooms or so... I think it was a former cloister. The rooms' design is simple but elegant. There are 2 internal courtyards full of orange trees. Very picturesque. The location is perfect as well. Tucked into the Trastevere neighborhood in Rome (on the other side of the river), everything is little shops, mom and pop restaurants, cobblestone streets. A short 2 minute walk from the gate and you are right in the middle of Santa Maria Square. Truly lovely. But by far my favorite part of our trip was dealing with the lovely staff at the hotel. They patiently gave us directions, booked museum tickets, recommended restaurants. Some of the nicest people we have ever met. I will recommend this little gem to everyone I know -- it was PERFECT!