Hidden gem in Trastevere
Posted Aug 17, 2016
We stayed 4 nights at Hotel Santa Maria and couldn't have been more pleased. This gated hotel is in the heart of Trastevere, a short walk to the Tiber and Colosseum, Vatican City, etc. Although located in a vibrant, busy, and energetic part of Trastevere, once inside the gate we felt far removed from the crowds and noise, especially at night when the area tends to draw large crowds of both tourists and locals. The rooms surround a central courtyard ringed with bitter orange trees, and had plenty of tables and chairs where we had breakfast in the morning and drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the evening (breakfast and hors d'oeuvres are included in the room rate, drinks are not but they are inexpensive by US standards). The staff helped arrange private transportation to and from Fiumicino, and were all friendly, warm, bilingual, and eager to help. We thought the hotel provided great value for the price, and would definitely return the next time we are in Rome.