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Hotel Santa Maria 3.0

Trastevere, Rome, Italy

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  • Located in trendy Trastevere on a quiet side street
  • Rustic guest rooms with AC and minibars; some with private patios
  • Charming garden courtyard furnished with wrought-iron tables and chairs
  • Wine bar with daily happy hour
  • Breakfast is included in room rate
  • Rooftop terrace with umbrellas and loungers
  • Free use of bicycles
  • Free Wi-Fi available throughout 


  • Not within walking distance of major tourist sights
  • No fitness center, business center, or computers for guests' use
  • No free on-site parking (nearby parking available for a fee)
  • Hotel can be difficult to find if driving

Bottom Line

Hidden away off a side street in the charming old neighborhood of Trastevere, this three-pearl property was once a monastery. About a five-minute walk to the Tiber River, the hotel is around the corner from the trendy restaurants and bars of Piazza Di Santa Maria. The 18 rustic guest rooms, with terra-cotta floors and exposed beams, are arranged around a delightful courtyard garden, which is surprisingly serene and quiet. The atmosphere here is more like a country home than a city hotel. While the location is perfect for exploring one of Rome’s most idiosyncratic neighborhoods, many of Rome's major tourist sights are not within walking distance. For a similar style hotel that's closer to the main sights, travelers might want to consider Hotel Fontana -- also a former monastery -- which has stunning views of the Trevi Fountain from the rooftop terrace.

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A former monastery with a quiet, serene ambience 

Hotel Santa Maria is housed in a former monastery, built in the 16th century. An exterior arcade, characteristic of a monastic structure, circles the building, where the guest rooms can be found off the courtyard. Set back from the street, the hotel is a small, intimate, unexpected oasis reached through an inconspicuous gate leading to the large, leafy garden. Guest room doors open onto the garden courtyard -- not a hallway -- contributing to the feeling of privacy and exclusiveness. The garden, filled with orange trees, flowers, potted plants, and wrought-iron tables and chairs for sitting, is at the heart of the property. A rooftop terrace with umbrellas and sun loungers is another pleasant outdoor space. The overall vibe is rustic and country, with red bricks, terra-cotta floors, and ochre walls painted with garden scenes. The romantic atmosphere makes the Santa Maria popular with couples, but plenty of families stay here too. 


In the heart of trendy Trastevere, a bus ride away from most sights

Hotel Santa Maria is in the heart of Trastevere, one of Rome’s oldest and most atmospheric neighborhoods. The hotel is about a minute's walk to the Piazza Di Santa Maria, a lovely square with many trendy bars and restaurants, and a central fountain where street musicians and other performers gather in the evenings. The Tiber River and the pedestrian bridge Ponte Sisto is about a five-minute walk from the hotel. Some of Rome’s loveliest neighborhoods and squares can be easily explored on foot from the hotel, but most of the main tourist attractions are farther away but can be reached by bus.

  • 19-minute bus ride to Termini Train Station
  • 22-minute bus ride to the Pantheon
  • 22-minute bus ride to the Vatican
  • 24-minute bus ride to the Trevi Fountain
  • 25-minute bus ride to the Colosseum
  • 29-minute bus ride to the Opera House
  • 30-minute bus ride to Santa Maria degli Angeli
  • 30-minute bus ride to the Spanish Steps
  • 32-minute bus ride to the Baths of Diocletian
  • 33-minute bus ride to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
  • 45-minute drive to Leonardo da Vinci International Airport


Rustic guest rooms set around a courtyard

The guest rooms are located off the courtyard, and many have their own private patio areas outside the door. Decor follows the same rustic style found throughout the hotel, with terra-cotta floor tiles, wood ceilings with exposed beams, and basic wood furniture. Bright floral curtains adorn the windows, and large colorful prints of Rome decorate the walls. Rooms, while reasonably sized, are not that spacious, and bathrooms, which have no counter space, can be cramped, with small shower/tub combos and bidets. Air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, minibars, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and free Wi-Fi come standard.


Free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free bicycles

Breakfast is included in the room rate and is served in the garden courtyard during the summer months, or in the homey breakfast room, which has a decorative fireplace. A bar sits off the breakfast room, where a happy hour with free snacks and drinks is held each evening. Bicycles can be borrowed free of charge. The hotel will also arrange for airport transfers, private city tours, limousine service, laundry, hairdressers, massages, beauty treatments, babysitting, and parking, all for a fee. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

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