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Trastevere: Hotel Trastevere

24A Via Luciano Manara, Phone: 06.5881016
www.hoteltrastevere.net

Reviewed by: Patti Dolman from Canada, review #1582

When: August 2006

Close to the Great Synagogue in a more tranquil setting yet a 20 minute walk of Vatican City and 35 minutes to the Spanish Steps.

Although very difficult to locate because it was confused with a hotel of a similar name "Trastevere House", its location was perfect for our needs.

We checked in at reception and were ushered next door to a combo apartment/hotel where our room awaited us on the 4th floor. The fun part was the ride in the iron "cage" elevator. Well, actually only one of us and the luggage could fit inside the first time (no, we didn't have travel trunks - it was small). To our surprise, the room had a small refrigerator and a gas burner stove even though in a call made prior to our arrival I was told there wasn't one. The water from the kitchen tap was so scalding that we could have made tea (so beware).

The loft bedroom (on the 3rd level) was for our 16 year old daughter but she complained of the heat up there. We soon discovered that a slip-covered chair located in a small space just off the bathroom on the 2nd level, did double-duty as a single bed and she was fine with that.

The floors were hardwood and the tall shuttered windows which opened up to a market area below added to the somewhat rustic ambiance. The bedroom with a queen bed shared space with the kitchenette and dining area, a table and 3 chairs. We did not feel cramped at all and our daughter didn't complain that her suitcase was too cumbersome to navigate the narrow open staircase to her "room". Another consideration, too, if you need to visit the bathroom in the night.

The AC worked perfectly (except up the the 3rd floor loft)which was a welcome relief to the heat of mid-August.

Our breakfast the next morning was in a plain but attractive room just off the main reception area with about 6 small tables nicely set up with table cloths and overlays. There was a different selection of coffee cake (some might call them Danish pastry). We didn't eat any pastries due to food restrictions but they did look fresh. There was also a choice of coffee/tea/hot chocolate, apples and giant oranges. The coffee was delicious but the girl vanished after serving and never appeared again so I suspect that a refill was not an option.

There is a manager whose English is perfect and with his help we were able to get perfect directions to find the Autostrada which took us to Venice. In fact, our attempt to find the hotel after arriving in Rome took longer than the entire drive there from Montepulciano!

We paid 130 per night and felt that is was good value. The neighbourhood offers many Kosher restaurants which we did not locate but there are more just on the east side of the Tiber River a short 10 minute walk. Street vendor shopping at night is a delight. A late night internet "store" kept our daughter happy while her father and I enjoyed a beer at the cafe next door.


Reviewed by: RichardLS from US, review #881

When: March 2005

Hotel Trastevere is by far the best location and price in Trastevere. The hotel has been fully renovated and thus very clean. They offer rooms and apartments.

Finding the hotel was very easy. We took the train from FCO to Trastevere Station then Tram 8 down Viale Di Trastevere and got off at Piazza Mastai. The hotel is about a 3 minute walk from there.

Upon entering the canopy covered entrance we were immediately impressed by the large wall mural painted behind the reception desk. The mural was of Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. The entire ground floor was terra cotta tile and dark woodwork with a few antique chairs and small tables. To the left was the breakfast room entered through a dark wood open doorway with about 10 tables and a large glass window looking out on Via L. Manara and a block sized building owned by the Vatican. Straight ahead after you enter the front door is a small sitting room with a bar and tv and double chair. This room leads up the stairs to the next floor where most of the rooms are located.

We were greeted by a lovely and polite and efficient desk clerk named Georgia. Georgia spoke very good Italian and English and escorted us up the stairs to our room #14. All the walls have been fully restored and stenciled. The ceilings were very high and had nice chandeliers. Our room was very lovely upon entering through a beautiful wooden door with a brass curved handle. The double bed was 2 twin beds together. All the furniture and woodwork coordinated nicely and was new looking. The bed had a large wooden headboard and nightstands on either side with a lamp above each. There was a shaded light hanging from the middle of the ceiling above the bed. There was a nice sized desk with a drawer and side cabinets and a large mirror above. Also there was a hall tree that matched the furniture that had storage space on bottom. There was a huge wooden armoire about 10 feet high with shelves and drawers. There was a window inside an alcove on the far side of the room with drapes the length of the ceiling to the floor which were quite high.

The window room was considered a superior double because it had a view of Piazza San Cosimato which has a daily food market. However, the market was closed and had been temporarily moved while the Piazza was under construction.

The bathroom was very new and also had a terra cotta floor matching the bedroom floor. All the fixtures were new and the shower was nice but the small corner style that we found almost too small for 2 rather big framed men but we managed understanding one goes with the flow when traveling in Europe.

The bathroom was furnished with flat waffle towels which we did not think we would like but they turned out to be nice and dried overnight. We were given fresh towels about every other day and the bed linens were changed about every other day also.

The room was both heated and air conditioned. Since the food market was closed the noise was not as much had it been open. However, there was some noise from the construction equipment. We found the nightly noise not too bad. The noise that woke us up a few nights came from other hotel guests arriving home in the early morning hours and talking loudly in the hallway.

We had plenty of hot water and no problems whatsoever with the room during our stay.

Breakfast was included in the room rate and was served downstairs in the breakfast room between 7:30-10:30a.m. There were usually 3 employees assisting with breakfast. Choices consisted of coffee, latte, cappuccino, juices, milk, croissants, filled pastries, fruit, jellies, jams, nutella, toast, hot tea, and butter.

The hotel was easy walking distance from the tram and bus routes on Viale Di Trastevere which was a 3 minute walk. The desk clerk told us there were only 4 hotels in Trastevere area and Hotel Trastevere was in the best location for transport. The desk clerks were very helpful with directions and information we needed about some things. Georgia was very knowledgeable about Rome and shared a passion for the people and city that showed in her conversations with us. She directed us to a laundry nearby and an internet cafe also. Sometimes we would ask her where something was and she would recommend a different place, which we appreciated.

There were many, many restaurants nearby. Trastevere is an area of narrow streets and many piazze that draw other Romans to the area at night for dining out and just strolling.

The desk is staffed 24 hours. Georgia informed us that the hotel is 2 stars but the only thing keeping them from a 3 star is they don't wear uniforms and they don't have a porter to carry luggage. However, the hotel is definitely worthy of a 3rd star.

We asked about seeing some different rooms to compare them to ours. The hotel was fully booked during our stay except for the night before we left. Georgia was kind enough to show us some rooms the hotel had next door. The entrance was just beside the entrance to the hotel. These rooms are on the ground floor and have a window overlooking an inner courtyard but looks more like an inner alley. The rooms are very nice with the same furniture as our room. Room C1 that we were shown had a double bed and also a Murphy bed that pulled out from what looked like an armoire which of course made it a triple. This room was considered a standard and for 2 people would be 103. If you preferred dead quiet these rooms would be what you would like. The room was somewhat larger than ours and the shower was larger also. If we return to Rome and stay at this hotel again we would request this room.

The hotel also offers some apartments which are 2 floors above the courtyard rooms and accessed by a lift that fits 4 easily. The apartments are beautiful and immaculately clean as are all the rooms. The floors are a beautiful restored light wood. The apartment is one room but is very tall. It is so tall it has 3 levels. The ground level has a double bed and kitchen and a dining table and chairs. The second level reached by stairs has a double bed and the bathroom. The 3rd level is a loft with a double bed. The apartments are 200.

The Hotel Trastevere has a lot going for it.

1. Location. Very close to public transport and restaurants. Trastevere has more dining choices than any other area in Rome, I believe. There are laundries and internet cafes nearby. It is also an area that is most enjoyable for strolling and enjoying smaller piazze and shops and churches, esp. Santa Maria. There are at least 2 supermarkets only 1 block from the hotel. Also many banks, ATMs, and meat and cheese shops.

2. Price. Rate for a superior double is 105. We negotiated a lower rate because we stayed for 12 nights. Our rate was 90 Euros a night. Rates include a nice breakfast buffet. You can have as much as you like and the employees make all your drinks for you personally. Considering there are only approximately 4 hotels in this area the rates are exceptionally good. The hotel has the lowest rates in this area.

3. Friendly and helpful staff. All the staff was ALWAYS friendly and asked us many times if everything in the room was to our satisfaction. Staff always smiled and assisted us with any information we needed.

4. Clean. The entire hotel from the public areas to the rooms was immaculate. The terra cotta floors downstairs in the breakfast room and reception and lounge areas were machine cleaned during our stay. The staff took pride in service and appearance of the hotel.

We felt that Hotel Trastevere offered us exactly what we wanted. The overall stay was very pleasant. This hotel is small and very attentive to the guests needs for a most enjoyable stay in Rome.

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