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Trastevere: Villa della Fonte

Via della Fonte dell'olio, Phone: 06.5803797

Reviewed by: SL Jones from IL, review #1936

When: June 2007

In the middle of Trastevere, small, quiet and convenient.

We stayed here for just one night, a stop off before a morning flight from Rome.

It couldn't have been a better spot for us. It's right off the Piazza Santa Maria de Trastevere - stand at the fountain and look for the Chinese restaurant down a side street - this hotel is next door, down that narrow street. We thought the location was a plus. If you are being picked up by a taxi or limo, have them meet you on the Santa Maria Piazza, as this street is pretty much pedestrian only. The street sign there is covered with ivy.

Ah,the quiet. In a lively boisterous area like this, you want a good nights sleep. The rooms are air conditioned and very sound proof. We didn't even hear the formidable bells of Santa Maria.

The staff was exceptionally helpful and warm. The desk is manned 24/7. Claudio, who spoke some English at the desk, graciously helped us with phone calls, reservations, and an internet search for something. The morning staff was wonderful - so kind. They served us a quick breakfast, even though our flight home required us to leave the hotel before they officially served.

Their little upstairs terrace is lovely. A fine spot for breakfast or a drink. The lobby is tiny, and there are just a handful of rooms.

The rooms are 160 euros a night. They are very clean and the bathrooms are quite large and comfortable.

Reviewed by: caplanco from CO, review #1673

When: October 2006

A very friendly five room hotel in Trastevere

I had read a nice review, it was reasonably priced for Rome (E160/night) and in Trastevere which is where we'd decided to stay. WorldBy, the agent, was very easy to work with.

The taxi driver was not familiar with the address, but we told him it was right near Piazza Santa Margherita, so he took us there, and then pointed to the street; he could not drive the car to the hotel door. It was only about half a block, just off the piazza.

We rang the bell. The door is kept locked 24 hours and there is always someone at the desk to let you in. Our room was not ready but we were encouraged to leave our baggage safely in the small lobby and go have lunch. When we returned, Carmen, the receptionist, insisted on helping to carry our heavy bags up two short flights of stairs. There are wonderful photographs of street urchins on the stairway walls. The landing has a bookcase with lots of travel guides and other books.

I had requested a room in a quiet area, not realizing there were only five rooms. My request was granted. A new air conditioner had been installed in our room that morning and when I requested that the main electricity be left on at night so we could keep the windows closed and the AC on, they agreed with a smile. Our room (#5) had a hallway leading into it, so it felt larger. A window in the bathroom and one in the bedroom looked over the side street. The windows have interior shutters.

The bedroom has a matrimoniale bed, desk with two chairs, armoire, TV on a high wall mount (which made it difficult to use the remote), a luggage rack, two nightstands, each with a reading lamp, and an overhead light. The tiled bathroom has a corner shower and bidet, adequate lighting over the mirror, two small stools, and a hanging pocket rack with terry cloth slippers for us. The room was kept spotless.

The staff is super friendly, always asking if there is anything they can do. The day we left Roberto, who was on duty at the desk, insisted on carrying down our heavy bags and taking them out to the piazza where the car they had ordered for us (E50) was waiting to take us to the airport.

You put your breakfast request in the night before. The usual pastries, cereal, and yogurt are available. Breakfast is served on the roof terrace, weather permitting. I think that if the weather is bad breakfast is brought to your room. My only complaint is that the breakfast caffe was terrible - a crime in Italy! I ordered my usual macchiato every morning and was served a better espresso with a small pitcher of cold milk on the side. The pastries were also not very good.

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