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Historical Traveler Reviews Domus Sessoriana Hotel Rome
Cute place but faint urine smell
We were attracted by the photographs posted on the web page and the fact that the facility is part of an old church which in our past experience stands for cleanliness and quietness. Nice lobby and public areas but cramped room which is okay but not with tiny window overlooking a noisy expressway (particularly when we asked for a room on the other wing with bigger windows). The room was dim, our table lamp was broken and was left standing there tilted. Our main concern was the faint urine smell in the room. I thought it was a one-off incident but another young couple expressed the same concern. My husband rates it an overpriced youth hostel.
Interesting hotel but extremely noisy
We just got back from a trip to Italy a few days ago, and spent three nights at this hotel. We chose this hotel based on the price (we got our room for about $90 a night using hotels.com).First of all I will start by saying that this hotel was extremely hard to find. We took the metro to the stop closest to the hotel and walked until we found the church (Santa Croce in St. Gerulemme, I believe). Well, we found this but we could not find the hotel anywhere. We finally asked a person working at the church, who lead us through a set of double doors and there it was. There were no signs anywhere for this hotel.The hotel itself is interesting and very neat. The hallway cealing is domed and the floors were tiled. But any noise echoed tremendously. The room itself was small (typical for Europe) but very pleasant. We were enjoying the room for the first night until about 10:00 p.m., when our neighbors showed up. They were so loud we assumed they were having coversations outside of our room because we could hear everything they were saying. We opened the door and realized they were four rooms down the hall. We called the concierge, hoping we could switch rooms and were told that there were a group of students staying in our wing and that the hotel was booked. We asked if he could ask them to keep quiet but were basically ignored. After two hours of hearing laughing and talking, my husband finally had to knock on their doors and tell them to lower their voices. This went on every evening and unfortunately my earplugs (intended to use on the plane ride over) didn't help any.Our only other complaint was the area. I have to agree with some comments made below. Although the church was beautiful and very safe, I don't think the area was that great, and I didn't feel particularly safe walking the street from the metro stop to hotel at night. It was about a 5-10 minute walk. The walk is along a long rectangular park. Although the park is filled mostly with locals during the day, at night it just felt kind of creepy. The hotel is located in more of a residential area so there weren't always many people around during the walk.Overall the hotel was a great value but I don't think I would stay there again due to how tremendously loud it was and the location.
Different and enjoyable!
Spent 3 nights at the Domus Sessoriana in February 2004.
At first when we turned up we were a little surprised to find a hotel in a Church and were also expecting it to be a rough area, according to previous reports. All these fears were erased as soon as we enterd the hotel. The area was fine at night and dont really know what previous reports meant?!?!?!
Booking in was quick and easy. Room was as expected, clean and warm (manually controlled) with TV and mini bar. Bathroom was very good, ample space and big shower. Towels and bedding changed every day and complimentries replaced as well. Bonus was the complete black out blinds, which can be very deceptive! Very quiet as well. Only gripe being the hotel did'nt have an iron.
Breakfast was very good. Meats, cheeses, pastries, cereal and fruit to name but a few. Good start to the day!
Location was alright, 7 min walk to Metro or tram outside. Not a lot of eating establishments around though. Would recommend Cannaveto (italian) opposite the bigger church by San Giovanni metro!
All in all, would recommend as a different experience and a very enjoyable one at that!
Totally Original - Stay somewhere with a bit of history.
My family and I stayed at the hotel for 4 nights - Fantastic place for a short stay - I was rather dubious after reading previous reports going here with 2 children I thought I was going to be staying in a very seedy area but we found it no different to anywhere else in Rome. The staff are all friendly and courteous - The tram is right outside the hotel - found the bus stop on last day! - so used tram and metro for majority of time - found all tourist sites accessible. The room we had was fantastic - We were told when booking in it was the best in the hotel and we can believe it - It was spacious and airy - the girls had a separate sleeping area with 2 single beds and shower room in our area we had a very comfy double bed and tv and our own shower room - in between we had a seating area where there was a table, seating area and mini bar - Our bedroom was fantastic. Get to breakfast early as the later you are the less choice of buffet there is. We felt there were no issues with security as there is a safe in the room and cards are issued to enter your bedroom doors - we did not find it creepy or cold - we found it interesting and fascinating at the same time. Great to stay somewhere with a bit of history. Would recommend this to anyone looking to stay somewhere different and not your usual run of the mill hotel! Only criticism - beware of the hand bell being rung at 6am - Woke up twice thinking it was the fire alarm going off!!!!
Intersting and unusual....but not again...
Choosing to stay here depends on if this is a once in a lifetime trip to Rome or if this is a regular thing for you. If this is a once in a lifetime experience, don't stay here. Pay a little more and stay somewhere else. Yes, the hotel is very unique and unusual. It is set within the basilica and is (like past reviewers stated) old, interesting, different. The good thing is it's oddity - have you ever stayed in a basilica before? It is very clean, the service is good, the breakfast is ample, the location is convenient (trams, metro, bus close by). The bad things are: it is creepy, cold, hospital like, difficult to settle in. There's no place to sit and have a coffee during the day (or in your room). The security isn't great. There are no dead bolts on the doors. Also, with the basilica attached, there is a side entrance (that is opened to the public) that leads directly into the hotel, bypassing the reception and staff. We came in at 11pm one night and found the public church entrance still open - which meant anyone could walk through the church straight into the interior of the hotel leading to the rooms without the staff noticing. This was not good and not safe. It's hard to explain, but I wouldn't stay here again - especially if it was a long stay. I never felt comfortable - mainly due to the atmosphere of the place and the lack of 'warmth' in the hotel and rooms. The pictures on the web are very deceiving. The place does have a 'wow' factor - but it dies off quickly. Someone mentioned graffiti and the location....well, sadly all of Rome is covered in graffiti - this location was no exception and I wouldn't say it was more 'seedy' than any other place in Rome. The location is not the issue with this hotel. If you're returning to Rome and want to stay someplace really different, and if you are staying for just a couple of days - this would be fine. This would suit a backpacker passing through perfectly!!
If you are planning a honeymoon or something special - don't stay here.
You will be dissappointed. It's a shame, I really realy wanted to like the place.
Excellent service in a historic Hotel with hard beds in a somewhat seedy neighborhood
This was a very beautiful Hotel with a very polite staff. All spoke very good English and were exceptionally freindly.
The breakfast left much to be desired for those who like warm food (such as bacon, eggs, etc.), however there were good ceriels (kellogs extra fruit and special k), yogurt (plain and blueberry), juices (orange and grapefruit), and rolls with ham, salami, cheese, butter, jams and honey to select from as toppings. There was also coffee and tea if you like that.
The rooms were clean and got serviced (beds made, towells replaced, trash emptied, etc.) daily.
The bathrooms are equipped with showers (no tubs), a toilet, beddai, sink and large mirror.
There was a small TV (we never watched it) that offers mostly Italian-speaking channels - with the exception of BBC World and CNN.
The only real complaint I have about the room itself is that the queen-sized (double to Europeans) bed had a very hard matress. My wife and I didn't sleep so well because of the discomfort. Of course, we are used to a very soft and comfy matress, so many people may like it fine.
Aside from that, my only complaint about the Hotel would be it's location. It's at the very South-Eastern edge of Rome - just inside the city wall. The surrounding neighborhood was slightly scary with graffitti on most of the walls and some street-dwellers. It's roughly a 30-minute walk to Colosseum, the Palatine, and the forums. But it's very far from the Vatican, the Spanish steps, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, etc.
I would recommend spending a bit more money to get a more centrally-located Hotel. Be careful, however, because there are LOTS of seedy Hotels in Rome.
Enjoy your trip! :)
I've just come back from a 3 night stay at the Domus Sessoriana. I booked the room based on the reviews posted on Tripadvisor.com and the hotel's website.The Domus Sessoriana is an unusual hotel and wouldn t be suitable for someone looking for the modern comforts available at box standard hotels.The best things about the hotel are:- Location: it's not far from the historic sites (The Colosseo and the Foro Romano are a 15-20 minute walk away) and it's in a quiet neighbourhood. It's easy to get to from Termini Station (take bus 649 - 1). Also, if you are flying to or from Ciampino airport, it's very conveniently located as the tube station St Giovanni on the A metro line, is a 5 minute walk from the hotel- Breakfast: really good buffet breakfast - fresh fruit, yoghurt, ham, cheese, bread and cakes, delicious coffee, etc- Staff: very friendly.- Restaurants nearby: there are two superb restaurants within walking distance from the Domus Sessoriana:a) Ottavio Ristorante - amazing fish dishes in a beautiful setting (very smart) with great service and prices (we spent less than 100 for two for a three course meal including a whole fresh sea bass, wine, dessert, coffee and freebies from the kitchen - fried calamari and home made biscuits with the coffee). Pasta dishes start from 11. Via de S. Croce in Gerusalemme 9 (06 7028595)b) Uno e Bino - described as a creative bistro with minimalist but warm decor and very well priced. This is probably the only restaurant in Rome that has a no-smoking policy. Via degli Equi 58 (06 4460702). This restaurant is quite difficult to find but it's worth it.- The roof terrace: great views of Rome, must be great in the summer.The not so good things are:- Rooms: I was disappointed with the size of our room, I guess I was expecting a much larger room - the descriptions and photos on the hotel's website are slightly misleading. Our room was very small and as the hotel was full when we arrived so we couldn't move to another room. Having said that, the view from the room was great.- Location: it's a little bit too far from everything other than the Colosseo and the Foro Romano, making that mid afternoon rest difficult to organise.Overall, I would recommend the hotel, but remember to request one of the larger rooms when booking and shop around for the best rates as I found that booking directly with the hotel was a lot more expensive than going through hotel consolidators.
Creepy and Bizzare
I booked here because from the website it looked like a beautiful place to stay, and for only USD 160 a night. Despite of its location several miles from the city center, I booked a room for two. Our room was more like a hostel than a three star hotel. Instead of a bed, there were 4 cots in our room. The rooms floresent lights didn't work and flickered on and off. Add to all this, that the hotel as a distinctively creepy feeling which is enhanced by the fact that neighboorhood its in isn't one of Rome's best.
Feel like an italian in ancient Rome...
Have just come back from a long weekend to Rome with my husband. The Domus Sessoriana is an incredible part of roman history, the hotel itself being part of an old monastory. The room was average size but very clean and tidy - crisp white sheets and maid service everyday (including Sunday which surprised me). TV, mini bar, hairdryer and plenty of wardrobe space/drawers in solid wood. Decent sized bathroom with shower, wash basin, wc and bidet. Fresh soap, shampoo, etc. daily.
There was even a wall hung heated towel rail. Rooms nice & warm at this time of year with an adjustable thermostat/air conditioning. Breakfast (continental) was ample with a choice of bread, fruit, meats, cheese, jams, cereal, cakes, yoghurt etc. with plenty of fresh juice and lovely coffee. Staff very charming and obliging. The hotel is located in ancient rome so it's a distance to walk to the centre but trams stop just outside and you can pre purchase tickets from nearby newsagents or walk to nearby tubes (metro). If you want to stay in an "olde worlde" hotel with modern touches then this is the one for you!
My family and I, 4 people, spent 3 magical nights in the Domus Sessoriana in Rome. Tha hotel is located inside an ancient basilica.
The building is magnificent- glory of the past anywhere you look. It also maintains a distinguished modesty in every detail in this immaculately renovated wing that holds the hotel. We received an enornous room with 5 meters high arched ceilings, two huge windows with breathtaking view , terra cota tiles, cast iron big beds, a lot of storage space, a safe ( funnily enough- not bolted to anything...) and a small bathroom that had everything you need in it. The room was spotless, smelled great and was a joy to be in. Bed linnen was crispy white cotton and mattresses comfortable. The brekfast room is clean and beautiful and serves a nice selection of breads, pastry, cold cuts, cheesses, granola, yogurt, juice and fruit. You can even get a decent capuccino and espresso when asking the waiter. Reception area is small but sufficient and staff is fluent in english and extremely cordial and helpfull. This hotel is airconditioned (aircondition is operated automatically when you close the windows). You can also visit the basilica and the museum it holds with no additional cost. We loved every minute in this hotel. Highly recommended!