Hotel San Francesco
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel San Francesco Rome
Our first visit to Rome, and booked the San Fresco in Trastavere "blind", hoping it would be a nice small place with a neighborhood feel. We were lucky, as that is exactly what we got. Attractive hotel, small rooms - similar to what you might expect in a downtown San Francisco or New York boutique hotel - and a comprehensive buffet breakfast. Rooftop lounging area is pleasant and has good views - could spot the Colloseum and other downtown attractions plus the top of St. Peters. Very much enjoyed strolling the Trastavere area, with many good restaurants and cheaper than "downtown" Rome, though we walked to all attractions from this location (required some longish walks though).
Hotel San Francesco -A Great Find!
A terrific hotel. The location, in Trastevere, in a residential part of Rome, is extremely convenient for city buses, trams, or even walking most places. Our room was small but clean. The modern bathroom was good-sized and there was always hot water. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful, and the buffet breakfast can't be beat. We would stay there again in a second. Only two very minor complaints: the beds are fairly hard, and the hand and face towels are thin cloth rather than terrycloth like the bath towels.
My opinion about SF hotel in Rome
Me and my husband visited Rome in the end of February -04. It was our first in Italy. We had been recomended the hotels by friends in Falun. I think it was a lovely little hotel, easy to find (we came by train and walked from Trastevere station).The exterior is very proper and I guess newly painted. It gives a good impression. The part of town seemed very genuine and nice to be in. The personal working in the reception was very helpful, giving us advice how to take buses or trams. We learned on our walk to the hotel that the tram station is just around the corner. It would be of a lot of help if you had pamphlets with the tram map printed on it!!! I didn´t find any map of that kind so maybe it dosn´t excist. Our room was a terribly dark one and not so funny to be in! But the bathroom, I loved it!!! And that is very important to me to have a fresh bathroom. The cleening was good and we have absolutely nothing to complain about. Unfortunately it was a very noicy street outside but the traffic calmed down at about 01.00 in the night. The breakfast buffét was very good. Nice that it was ceveral things to choose from. I never tried the cookies though, but I guess there are other people who will. Finally I could say that I gladly could reccomend San Francesco hotel to my friend or to other persons, and I´m sure they also will have a nice treat and stay at your hotel! Marianne Westman
Located in a "non-picturesque" corner of Trastevere, this is an OK hotel. Close to tram #8 on Viale de Trastevere, the main street of Trastevere. Pleasant staff. Good breakfast. Nice lobby--the desk clerk will pour you a large glass of excellent wine for 4 Euro which you can take up to the roof top terrace if the weather is good. Our room was quite small, somewhat plain, but with a nice bathroom. It also faced the street and was very noisy at night since you had to leave the window open as the room got very hot even with the heat turned off.
Overall, not outstanding, but OK if you want to stay in Trastevere.
After a good selection of hotels via the internet we last minute decided to cancel the Boscolo Aleph and go to Hotel San Francesco. The main driver was the real italian atmosphere and not the price as you might expect from the Dutch.. Instead of 180 euro at the Boscolo Aleph we paid 140 at San Francesco. When we arrived in our room with our luggage we could barely move and some climbing was needed to reach the bathroom. Next day we could change rooms. This room was slightly better and OK for the last two nights. The bathroom was so/so but did the job.
The breakfast looked very tasty but we went around 9.30 hrs and most of the food (bread & cheese) was a bit dried out. Next day we had breakfast outside in a real italian coffeeshop/bakery which was really nice. So you can book this hotel and you can have a great time but do not think that the pictures of the central spaces reflect the interior of the rooms. All the central spaces look very modern but the rooms are just basic.
Very Pleased with Hotel San Francesco
My husband and I and another couple stayed 2 nights at the Hotel San Francesco in Trastavere in Rome. We were all very pleased with the hotel -- quiet, local neighborhood, extremely clean and great breakfast in a charming room overlooking a cloister. The room itself was small, but how much time do you spend there? The bathroom was quite large. Not very central to most sights, but a nice neighborhood to come "home" to.
This is a small hotel in a real Roman neighborhood in Trastevere. Next door to a church. Within a block of trolley and bus lines to get to the main sites. However, you could also walk across the Tiber and be near the Museo del Teatro and Campidoglio. We walked at night to the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere -- with the world's first Christian church plus cafes, restaurants and shops. Room was small but had shuttered windows opening onto the street and a big light bathroom. Breakfasts were generous.
A small treasure
I just returned from a week in Italy, where I spent two of nine nights at HotelSan Francesco. The hotel is in a great neighborhood -- less touristy than other areas of Rome -- across the river in Trastavere, situated next to a very old church. The hotel is newly renovated.
Everything was extremely clean, and the size of the room and bathroom were quite large for Europe. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, and they were excellent in communicating via e-mail while I was still in the U.S. In hindsight, I wish I had remained at Hotel San Francesco for my entire holiday.
This is an outstanding hotel. Great location, close to great restaurants and an incredibly helpful staff. The rooms are decorately beautifully and the bathroom is large! You cannot miss with this wonderful hotel!
Finally a boutique hotel in Rome
It is our third time in rome in the last 6years and we decided this time to get out of the centre[piazza del popolo]and to try this new hotel in Trastevere[very close to everything of importance by public transport].We where simply enchanted. The hotel is next to San Francesco di Ripa church and monastery and also very near the Porta Portese sunday market [must see].
The room[#306] was large by Rome standard and very bright due to an enormous window that looked on the interior cloister of the monastery down below.
The bathroom was very large , bright and design.
The breakfast was served in a room facing the cloister, again very bright due to the windows. The food and the service was excellent and plentiful.
Our host Daniele Frontoni was very informative and
We had a very romantic week thanks in part to the hotel and its staff. We will go back.
The only negative would the lighting in the room at night .
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... Our Lord Saviour and the Vatican Post Stamp exhibition. Understandably the Sistine Chapel was resplendent although rather noisy, chiefly with the loudspeaker announcement every 45 seconds telling everyone to STFU in 3 languages. Another of my favourites was the Hall of Maps. Clearly stemming from my prominent fascination with maps and the process of collecting them, but this set was in a league of their own. Probably why it’s displayed in one of the most decorated halls in the ...
... the cobbled streets of the town with its narrow streets is fabulous. We went to see the Basilica of St Clare which I believe is built where St Francis lived as a boy. (It all becomes a bit of a blur and is hard to remember. That's another reason it's good for me to write it down.) St Francis died in 1226 and was canonised in 1228. They immediately started building a church to honour him and ended up with two basilicas, one on top of ...
... sculptured marble artwork pieces. So finely detailed and tactile are the angel sculptures that you could swear they were made out of silk. It was a great temptation to reach out to touch them just to make sure they were really marble!
According to the guide booklet sold at the church, the angel sculptures were the product of a fascinating and highly skilled technique "...and the exquisitely light touch of the sculptor's chisel. The ...
... dinner in. The shops at the station were everywhere and they found everything they wanted. A quick trip back to the apartment to stack the groceries and then off we went again!
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... and went straight to the huge Villa Borghese gardens, very pretty and quiet with just a few joggers around. Strolling past the Villa Borghese Art Gallery I headed for the Vatican, intending to visit St Peter’s Basilica.
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