Albergo Santa Chiara
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... the waitress in Italian if she spoke English, Mark asked her if she spoke Italian by accident… We then headed over to the Vatican. We did the Vatican museum first, which lasted over an hour even going through it fairly quickly as it was very crowded. We finished with the Sistine Chapel, which is so much bigger than I had imagined and that any picture could ever show. No pictures or noises were allowed though. As with most churches in Europe, our ...
... actually all of the shops along Via Sistina seemed expensive), it was only small but there was a beautiful leather divan out the front and soothing music playing inside with a variety of nice things for sale, but at the back a man was getting his hair cut!
At the Fountain there was a group of people singing what I assumed to be a (serious) national song. On conclusion I was delighted to ...
... the crowd members helped this man find his lost items. The Pope prefers to speaks Spanish/Italian publicly, and English is spoken by an interpreter. Again, reiterating the need for me to learn more languages.
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... to let us out to the street, after we managed that, we found ourselves on the road but no footpath, a little daunting at first. We walk up around the corner to the monument Equestre a Giuseppe Gaibaldi which is a large monument in a park on top of a hill overlooking Rome, they say it has the best view in the whole of Rome. After that we walked down the street to hear singing, where we came across a group of people practicing ...
... then I anticipated, walked around the city for a bit, ate some authentic Italian food, and went to the academia to see Michelangelo's David. I waiting for an hour and a half and took a nap in line, but it was worth it!!!! the David was incredible and I would advise everyone to take the time to see it!!! after the David I went back to my hostel to take a much needed nap, then hung out with the people in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Albergo Santa Chiara Rome
Well worth a visit
NOT cheap but we had a good sized room looking over a courtyard.
Situation is ideal if you want to walk around Rome because it is so central but still off the main routes and on a tiny road behind the Pantheon.There was a Bath & a shower.Bedding changed daily.202Euros per night with a v good buffet breakfast.
Great Hotel in the Center of Everything
We were at the Albergo Santa Chiara for the first week of June, 2003, and chose the hotel based on the positive reviews on this site and the NYTimes article in combination with a fair price obtained through their website. We requested a quiet room with a terrace, and they kindly obliged us. Our terrace was over a street, but was extremely quiet. It was incredible to be able to sit out on the terrace to write postcards as the sun rose over Rome. The breakfast was very standard fare, but the waiters were friendly and efficient, and brought us our daily cappucini at our request. By the end of our stay, our waiter would automatically bring them for us with a smile. The staff are polite, friendly and completely unobtrusive.
Not the best choice
We spent four nights in one of the large suites in the middle of June ($530 per night). The room was modestly furnished, clean and well maitained. However, I have travelled extensively throughout Europe and North America, and have never experienced such indifferent service.
Hotel management and staff was downright unfriendly from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. My wife and I relish the opportunity to connect with people around the world, so this was a very dissappointing start to our vacation in Italy. Fortunately Rome is wonderful, and the hotels we chose in Florence and Verona were terrific.
3 Generations - All Loved It
We stayed at the Santa Chiara in March 2003 for 6 wonderful days. I booked the room for 3 ladies and asked for a quiet and large triple room. We got just what I asked for. The rate was excellent considering the location. Breakfast was included and was ample. Juices, fruit , pastries, cereals, cheeses, etc.The reservation was made by email to their web site and was handled with great considerations, answering many questions to the numbers of mail sent. All personel were courteous and helpful during the stay. Particulary the day staff in looking up bus numbers for the areas we wished to visit. The bus stop was only a block away but most of the main sights were within walking distance.I hope I have the oportunity to stay there again!
I thought the hotel was absolutely charming. My room was on the 1st floor facing Via Santa Chiara and the noise level of traffic going by was very minimal. I could easily sleep with no problems.
Stayed there in 2001, would stay there again anytime. Excellent location a couple of blocks from the Pantheon, a 5-10 minute walk to Piazza Navona. Ask for a rear-facing room, in the front you can hear a lot of Vespa traffic. My single room was small, but pleasant and comfortable. Shower stall very very small, but bathroom good sized, great towels, plenty of hot water. Hotel provides an outstanding buffet breakfast that will set you up for a good part of the day. Staff provides all services including laundry (for a fee of course.) They made dinner reservations for me, booked reservations at the Borghese Gallery, etc.
My husband & I just returned from a vacation in Italy. We stayed at the Santa Chiara in Rome and were generally very happy with it. I'd chosen it based on location primarily--I really love the Pantheon and wanted to be close to it and to the area around it in general. It's a wonderful--and busy!--part of Rome to stay in. Some of the other hotels in the Pantheon area were out of our price range--this fit ours, and also I liked what I'd seen on their webpage.