Albergo Santa Chiara
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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!
Perfect Hotel for Me
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.
The room was adequate - I didn't care to be spoiled with anything more than that. It wasn't too small or too large. It had your basic desk and closet. I had a large bed but only because the rooms with the smaller beds were all reserved by the time I made my reservation. I'm glad I got the larger bed. For one person the room is ideal.
The bathroom was small compared to mine at home but it was exceptionally clean and it had the blow dryer and the usual hotel knick knacks in a basket. The shower stall was small and so adorable. I had good hot showers in it.
The window of the room opened out over Via Santa Chiara and I enjoyed leaving it open when I woke up. My room number was 101 so walking up the stairway to my room was a breeze. I loved the 2-3 steps up from the 1st floor landing up to my room. It's so beautiful just walking up to my room.
I did not get a chance to eat at the hotel or relax in the lobby as I opted to walk around the nearby areas and eat out.
The people at the front desk were unbelievably helpful and charming and professional. From giving me a map and showing me where this this and that was to rubbing the silver spot off of my TIM Ricaricard, these people totally get a thumbs up from me and I highly recommend this hotel to anyone who comes to central Rome.
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.
Wonderful hotel & location!
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.
I'd asked that we be given a spacious room, and we were certainly given that! It really was a big room. In fact, I almost felt like it was *too* spacious, given that we'd just come from a small--but very charming--room in Venice that day.
It had a gigantic bathroom as well, with a window. The window was great because it got morning sunlight and fresh air. Also had a nice deep bathtub, and a shower with a curtain instead of one of those half doors.
Plenty of closet space provided--two closets, actually--and a room safe. It wasn't the kind of room safe with a computerized code, however--it was the older kind with a key that you had to give a deposit for and carry around.
We ended up moving to a smaller room the next day, however--this was because our original room faced the street (Via Santa Chiara) and it was really loud--especially the night we arrived, a Saturday night. If you don't want noise, ask for a quiet room. Even with the windows shut, it was noisy enough to bug me.
I felt that our room was nice, clean and comfortable but to be honest, I felt that the decor--and admittedly, after coming from our room in Venice which had a lot of attention to detail and decoration, I was probably biased--was lacking.
It wasn't an "ugly" room by any means--but it also wasn't charming like the room we'd had in Venice. The decorations were very sparse-in fact, I don't think there *were* any--the furniture was that fake wood kind you might buy when you're a college student. It was perfectly nice, don't get me wrong; but it's not scoring high on "charming". If you are looking for charm in a hotel room, I'd say this might not be it for you.
One charming element, though, was in the (functional, I believe) antique telephones out in the hallways. Those were very cool. But then, I'm an antique telephone loving kinda girl and I notice these things.
We asked to be moved next day to a quieter room, and they graciously did so, no problem. Luckily, they had one available. We went from one of the largest rooms in the hotel to what probably had to be one of the smallest--but it was quiet, facing an inner courtyard, and that's what I wanted. And also, I felt somehow more cozy and comfortable in the smaller space.
The bathroom in our new room was really small, especially the shower, compared to the other room we'd been in. But it still had the nice big fluffy towels and little basket of goodies of the other room, so didn't matter too much. The closet space was also smaller, of course.
I wasn't happy with the beds--felt that they really were much too hard and unforgiving. I had kind of a hard time getting comfortable on them. Especially compared to the room we'd just come from in Venice, which had a nice comfy bed. Maybe the firmness would be just right for some, but to me, it was just way too hard.
The bathrooms in both rooms were very clean. Plenty of towels were provided and as mentioned before, the body towels were big and fluffy.
It was kinda too cold to make use of the air conditioning, but it is available. There was also a mini-bar fridge.
The staff were very friendly and helpful to us in all our interactions. I appreciated the way they handled my request to move, and they also booked us an airport "shuttle" the night before we left--which was costly (50 Euro, I believe) but a very nice service, especially that it was in a private Mercedes!
The breakfast was good, with a plentiful selection of foods. Cold cereals, meats, cheeses, fruits, rolls, juices, etc.
The rest of the hotel itself was beautiful and spacious, plenty of room for hanging out there instead of in your room if that's what you wanted to do.
Of course the best part about the hotel was the location--just steps away from the Pantheon can't be beat! If you don't mind walking a lot, that is--there are no nearby Metro stops. The closest, I believe, is at Piazza di Spagna. But that doesn't take that long to get to, and really you can walk most anywhere. We took a bus to the Vatican, but we could've walked it.
This area is great for sightseeing, and also there are plenty of choices in great restaurants, bars, shopping. Don't miss out on Tazza D'Oro coffee bar right off the Pantheon. There's also a nice little grocery store right off the Pantheon as well, for when you get tired of restaurants or if you run out of anything.
I enjoyed my stay at the Santa Chiara and would stay there again.