Hotel Santa Maria

A converted 16th-century cloister with a courtyard makes an inviting, peaceful retreat from Trastevere's lively bar scene.

By Katie Parla, Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010, 11:32 AM

Hotel Santa Maria

About this Hotel

Price From $122

'Hood The busiest part of Trastevere, where meandering medieval streets are lined with trendy bars and small boutiques. The hotel is on a quiet cobblestoned side street just off the central Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere.

The Vibe A charming three-star hotel in a converted 16th-century cloister that's insulated from the neighborhood's hustle and bustle. It feels like a country estate, thanks to a central courtyard and portico with orange trees and wrought-iron café tables, surrounded by arched walkways.

Rooms All 18 rooms are ground-floor, though some suites have lofts for additional beds. Bright floral patterns decorate the beds and curtains, while the terra-cotta floor tiles and sloped roofs add to the quaint, rustic feel.

Plus The hotel is a peaceful retreat, allowing visitors to rest up for visiting the city's sites. When it's too cold to use the courtyard, breakfast is served in the equally appealing vaulted dining room, a converted artisan's workshop.

Minus Deals can be found out of season, but in the summer and early fall, prices can more than double so that the hotel no longer qualifies as a budget option.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in the breakfast room and the courtyard.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details Doubles for single use from $122 (€90), doubles from $136 (€100), two-person suites from $150 (€110), triples from $177 (€130), quads from $204 (€150), three-person suites from $204 (€150), four-person suites from $231 (€170), five-person suites from $259 (€190), and six-person suites from $286 (€210),all including breakfast.