Historical Traveller Reviews of Villa San Pio Hotel
Peace in the Big City
An enchanting refuge tucked just southeast of the city, Villa San Pio was the perfect place for us to recover each night after long days exploring Rome. It is a easy, pleasant walk into many of the main sights, but the metro stop a few blocks a way will take you anywhere you need to go in minutes. Our room was spotless, beautifully decorated and absolutely silent at night. Breakfast and cocktails are available in the landscaped, walled gardens or garden room - both are lovely. Staff was very helpful as well. The real Roman neighborhood takes you away from some of the most touristed areas and puts you near some more authentic, reasonably priced restaurants at dinnertime as well.
This is a very nice, quaint neighborhood hotel. It's price was perfect and we enjoyed our stay. If you do not require all the extra amenities (fitness center, full service restaurant), consider this well kept property.
A Charming Oasis...indeed!
from A TripAdvisor Member
We booked a week at the Villa San Pio based on the plethora of positive reviews and were delighted that the Villa lived up to the hype. It is a really a beautiful calm oasis in Rome, a city that is over run by tourists. The real charm of Villa San Pio is that is allows you to discover a different side of Rome sans the Tourists. If you want to be in the middle of tour groups of all different demoninations and a short walk to the vatican, then Villa San Pio is not for you. But if you want to see and eat where the real romans are, then this is the place for you. The hotel is very close to easy and cheap (i.e. basically free) public transportation and a short walk to the colosseum. Cabs are not that expensive and very plentiful in rome. Plus all the cabs know where Villa San Pio is located. The hotel itself is really a bargain. The rooms are decently sized and wonderfully furnished (not to mention extremely clean). The garden area, where we took breakfast each morning was simply enchanting. On three days of the week, there is even a piano player and singer, that provides lovely music to compliment the breakfast. After a full day of battling the crowds in Rome, the Villa San Pio was truly a charming oasis.
a welcomed retreat
from A TripAdvisor Member
a really nice place to stay. Away from all the noise, it is a nice place to return to after a day touring the city. The room was great==romantic and special.
The advertised special room rate was good compared to some of the other chain hotels, especially the price the others were asking.
great introduction to Italy
Based on the reviews here, I booked in for three nights with my husband, and my English friend also booked a single room. Our plane got in at 9.15 on a Friday night, but we didn't get our luggage till 10.15pm - which meant we couldn't get the hotel shuttle bus. Huge taxi queues, so when someone said anyone going to Central, and I said Aventino? and he said si, I thought I was in luck.. He tried to charge 72 euros for the private car, we got it down to 60, but at least he gave us a card for 31 euros for the return trip! The hotel was wonderful. It would have been nice to have had a balcony, but such is life. The hotel at 198 euros a night is quite a bit more than I usually spend, but I think it is in a fantastic location and does have the best bathroom ever - although we didn't have a spa. We walked everywhere, heard the birds sing, and decided Italy was wonderful. I would definitely stay again, but would ask for a balcony. The staff were not overly friendly, but they did smile on the last day! the single room had no views, was very much smaller, but was also cheaper and our friend was happy with it. Personally I loved the breakfasts, and definitely did not miss toast or bacon! I loved the cold meats and rolls. It is a quiet haven - and wish I were still there!
Thanks for the recommendation!
from A TripAdvisor Member
Thanks to those of you who posted to recommend this hotel. I second all the good reviews. We had a very satisfactory experience at the Villa San Pio. The rooms were sparkling clean, the staff was professional and accomodating, although not overly friendly, and the hotel was a very quiet, relaxing place to stay. It is a little out of the way, but the walk to public transportation is nothing for anyone who is even moderately fit. The only negatives were that the breakfast was just ok and never varied, the free in-room internet service was down the whole time we were there, and it was a bit tough finding places to eat at night. A number of the restaurants the hotel recommended were closed or gone, so finding a place for dinner was a challenge, because the last thing we want to do after a long day of taking in the sights was to trek around looking for a restaurant. Also, the hair dryer in the bathroom was fairly useless, so if you care about your tresses, bring your own or bring a hat! But these are really minor gripes, and we were really happy with the hotel. I don't know who cleans the rooms, but they deserve a raise because I could have eaten off the bathroom floor!
romantic hotel in picturesque leafy Rome- more like a 4 star
We stayed here on our honeymoon based on the reader reviews on this site. We were not disappointed. I think we were upgraded and had a wonderful room (269). the bedroom and bed were both large by european and global standards. the bath with its spa bath was great. the views - very leafy and pictureque with birds chirping away.very tastefully and elegantly furnished - for this reason it seemed like a 4 star.the hotel now also has a restaurant - nice but not the cheapest. and very convenient. still the trams and buses are very close and it is very easy to get into the centre of town - minutes away. the colleseum and forum are a shortish walk away (perhaps up to 1/2 hour). I found the location perfect as we didn't have the noise or smog of the city centre however it is a little bit out of the CBD which may not suit everyonethe suburb Aventino is on the southern city of the CBD and very pretty. the monastry is a 2 minute walk if you don't get distracted and nice - check out the gift shop with items made by monks and nuns across europe.we couldn't get the internet access in the room to work - wasted a lot of time. suggest you try an internet cafe elsewhere.only one reservation ....our reservation. we used findyourhotel(actually located in bangkok not US as one would assume from their site!) and definately NOT recommend them. The hotel and reservation site could not find our booking and it took an additional 3-4 weeks to sort after I initially requested they contact each other. it only sorted out about a week before our arrival and was completely a source of unnecessary stress on our honeymoon. the trouble was compounded by the fact that the hotel and website were communicating in english as a second language. Credit to the hotel for finally contacting the website company.so in summary a romantic hotel in a picturesque location. bellamissimo !
This was my first time in Rome and will be going back ... not just to Rome but to this wonderful hotel. I have to say that everything was simply delightful... the rooms, the beautiful luxurious bathroom, abundant and refined breakfsat, the staff (especially the waiters) and the conservatory (where we used to have our breakfast. I will surely go back to Rome and to Villa San Pio... it was a treat!!
A beautiful haven
Our family loved this wonderful hotel in a terrific residential area.
We could go everywhere and come back to peace and quiet. Their breakfast buffet which is included is wonderful, the service is excellent all times of day and their restaurant delicious. We walked around the nearby village many times and did not feel like a tourist but part of the neighborhood.
This hotel is a gem!
My tired, aching feet just loved the jacuzzi bath!!!!
from A TripAdvisor Member
If you go to Rome, the only real way to see it properly is to walk it....everywhere! There is something beautiful to look at round every corner and you simply can't appreciate the city fully unless you're on foot.
Of course, walking = tired, squashed, aching feet and, after a few days, wandering round one of the most beautiful cities in the world sadly becomes somewhat of a chore....unless you stay at the Villa San Pio with its jacuzzi baths! They instantly breathed life into my over-used feet, and helped to make 3 days of sightseeing on foot an absolute pleasure.
Aside from the baths, the hotel is very friendly and quaint. Situated in an affluent residential area just 20 minutes walk from the main Piazza Venezia, it is surrounded by monasteries, churches and convents, and is very, very quiet (beware though as it is on a hill). The restaurant is cute, the breakfast starts the day exceedingly well, and the decor, although fading in some areas, is clever and different.
Lastly, the price (we travelled in low season though) is stunning for what we got. Highly recommended.
Top Local Tips for Rome
Taxis are the way to travel
Taxis are readily available in Roma and very well priced. Always choose a "white" taxi which is sanctioned and policed by the government. I found most spoke enough English to match my minimal Italian and we had several good experiences.
Do NOT rent a car!
Don't drive on your own....you're asking for your death warrant. The taxi drivers may scare you, but they know the city and are familiar with the driving.
Everyone has to Q to get in the security check for the Colosseum. But make sure you have already bought your ticket - it will save you ages queuing! You can buy a ticket that includes the Colosseum and the Palatino hill at any of the entrances to the Palatino. Hardly any Q there compared to a huge one at the Colosseum.