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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
A simple guesthouse in a former convent, the Casa per Ferie Santa Maria alle Fornaci is the sort of place that brings smiles to our Cheapo faces: It’s clean, well-located, affordable, and unique.
Pros: Good value. Great location near the Vatican and transit. Clean and orderly.
Cons: Strictly no frills. Small rooms. May pick up street noise.
Once a spiritual retreat and working convent, the Casa per Ferie Santa Maria alle Fornaci is still a place where you can enjoy some rest and respite—literally under the shadow of St. Peter’s Dome. In fact, in the time it takes to say the guesthouse’s name, you can just about reach the Vatican by foot (it’s just at the end of the street).
The 54 rooms at Casa Per Ferie are fairly spartan in their décor and have a 1970s feel. Simple crucifixes or religious paintings hang on the walls, and there is a tendency toward green, both for bedspreads and for the “leatherette” settees in the reception and TV lounge.
Rooms are equipped with a telephone, alarm clock and air conditioning. Bathrooms are small, but all are private and offer toiletries and a hair dryer.
The Casa per Ferie Santa Maria alle Fornaci is clean and comfortable, and considering its central Vatican location, the rates are well below average. A two-minute walk takes you to San Pietro Station, where you can catch the famous 64 bus that runs right through the city center to Termini Station, stopping at just about every tourist attraction along the way. Additionally, you can pop on the Civitavecchia regional train and in just three stops (around 15 minutes) be at the beach in the seaside resort town of Cervetri.
Breakfast is included in the room rate and Wi-Fi is free throughout. This is also one of the few hotels we visited in Rome that has a specially constructed ramp for wheelchair access.
» Samantha Collins, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Handicap accessible rooms
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About the Casa Per Ferie Santa Maria alle Fornaci neighborhood
Located across the Tiber River, the Vatican and Prati are unquestionably majestic. St. Peter's Basilica is the focal point of the Vatican, which is the world's only neighborhood that's also a nation. The Vatican and Prati area is pleasant, with tree-lined streets, wide boulevards, and newer buildings. This is a great area to stay, as hotel rates are often lower, hotel rooms bigger, and nights quieter than in other Roman neighborhoods. The area is two stops on the subway from Piazza di Spagna.