Fodor's Expert Review Hotel San Anselmo

Piazza San Anselmo 2, Rome, Latium, 00153, Italy

This refurbished 19th-century villa is a romantic retreat from the city, set in a molto charming garden atop the Aventine Hill. One of the perks of staying here, apart from the peace and tranquillity, is the close proximity to Rome's gems, like the famous keyhole of the Grand Priory of the Knights of Malta where you can catch a tiny glimpse of St. Peter's dome and the striking Garden of Oranges. The decor blends bits of Baroque antique-flair (such as period chandeliers) with contemporary pieces (like the sharp stainless-steel fireplace) in public spaces.


Each guest room is carefully designed to follow a particular theme, like the \"Room of the Poems,\" which features verse beautifully scrawled onto the walls, or the \"Room of Kisses,\" with a big canopy bed surrounded by romantic and drapes. Beds and furniture are all antique in style in red and gold colors. Mattresses and pillows are huge and fluffy. All feature modern amenities, including Wi-Fi (for a fee), satellite televisions, safe and mini-bars. The larger rooms are worth the money.

Some options feature a private terrace with a beautiful view.


Marble bathrooms are beautifully decorated in special tiling and gold accents. Multiple options have either water massage baths or showers, so check ahead. Toiletries and a hairdryer are included.


The decadent lobby is done all in white with silver molding throughout. Reception is available 24 hours.


A well-stocked breakfast is served in the expansive airy dining room. There are towers of fresh pastries served under golden candelabras and antique chandeliers. Healthier options like eggs and fruits are also available and coffee is made to order. In warmer months breakfast is also served in the garden among orange trees and oleander plants.

You can also get breakfast in your room at no extra cost, a big perk if you're feeling jet-lagged.


A lobby bar in the same white and silver theme is open for drinks throughout the day.


Getting Around

The hotel is well-connected with tram and bus lines to reach any of Rome's top landmarks. The Circo Massimo Metro station is an 11-minute walk away and makes getting into the centro storico quick and easy. Fiumicino Airport is a 30-minute taxi ride away.


Rec23 (11-minute walk) takes street food to the next level with specially themed nights. The American-inspired weekend brunch is especially popular with its huge array of sweet and salty dishes. Pizzeria da Remo (11-minute walk) has authentic wood-fired pizzas made with dripping mozzarella and fluffy dough.


Bar Marmorata (8-minute walk) is a low-key local bar with local prices to match. Open Baladin (23-minute walk) is a beer-lovers paradise with 100 different types of bottled beer and 40 beers on draft.


Set in the chic residential Aventino area of Rome, the San Anselmo is everything you imagine when you think of staying in a classical Roman villa. Every detail is attended to throughout from the beautiful surrounding gardens to the elegant interior design. Huge comfortable beds and relaxing perks like a private reading room for guests make this a wonderful place to spend an extended stay.


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Phones: 06-570057

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