Hotel San Anselmo ★★

Room in Hotel San Anselmo, Rome
Room in Hotel San Anselmo

A stylish villa in the quiet residential heart of Rome on the Aventine Hill

Hotel Sant'Anselmo in Rome, Italy
A room at the Hotel Sant'Anselmo in Rome, Italy

The San Anselmo is the posh, showy centerpiece of a midget hotel empire consisting of a trio of hotels on this quietest, most residential of Rome's famous seven hills (the others are moderately-priced Villa San Pio and Aventino).

Rates for a double are usually in the €120–€220 range, though can dip to €95 in winter.

Of the three hotels, the San Anselmo has more consistently classy accommodations (though the best rooms at the friendlier San Pio definitely outshine).

The public salons and halls are fitted with Oriental rugs, chandeliers, embroidered drapes, and other accoutrements of the 18th and 19th centuries.

The bedrooms feature antiques or reproductions, embroidered headboards, rich wall fabrics, modernized baths, firm beds, and marble panel or stone tile floors. Third floor accommodations also have air-conditioning.

The Aventine Hill is an almost preternaturally quiet oasis of villas, leafy gardens, and residential blocks—tucked between the Circus Maximus, the Palatine, and the Baths of Caracalla, yet a world away from the chaos and traffic of Rome all around. Tourists rarely venture here, which is a shame, since its packed with several fine antique churches, some lovely city panoramas, and a few rarely visited ancient sights.

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Piazza Sant'Anselmo 2 (Aventine) - Where Via S. Domenico and Via S. Anselmo end at Via Porta Lavernale on the Aventine Hill
tel. +39-06-570-057

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Bus: 3B, 23, 30, 75, 130F, 280; 673
Metro: Circo Massimo (B); Piramide (B)
Hop-on/hop-off: Circo Massimo

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Useful Italian for lodging
English (Inglese) Italian (Italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a hotel un albergo oon al-BEAR-go
...a B&B un bed-and-breakfast oon bet hand BREK-fust
...a rental room un'affittacamera oon ah-feet-ah-CAH-mair-ra apartment for rent un appartamento oon ah-part-tah-MENT-toh
...a farm stay un agriturismo oon ah-gree-tour-EES-moh
...a hostel un ostello oon oh-STEHL-loh
How much is...? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
a single room una singola OO-nah SEEN-go-la
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] doppia uso singola DOPE-pee-ya OO-so SEEN-go-la
a double room with two beds una doppia con due letti OO-nah DOPE-pee-ya cone DOO-way LET-tee
a double room with one big bed una matrimoniale OO-nah mat-tree-moan-nee-YAAL-lay
triple room una tripla OO-nah TREE-plah
with private bathroom con bagno cone BAHN-yoh
without private bathroom senza bagno [they might say con bagno in comune—"with a communal bath"] SEN-zah BAHN-yoh
for one night per una notte pair OO-nah NOH-tay
for two nights per due notti pair DOO-way NOH-tee
for three nights per tre notti pair tray NOH-tee
Is breakfast included? É incluso la prima colazione? ay in-CLOO-soh lah PREE-mah coal-laht-zee-YOAN-nay
Is there WiFi? C'é WiFi? chay WHY-fy?
May I see the room? Posso vedere la camera? POH-soh veh-DAIR-eh lah CAH-mair-rah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
Is there a cheaper one? C'é una più economica? chay OO-nah pew eh-ko-NO-mee-kah
Rome's hotel tax

In January, 2011, Rome began charging a hotel bed tax. This is the city's doing, and sadly it is not a scam.

The following tax rates are per person, per night for all guests over the age of 10 and can be charged for stays of up to 10 days:

  • 1–3 star hotels: €2
  • 4–5 star hotels: €3
  • B&Bs: €2
  • Apartments: €2
  • Rental rooms: €2
  • Agriturismi: €2
  • Campsites: €1 (up to 5 days)

So a couple staying three nights in a four-star room would pay an extra €18.

Some hotels have begun folding this tax into their quoted rates; others tack it on when you go to check out, so be prepared.

How long does Rome take?

Planning your day: Rome wasn't built in a day, and you'd be hard-pressed to see it in that brief a time as well. Still, you can cram a lot into just a day or three.

To help you get the most out of your limited time in the Eternal City, here are some perfect itineraries, whether you have one, two, three, or four days to spend in Rome. » Rome itineraries

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Hotel San Anselmo

Piazza Sant'Anselmo 2 (Aventine) - Where Via S. Domenico and Via S. Anselmo end at Via Porta Lavernale on the Aventine Hill
tel. +39-06-570-057

» book

Bus: 3B, 23, 30, 75, 130F, 280; 673
Metro: Circo Massimo (B); Piramide (B)
Hop-on/hop-off: Circo Massimo

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