Posted by Gone With The Family
Albergo Santa Chiara is a 3 star family-run hotel in Rome’s historic district which was originally built as a small tavern and has now expanded to encompass three adjoining buildings. The hotel has 96 rooms spread across the three buildings ranging from singles and doubles to quadruples and suites that are ideal as family accommodations.
The hotel is located at 21 Via Santa Chiara behind the Pantheon, near Michelangelo’s obelisk in Piazza della Minerva, and just a short walk to Piazza Navona. The location of the hotel was ideal for our family as we were able to walk everywhere. We had only 2.5 days in the city and wanted to see as much as possible so it was worth it to us to spend more to stay right in the heart of Rome rather than using valuable time commuting from a less expensive neighbourhood farther afield.
Albergo Santa Chiara has all the amenities of a modern hotel including air-conditioning, in-room safes, flat screen cable televisions and daily housekeeping. WIFI is available for a fee in both the rooms and in the public areas of the hotel.
The front desk staff were professional, friendly, spoke English very well and were very helpful providing us with both directions and dinner recommendations.
Room rates include a buffet continental breakfast in the breakfast room off the main lobby. We enjoyed a light meal of fruit and pastries each morning of our stay before heading out for a day of sightseeing. There is no restaurant on site, however, there are a number of restaurants, cafés and gelaterias within easy walking distance of the hotel.
Our reservation at Albergo Santa Chiara was for a suite, however, when we checked in we were assigned to a 2 bedroom apartment on the 5th floor. The master bedroom was furnished with a king sized bed, the second bedroom had a single and there was a pull-out sofa bed in the living area of the apartment. The apartment had 2 television sets – one in the master bedroom and one in the living area. The living room also had a dining table with 4 chairs and a small chest/sideboard.
One of the unique characteristics of the Albergo Santa Chiara is that it is spread across three adjoining buildings. The result is a bit of a maze of corridors and stairways which can be confusing for anyone who is as directionally-challenged as I am. My husband and kids didn’t have any trouble remembering how to find our room but I would have been hopelessly lost if I had ever ventured out alone.
Our apartment was located on the 5th floor of one of the buildings and had a sloped roof. The small bathroom in the apartment was equipped with a shower that was located under this sloped roof making attempts to have a shower quite interesting. I’m 5’2″ and I had to be careful not to hit my head on the wooden beams overhead. My much taller husband had even more difficulty but we laughed over our quirky shower and the apartment was all the more memorable for it.
As we were on the top floor of the building, our apartment included a lovely terrace off of the living area which provided a view over the rooftops of Rome. The terrace was a peaceful place to sit and soak up the sun while imagining that we were residents of Rome and not mere visitors to the city.
Albergo Santa Chiara is an excellent choice for families looking for accommodation in central Rome. It is often difficult in Europe to find accommodations for a family of 4 and this hotel has options that will allow families to stay together rather than booking separate rooms. The hotel’s location is ideal for exploring central Rome on foot. The larger rooms are not inexpensive but they are spacious and provide good value for the location. Central, clean, spacious and family-friendly are the key criteria that I use when searching for accommodations and this hotel surpassed my expectations on all four.
Lisa Goodmurphy writes about family travel adventures at Gone With The Family.