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Domus Sessoriana

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

transfer to a different hotel due to overbooking, but didn't had any problems

This hotel is actually part of a Basilica which is amazing,nice and quiet. I shared a room with my daughter and the bed was queen sized and more comfortable than we anticipated. The room was very clean and nice. The showers are very small in Italy, but serve the function intended. There is absolute old world charm here and because the popular parts of Roma are noisy and crowded, this is a wonderful place to relax when you're tired of sight seeing. In Italy, lunch is from about noon to 2 and then everything closes until 7 PM, but you can find pizza and panini all day in most areas. There are not many restaurants in the vicinity of the hotel, but a market is just across the street. There is a breakfast for patrons of the hotel and it consists of meats,fruits, cheeses, pastries, yogurts, cereals, juices, milk tea and coffee. A continental assortment.Smiling isn't something the locals do much, but once given a friendly smile they too will lighten up and greet you in return. If you arrive with an attitude of exploration and open mindedness you should enjoy your stay. It always helps to try to speak some in Italian, they appreciate it the effort. All of the employees spoke english well.The metro is approximately a 20 minute walk from the hotel and crossing the street in front of the hotel is the best way to navigate. The bus stop is closer than the metro and tickets (for both costing 1 euro) can be purchased at the tabbacchi right near the stop, but the metro will get you where you want to go much faster. Beware of early morning travel and after work, for all public trans will be less than standing room only.

The people were very helpful and friendly. The breakfast was adequate to make it through a day of walking in Rome!

THIS WAS THE WORST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE EVER!!!!!!!!! Whatever you do, do NOT stay at this hotel! This is by far the worst experience I have ever had in any hotel in the entirety of Europe! The floor was hideously filthy ... I had to wash the floor the first day I was there just to keep my feet from getting black just walking on the floor in the room. In addition, I paid for a double room so I could have a double bed, and their idea of making a double bed was to push two twin beds together with a sheet over the two mattresses. IT WAS HIDEOUSLY UNCOMFORTABLE!!!!!!! AND, there wasn't even a chair in the room. Now I understand why they have the caveat in the reservation that there are no refunds for early check out! I would have checked out the same day I checked in if I could have gotten a refund of the monies I paid.

Domus Sessoriana appears to be part of a church organization. One side has a church, and the other seems to be private quarters. (for monks?) We went for the upgrade room, and were on the second floor with a view of the garden. Not all of the rooms were afforded this view. There were no amenities such as a gym or pool, but we were not expecting them, so we were not disappointed. We were within walking distance of all that we hoped to see, but we are in pretty good shape and walking few miles isn't a problem for us! Rome is pretty flat. The rooftop was a great place for a cocktail or a glass of wine at sunset, plus a great view of the cathedral at the end of the street. We found the selections of restaurants nearby very poor. After walking miles during the day we hoped to pick up a quick dinner to eat on the rooftop. Many of the local cafeterias were only open for lunch, and others didn't open until we were ready for bed. We ended up using the deli at a small grocery a block from the hotel. The breakfast was very high carbohydrate high cholesterol and diabetic unfriendly. They did have some good salami and cheese which we used to make a sandwich for the second day's breakfast. We left before the breakfast was to open on our second morning. There was a definite lack of fresh fruit available. The hotel did have affordable internet connections and we were able to use the wireless in our room. We enjoyed the quiet and the use of the minibar to store our breakfast sandwich. The Domus isn't for everyone, but we enjoyed it.


The hotel was great. It was calm and not noisy the views were great and the hotel is connected to a beautiful monestary it is about a five -ten minute walk from the metro and 20 minute walk from the colloseum. It was beautiful clean and the staff was so helpful and polite.

Domus Sessoriana provided a wonderful, quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of downtown Rome, but was still within walking distance (10-15 minutes) of the Colosseum. It is located inside a functioning abbey, and the attached basilica, listed in tour books, houses relics of the Holy Cross. The nuns maintain a garden, and the rooms on the back of the hotel overlook it. Can you say tranquil? Staying at this lovely hotel...with 20 ft high white-washed walls, cathedral ceilings, red tile floors...added a wonderful dimension to my first Rome experience.

Accommodations and furniture is minimalist. Must say that it is the "greenest" hotel we've ever stayed in. If you're willing to fore-go any type of luxury and are not planning to stay in your room, it's adequate.

Piazza Santa Croce Rome RM

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in public areas
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Business center

Located in Esquilino within a mile (2 km) of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Domus Sessoriana is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Colosseum. This 60-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a rooftop terrace, a business center, and limo/town car service. In the historical district, it's also near Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and Baths of Caracalla.


Start each morning off right with buffet breakfast served for a fee.


Domus Sessoriana's 60 rooms are individually furnished and provide minibars, free newspapers, and safes. Guests can expect to find WiFi and satellite TV. Bathrooms have hair dryers, free toiletries, and bidets. Phones and desks are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Domus Sessoriana enjoy a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. There's discounted offsite parking, as well as an airport shuttle for a fee (available on request). The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with luggage storage and tours/tickets. Additional amenities include a business center, a computer station, and express check-in.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Triple Room

Twin 3 | Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Quadruple Room

Twin 4 | Full 1 | Sleeps 5

Superior Double or Twin Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3