Has anyone stayed at a convent in Rome? If so, how was your experience and what was the name of it? We are looking into staying at one because it would be less expensive and different experience than staying in a hotel.
never stayed in convent.have heard many restrictions along with curfew. don't want anything to damper my vacation. what do you mean by less expensive? was in rome for 5 days in oct 2008 and our private apartment in piazza navona area was $100 a day. check out these couple websites: freereservation.com and holiday velvet.com check to make sure what floor you are on and if there is a lift(elevator), also the area since you dont want to be far out of town. good luck and happy travels.
I guess you have to have accurate expectations about what services you won't get: do they have double beds, toilets in the room, etc? Here's links that will help evaluate or select convents in Rome: http://bedandblessings.com/http://www.santasusanna.org/comingToRome/convents.html
(This is part of my reply to a similar question) We were in Rome September 2007 on our 2nd visit and stayed in a convent. It worked out very well for us. Reasonably priced, more spacious rooms than a 2 star hotel, breakfast included, close to the train and many sights, very clean and comfortable, quiet and safe. Large private bath with a great claw-footed soaking tub! Wonderful after all that walking. We stayed at Suore St. Elisabetta for around 65 euros a night. It is located near St. Maria Magiore, the Termini, and Forum. It was recommended in Ricks 2007 book. 11pm curfew didn't bother us. St. Susanna has a good website with several links for convents in Rome www.santasusanna.org. Some have a curfew, but not all.
I've not stayed in a convent yet but plan to on my next trip later this year. I looked at Santa Susanna website but also the other one mentioned www.monasterystays.com. It is a very good site with absolutely heaps of places in Rome and lots everywhere else in Italy. They make the booking for you so you don't stuff around yourself and the prices seem reasonable(even with their fee). Their customer feedback looks good but you can check out convents and monasteries at TripAdvisor and most of the reviews are favourable. I'm looking forward to my stay as people who have stayed say it is different.
My wife and I reserved a room this week at Suore St. Elisabetta in April. I'll be glad to let you know if its not too late for the timing of your trip. Double room/private bath with breakfast is 85 euros.
Casa il Rosario in via dei gotti, in the Monti region. Some rooms have private bathroom. There is a second floor terraza, third level outdoor garden with trees and chairs, plus the roof top is available for socialising. Very quiet, handy walking distance to everywhere, incl. 15/20 minutes from Termini.
Casa La Salle (Via Aurelia; out of the center but right on the metro line) and Casa per Ferie Santa Maria Alle Fornaci (right by the Vatican at the base of the Gianicolo) have both been great stays for me--they are not strictly convents in the true meaning of having monastics living there but both have connections with religious orders and no restrictions that I know of. I had a child with an illness when I stayed at the former and they were unbelievably helpful; the latter has a decent breakfast, internet access (for an additional fee), elevator, etc.--basically like a hotel but very spartan (no tv; just bed, desk, etc.). I prefer staying at convent-style locations just because it's something a lot of tourists (at least from the US!) don't do and because of the relatively cheap price.