Vatican View is a misnomer because you cannot see St. Peter's Basilica from anywhere, including the rooftop terrace, which requires you to climb a very narrow winding staircase from the fourth floor.
This lodging is neither a hotel (because it is not staffed 24 hours a day) nor a B&B (because it doesn't serve breakfast). It consists of a number of rooms in an old, completely renovated building across the street from the building that houses the Chilean Embassy to the Holy See. The room is so small that you cannot turn around, but be aware that my room had a queen-sized bed. The shower stall was so small that I could not close the doors (ok, I am big, but still...). I found it claustrophobic.
A word about the location: about 100 steps from St. Peter's Square; if the Vatican is what brings you here, the location is amazing. The building is also on the corner of Borgo Pio, which has religious goods stores and restaurants, and still has a small-neighborhood feel. Ignore all the restaurants who have guys and girls shouting at you to sit down; they are all tourist traps.
The staff at the reception desk, which is staffed from 7 am to 10 pm and is located in a shop next door, are incredibly friendly, outgoing and helpful, especially Fabio.
The walls are as thin as paper. You hear everything...and I mean EVERYTHING.
I paid 174 Euros a night which was far too expensive given the small size of the room and the lack of breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Rome right next to the most famous basilica in the world St. Peter's and the Vatican Museums you will find this exclusive hotel which offers a modern ambiance, is refined and elegant and in total harmony is cradled by its prestigious location. Ideal for those who want to immerse themselves in this spiritual atmosphere coming from one of the most talked about squares in the world: St. Peter's square. Perfect for shopaholics: a few metres away is the famous Via Cola di Rienzo shopping district where all the important brands can be found. A short distance away is the characteristic Borgo Pio neighbourhood, a small village lost inside the metropolis, where you can taste traditional roman cuisine. From here you can also easily reach the famous Castel Sant'Angelo fortress. Guest rooms are furnished to every particular detail. From some rooms you can admire the colonnade that surrounds the piazza, take in the majesty of St. Peter's cupola and also listen to the pope while he gives his sunday blessing. St. Peter's basilica is the largest church in the world and the centre of the roman catholic faith. Its immense square always gives off an amazing aura at every religious event. A visit to the nearby Vatican Museums, Castel Sant'Angelo and the characteristic roads surrounding this area will provide your trip with the complete satisfaction you are looking for. ... more less
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