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Hotel Relais dei Papi
Ranked #198 of 1,269 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 September 2008

We stayed at Papi for 3 nights in June. It was a great find, and we very much enjoyed our stay. Nico and his staff we friendly and helpful and extremely warm. It was my dad's birthday while we were there, and Nico sent a bottle of Prosecco to my parents room.
The rooms are nicely appointed and spotless, and are good-sized. The hotel is on the 4th floor of an office building so it is quiet, and there is an elevator.
There were only a few things that we wish could have been different to make it a5-star stay.
-The breakfast was not great. We made do, but it was mostly pre-packaged items, which was a little disappointing.
-The bathrooms are beautiful but extremely small
-The neighborhood is mostly retail and business, so it shuts down early.

The location is basically convenient to lots of sights, and the subway was just a few blocks away. Vatican is about a 10 minute walk. There are some good cheap dining options nearby as well.
We enjoyed staying in such a small hotel with personal service.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 September 2008

When looking for places to stay in Rome, I was amazed at the prices for hotel rooms. Most hotels were in the $500 to $600 a night range, and this was simply beyond our budget.
I was unfamiliar with the neighborhoods, and therefore, somewhat concerned that less expensive places were somehow in less desireable neighborhoods.
The reviews for this little place set my mind at ease. Now that I have been, I can safely assure other travelers that this B & B (as it's not at all a "hotel" in the conventional terms)... is located in a wonderful little neighborhood. The local cafes are less expensive than in the heart of the city (and some of the best food we had), the Vatican is less than a 10 minute walk, it's safe, and it's as clean as any other part of town.
You have to cross the river to get into the city (a 10 minute walk), but from there, everything is within walking distance. If you are of the mind to take taxis, resist... they are pricy, and the buses and trains are right there (no need if you ask me either, as walking is the best way to see it all).
The B & B is the 3rd floor of a nice building, but it is small, a bit on the "overdecorated side", and small (did I mention small). None of this will matter, as your room is merely a place to rest your head, and your weary legs. What you will find, is that it is clean, and quiet, and that will be enough to make it a comfortable place to rest.
Be aware that there is a lift, but it, like our dear B & B, is small (seems to be a theme here), and a bit tricky with large suitcases. My husband found it charming, so it depends on the way you look at it. A minor fact, given you'll only need to negotiate it twice with your bags.
The staff was friendly, if also, a bit confused about bookings (didn't realize we were booked for 2 nights at first). They aren't there in the early morning (odd), so no one was there to check us out. There is a tiny little breakfast nook, with pastries, crackers and machine coffee (not bad).
Overall, I would recommend this place to travelers who don't want to spend a mint on accomodations, and for those who like to explore.
A few tips on Rome; try not to schedule your trip to the Vatican and the Colisseum in the same day (we did), and you won't have enough time to explore the museum if you're worried about getting all the way across town in the same day. Get up early and get to the Vatican Museum. Spend as much time here as you can, but don't expect to see it all. Avoid the early morning line for the Basilica, as you will see it at the end of your day in the museums without having spent the morning in the sun, on a never ending line.
Eat on the outskirts of the city. Less expensive, less touristic, and much better food. Try not to go to the restaurants in the English guide books, unless you want to eat with a bunch of other, loud, complaintive, Americans. Do the audio tour at the Colisseum, as you can move ahead of the lines, and you'll have a bit more insight into what you are viewing.
Watch out for pick pockets around all the major sites (we saw one in action at the Pantheon). Drink lots of wine, eat lots of pasta, and HAVE a wonderful time!! Book at this establishment for less, and you'll have more to spend on the other stuff. You'll be glad you did!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2008

My sister and I stayed three nights at Relais dei Papi. We just loved it. It was well situated near the Vatican/St Peter's between two Metro stations. The staff was so friendly and helpful and the room was comfortable and meticulously clean. Even the glass chandelier pieces had not a single speck of dust on them. Breakfast was great each day (typical Italian pastries and breads), but the seating space is limited. We were always first to breakfast, so we had no problem, but I think larger groups had to judge their timing. We booked through Orbitz, so got a very good deal, and I will look for Relais dei Papi again if I am ever fortunate enough to return to Rome. I highly recommend it for those who appreciate a small, boutique style hotel that is well run, and well staffed.

Stayed: March 2008
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Reviewed 1 March 2008

This hotel was wonderful! The staff was very helpful and accommodating. The room we stayed in was a triple and had enough room for 3 of us and our luggage. The shower was very small, but nonetheless, it was a good shower. It was within walking distance of the Vatican. The breakfast consisted of breads, coffee, sweet rolls & juice, but that was all we needed to start our day. I highly recommend this hotel, as our experience was fantastic. I will stay here again!

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 February 2008

the hotel location is great because it is next to vatican and far from bad neibourhoods like termini...also at 300 metres there are bus stop and metro.
also if you like walking its like 15 minutes walking to navona campo di fiori etc
Nico and his staff are wonderful and really helpful
the hotel is very clean and rooms are really large for a european hotel
the best experience i have ever had in europe ihotels s surely in relais dei papi!!!
we really felt like home when staying there (so safe and so quiet.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank christie28
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Reviewed 12 February 2008

Just returned from Rome and the hotel left me with a nice warm feeling. More of a B&B, rooms and bath are very small, but they're decorated very nicely with quality materials and very clean. Everything looks almost new and staff is very friendly. Breakfast in the room included in the price is a nice bonus. The menu lacking a little in fresh products, but ok. Cosy and warm, I would definitely recommend it to my friends, but not to the posh ones with really high expectations.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2008

The location looked so-so with small elevator and the breakfast was horrible (not fresh pastries but industrial).
For a "luxury bed and breakfast" it was a scandal !

If you want a luxury bed and breakfast, skip !

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Dei Gracchi 161 | 3rd, 4th and 5th Floor, 00192 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Prati
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
#152 Family Hotel in Rome
#205 Business Hotel in Rome
#212 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range: £58 - £143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Relais dei Papi 3*
Number of rooms: 23
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