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Palazzo Cardinal Cesi

Via della Conciliazione n. 51 Zona Vaticano, 00193 Rome Italy
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#320 of 1,276 hotels in Rome
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Palazzo Cardinal Cesi, only a few yards from St Peter's Square, on Via della Conciliazione, is an oasis of peace and spirituality drenched in history at the very heart of Christendom, with the enormous privilege of being able to stay so close to the Holy Father's residence. As you enter through the imposing door, leading to the secluded cloisters, experience the reassuring sensation of taking a step back into a bygone age, leaving behind you the hubbub of the city to enjoy the luxury of settling down in an elegant haven, surrounded by every comfort of to the highest standards of first-class accommodation, where everything has been carefully designed to welcome you, and to make you immediately feel at home.
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Via della Conciliazione n. 51 Zona Vaticano, 00193 Rome Italy
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Lin Welch wrote a review Feb 10
Hereford, United Kingdom4 contributions
The hotel was very clean and the staff were very helpful, through out our stay. It is in a perfect position for visiting the Vatican. The buffet breakfast we good and it was nice to have free refreshments in our room which were replaced each day. The room was smaller than we expected and we found the shower very small.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Ken G wrote a review Oct 2023
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This was our 2nd time staying at the Palazzo Cardinal Cesi and we loved it once again. Very clean and comfortable rooms with personal service. Great breakfast every morning. And it is maybe 300 feet from the Vatican City entrance.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Global_Tourists wrote a review Sep 2023
Wales, United Kingdom319 contributions534 helpful votes
This was our second city-break to Rome in the past few years. As experienced independent travellers, we had of course done our 'homework' in advance and were looking for a stay in a centrally located boutique hotel with character. We therefore booked a 3 night stay in a Deluxe Double Room at Palazzo Cardinal Cesi, for £702 through Booking.com. The Hotel has about 30 rooms and occupies around a quarter of a 600 year old former Ducal Palace, which is now owned by a Roman Catholic religious order (The Salvatorians). The Salvatorians, whom we never saw, occupy the remainder of the building as their Motherhouse & Headquarters. We flew into Ciampino Airport and took a taxi on the 40 minute journey to the Hotel. Taxis are highly regulated in Rome and charge a flat rate fare of 31 Euros from Ciampino Airport to anywhere in Central Rome. Similar flat rate fares (55 Euros) apply from Rome's somewhat larger Fuimicino Airport. Take an official taxi (they are all painted white) from the taxi rank immediately outside the Arrivals Hall. Taxis accept both cash credit card payment. On arriving at this historic pastel-coloured Hotel, it is both discreet and impressive. Around 5 storeys in height, it adjoins the Vatican and is quite literally a 45 second walk from St Peter's Square. Only 'Palazzo Cardinal Cesi' flags hanging from above the huge wooden doorway, give a hint that this is not a Vatican building, but in fact a Hotel. We pressed the buzzer and part of the huge door began to open at a stately pace. There is no need to push the door. Just be patient and it automatically opens inwards. We then stepped through, into an ornate marble vestibule and then made our way up three steps, through double glass doors and found ourselves in the tranquil tree-filled courtyard, which is surrounded by a shady colonnaded arcade, dotted with religious statuary and centred around a water-feature, replete with koi carp. At the far end of the courtyard is the wing which houses the hotel. The Reception is just off the Courtyard. We were warmly welcomed, checked-in efficiently and shown the location of the adjoining Breakfast Room (a vaulted chamber, just off reception). We then made our way to the lift and our room on the second floor, #206. The corridors leading to rooms on each floor, whilst having modern marble floors are rather cold, utilitarian and clinical - a sharp contrast to the splendour of the rest of the building. On entering our room - we were disappointed with the proportions. As a 'Deluxe Room' - and the largest offered at the property - it was very compact. The soaring height of the bedroom was almost exactly the same as the width and breadth of the room - presenting overall as a cube of approximately 4m x 4m x 4m. The shower room was tiny - around 1.5m x 1.5m, which is roughly the size of a WC on an express train. Both bedroom and shower room have marble floors. That being said, we had two large windows, each draped in heavy crimson swags with privacy nets and electrically operated external shutters. The view was to the side-street behind the hotel. Other reviewers suggest that noise from the street is problematic - but we had no issues with noise at all. There was a double bed, a cherry-wood desk, chair and stool. There were two small bedside cabinets, with drawers. Our room had a very small colour TV with a screen-size of about 16", which had a range of Italian and French channels and one English channel (BBC News). The room had excellent air-conditioning with easy to operate digital controls and in addition to ceiling lights, there were three lamps (two at the bedside and one on the desk). There was a built-in wardrobe with digital safe, sufficient hanging space, top boxes and two integrated drawers. There was also a refrigerated mini-bar, with some space to store your own items. The miniscule shower room was accessed through a bi-fold (concertina type) door and had a vanity basin, shaving mirror, walk-in corner shower, WC, hairdryer, towels, bathrobes, slippers and a range of complimentary toiletries and amenity items. The toilet seat however, which should have been bright white, was heavily stained and had a brown rim. A really simple 'fix' to replace it - but one which had been overlooked and which tarnished the appeal of the room. Please note that rooms have no clothes iron and none are available from reception. Only a pressing service is offered (7 Euros per shirt). This service is not available on Sundays which was very inconvenient as we had arrived on Saturday night and had to wait until Monday evening for the 2 items sent for pressing to be returned from the laundry. Hardly ideal for a 3 night stay. On waking in the morning you will find, rather quirkily, that an A4 sheet of paper with a Bible scripture reading has been slipped under your bedroom door. Your complimentary breakfast is served in the attractive Breakfast Room and is an American buffet-style, with a choice of scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, bacon, juices, coffee, tea, toast, pastries, yoghurts, fresh juice, hams, salamis, cheeses, breads and fresh fruit. Plenty of choice and served until 10am. There is no bar at the hotel, but in the evening, upon request, the receptionist will serve you a drink from a very limited menu of beers, wines and soft drinks. Drinks can be enjoyed on the arcaded patio outside reception, which is attractively furnished with wrought-iron furniture and candles. A pleasant place to enjoy a drink upon returning to the hotel from a day of sight-seeing, or pre-dinner. The multi-lingual staff are lovely and nothing is too much trouble. They will happily recommend nearby restaurants, of which there are many in Borgo Pio (a street a block away), give directions to sights, provide tourist maps, or call a cab etc. With the sole exception of our lavatory seat (described above) housekeeping is immaculate throughout and you have all the key sights of Rome within comfortable walking distance, or short taxi ride.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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JR G wrote a review Aug 2023
San Antonio, Texas12 contributions2 helpful votes
location was exceptionally good with immediate access to St. Peter's. Breakfast was decent and included a variety. the staff was also wonderful a few staff that I would like to thank Giuseppe, Claudia, Christiaan, and Michaele
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Audol09 wrote a review Apr 2023
Glasgow, United Kingdom7 contributions5 helpful votes
We have stayed here many times over the years, usually just for one night. However, we came for Easter weekend, a highlight in the Catholic calendar, and can honestly say this place is the most wonderful hotel in Rome! The rooms are spotless and comfortable with a daily cleaning service, the breakfast is to die for, unlimited and so many choices and it’s proximity to the Vatican well………can almost see the Pope having his breakfast! The staff are excellent, can’t do enough to help and always with a smile and a cheerful attitude. Have returned many times and will definitely return again
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Date of stay: April 2023
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L4760NLjonathanh wrote a review Apr 2023
Dublin, Ireland42 contributions37 helpful votes
Very disappointed. I thought itwas going to be an amazing place to stay. The only good thing is the location for the Vatican. However, we had one night a rude staff screaming at usbecause we were trying to close the entrance gate which didn't close automatically. Weirdly the hotel close the main gate in the afternoon ( how insecure could he stay at the entrance of the Vatican?)They gave us a code to acceses but it doesn’t work as the completely hotel. You have to call them to open it. The same with the Wifi password they wrote on paper and it was wrong. One morning no hot water. The room is completely different to the advertising pictures. Showers is tiny you can not avoid hit your arms or legs with the door. On top of that, the breakfast is really bad, horrible cold scrambled eggs and coffee, no staff to ask for a spoon. Old and hard bread and no options of food. So unless you like to be treated bad, stay away! Also, horrible mattress in one of the rooms.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: If you like to have a good experience at your hotel avoid it
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jqmomof4 wrote a review Mar 2023
Washington DC, District of Columbia2 contributions3 helpful votes
I sadly used the positive trip-advisor reviews on this hotel to book our last night in Italy because we were doing a Vatican tour and it’s close to that…and while I was somewhat concerned with some of the comments that mentioned it was kinda dated, I was pretty shocked upon arrival. It’s horrible! Extremely, extremely dated decor. Rooms are stark. No amenities, like coffee, water, etc. Small tv might be from the 80’s. Bathroom is awful…so tiny you can barely move, with rusted light fixtures, the tiniest of showers with plastic accordion walls that you open/close…they were broken and off the tracks. Dirty fixtures, shelving. Walls are paper-thin, we heard every word of our neighbors argument. If the room rate was $39/night, I might have been more ok with it…but not for $225. Really terrible. We had such a lovely week in Italy with wonderful hotels, this was awful to spend our last night in.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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DRTYA wrote a review Oct 2022
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia144 contributions88 helpful votes
You can’t beat the location. Staff very friendly Rooms small but clean and functional and well organized and updated. Breakfast basic but very decent. Internet included. Fascinating historical building, a whole experience in itself. Room on 1st floor was extremely noisy though. Overall very good value for the price , especially for a short stay.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: Avoid first floor rooms if you can Don’t pass the entrance, might be hard to spot.
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Kelly Q wrote a review Sep 2022
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Lovely architecture a stones throw from the Vatican. Location cannot be beat. Night concierge was wonderful he answered all of our questions and helped us navigate the area. We were so thankful to have him. Hotel is hard to see as there are no signs only flags. The door is large and imposing (we felt like we were knocking at the Emerald City). So note that as you will walk right by like we did. Clean nice size room and breakfast was decent. Biggest draw is location.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Sarah S wrote a review Sep 2022
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My husband and I had a long weekend here in Sept ‘22. The entrance to the hotel and the reception area are STUNNING! Hotel staff were very helpful and friendly. Arranged a few taxi’s and helped us with tours. Rooms are very clean and tidy. We paid a bit extra to have a deluxe room. Decent bed, desk area, tv cabinet and a wardrobe but it was still fairly small. Tiny dated shower room with sliding door. Breakfasts - cheese/ham/salad, scrambled and hard boiled eggs/bacon, cereal, toast, pastries, fruit and yogurt. Enough to kick start the day. Location is great for Vatican side of Rome and everything else is within a 15 -20 min walk but we did opt for scooters a few times which were really easy to pick up near the hotel. A fabulously friendly coffee/sandwich bar as you step out of the hotel, great for drinks after a long day. Restaurants close by. Picture perfect area to be based at.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Safe in room is free of charge. No tea or coffee making facilities and no iron.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Palazzo Cardinal Cesi
Which popular attractions are close to Palazzo Cardinal Cesi?
Nearby attractions include St. Peter's Basilica (0.3 miles), Sistine Chapel (0.3 miles), and Stanze di Raffaello (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Palazzo Cardinal Cesi?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Palazzo Cardinal Cesi?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Palazzo Cardinal Cesi?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Palazzo Cardinal Cesi?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Palazzo Cardinal Cesi?
Conveniently located restaurants include EGG, Mordi Sandwichouse, and Pizzeria Mammapà.
Are any cleaning services offered at Palazzo Cardinal Cesi?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Palazzo Cardinal Cesi offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Palazzo Cardinal Cesi?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Palazzo Cardinal Cesi?
Many travelers enjoy visiting St. Peter's Basilica (0.3 miles), Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (2.1 miles), and Colosseum (1.8 miles).
Is Palazzo Cardinal Cesi accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.