As always, we chose a hotel in Rome based upon Tripadvisor reviews - we have yet to be let down with a selection, so why change a winning formula!
We arrived at Vatican View late at night (11.30pm) - not a problem - keys and room information were left for us in the entrance area. Check-in, therefore, rolled-over to the next morning where we met Fabio who was very friendly and patient, explaining in great detail how to get around Rome, which tourist sites to visit, and general tips and tricks to save time and avoid getting ripped-off.
The hotel is a trendy, modern boutique in a fabulous location to access the Vatican museum and the metro (Ottaviano station) - both taking around 10 minutes walking time. All staff were very friendly and welcoming throughout our stay. The room was modern if not a little tight on space - as us British say, 'not big enough to swing a cat' - but that sort of added to the charm and intricacy of the place, and given there was so much to do in such a short space of time we didn't really care as we were only planning on sleeping and showering there!
We visited the Vatican museum (including the Sistine chapel), Colosseum, St Peter's basilica, Pantheon, Tevi fountain, Borghese gallery and gardens, Piazza Navona, and also saw the Pope give his monthly blessing. We only scratched the surface, but that selection filled 3 very long days; you could do 2 weeks in Rome and still have so much more to uncover!
There is also a vast selection of local restaurants on the neighbouring streets - some exceptionally good with charming service - we used Tripadvisor to recommend these and weren't disappointed.
Rome is a fabulous City and 3 days simply wasn't long enough - we could have done at least a week. When we return, which we will (as we threw coins into the Trevi fountain!), we'd stay at the Vatican View again because of a combination of it's location, service and quirkiness.
- 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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