Everything written about the hotel by other visitors is correct : the staff is fantastic, extremely helpful and polite and always smiling (which is not always the case in hotels in Italy). The atmosphere of the hotel is personal, quiet, and you won't be bumping into lots of tourists as it is a small hotel. Everything is neat and clean, the breakfast was varied with fruits, cold meat, eggs, bacon, etc. We particularly loved the terrasse which is indeed quite small but has enough tables and chairs for everybody (and not just one table with 2 chairs like it was previously reported). The airco system worked very well, and althought our room was on the street side we did not hear any noise at all (Vatican is rather quiet in the evening, no wild parties in St Peters ;-)
It was great in the evening to go sit at the terrasse for a last drink before returning to our room. We also had Sunday morning was also very surprising when we realised we could hear the choir of St Peter when sitting on the terrasse, a real pleasure ! On the down side the standard bedroom we had was indeed very small and so was the bathroom. For a weekend it's ok but I would struggle to stay in such a small room for more then 2 nights.
To summarize, the hotel is perfect for people who like small quiet and private hotels, and don't mind small rooms !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residenza Paolo VI, established on the premises of an Augustinian Monastery, was inaugurated at the beginning of the Holy Year 2000. The genius loci and the charm of tradition, still alive in its ancient walls, make this property your "private" haven in Rome, far away from chaos, in the pulsing heart of the Eternal City. Rome has many hotels, but only one of them is located directly on St. Peter's Square (Vatican): Residenza Paolo VI, the ideal place for those wishing to stay in the heart of Christendom, close to St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Grottoes, the Necropolis, St Peter's and Saint John Paul II's tombs, the Vatican Gardens and St. Angel's Castle. Walking along the Vatican Wall, it's easy to reach the Vatican Museums and visit the famous Sistine Chapel. Furthermore, some of our rooms offer special view of the Holy Office or of the internal courtyard of the ancient monastery or even of St. Peter's Dome. From our magnificent Terrace it is possible to admire up close St. Peter's Basilica and the Apostolic Palace, exactly where the Holy Father Pope Francis appears to bless the faithful and to recite the Sunday Angelus. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residenza Paolo Vi Hotel Rome
- Residenza Paolo Vi Rome