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Palazzo Cardinal Cesi
Ranked #366 of 1,290 Hotels in Rome
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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134 reviews
63 hotel reviews
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“The Best Location in Rome”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

Before you enter the Vatican through the semi-circular colonnades designed by Bernini as the two open arms of the Saint Peter's Basilica, step back, and look at the last set of buildings to your left. There you will find, behind a tall green door, this quiet little hotel, its name displayed unobtrusively on a small brass plate.
The hotel is technically in Rome, but only just. A dozen steps away, the Vatican - an independent country within the boundary of Rome- begins.
The foundations of the building, and indeed its basement date back to 1506, the same period when Saint Peter's Basilica was built. The hotel building was owned by successive families of Cardinals, and was renovated to its present condition and used as family residence by the Cesi family, as recently as 2004. Fr.Francesco Cesi Jordan, who lived here, established the Society of Divine Savior, which occupies the rest of the building.
The huge green outer doors are usually locked, but are electronically controlled by the reception or by using your room key. Once inside, you walk down a long verandah, its terracotta floor in herringbone pattern skirting an enclosed small formal garden. A trickling fountain, amidst flowering bushes and chirping birds,completes this unbelievable quiet scene. . It is a lovely place to sit, specially in the evenings, when they light candles for illumination, and sip a glass of wine . A small bar is at hand to serve guests in the late afternoon and evening.
The ground floor also houses the reception, the wooden beams of the room complimenting the remnants of fading fresco on the plaster walls.The dining room nearby serves breakfast from 7 am till 10. There is no restaurant, but there are any number of eateries just outside the hotel.
The guest rooms are spread over the four upper floors. With only 4 rooms to a floor, you need to book well in advance if you want assured place.The rooms are small, just enough for a double bed, a desk, a chair and a roomy wardrobe for your clothes.The lighting is a bit dim,but the large windows let in a lot of natural light.The wardrobe holds an electronic safe for your valuables, and an electric kettle for tea.The mini bar has stocked with food and drink. There is free internet connection through the room TV.
The bathroom is small, even by European standards, with a shower stall, good hot water,a hair drier and enough towels.
The breakfast, included in the room rate, is quite substantial: scrambled or boiled eggs, bacon, sausage, cold ham, salami, breads, pastries, cake, cereal, fruit, tea and coffee. Their fresh juices are the best.
The ladies at the reception are most helpful. They speak excellent English, and are happy to book restaurants or entrance tickets to museums and monuments for you. You can book a taxi for your airport pick up and drop off from the hotel, at rates that are excellent. But the best part is they can book you a tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel with a qualified English speaking tour guide.You skip all the lines, and see this prime tourist attraction with relative ease in the shortest time. And anyone who has tried to visit Saint Peters and the Sistine Chapel knows how long the queues are just to get into the buildings, let alone to see the attractions.
The best thing about the hotel is its proximity to the Vatican. It is close enough for you to stroll there early in the morning, at 7, as the sun rises, and go into the Church for the day's first prayers, see Michelangelo's Pieta, and watch the faithful kiss the well-worn foot of Saint Peyter's bronze statue.
You can't live closer to the Vatican than when you stay at Palazzo Cardinal Cesi, unless the Pope invited you to stay as his personal guest.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

We had 4 days in Rome and stayed here for the duration of our trip. It is very close to the Vatican, which is a nice area but gets extremely busy. There is a secure front door which is nice as it means at night you feel a little more safe and closed in. At night the area goes very quiet and everything along the main road closes up, so if you want to go and eat you have to wonder a little down the side streets. There are plenty of places though- not all good so pick carefully.

The rooms were not that big, and the bathroom was ok- it had a shower vs a bath so that was the main thing, probably bigger than average for Rome. Comfy beds and pillows, and Wifi available in the rooms free of charge. Breakfast is served in the mornings in the main room, with lots of choice and free seating. At night the garden is lit up and you can have dinner or drinks out there which is a romantic setting. I would suggest having drinks only as the meal we had was not very good, and they were very limited in what they could supply as they didn't have some of the ingredients so our pizza was very basic.

The staff are helpful and always smiling which is nice, especially when you have lots of questions about the sites like we did! We were offered tickets for an audience with the Pope for the weekly Wednesday morning, if you would like to go I suggest you go very early. The hotel offers and early breakfast but it doesn't really make a difference as people get there very early with some even camping out. Buy your tickets through the hotel for the tours- or even from a ticket scouter as you skip the queues which is worth while, especially for the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.

It was maybe a little pricey for the accommodation, but I guess you pay for the location more than anything, but not major complaints. It is not too far from the sites- and if you don't mind walking you can get around the city by foot as we did. You see lots and Rome is easy to navigate, and also has signs pointing you in the direction of different landmarks.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

Staying here is a wonderful experience, with smallish but very nicely fornished rooms, beautiful surroundings (especially the courtyard) and very helpful staff, who easily provide you with tickets to papal public audiences and the like. In the summer, going indoors is wonderfully cool in comparison to the outside heat. The breakfast is wonderful. It is a bit of a walk to get to the closest Metro station or to the Piazza Navona or Trastevere, but there are buses close by (Castel St Angelo).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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VA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

If you are looking for a hotel close to the Vatican, this is it!! I don't think you can get any closer! We could literally walk out the door and be in St Peter's Square in 1 minute. It was super crowded during the day with tourists and somewhat deserted at night. I am not sure if this is a good thing or not... A couple of blocks over to the north were lots of restaurants and bars so that was convenient. I, personally, was not thrilled with the "feast or famine" feel of the location, though. As far as the rooms go... the room was smallish (typical European size) and very spartan, I guess in keeping with the "Cardinal" theme. Of all the many places I have stayed in European cities over the years, this room had THE smallest bathroom I have ever seen. I had to open the shower door to sit on the toilet! I dropped the soap in the shower and had to open the doors to be able to retrieve it!

All in all, if you are here to visit the Vatican, I think it's worth it. Otherwise, there are so many many choices that this one should be overlooked.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

We stayed 3 nights and really enjoyed the Palazzo. As others have noted the location is perfect for visits to the Vatican, however it is also only a 10 min walk to Piazza Navona or Trastevere. Breakfast was very good and the outside garden was a treat, to relax and unwind. The staff is friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

My wife and I were here for a Rome week-long meeting that involved a lot of business at the Vatican. This meant a simple stroll up the street to be there. Felt very safe all the time and the hotel was very good. The rooms were small as expected, including the shower which would not suit a large person. The breakfasts were good, and wine around the courtyard made for a nice end of day moment. I would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Claremore, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

The great location is the attraction for this hotel. Walk out the front door and you are right there in front of St. Peters. There are many shops and good restaurants in the area. The hotel rooms are small and the bathroom is like being in an RV bathroom. Don't drop the soap or you have to open the door to bend down to pick up the soap. The breakfast is very good. If you do not want to walk far to St. Peters then this is the hotel for you.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Palazzo Cardinal Cesi
Address: Via della Conciliazione n. 51 | Zona Vaticano, 00193 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Vatican / Borgo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#109 Business Hotel in Rome
#123 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#143 Family Hotel in Rome
#197 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Palazzo Cardinal Cesi 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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.Palazzo Cardinal Cesi, sulla magnifica Via della Conciliazione, nel cuore della Cristianita, a soli pochi passi da Piazza S.Pietro, e un'oasi di pace e spiritualita, intriso di storia.Splendido palazzo del '400 con delizioso chiostro interno,. Un elegante rifugio, con tutti i confort di un 4 stelle, dove si e circondati da un'atmosfera calda, curata ed elegante che fa sentire l'Ospite come a casa propria ... more   less 
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