Last week during our visit to Rome, I was fortunate enough to collaborate with the team at Relais Vatican Suites to review their property. Given the name, this apart-hotel is located just a few minutes from the Vatican Museums, making it one of the best locations in the whole of Rome to stay in for tourists.
As a whole, hotels in Rome are on the pricey side. It is one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, and in the popular tourist areas prices skyrocket. In late March, the room we stayed in would have cost €150 per night, plus a €3.50 city tax per guest per night. Although this may seem pricey, when comparing this to other hotels in the area this is very much the average cost. There are three room types, all of which are very similar in terms of price. On Booking.com, you can book rooms throughout the year from as little as €85 per night.
Being in a residential building, this hotel has incredible character. The original lift stands at the centre of a spiral staircase, both taking you up to the hotel on the second floor. Inside is a small reception area, with plenty of leaflets and maps to help you get around the city. The reception also has a small kitchenette equipped with a sink, kettle and refrigerator as well as some food and drinks for a light breakfast. Through the reception was the hallway that led onto the bedrooms, which had high ceilings and plenty of light flooding in from the windows lining it. The decor throughout the hotel was stripped back, with all the walls and ceilings painted in white. The beds and most of the furniture in the bedrooms were also white, the only exception being the darker beside tables and the wooden floors. The rooms also had a few tasteful accents, such as small flower pots and photographs of Roman landmarks. The bathrooms were modern and had very spacious showers.
For me, the location is the greatest attribute of this hotel. You are in a prime location; less than a minute walk from Ottaviano Metro Station, a ten minute walk from St Peter’s Square and five from the Vatican Museums. Other landmarks such as the Borghese Gallery and Gardens, Colosseum and Roman Forum and the Trevi Fountain are all a few metro stops away. Around the hotel are plenty of food and clothes shops, restaurants and bars and fast food places.
This hotel has three room types; Double Room, Superior Double Room and Deluxe Double Room that all increase in price by around £10 per night relatively. We spent the first two nights in a Deluxe Double Room that was vast in size and had beautiful views of Via Julio Cesare and our final night in a Superior Double Room that overlooked a quaint courtyard. I would definitely recommend spending the extra money and trying to book the Deluxe Room purely for the extra space. Both rooms had a large double wardrobe, a desk with chair and a refrigerator.
On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate the cleanliness around a 7. Upon our arrival I didn’t notice anything out of place in terms of tidiness, but as we spent more time we noticed a few things that did not reflect the reviews I’d read previously or the price of the hotel. Sticky TV remote, toilet holder was dirty and there were a bunch of kirbies from a previous guest left in the room. I know this may seem pedantic, but I feel I have to be completely transparent when writing reviews in case someone does book as a result of reading one and feels I haven’t been completely truthful. Apart from that, the bedding and towels were clean and the floors, windows and glassware throughout the hotel was pristine. I think just a little extra attention to detail should have been taken. Hopefully the staff take on board this feedback in a positive way.
Overall, I would absolutely recommend staying at Relais Vatican Suites. The location is incredible, as is the setting of the apart-hotel in a residential building with peace and quiet after dinnertime. Being in such a great location and having a metro station on its doorstep is a great aspect to the hotel, as are the friendly and helpful staff and the decor of the rooms. A beautiful hotel, perfect for those sightseeing in Rome.
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