The whole experience at Hotel Columbus was very good. Great reception, help with everything as required, respect of customer privacy, perfect location, quiet, pleasant clientèle, WiFi (payable on request), excellent meals in garden or dining-room, etc.
I appreciated the good feeling I had staying there, returning after a full day of wandering around Rome to this "quiet" area. Yes, during the day, there are many tourists around the Vatican and St.Peter's, but via della Conciliazione, where the hotel is located, is unique in that it breathes "Peace and Quiet", especially in the early morning and late night hours.
A truly nice place to come home to, after walking around Rome all day.
My room was small and somewhat like a monk's cell but I liked it a lot. The hotel is an old Roman palazzo, former home of the Della Rovere family, full of history and artifacts from the past. You walk through large, impressive rooms, usually empty, filled with old paintings and memorabilia.
I loved walking out and being right in front of St.Peter's in the Vatican, able to snap pics of the Basilica before tourists appeared. It was great to buy my ticket to the Vatican Museums nearby, and to get up, have breakfast at the hotel, just minutes before the tour started at the corner.
I made my reservation there directly from my flight to Rome purchase with Air Canada (same for my car rental arrangements.) It was great.
The garden restaurant served excellent food and the breakfast was plentiful and delicious.
A hot tip for Rome travellers - even Rick Steves knows. Not many people know, but there are quite a few convents in Rome that make accommodations available to tourists. These accommodations are run like a business - not a "convent." Moreover, the nuns really don't care if you are Catholic or not - the curfews at many are now Midnight. They are the most inexpensive, and pristine facilities you will find anywhere in Rome or close to the Vatican.
There is a complete convent list including Historic Center on my ROME page
Here is a list:
ROME: Convents Near the Vatican
CASA D'ACCOGLIENZA S. SPIRITO
Suore Francescane dell'Addolorata
Borgo S. Spirito 41
Tel: 06.686.1076; Fax: 06.686.5664; E-mail: email@example.com
The rates are: 40 Euro for a room with two beds, 35 Euro for a room with 3 or 4
beds, children up to 12 years of age pay 12 Euro; students or young adults up to
25 years of age pay 25 Euro. There are no single rooms. Prices are per person;
only breakfast is served; curfew is at 11:00 PM during the summer and at 10:00
PM during the winter.
ISTITUTO MARIA SANTISSIMA BAMBINA
Via Paolo VI, No. 21
00120 Città del Vaticano
Tel: 06.6989.3511; Fax: 06.6989.3540; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The
rates are: 52 Euro for a single room; 46 Euro for a double room; 43 Euro for a
room with three beds. The prices are per person. Breakfast is included. Other
meals are available on request.
PICCOLE SUORE DELLA SACRA FAMIGLIA, Casa Di Accoglienza Paolo VI
Viale Vaticano 92
Tel: 06.3909.1411; Fax: 06.3909.1427; E-mail: email@example.com
The rates are: 32 Euro for a single room; 55 Euro for a double room; 73 Euro for
a room with three beds; 85 Euro for a room with four beds. No breakfast or other
meals are served. Curfew is at 12:00 AM.
FIGLIE DELLA CARITA' DI S. VINCENZO DÈ PAOLI
Via Ezio 28
Tel: 06.321.6686; Fax: 06.323.0261, located near the LEPANTO subway stop.
The rates are : 40 Euro for a single room; 75 Euro for a double room. 93 Euro
for a room with three beds. The prices are per person, breakfast is included.
Other meals are available on request. Curfew is at 11:00 PM.
ISTITUTO SACRO CUORE, Villa Lante
Via S. Francesco di Sales 18
Telephone: 06.6880.6032; Fax: 06.689.3848; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The rates are: 35 Euro for a single room; 64 Euro for a double room. The prices
are per person, breakfast is included. Other meals are available on request.
Bathrooms are along the corridor. Curfew is at 11:00 PM.
MAESTRE PIE FILIPPINE, Casa Auxilium Christianorum
Via Giuseppe Missori 19
Tel: 06.635.201; Fax: 06.636.347; Website: www.mpfmissori.it E-mail:
The rates are: 45 Euro for a single room; 74 Euro for a double room; and 105
Euro for a room with three beds. Prices include breakfast, no other meals are
served. Curfew is at 11:00 PM.
Viale delle Mure Aurelie, 7B
Tel: 06.393.6351; Fax: 06.3936.6943; E-maiI:
email@example.com The rates are (per night, per room,
including breakfast): 62 Euro for a single room with bath, 57 Euro for a single
with private bath outside room, 47 Euro for a single with common shower; 94 Euro
for a double room with bath, 89 Euro for a double with private bath outside
room, 69 Euro for a double with common shower. Curfew is at 12:00 AM during
summer months and 11:00 PM during winter months.
CASA MATER ECCLESIAE Salita Monte del Gallo 25-27
Tel: 06.637.46.53, Fax: 06.39.37.90.50, Website: www.teatinas.com Email:
The rates are: 47 Euro for a single room; 75 Euro for a double room; and 105
Euro for a room with three beds, 127 Euro for a quadruple room. Prices include
breakfast. No other meals are served. Curfew is at 11:00 PM and the house opens
at 6:30 AM.
Casa per ferie. SANTA MARIA ALLE FORNACI
Piazza S. Maria alle Fornaci 27
Telephone: 06.3936.7632; Fax: 06.3936.6795; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The rates are: 70 Euro for a single room; 95 Euro for a double room; 70 Euro for
a double room with single occupancy; and 130 Euro for a room with three beds.
The prices are per person, breakfast is included. No other meals are served.
Via Leone XIII 459
Tel: 06.6601.7458; Fax: 06.6604.9467; E-mail: email@example.com
The rates are per person including breakfast: 68 Euro for a single room and 104
Euro for a double room. Other meals are available on request.
Via del Gianicolo,4A,
Tel. 06.6880.3349; Fax: 06.6880.3311; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Halfway up the Janiculum Hill (Gianicolo) from colorful Trastevere, in a quiet
spot with a pretty garden across the street from the medieval church of
Sant'Onofrio and near the North American College where many Americans study for
priesthood. Full board is 77 Euro per person and half is 67 Euro. An overnight
stay including breakfast is 50 Euro per day. Single rooms are 8 Euro more. All
rooms have private baths. Curfew is at 11:00 PM. English and French are spoken.
They are recommended by the Vatican Tourist Information Bureau.
We didn't stay in the Vatican of course, but our (Deb's family) hotel was just a short walk from the Vatican walls, but about a quarter of the way around from the front of St. Peter's. As we were walking around we noticed a queue for the Vatican museum most of the way and we decided that we would go there later in the afternoon, hoping that the queue would have gone by then (which it was).
I don't remember the name of it anymore, but it might have been this one. It was very convenient
I did not exactly stay in the Vatican, but in Roma.
The location of the Scott House hotel is just perfect. It was only about 100 metres towards the Termini station (and the Subway station). Like this it was easy to make the trip to Vatican City.
The Scott House is a two star hotel with a friendly staff. In the building the hotel was located on the 4th and 5th floor, and nothing to worry there was an elevator.
The room looked very new, and there was a shower / toilet in the room and also cable TV.
Breakfast was included, there was also free internet.
For the first two days I paid 41 euro per night (mid season), and for the other two nights I paid 68 euros per night (high season began on September 6th).
The fantastic location;
The room was very quiet (there was a rock concert on the square in front of Termini Station, and with closed windows it was completely silent);
The friendly staff.
Just a few blocks from St Peters and anything else you may need during your visit!
Nice and clean rooms...
Nice breakfast Buffet...
Enough steps to assure adequate exercise...
I spent 4 nights at a convent for The Dorothean Sisters whic is located across the street from the North American College for future Priests. If you know someone in residence at The NAC, the can request that you stay at the conventant.
75,000 Lire per night ( about 35-40 us dollars pending exchange rate. Cash only
Nice room, great view of Rome, hot showers and great coffee and rolls for breakfast. Only draw back is that you have to be in by 10:00 Pm or the doors are locked and you will get a stern look and lecture (in Italian) from one of the sisiters. Don't ask how I know that will happen??!!!
Daily - $150US and up
Weekly - $900US and up
This facility is in the middle of an apartment complex, but the rooms in one or two buildings are rented out for travelers. The facilities include full kitchens in every apartment, washer/dryer downstairs, fold-out beds so the whole family can stay in one apartment, and off-street parking for an extra fee.
This place is designed for people who are going to stay a week or more (months in some cases).
Here is a picture of me and my girlfriend sitting on a fountain in a courtyard in the center of the Vatican.
Inzua appelli vatikaansky solo a parakagozty revelz. sogorlomu furiass te iriak hiri te hiri, kolpo a permatuak lodozty revelzas. luslo somormu indea ka erreligionstik vatikan sull dao.
Et hau skon dao! soreluz sore a parakagozty mettely korporat.
Believe it or not, there is a hotel within the borders of Vatican City. It is the $20 million Casa Santa Marta. Constructed by order of Pope John Paul II, it has 108 guest suites, each with a living area and bedroom and 23 single rooms. All have private baths. There is also a reception desk, dining room, TV lounge and beautiful marble staircases. Of course, this being Vatican City, there is also a chapel made in a depressingly modern glass and wood design. There is just one catch: It is only available to those on business in Vatican City. For the rest, there are no hotels or other accommodations within the borders of Vatican City but there are an abundance of hotels in the surrounding neighborhoods of Rome.
The only hotel in Vatican City, it is also managed by an order of nuns. That's pretty unique.
Vatican is so small, that you won’t need accommodation there, the best 'accommodation' is to sit in the St. Peter’s square on the steps near the colons in the sun, seeing all the beauty, talking to people, watching pigeons, enjoying the views and relaxing.
Vatican is so small, that you won't need accomodation there, the best 'accomodation' is to sit in the main square on the steps near the colons in the sun, seeing all the beauty, talking to people, watching pigeons, enjoying and relaxing, like I did! :)
Although I've been to the Vatican half a dozen times, I never list it among the countries I've visited because I have never actually stayed overnight there (my own personal criterion for having 'visited' a country). As far as I know, there is no tourist accommodation in the Vatican.
This is a smallish, family-run hotel with very cheery rooms and baths for a fairly modest 102,000 lire for a double (at least that's what they were last summer). Best of all, it's incredibly well-located, all of about five minutes' walk from the entrance to the Vatican Museums in a very quiet neighborhood -- for Rome, anyway. You won't be bothered by the sounds of motorcycles at all hours here!
We had a bit of a hiccup with our accommodation but it worked out in the end. We had wanted to stay in the Trastevere area of Rome because it had been recommended. We made online reservations with a place called 'Antica Trastevere', which looked like a nice B&B. When I phoned to add an aditional night, the landlady (who speaks English quite well) asked if I minded whether we stayed in the B&B or a self catering flat nearby. I said either was fine so she told me to phone when we arrived so she could give us the address. When we phoned from the train station, the landlady gave us an address and a phone number for the landlady of the flat. We phoned and confirmed with this lady and she gave us directions on how to get there. Since we were not all that familiar with Rome, we did not realise that the flat was actually near the Vatican - a good distance away from Trastevere. We managed to get there and discovered our 'self-catering' flat was actually a room in this woman's apartment. We weren't expecting this so it was a little disappointing. However, the landlady was very nice and our room had a small balcony which looked out at St Peter's. We had breakfast (coffee, sweet rolls and orange juice) brought to our room every morning and we could sit and eat while listening to the bells of St Peter's. It turned out to be a really lovely place to stay.
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