21 Best Hotels Near the Vatican in Rome

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Whether you are visiting Rome for Christmas, Easter, or any time of the year, both if taking a Rome private tour or exploring the city by yourself, chances are you are going to visit St. Peter’s Basilica or see the world-famous Sistine Chapel. We found the best Rome hotels near the Vatican to make your trip run smoother.

Looking for a hotel in Rome can be overwhelming, so knowing a range of options in the area you like will definitely help. The neighborhoods we included here are central, close to either the Vatican Museums or St. Peter’s Square, and well-served by public transport, be it train, bus or metro.

If you want to know the best restaurants and more things to do around the Vatican, check out our new eBook where we mapped out five itineraries in five different neighborhoods, including Prati and Trionfale in the immediate surroundings of Vatican City.

Image: Dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
The beautiful Dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Best luxury hotels near the Vatican in Rome

Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá

This is probably the single best hotel near the Vatican in Rome. A luxurious and opulent 5-star hotel, Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá finds every way to pamper its guests even offering a large swimming pool and an on-site spa complete with an outdoor vitality pool, sensory shower, sauna, and Turkish Bath.

Each room boasts an elegant décor and enjoys all the essential facilities as well as amenities such as Clarins toiletries, flatscreen TV, Nespresso machine, and iPod docking station.

Every morning, the breakfast is buffet style while for lunch and dinner, the local restaurant serves Italian and international dishes paired with local wines. For an aperitif or an evening cocktail, the bar by the pool is a perfect place to enjoy during the summer months.

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Le Meridien Visconti Rome

This 4-star hotel is located in the residential and elegant Prati neighborhood next to Piazza Cavour, one of the famous squares in Rome where is the building of Italy’s Supreme Court. This makes the hotel an easy and short walk from Castel Sant’Angelo as well as many nice restaurants and one of my very favorite gelaterias in Rome, Neve di Latte.

Guests are welcomed by a collection of contemporary art at the entrance hall and by pleasant facilities such as free gym and WiFi, a restaurant with a view of the city center, and a diverse buffet for breakfast.

Rooms are decorated in modern minimalism and equipped with all the necessary amenities to ensure a comfortable stay, including a safe, air-conditioning, TV, and desk as well as a fully-fitted private bathroom featuring slippers, towels, complimentary toiletries, and hairdryer.

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Hotel della Conciliazione

This is one of the most famous hotels near the Vatican. From here, you can actually see the colonnade surrounding St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and obviously, also the Vatican Museums are within an easy and short stroll.

The location is excellent also for the night as it’s very central, close to restaurants and pubs, as well as a lovely place for an evening walk to admire the lights of St. Peter’s Square.

The rooms are very comfortable and perfect to chill out with some TV show, a drink or a shower or bath in your private. Among the other facilities are a writing desk and a minibar.

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Starhotels Michelangelo

This is a 4-star hotel very close to St. Peter’s Square and Basilica while on the other side is Stazione San Pietro train station, easy to reach in a few minutes on foot.

Starhotels Michelangelo offers rooms decorated in a classic style and equipped with all the essential services such as a private bathroom, air-conditioning, free WiFi, a minibar, and flatscreen TV with satellite channels.

Every morning, guests enjoy a buffet American breakfast, while for lunch and dinner, the in-house Dome Restaurant serves traditional Roman dishes as well as specialties borrowed from international cuisines. If you prefer a light lunch or would like a coffee or an evening cocktail, you can head over to the Dome Bar and relax in the very cozy ambiance.

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Palazzo Cardinal Cesi

This is one of the luxury accommodations near the Vatican in Rome. Set in a 15th-century building, this historical palace is located right in Via della Conciliazione, so facing St. Peter’s Square and very close to it. It’s actually a fantastic location because you can easily reach all the Vatican highlights on foot as well as Prati where are better restaurants, Castel Sant’Angelo, and the Centro Storico just by crossing the river. From here, it’s also very easy to reach Trastevere, Tiber Island, and the Jewish Quarter.

This hotel is a great opportunity to experience Rome’s history since you are going to stay in the family mansion of Cardinal Cesi and today property of the General House Salvatorian. Renovated and turned into a modern accommodation, stepping over the lovely cloister is the perfect introduction to a peaceful oasis in the middle of the Vatican-bound tourist crowds.

The rooms are decorated in a classic style and furnished to ensure a homely stay.

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Mid-range hotels near Vatican City

Eccelso Hotel

Located some 5 minutes walk from St. Peter’s Square and less than 10 minutes from the Vatican Museums, this central Rome boutique hotel is really one of the best closest accommodations from the Holy See and a great starting point for visiting the Vatican.

From here, you are also close to the Hadrian Mausoleum, worth a visit, and the river that you can cross via Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II, Ponte Sant’Angelo or Ponte Umberto I, some of the most beautiful bridges in Rome.

The soundproof rooms feature a writing desk as well as leisure amenities such as flat-screen TV, tea-making facilities, free WIFI and a fridge. The well-equipped private bathroom includes a shower or bathtub and a complimentary courtesy set. Pets are allowed upon request and a small fee might apply. You might want to check out this guide to the best travel carrier for cats to ensure a cozy trip for your furry friend!

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The Place 217

This elegant penthouse hotel in central Rome near the Vatican is a favorite among solo travelers and couples for its great location and a good price/quality ratio.

You are in the heart of Via Cola di Rienzo, busy shopping street close to the Vatican, Castel Sant’Angelo, the historic Borgo Pio quarter dating back to the Papal Kingdom, as well as the city center easy to reach just by crossing the river, either on foot or with a bus.

A middle way between a hotel and a guesthouse, in this great Rome accommodation you will have the classy design and luxury amenities of a boutique hotel like steam shower, sauna or Jacuzzi and the cozy services of a family-run resort.

All rooms are soundproof, essential in this busy road, and feature WIFI, flat-screen TV, well-equipped private bathroom, tea and coffee-making facilities, air-conditioning/heating system, a great sweet and savory breakfast and the possibility to accommodate families of up to four guests in their largest suites.

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Hotel Paolo II

Located on the other side of the Vatican City from Prati and Trionfale neighborhoods, Hotel Paolo II is close to San Pietro train station where you can catch a train to many other districts such as Ostiense and Testaccio (also a connection with metro line B), Tiburtina as well as the line A of the metro with one stop to Valle Aurelia.

Going towards the Vatican, on roads like Via di Porta Cavalleggeri and Via delle Fornaci, you will find several bars and restaurants, many pretty touristy but some worth a try. We had a nice fish-based meal at “I Quattro Mori Hostaria” (Via di Santa Maria delle Fornaci 8).

The bus that you will find from Stazione San Pietro all the way to Termini station through the city center is the 64: very handy, you will likely take it many times but be careful to your belongings as it’s a pickpocket’s favorite.

The hotel itself, set in an early 20th-century palazzo, offers double, twin and single rooms complete with a modern private bathroom. The furniture is new, the decoration is minimalist and the facilities include free WIFI, minibar, air-conditioning/heating, safe, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, courtesy set and ironing equipment.

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Budget hotels near the Vatican

Domus Terenzio

Located in the residential Prati neighborhood, this Rome accommodation close to the Vatican City is a stone’s throw from Castel Sant’Angelo and Via Cola di Rienzo shopping street. The location is quiet but close to the busy city life and some of the most popular highlights like the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica as well as the city center easy to reach by crossing the nearby river.

This is a lovely area of Rome as you are well-connected with public transport (bus and metro), you can reach most landmarks and you are close to countless fashion shops, restaurants, gelaterias, bars and coffee shops.

One of the favorite Rome hotels near the Vatican, Domus Terenzio offers a modern design, comfortable rooms, and services such as flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, WIFI and a private bathroom with hairdryer and courtesy set. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s garden and a great breakfast.

This is a Rome hotel near the Vatican for both solo travelers and couples.

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Guesthouses and B&Bs near the Vatican

Suites Farnese Design

Set in a historic building of the Prati neighborhood, this elegant B&B in Rome near the Vatican is close to Lepanto metro station (line A), several bus stops and a great choice of shops, restaurants and bars. This is also a student area as there is the Law Department of LUMSA University.

From here, you can easily reach Piazza Cavour, Via Cola di Rienzo for some trendy shopping, the Vatican highlights (less than 20 minutes walk) and the Lungotevere for a scenic walk or for crossing the river and get to Piazza del Popolo, one of Rome’s most beautiful squares.

All rooms are decorated in a classy minimalist design and feature modern amenities such as WIFI, flat-screen TV, minibar, electric kettle, coffee machine, and a comfortable private bathroom.

Offering affordable rates and some good deals in both low and high seasons, this hotel is great for couples and caters also for families with large suites able to accommodate up to four guests, making it a convenient family-friendly Rome hotel.

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Vatica B&B Roma

Decorated with a lovely blend of modern and classic, this is one of the best bed and breakfast near the Vatican. It’s located in Viale delle Milizie, a very busy road well-served with public transport (several buses, tram 19 and Ottaviano metro station, line A) and close to restaurants, cafes, shops and the delicious gelato shop Fata Morgana.

The spacious rooms are simple and cozy and while the area is great for any traveler interested in the city’s main highlights, the B&B is perfect to relax after a day out in Rome.

All accommodations feature a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer and courtesy set, air-conditioning/heating facilities, electric kettle, TV and free WIFI. Their largest suite comprises of two bedrooms and can accommodate a family of four.

The breakfast is rich and diverse, offering both savory and sweet options.

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Vatican Chic B&B

Located in the Trionfale area, this B&B in central Rome near the Vatican City is a few minutes away from Ottaviano metro station, tram 19 and several buses.

You are a stone’s throw from the entrance of the Vatican Museums in Viale Vaticano, less than 5 minutes walk, and less than 10 minutes to reach St. Peter’s Square.

If you are into shopping, the nearby Via Ottaviano and Via Cola di Rienzo will have plenty of choices, while for food shopping, Mercato Trionfale has a great selection of fresh produce as well as packaged goods to take home in your luggage.

The spacious rooms of the B&B are nicely decorated in a modern style and with all the necessary services for a pleasant stay. You have a comfortable bed, a private bathroom, free WIFI, flat-screen TV, air-conditioning/heating system, an electric kettle and an excellent breakfast.

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Da Augusto

This Rome B&B is in the very central Via Ottaviano, some 5 minutes walk from both Saint Peter’s Square and the Vatican Museums, one of the main museums in Rome. The street is very busy and a perfect place to shop for clothes at affordable prices. If you don’t mind spending a bit more on better brands, the nearby Via Cola di Rienzo is your other option.

From your B&B near Vatican City, you are close to several good restaurants, the pubs and nightlife of the Prati area and one of Rome’s largest food markets in Via Andrea Doria, Mercato Trionfale, in case you wish to shop for food to take home with you.

The rooms feature the basic amenities to make your stay comfortable and pleasant, including a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, free WIFI and a private bathroom.

The breakfast is diverse and includes both sweet and savory options.

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Roman Suite Guest House

Located in the Trionfale neighborhood close to Via Ottaviano and Via degli Scipioni, this is one of the favorite guest houses near Vatican City. It’s less than 5 minutes away from the Vatican Museums, less than 10 minutes from St. Peter’s Basilica and 200 meters (less than 700 feet) from Ottaviano metro station.

This is a perfect area for your stay in Rome. You are in the very city center, close to the highlights of the Holy See and well-connected with the rest of the city via metro, buses and tram 19 that you can take from Piazza Risorgimento.

In the evening you can enjoy one of the local restaurants such as Amalfi for a good pizza in nearby Via dei Gracchi, or the local nightlife at the famous Alexanderplatz Jazz Club in Via Ostia.

Among the amenities included in the rooms are a LED TV with satellite channels, a private bathroom with a hairdryer and courtesy set and free WIFI.

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Quiriti Vatican Relais

A travelers’ favorite, Quiriti Vatican Relais is nestled in one of the backstreets of the Prati neighborhood around Via Cola di Rienzo. This is a great location for just about anything you are looking for nice stores, grocery shops, and phone shops if you want to buy an Italian Sim card, well-connected to other areas with buses and metro (Lepanto and Ottaviano are the closest), most highlights easy to reach and close to all Vatican landmarks.

This is a residential area and while the day is busy with workers and residents carrying on with their chores, in the evening it’s quite calm and nice to spend some time out in local restaurants such as Velavevodetto ai Quiriti, Napul’è, Flower Burger, and La Pratolina, or local coffee shops and pubs such as the excellent Sciascia Caffè 1919 (closes at 8 pm), La Zanzara Bistrot and TED Lobsters & Burgers for a nice aperitif.

The B&B itself is a favorite among the Rome budget accommodations near the Vatican. With a clean and minimalist design, flat-screen TV, free WIFI, spacious bathroom and a great breakfast, this is one of the most booked Rome B&Bs around the Vatican City and the central Prati neighborhood.

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Best Rome apartments near the Vatican

Vatican White Domus

If you would rather prefer the privacy of a house for your holiday, Vatican White Domus is one of the best Rome apartments near Vatican City.

This neighborhood is central but relaxing, you are close to the metro line A (Cipro station), nice groceries including the huge Mercato Trionfale local food market and NaturaSì organic store (Via Bettolo 44), perfect if you want to do your shopping and make your meals at home instead of dining every day out.

Here you will find nice eateries, too, like Bonci Pizzarium in Via della Meloria, right after Cipro metro, for one of the best pizza by the slice in Rome that you can comfortably enjoy at home which is 5 minutes walk away.

The apartment shows an elegant minimalist décor and features a small kitchen well-equipped with tools and appliances such as fridge, microwave, oven, stovetop, toaster, coffee machine and dishwasher. There is also a washing machine available.

Other facilities include ironing supplies, a clothes hanger, a sofa bed, air-conditioning/heating system, and a bathroom complete with a shower and towels.

With a capacity of three people, it’s perfect for couples or small families.

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Lilli Vatican White Domus

Another favorite apartment in Trionfale area is Lilli Vatican White Domus, finely decorated with white and pastel colors, well-furnished and equipped with all necessary services and facilities.

Just like the previous apartment, this is almost the same location, so you are also close to Mercato Trionfale, NaturaSì, Bonci Pizzarium and Cipro metro station. Some of the groceries also close to this apartment are Carrefour and the discount Todis, where you find good prices and some good products, also in their organic section.

The neighborhood is central but also residential so you will have a good glimpse into the local life with the benefit of easily reaching the most popular landmarks.

The Vatican Museums are easy to reach with a short stroll and if one day you don’t feel like cooking, your house is surrounded by local restaurants where you can have a nice meal without spending too much.

Your large kitchen includes dining table, fridge, microwave, oven, stovetop, toaster, kitchenware and coffee machine. In the house, you will also find a washing machine, a drying rack for clothes, a bathroom with shower or bathtub, ironing facilities, a sitting area and a sofa bed.

The apartment can accommodate four people, so it’s perfect for couples and families.

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La Porta Rossa di Borgo – Vatican Luxury Suite

A privileged position right between St. Peter’s Square and Hadrian Mausoleum (Castel Sant’Angelo), this is one of the top luxury apartments in Rome near Vatican City.

The location is really one of the best you can find as everything is within a pleasant stroll reach. Going up along Via della Conciliazione, you reach Piazza San Pietro and the Basilica, while moving towards the Hadrian Mausoleum, you cross the river and you are in Corso Vittorio Emanuele around Chiesa Nuova, Via dei Banchi Vecchi, Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Navona and all the highlights of the city centre.

This beautiful apartment in central Rome is in Borgo Pio, a quaint quarter built during the Papal Kingdom that so much evokes those times. Close to LUMSA university in Via della Traspontina, from here you can also easily reach the metro and several buses on Viale Giulio Cesare, Piazza Risorgimento, Via Crescenzio or Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

With amenities such as a balcony, free WIFI, a living room with flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable bathroom, this is one of the favourite Rome accommodations near Vatican City.

If you don’t feel like cooking, the area brims with local restaurants worth a try, such as Porto in Via Crescenzio and TED Lobsters & Burgers in Via Terenzio. I would avoid the restaurants in Via della Conciliazione right on St. Peter’s Square as they are overly touristy so I can’t guarantee about the quality.

Pets are allowed upon request at no extra charge.

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Le Cupoline

Close to Piazza Risorgimento and a few minutes walk from St. Peter’s Square, Le Cupoline is one of the favorite apartments in Rome near the Vatican.

Close to Ottaviano metro station, the building is between Via Ottaviano and Via Cola di Rienzo, two shopping streets with clothes and shoe stores to meet every preference.

From the apartment, you can either take the metro, catch a bus or walk to the main highlights of the city center, while in the evening you can have a relaxing dinner at home or try one of the many restaurants around your homestay. For grocery shopping, you can visit the local market in Piazza dell’Unità, off Cola di Rienzo road by street number 245.

Located on the 4th floor of the building, you will naturally have a lovely city view from your windows. All apartments for this property have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen well-fitted with all the necessary appliances and tools such as dishwasher, microwave, electric kettle, washing machine, fridge, stovetop, and oven. The houses have a dining table and can accommodate from seven to eight people, so they are great for groups or large families.

Free WIFI is available all throughout the property and guests can relax on a sofa zapping through the satellite channels in a flat-screen TV.

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Vino e Oli Residenze

Classy and minimalist, these apartments in Viale delle Milizie are perfect if you want to be close to the central landmarks but also be able to relax in a more quiet environment at the end of the day. In the Trionfale neighborhood close to Vatican City, the flats are of different dimensions, able to accommodate from two to six people.

The nearest metro station is Ottaviano (line A) and it’s close to several buses and tram 19. For grocery shopping, you can visit Trionfale’s local food market in Via Andrea Doria or the excellent NaturaSì organic food store. Nearby is also Fata Morgana ice cream shop which, for gelato fans, is totally a must.

All apartments are soundproof, essential given the central position, feature free WIFI, flat-screen TV, air-conditioning/heating system, a dining hall, a living room, a large bathroom and a well-equipped kitchen with stove top, coffee machine, electric kettle, microwave, high chair, cleaning soaps, kitchen tools, fridge, washing machine, dryer. In the bedroom, you have also ironing facilities.

Pets are allowed upon request at no extra charge.

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Open Space Vatican Museum

A great Rome accommodation near the Vatican Museums, the flats of these properties are decorated in an elegant minimalist style and equipped with all the furniture and services needed for a perfect stay.

The location is great for both sightseeing or working if you are on a business trip as it’s well-connected to other districts with the public transport, both metro and buses, as well as for the night as it becomes a quiet residential area with restaurants, cocktail bars and local pubs.

This is a pretty upscale accommodation and apartments feature a balcony and/or terrace, a private pool, a well-fitted kitchen, home delivery service (with extra charge), flat-screen TV, DVD player and WIFI.

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