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Rome is a massive — and very old — city, and it’s filled with an incredible number of historic landmarks, tourist attractions, and museums. One of the major draws to Rome is not technically in Rome itself, but it’s actually its own tiny country wholly located within the city’s borders: Vatican City. At just 109 acres, it’s the smallest independent state in the world, and it’s also the least populated, with just 1,000 inhabitants.
It’s most famous as the home of the Roman Catholic Pope, but Vatican City is also beloved for St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, and the Vatican Museums, home to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. There are actually no hotels in the city-state at all, but luckily there are dozens of properties just outside its borders, in Rome.
We’ve compiled our favorite hotels near the Vatican here, listed categorically based on the preferences of your trip. Whether you’re looking for luxury or affordability, a romantic retreat or a spot for the whole family, we’ve got a hotel for you.
If it’s proximity to the Vatican museums you seek, you will certainly want to look into Hotel Alimandi Vaticano as it’s located directly across the street from them. The 24-room property gets extremely high marks for location, but the accommodations and amenities are also great. Hotel Alimandi is housed in a neoclassical building and features understated but elegant Art Nouveau decor that doesn’t feel too stuffy. With its prime spot on Viale Vaticano, street noise could potentially be a problem, but soundproof windows in the bedrooms help mute the cacophony. A continental breakfast is served buffet-style in the dining room, and the Alimandi Vaticano Bar serves drinks, of course, but also very light bites during lunch and dinner (though you’ll do well to eat off-site — ask the front desk for recommendations). Extra amenities include valet parking, transfers to the airport, and babysitting services, all for an extra fee. At the end of the day, head to the rooftop terrace overlooking the Vatican.
As you might infer from its name, the Relais Vatican View has exactly that — views of the Vatican, namely St. Peter’s Basilica, which is just a few blocks away. The affordable hotel has just 15 rooms that are decorated with modern furnishings, though touches like beamed ceilings add a sense of history to the space. The Vatican aside, the hotel is also near the Via Cola di Rienzo shopping district, meaning you can spend the money you saved on your accommodations on a new Italian-chic wardrobe. Amenities at the Relais Vatican View are pretty limited, as there’s no on-site restaurant or even a breakfast buffet. Luckily there are plenty of cafés and restaurants within a few minutes’ walk of the hotel. The real draws are the rates and the rooftop terrace, from which you can see St. Peter’s Basilica. It’s a great place to take an aperitif in the evening before you stroll off to dinner.
If you’ve ever traveled Europe with your family, you’re likely well aware that it’s hard to find rooms to fit the whole group, with many just accommodating two people. That’s not the case at Trianon Borgo Pio Residence, which has 45 apartment-style suites with kitchenettes that fit up to six guests (book the two-bedroom suite for maximum space, though many of the one-bedroom suites fit four people, too, thanks to pull-out sofas). The accommodations are very modern and comfortable, featuring details like air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Rooms on the upper floors even offer private terraces. Located five blocks from the walls of the Vatican, near the Castel Sant’Angelo, and just a few minutes from a metro stop, the hotel couldn’t be in a more ideal spot. Amenities at Trianon Borgo Pio Residence include a gym, a breakfast buffet served on the terrace overlooking St. Peter’s Basilica, and coin-operated washing machines and dryers.
Set in a residential area just a seven-minute walk from St. Peter’s Basilica, Hotel La Rovere is a boutique property in an early 19th-century building near the Tiber River. Its historic setting comes through on the inside — you’ll find old stone walls and vaulted ceilings in public spaces and some of the 27 guest rooms. But old meets new, here, and the decor is all tastefully modern. The hotel is ideally set between the Vatican and the popular neighborhood of Trastevere, known for its medieval history, cobblestone streets, and vibrant nightlife. It’s only a ten-minute walk from the hotel to the Trastevere’s restaurants and bars, which is very convenient for visitors as there’s no on-site restaurant. There is a free breakfast buffet, though, as well as a small bar serving coffee and wine. Pro tip: Ask for a room on an upper floor, as some of them have private terraces.
Set in a 16th-century palazzo just 650 feet — yes, feet — from St. Peter’s Basilica, the Hotel Sant Anna Roma is a delightful stay for history buffs, and the elegant atmosphere lends itself to a romantic stay. The 20 rooms here feature parquet flooring, murals on the walls, billowing curtains, and ceilings with beams or decorative moulding. There’s a free breakfast buffet served in a small dining room that’s also adorned with murals, plus a black-and-white marble floor, but otherwise, you’ll have to head off property for meals. There is, however, a lounge with a serene courtyard that’s a great place to have a glass of wine and relax. The very walkable neighborhood here is filled with plenty of cafés, restaurants, and bars, not to mention shopping along Via Cola di Rienzo, so you’ll have plenty to do during your stay. Hop on the nearby metro to get to Rome’s other famous sights like the Spanish Steps, which are just a few metro stops away.
The majority of urban Italian hotels are tiny, but the Gran Meliá Rome is a true resort set within a city. It sits on a hilltop overlooking the Vatican on the former site of the home of Emperor Nero’s mother: Villa Agrippina. Later on, a convent was built here, and those structures have been transformed into the Gran Meliá property. The hotel is just a seven-minute walk to St. Peter’s Basilica, and a ten-minute walk to bustling Trastevere, but be warned — you might want to book a longer stay here, as you’ll want to spend a good amount of your time exploring the property itself. The 116 rooms and suites vary greatly in size, but all share a sophisticated aesthetic that combines old and new via updated furnishings that still feel at home in the historic building. The hotel’s amenities really shine here. There are two outdoor pools; a spa with its own plunge pool, saunas, and steam rooms; a beauty salon; a fine-dining restaurant, and a poolside patio that serves casual meals.
The Pio Borgo neighborhood around the Vatican might have a number of restaurants and bars, but if you’re looking for real Roman nightlife, you’ll want to head just south to Trastevere, where the evenings get lively. It’s not quite a nightclubbing scene, rather, revelers begin their evenings with a few glasses of wine at dinner before heading to the bars. Stay at the VOI Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel for a glorious retreat from the nightlife that surrounds it. Though it’s located in the heart of Trastevere — which is about a 30-minute walk from the Vatican — the hotel is delightfully serene, housed in a 17th-century monastery built by famous architect Francesco Borromini. You can start your night here, dining at the garden restaurant or having a drink at the bar. Then at the end of the night, head to one of the 76 rooms that mix rusticity and luxury for some much-needed sleep.
Modern hotels aren’t always the norm in Italy, particularly in the packed historic city centers, but you’ll find state-of-the-art technology and plenty of space at Le Méridien Visconti Rome. The 240-room Marriott hotel is prime for travelers heading to Rome for work, thanks to its 10 meeting rooms, a staffed business center, and outdoor spaces that can be rented for events. Le Méridien Visconti is located in the Prati neighborhood, an upscale residential area known for its Art Nouveau buildings, and is less than a 30-minute walk to Vatican City. Rooms here are contemporary in style with a bit of 1970s flair, though the palettes are very neutral with beige hues with blue accents. Upgrade to a suite to get more space if you’re using your room as an office. Other amenities include a rooftop terrace that serves food and drinks, a café, a bar and bistro, and a fitness center.
Dozens of bed-and-breakfasts dot the area surrounding Vatican City, but our favorite is Vatica B&B Roma, located less than a ten-minute walk from the city walls. The property is tiny, with just three rooms: a double, a triple, and a two-bedroom suite, each with a private bathroom, a private balcony, air-conditioning, and free WiFi. The accommodations are individually decorated with bright linens and vibrant works of art — they feel quite homey, but not dated or stuffy. The inn sits on the fourth floor of a historic building, there’s an elevator, albeit quite an old one, to help you get up there. As a proper B&B, breakfast is served daily in the communal lounge, which also has a shared kitchenette. Owners Lyuba and Marco are friendly and welcoming hosts, and they’ll go above and beyond for their guests. For instance, they’ve been known to send visitors out on a busy day of sightseeing with a bag of snacks.
Our writers spent 8 hours researching the most popular hotels near the Vatican. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 40 different hotels and read over 100 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.