The lush rooftop-garden terrace with a center-stage view of St. Peter's Basilica is just one reason to stay here; you'll also enjoy the proximity to the Vatican and superb shopping and dining nearby. This family-run hotel, which is situated in a distinguished 19th-century building, has an old-world atmosphere, with attractive guest rooms. The hotel offers guests complimentary shuttle service from Rome's Fiumicino airport. A sister hotel, the Atlante Garden, just around the corner, has larger rooms at slightly lower rates.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Prati is a great neighborhood to stay in for Vatican sight-seeing or to enjoy several of the city's top museums. The centro historico is a short taxi or metro ride away.
Rooms are decorated in a regal European style with decorated with elegant silk bed coverings, bright chandeliers, patterned wallpaper, and prints. The gold and cream coloring of the walls pays tribute to the colors of nearby Vatican City. While rooms aren't huge, the well laid-out space and placement of mirrors makes them appear larger than they are. WiFi is available throughout the hotel for free.
The higher up your room, the better the view.
Bathrooms include a spacious bathtub or shower and a toiletry kit with the basics. Oversized sinks and fresh flowers are a nice added touch. Some of the suites are worth booking along for their huge blue-tiled spa bathtubs.
The lobby is decked out in Vatican themes, with chandeliers, gilded mirrors, plush red and gold armchairs and royal blue sofas. After you check in there's also a guest computer and printer if you want to do any additional trip planning.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The elevator is very small, so plan ahead if you have extra luggage.
There's a reason the rooftop restaurant Les Etoiles is often booked for local TV and film shoots. The view provides one of the best backdrops of the city. The view to St. Peter's square is so good in fact that in 2005, media set up camp here to watch inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI when he gave mass to more than one million visitors. Dishes represent regions from all over Italy and the menu is constantly in rotation.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you'd like to have dinner on the rooftop it's best to book in advance, as restaurant is often closed for weddings and other events.
The rooftop bar La Terrazza Paradiso is available for drinks or coffee throughout the day. It's easy to spend hours here on the jumbo-sized patio furniture enjoying the city views. There's also a bar in the lobby amidst the cozy armchairs.
Located in the upscale neighborhood of Prati, the hotel is central to all public transport and is just a short taxi ride to the historic center. The Ottaviano metro stop is a 9-minute walk away.
Il Matriciano (6-minute) walk is a popular Roman restaurant for homemade pasta and juicy grilled meats. Service is slow during peak times, but it's well worth the wait. And if you're looking for dessert, Prati's outlet of Pompi, Rome's king of tiramisu is just a 5-minute walk away.
The Basement (3-minute walk) is a friendly place for strong brightly-colored drinks or pints of beer. Although it caters to tourists, the prices are incredibly reasonable. Fonclea (3-minute walk) is a Brit-themed pub which has a stage for live rock, jazz, and blues almost every night.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Hotel Atlante Star is a great hotel at an affordable price if you're looking to stay close to the Vatican. The hotel staff is friendly and on call 24 hours a day. They even offer a free hotel shuttle pickup to the airport when booked in advance. The elegant details throughout the hotel separate this from the typical budget hotel in Rome.