Set in a former monastery—still an extraterritorial part of the Vatican—magnificently abutting Bernini's colonnade of St. Peter's Square, the Paolo VI (pronounced \"Sesto,\" a reference to Pope Paul VI) is unbeatably close to St. Peter's. Replete with a stone terrace that directly overlooks Bernini's 17th-century porticoes, this hotel enjoys one of the most spectacular views in Rome.
Guest rooms have a very classic feel, with thoughtful details throughout like antique rugs, vases, chandeliers, and prints of the Seven Hills on the walls. With golden wallpaper, and bedspreads in forest green, beige or crimson, the designs pay tribute to Vatican City which is just outside. Rooms are amazingly quiet and several have beautiful views of St. Peter's Dome or Vatican rooftops and Roman Pines. Beds are firm but comfortable. And the wood or tiled floors keep the rooms cool in the summertime. Free Wi-Fi, a minibar, a safe, and satellite TV is included in all rooms.
Standard rooms run on the small side. For truly exceptional rooms, ask for the \"Super Deluxe Superior\" rooms on the piano nobile (first floor).
All-white bathrooms are comfortably sized and kept spotless. They include a hairdryer, heated towel rack, and an assortment of toiletries.
Enter the hotel under a gorgeous, brightly done mosaic of Ancient Rome. The lobby is chic and personal, with large and comfortable green sofas for relaxing, under sacred paintings and stained-glass window artwork. Given its close distance to the residence of Pope Francis, it's no surprise the management here is devoutly Catholic, as you may gather from the framed portraits of the pope on the front desk and the daily prayer slipped under your door in lieu of a newspaper.
The breakfast buffet is generous with fresh fruits and breads. It's served in a peaceful dining room, with large windows overlooking the city.
Drinks and snacks can also be ordered at the rooftop bar from afternoon until midnight. After spending the day sightseeing, it's an incredible way to top off your evening, enjoying an aperitivo with a direct view onto the St. Peter's Dome. it's especially beautiful lit up at night.
The hotel is perfect if you plan on doing most of your sightseeing at the Vatican. There are plenty of bus lines and cabs are plentiful around the Vatican walls. The Ottaviano Metro Station is a 13-minute walk, which is an easy way to get into centro storico.
La Zanzara (10-minute walk) takes up almost an entire block with an open floor plan and casual dining. They excel in casual dishes like burgers and pasta. If you’re looking for a light lunch, Nanu (10-minute walk) has homemade bagel sandwiches, soups and freshly-squeezed juices.
McQueen Pub (7-minute walk) is dedicated to the one and only Steve McQueen, with memorabilia from his movies decorating the walls. There's also a cute plant-covered terrace. At L’Osteria di Birra del Borgo (13-minute walk) you can try beers made on the premises, as well as an incredible assortment of appetizers.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The hotel is an experience in itself, with its location next to the Vatican, former monastery energy and wonderfully helpful staff. With its classical furnishings, it is comfortable and clean, and offers the perfect base for exploring the Vatican and beyond. The view of St. Peters Square is reason alone to book.