When travelling to any destination, you want to make sure your hotel is positioned in an area where you will have easy access to nearby locations, such as restaurants and attractions. When visiting Rome, Italy, there is an abundance of activities, eateries, cathedrals, and ancient ruins to explore. The Atlante Star Hotel is placed strategically in the Vatican, and allows you to explore the city with ease, as it’s not only in close proximity to the mentioned locations, but it’s also a 10-minute walk away from the Ottaviano metro stop. Let’s take a look at all the Atlante Star Hotel has to offer, and how staying in this location will give you a head start to your sightseeing itinerary.
Lounge in the reception hall and plan your itinerary
The check-in is quite an easy process, and does not take long at all. The staff members will quickly make a copy of your passport, or other travel documents, and there are many bellboys available to help you carry your luggage. The elevators are relatively small, only fitting at most 4 people, so you may have to wait outside your room, or allow the bellboys to go up first. Check in time begins at 2 pm, so do plan your flight accordingly. However, if they have your room ready, you can always check in early. If you have to wait, there is an elegant lounge with a bar where you can plan your itinerary over a nice cocktail or a glass of fine Italian wine. If it is your first time to the Eternal City, there are many brochures to look through, and you can ask the hotel staff about any available tour packages.
Elaborately decorated rooms
There are standard guest rooms available with multiple bedding options, as well as suites, which depend on availability. The price for this 4-star hotel ranges from 260 EUR (293 USD) to 365 EUR (411.25 USD) per night. Stepping into your room is like stepping back into the early 1900s. The windows are heavily draped, which is fantastic for keeping the sun out in the early morning hours. The walls are covered from floor to ceiling in elaborate wallpaper designs that vary from room to room. You’ll also notice the minute decorative touches, such as paintings on the walls, the gold decorative mirrors, and the chandelier lighting. The beds are a bit firm, however, after a long day of exploring the city, you are easily able to get a good night’s rest. You can make a phone call to the reception if you need any extra blankets or pillows, as they will be more than happy to bring them up for you. The bathrooms are simplistic and clean, with a bathtub that has a personal shower handle. There is a hair dryer attached to the wall, and the shampoos, soaps, and body lotions provided are gentle on your skin and hair. You may notice that there are two toilets in the bathroom, however, one is used as a bidet.
Enjoy the view from the top floor, or the rooftop while dining
Les Etoiles is the name of the exclusive roof garden restaurant, located on the top floor, at the Atlante Star Hotel. There is a complimentary continental breakfast available, serving croissants, toast, fruit, with coffee, a cappuccino, or latte to start your day. Though, I do suggest eating breakfast at one of the small cafes nearby, such as Il Sorpasso - take a right out of the hotel, and turn right onto the next street. However, dinner at Les Etoiles starts from 7pm and ends at 11pm, and is an incredible experience. You are surrounded with a 360-degree unobstructed, panoramic view of the Vatican, with the highlight being the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro). At sunset your eyes will delight in seeing the oranges, red, plums, and pink hues as they light up the city. Take a walk up to La Terrazza (a terrace on the rooftop), where you can relax with an after dinner drink, enjoying this symphony of colours as they reflect off the city streets.
Extremely close to the nearby attractions
If you are flying into Fiumicino International Airport, make a phone call to the Atlante Star Hotel 3 days in advance to schedule a complimentary pickup. However, if you are driving in yourself, there is a 30 EUR (33.82 USD) parking fee per day. Remember, you are also paying to be in the heart of the Vatican, and will find it easy to walk to nearby attractions, such as The Vatican Museum (Musei Vaticani) and Saint Peter’s Basilica as they are only 100 meters (328 feet) away from the hotel. Rome’s favorite neighborhood, Trastevere, is 0.5 kilometers (0.31 miles) away, and Piazza Navona, the Colosseum (Colosseo), and the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) are no more than 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) away.