An updated hotel in the little-known Borgo area of Rome filled with coffee bars, traditional restaurants and public transportation options near the Vatican
Set on a pedestrianized street a few minutes from St. Peter’s Square, Hotel Della Conciliazione is a contemporary hotel in one of Rome’s oldest neighborhoods. All 67 rooms were totally revamped in 2015 and have the pod espresso machines, AC, and USB outlets to show for it. With lots of natural light and bright ikat print touches, the décor stands out as decidedly modern among the other relatively old-fashioned interior decoration trends in most other Roman hotels. There few extra amenities (no gym or full restaurant on site), but the hotel makes up for it with a generous policy of allowing room upgrades and/or late checkouts for a tiny surcharge.
Neighborhood: Despite its proximity to the Vatican (and thus the crowds who flock there), the Borgo neighborhood of Rome stays relatively quiet and undiscovered. The small cafes that line the streets are charming spots for lunch or a drink outside during the day. But be prepared to leave the neighborhood to experience livelier areas of the city—most of Rome’s historic sites and nightlife options are on the other side of the river.
Pergamino: For third wave Nitro coffee on draft
L’Arcangelo: For gnocchi in a bacon tomato sauce
Vatican Museums: For the Sistine Chapel
Time Out tip: There’s sadly no rooftop terrace, but you can request room 501 (a suite) to secure a direct view of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.
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Via Borgo Pio, 163/166