What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Located in a quiet residential area close to Vatican City
- Views of St. Peter’s Dome from some rooms
- Extremely courteous and helpful hotel and restaurant staff
What To Know
- The hotel is a 15-minute taxi ride from the Termini train station
- Free WiFi
- A city tax of four percent, per person, per night, will be collected by the property at checkout.
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A few minutes’ walk from St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican, the appropriately named Starhotels Michelangelo is a classically styled hotel in the heart of the Eternal City. The marble-heavy lobby is home to an elegant sitting area and a sleek, dark reception desk. The monochromatic color scheme is interrupted by splashes of rust and ochre, gorgeous flower arrangements give the ground floor a fresh look, and large-scale black-and-white paintings of iconic Italian masterpieces adorn the walls.
Bed and Bath
Dressed in a palette of earth tones, with wood and leather finishes, the 179 guestrooms feel comfortable and spacious despite the smallest category (Classic) measuring a petite 151 square feet. The focal point in each room is a giant black-and-white drawing by 18th-century architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi depicting St. Peter’s magnificent dome. Soft goosedown “Starbeds,” pillow menus and plush throws ensure a good night’s sleep, while bathrooms are outfitted with house brand Starbeauty amenities.
The hotel’s restuarant, the Dome, is elegantly kitted out with slate-gray-striped wallpaper, marble flooring and chunky brass ceiling lights, and it serves typical Roman specialties such as saltimbocca alla romana and tonnarelli cacio e pepe at a fair price. For after-dinner drinks head to the Dome Bar for a glass of prosecco (it’s open until 1 a.m.). Breakfast is an impressive spread of Italian pastries and savory options including eggs, meats and cheeses.
In the Area
Start the day at nearby St. Peter’s Basilica. After paying a visit to the Vatican Museums, cross the Tiber River to the lively Piazza Navona and stop for a quick bite or an espresso at Bar del Fico, where you can watch locals compete in a game of chess. Head to the nearby Gelateria del Teatro (65-66 Via dei Coronari) to indulge in some of the best gelato in the city. Burn off the calories with a stroll along the cobblestone streets, taking in sight after marvelous sight.
How to Get There
We recently visited the hotel as a group celebrating a birthday.I had requested a room upgrade as a birthday surprise, prior to our stay.The hotel agreed to accomodate us.When we arrived at the hotel,we were informed that a room upgrade was not possible which we were unhappy about but the receptionist was unhelpful and offered no alternative.The following morning there was no hot water and we were unable to have showers.Again when we spoke to Reception about the fact that this was unnacceptable,the receptionist said there was nothing that could be done and was less than helpful! I spoke to reception,on the day of the birthday celebration about borrowing a corkscrew to open a bottle of wine,the receptionist refused my request and advised that he could not help!!!!
Unbelievably unhelpful and rude!! We spent alot of money in the hotel bar and were appalled at the poor customer service we received.What should have been a celebratory trip was overshadowed by the staff on reception who were both rude and unhelpful.We had carefully chosen the hotel for the birthday celebration but would not recommend it.Guests are not treated with the courtesy they deserve and the reception staff were not very accomodating.We had expected higher standards but left feeling very disappointed and would never return!!
Only 4 stars, basic services, but on a High standard. Modern furnitures, seems quite new. However I would not recommend the Vatican for the base of visiting Rome, turned out that the City is easy to reach by bus, also not very far by foot. Due to the distance we took a taxi every day to get back to the hotel after dinner. (Eg from Barberini or Trastevere)
Kind staff, superb breakfast. Great choice for a city break.
The hotel is located near the Vatican. Nice and kind staff.
Continental breakfast. Verey nice and clean room.
You can see the Basilica from your window of your room.
You need to walk about 1.5 km for the Metro.
My mom and I stayed at Starhotels Michelangelo for 3 nights earlier this month. We were very pleased with the size of the room and bathroom. The shower worked very well also! Rooms were nicely updated and we had no complaints. We did have breakfast one morning and did not feel it was worth 14 euros per person. Some pastries seemed stale. Overall, we would stay here again! We love the location by the Vatican!
I was very impressed with this hotel! The room was spotless and everything felt fresh and new (including the bathroom). The building is equally clean and contemporary, the staff was friendly, and the breakfast had a wide selection of hot and cold options. The location is very convenient for seeing the Vatican and the taxi to and from Termini station was reasonable (10-15 euros). To get into the other main tourist areas requires a bus or taxi (and while bus stops are very close to the hotel, they were a bit challenging). Still, for the value and quality, it was a minor inconvenience, and I would certainly stay again!