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Mama Shelter Roma, Italy
The Mama Shelter group don't do things by halves; decor in their 17 - and counting - hotels worldwide is playful and over-the-top. the food is always top notch (and almost more of a focus than the rooms), while the staff are encouraged to let their personalities shine through. Mama Shelter Rome is no different; walking through the door past a sign saying 'Ciao, belli!' you're immediately confronted with an overload of Italian-inspired design, from walls decorated with Moka coffee-makers, to curtains screen-printed with Panini stickers and a carpet woven with pictures of pizza, pasta, and the occasional Roman emperor. The lobby contains several vintage arcade games, and there are 217 rooms, three restaurants (including one on the roof), and a pool and gym in the basement.
Not far from the Vatican you'll find one of Rome's loveliest bridges, the Ponte Sant'angelo, lined with statues of angels.
Just outside of the Vatican City, Mama Shelter is located by Cipro metro station and next to the Parco di Monte Ciocci. The observatory, from which you get fabulous views of the Vatican, is a six-minute cab ride away.
By plane: there are direct flights to Rome's Leonardo da Vinci International Airport from London (2 hours 25 minutes), Manchester (3 hours 5 minutes) and Bristol (4 hours 45 minutes). The hotel is a 40-minute drive from the airport. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
The hotel's philosophy is to welcome everyone, whatever their age or social status. Check-in sees a mix of young families, couples, and grandparents. For those looking to pep things up in the bedroom department, the merchandise on sale in reception includes 'love kits'.
Service & Facilities
We love the relaxed, unpretentious ambience fostered by the staff and the fact that such an affordable hotel offers this good a range of facilities.
- Roof terrace
- Free Wi-Fi
The Large is more than ample, with a desk and lamp for those who need to do some work. There are free films on the TV system which will appeal to those who like to lounge in bed while watching.
Medium, Large, XL
Facilities include: double bed, ensuite with shower, organic toiletries, Smart TV with free films, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
There is a stage in the Giardino restaurant with various instruments - from guitars to bongos - which guests are encouraged to use at any time. The ravioli cacio e pepe in Giardino is a delicious way to showcase the city's famous pasta sauce.
Pizzeria: blend of classic Roman and Neopolitan pizza styles. Open for daily lunch and dinner. Pizza from €8.
Giardino d'Inverno: classic Italian flavours, modern technique. Open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Mains from €10.