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Last updated: 01 February, 2023
Expert travel writer: Rebecca Winke

Set amongst the tree-lined Prati neighbourhood, Mama Shelter’s unorthodox style is courtesy of designer Benjamin El Doghaili’s mish-mosh of colours, patterns and textures.

After a day of touring, take a break in one of the hotel’s 217 spacious rooms or get right down to pampering at Mama’s Baths with pool, steam room and sauna. The hotel’s main anchors are the rooftop bar and ground-floor indoor Winter Garden restaurant – next door is a pizza restaurant ‘La Pizzeria’.

It’s an easy walk from the hotel to St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican Museums and the Cipro Metro Line A to many of Rome’s main attractions.

Surrounding area

Situated just outside the Vatican City limits, it’s a welcome retreat from the noise and chaos of more tourist-laden areas of Rome.

One of the safest neighbourhoods in the city, walkable Prati with its elegant palazzi, is well-stocked with a variety of authentic restaurants and pubs, as well as luxury shops and boutiques. Close to two metro stops: Ottaviano and Cipro, the hotel is well-connected to many of Rome’s bucket-list destinations.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

The Vatican

Rome, Lazio, Italy[0.9 miles]

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Vatican City is the world’s smallest sovereign nation-state and Holy See of the Roman Catholic Church. Within its borders are St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and Apostolic Palace, home to the Pope.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Walk the Papal Passageway

Walk the Papal Passageway

Rome, Lazio, Italy[1.7 miles]

Walk the Passetto do Borgo that connects the Vatican with Castel Sant’Angelo, used by Pope Clement VII to flee mercenaries in 1527. It’s only open in July and August; enter via the castle.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Castel Sant'Angelo and bridge Ponte Sant'Angelo over the Tiber river on sunset in Rome, Italy

Ponte Sant’Angelo

Rome, Lazio, Italy[1.8 miles]

This Roman bridge was built in AD 134 by the Roman emperor Hadrian, to provide a scenic access route from the city to his newly built mausoleum, the Castel Sant’Angelo (which later became a fortress, and is now a museum).

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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National Roman Museum

National Roman Museum

Rome, Lazio, Italy[2.4 miles]

Museum holding one of Italy’s finest archaeological collections – antiquities from the 5th century BC to the 3rd century AD including superb sculptures, bronzes and frescoes.

Best for ages: 18+ | £6

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Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina

Rome, Lazio, Italy[2.4 miles]

Sumptuous 16th-century Roman villa designed by Baldassare Peruzzi and beautifully frescoed by Raphael, in particular the Triumph of Galatea featuring a nymph driving a scallop-shell chariot pulled by dolphins.

Best for ages: 18+ | £10

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay


Lazio, Italy

The Eternal City – 2,000 extraordinary years of glory, greatness and triumph – and decadence, murder and destruction – evidenced by some of the world’s most iconic, must-see monuments and museums.

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