I have been lucky enough to travel to numerous beautiful locations in my life so far but none of them can ever quite match up to Rome, which is, in my opinion, the most vibrant, beautiful and exquisitely cultural city in the world. It has everything; layers of history, amazing nightlife, heavenly cuisine, sunshine, sea and some of the quirkiest folks I have had the pleasure of spending time with. It is not surprising then that the unique character of this ancient city extends to its hotels. From my few years living in Rome and my many trips back since, I’ve been able to scope out some of the coolest and most unique places to stay in this truly extraordinary city (in no particular order)…
Spagna Royal Suite – stylish and quirky
The Spagna Royal Suite is high-end luxury boutique through and through, with each space designed for ultimate relaxation and comfort. From the innovative bed up, bed down system in the junior suite to the opulent old-world luxury of the presidential, guests can enjoy at the very least a rain shower in an exquisitely decorated and luxuriously comfortable space. From that baseline guests may find themselves taking a Turkish bath, bathing in a red glittery shoe or lying back in a whirlpool tub watching their favourite shows on the mirror TV! Plush chairs, painted ceilings, in-room fitness walls, vertical gardens, Bang and Olufsen speakers … this trendy Rome hotel has it all, so if you really want to treat yourself then look no further!
- Prices from €70 a night
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Nerva Boutique Hotel – Mediterranean vintage chic
This little unusual Rome accommodation gem is a lovely blend of ancient Rome and Mediterranean vintage chic with an authentic home from home atmosphere. Light, bright, very cool and located 5 mins from the Colosseum the Nerva Boutique Hotel makes a refreshing change to large chain hotels. From the friendly staff to the carefully thought out interior to the delicious homemade breakfast this hotel is all about the personal touch and it pulls it off magnificently! The bright clear spaces, contemporary artworks and warm colour palette of the soft furnishings all combine for a perfect, authentic and comfortable stay. If you like a more cosy environment then this hotel might be your perfect match.
- Prices from €80 per night
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G Rough – designer shabby chic
The concept of this hip Rome boutique guest house is an unconventional luxury. The artfully designed interior at G Rough blends shabby chic 20th Century vintage with classical stone floors, frescoes, and beams. It offers either suites or apartments in the historical Piazza Navona, right in the epicentre of the ‘Centro Storico’. Many of the accommodations have stunning views out across the ancient rooftops and the delightful cosy terrace is a great place to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing. The quirky accommodation also offers a selection of unconventional travel itineraries for its guests and the opportunity to sample some fine artisan wines in the G Bar… a beautiful retro space downstairs which showcases the best contemporary artists in the city today.
- Prices from €250 per night
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Babuino 181 – perfect for Roma fashionistas
This beautiful light, bright and spacious hotel in Rome offers a perfect blend of luxury and home comforts. The marble tubs, Frette bedding and classic/ contemporary interior design at Babuino 181 are complemented by professional and attentive staff that will ensure your every need is met. The location is perfect for fashionistas and families alike as Via Babuino runs between Piazza Del Popolo and Piazza Espagna in the historical centre and is lined by all the top designer stores from Gucci to Bulgari and everything in between. Sip cocktails on the rooftop terrace or luxuriate in your handcrafted mosaic tub in the air-conditioned suites and rooms. The perfect place to experience a taste of ‘La Dolce Vita’
- Prices from €120 per night
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Casacau – elegant and unique luxury apartments
Casacau offers several beautifully unique luxury apartments in the centre of Rome, just moments away from the Trevi Fountain. There are apartments suitable for 2, 3 and 4 people and each one has it’s own striking cool design and unique character. The design of each space stays true to the original building and incorporates cool vintage items from the 50’s through to the 70’s and unusual local artworks. Some of the apartments have Turkish baths and one even has a sauna. Casacau pride themselves on personal service and will tailor apartments to their guests as well as providing amazing touches like an in-house magazine with seasonal recipes, fresh breakfast ingredients each morning and if you want to feel like a movie star you can even hire one of their chefs to come and cook for you in your own kitchen. A unique alternative to a hotel stay in Rome, this is an innovative blend of a self-catering apartment and fully serviced hotel finely executed with the style and pizazz you would associate with the Italians! Bliss!
- Prices from €200 per night
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Hotel Isa – stylish vintage Roman holiday
Hotel Isa is an imaginative blend of the old and the new situated in a beautiful grand building close to the Vatican. It possesses an old-school elegance where you’ll probably feel like you’re Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Rooms at this wonderful place are either modern or classical in design with some having the monochrome aesthetic of an old photograph and others focusing an warm tranquility. Many rooms also have gorgeous curved balconies wrapped in climbing plants and intemperate weather the communal roof garden is the perfect place to enjoy views of st peters whilst sipping on an Aperol Spritz. Staff are welcoming and helpful, happy to ensure guests enjoy a comfortable and unique stay in Italy’s capital.
- Prices from €99 per night
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Fifteen Keys Hotel – bright and beautiful boutique hotel
The Fifteen Keys Hotel offers contemporary luxury with crisp clean lines and natural light and textures in the Bohemian Monti district of the city. The Neighbourhood is rich in history being close to the Colosseum and Santa Maria Maggiore but also has its own particular vibe which is laid back vintage, al fresco coffee shops and secret piazza’s away from the hustle and bustle of the centre. Monti is also close to San Giovanni, a very cool, liberal part of the city full of cool reasonably priced eateries and bars. A beautiful and unusual boutique hotel full of Roman soul for people who like to stay just a little bit off the beaten track and appreciate a completely authentic Italian experience.
- Prices from €135 per night
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Mario Di Fiori 37 – bold, striking and elegant
Run by RLS, the same company who run Babuino this small, trendy boutique Rome hotel offers 9 luxury suites close to The Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain and other city centre attractions. With the same standard of contemporary luxury and elegance as Babuino, Mario Di Fiori 37 is the perfect romantic retreat. The attentive staff and excellent services at this beautiful and unique Rome hotel mean that it will feel like your very own home in the Italian capital.
- Prices from €95 per night
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Villa Laetitia – a vintage masterpiece
The Villa Laetitia is a historical residence designed by Armando Brasini and lovingly restored to its current glory by the Fendi Venturini Family. Each of the boutique rooms has a unique style combining beautiful artworks, photography and Vintage furniture with luxury and unrivaled service. Rooms occupy the top 2 floors of the villa and also the garden house meaning guests can choose to overlook the ancient Tiber River and Della Vittoria district or can retreat to the verdant and extensive grounds, in either case, the hotel prides itself on offering guests true family hospitality in all its services. Guests at this wonderfully unusual Rome accommodation can enjoy a refined gastronomic experience accompanied by fine wines in Enoteca La Torre beneath the arches in the cellar or light dishes beneath the original frescoes in the Piccolo Bar. All in all this uniquely beautiful Rome hotel provides luxury, comfort, warmth, and wonder and is one of Rome’s hidden gems not to be overlooked.
- Prices from €80 per night
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Leon’s Place – exisquite design hotel
This rather splendid hip boutique of a Roman hotel is housed in a historic 19th Century building, designed by the sculptor and architect Fabi Altini. Leon’s Place has been lovingly restored to its former glory by Jean-Paul Rio and repurposed as boutique accommodation which offers guests unique postmodern metropolitan luxury during close to many of the main attractions. The luxury monochrome marble floors and mirrored mosaic bar at this trendy Rome Hotel have a hint of Hollywood about them and the large comfortable rooms are beautifully designed with special attention to textiles and natural light. The Visionnaire Cafe offers light bites and carefully concocted cocktails as well as a great selection of aged whiskeys and wines. Each room is equipped with its own Smart Phone which guests can use inside and outside the hotel for the duration of their stay.
- Prices from €110 per night
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Hotel Art by The Spanish Steps – colourful & quirky upscale boutique
This uniquely beautiful Rome hotel is a perfectly curated example of Italian culture and taste. The minimalist entrance at Hotel Art opens out to a spectacular hall housed within a deconsecrated chapel. The vaulted ceilings and sky at night frescos are now complemented by some more contemporary design ideas such as the reception ‘eggs’. The 46 rooms are split across 4 wings, each with its own colour and set off by an innovative coloured lighting design by Enzo Catellani. The rooms each have an exquisitely executed copy of an old masterpiece on the wall and these nods to the classic Italian painters and architects continue throughout the hotel, which spares no detail. Enjoy an aperitif at the marble-topped bar or relax in the peaceful enclosed courtyard before stepping out into the heart of the city to explore. Rooms and Suites are equipped with all modern amenities and pets are welcome, check out the hotel website for special offers and packages.
- Prices from €100 per night
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Kolbe Hotel – modern meets historic
Situated inside a 17th Century monastery the Kolbe Hotel favours a whimsical romantic design that fits seamlessly into the high vaulted marble halls and beamed rooves of the original building. With a mix of rooms offering different outlooks on the enchanting city. Every room has been thoughtfully decorated to the highest standards and many include lovely touches like sunken tubs and lots of natural light. The hotel has an in-house restaurant which spreads out into an interior courtyard and garden terrace and offers a peaceful escape from the bustle of the city. Kolbe is located in a great neighbourhood close to the Colosseum and Fori Imperiali which is safe, quiet and convenient. A great hotel for those who enjoy a bit of tranquility after a busy day sightseeing.
- Prices from €80 per night
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Times Hotel Rome – upscale contemporary chic
The Times Hotel mixes cool industrial elegance with luxury and stripped back style. The communal areas are an attractive combination of hardwood floors and exposed brickwork set beneath great stone arches whilst the rooms are in elegant monochromes with beautiful marble bathrooms and views out over the city. Enjoy expertly mixed cocktails and canapes on the rooftop terrace every night between 6 and 9 and set yourself up each morning with an extensive and delicious breakfast. The hotel is conveniently located close to The Trevi Fountain and staff are on hand to help guests plan the perfect itinerary for a weekend break or a week of relaxation.
- Prices from €80 per night
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San Anselmo – charming, elegant and romantic
32 rooms of Roman Opulence, each one being different from the next gives this luxurious boutique hotel an edge over its competitors. There are 3 tiers of rooms at the San Anselmo from economy to deluxe but all of them are very beautiful, sporting rich furnishings, brocade drapes and in some cases 4 poster beds. Guests can luxuriate in a massage bath or shower in a classic marble or mosaic bathroom. 16 rooms have balconies with fabulous views over the Otaviano district and St Peters and the hotel is just a short hop on the metro to the historical centre, close to Castel San Angelo and the Vatican, pleasantly separate from the crowds that can be overwhelming in Rome in peak season!
- Prices from €70 per night
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Portrait Hotel – one of The Leading Hotels in the World
Ultra-hip and ultra-cool this Rome hotel has been inspired by Salvatore Ferragamo, famous shoe designer to the stars in the glittering 50’s. Icons of Hollywood and Italian cinema from the period bedeck the walls along with Ferragamo’s unique shoe designs. The ethos at The Portrait Hotel is bespoke 5 star luxury for its guests in the heart of the eternal city. Service is transformed from a work of art to a masterpiece with attentive staff catering to your every need from restaurant recommendations to ensuring you’re minibar is stocked with your favourite snacks and your en-suite kitchenette with all of your best hot drinks. Rooms reflect 50’s Glamour in every way and many offer views across the city. The best place for a wraparound view is the rooftop terrace where guests can enjoy breakfast, aperitifs or afternoon tea or enjoy world-class dining in the privacy of your own room. Lovers of Luxury this is the place for you, you won’t be disappointed.
- Prices from €400 per night
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Hotel Pulitzer – bright, arty and sophisticated
The crisp, cool design of the Hotel Pulitzer will suit visitors to Rome who enjoy a sense of space, geometry and clean lines. This aesthetic is echoed in the Hotel’s Location which is a short metro trip out of the centre towards Fiumicino airport. The EUR district was Mussolini’s masterpiece designed to echo the lines of ancient Rome in the austere and imposing fascist style. It is now the centre of business for the city and an interesting place to stay, especially for fans of 20th Century Architecture. Guests at the wonderfully trendy Pulitzer can enjoy a soak in the rooftop jacuzzi, fitness in the hotel’s wellness centre and tasty cuisine served up in the on-site restaurant. This is an affordable alternative to the historical centre with plenty of its own discoveries to be made.
- Prices from €40 per night
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