The Best Boutique Hotels to Book in Rome, Italy

A boutique hotel is a perfect place to stay in Rome while you explore sights such as the Trevi Fountain
A boutique hotel is a perfect place to stay in Rome while you explore sights such as the Trevi Fountain | © Raymond Schiopu / Unsplash

Historic palazzi in Rome make perfect boutique hotels, which are ideal as a base for exploring attractions such as the Colosseum. Many of these former noble residences are now cool places to stay, with sleek interiors and first-rate facilities. Here are some of the best boutique hotels in Rome, bookable with Culture Trip.

1. G-Rough Rome

Boutique Hotel

A bed and wardrobe in a hotel room at G-Rough Rome
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The 10-suite G-Rough Rome, located near Piazza Navona, is set inside a historic 17th-century palazzo, but it’s not all stuffy furnishings and overextravagant decor. Instead, the building has been stripped back, allowing more of its original features to shine, and kitted out with gorgeous Italian pieces from the 1930s to the 1950s. The design-led space feels modern and luxurious. The unconventional experiences on offer, such as gladiator training or becoming a handbag designer for the day, add an extra suitably exclusive touch.

2. Nerva Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

A bed, desk and chair, and a large window with open shutters in a hotel room at Nerva Boutique
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As well as making sightseeing a breeze, Nerva Boutique Hotel’s location on the edge of the ever-so-trendy Monti neighbourhood perfectly suits its friendly but chic style. The 19 suites are organised over two floors and accented with geometric patterns, bold pops of colour and carefully selected artworks. The charming space continues in the breakfast room, where a generous spread of pastries, juices, fruits and cold cuts is served. A chauffeur-driven Mercedes is also on hand to whisk guests away to their next appointment.

3. Elizabeth Unique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

A four-poster bed and chairs in a modern hotel room at Elizabeth Unique
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Designers at the Elizabeth Unique Hotel have tried to evoke the spirit of the Grand Tour in their choice of decor. Blending history, art and culture, the sophisticated interiors of this 33-suite hotel feature reproductions of antique prints, a rich colour palette and sumptuous fabric furnishings. The artwork displayed in the hotel is curated by Galleria Russo, which is located just streets away. The onsite bar and bistro, named after crooner Burt Bacharach, showcases gourmet Italian produce.

4. JK Place Roma

Boutique Hotel

Seating, statues and lamps in a stylish lobby area at JK Place Roma
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Set in the grandiose palazzo that once housed the Architectural School of Rome’s Sapienza University, JK Place Roma is a gorgeously chic hotel. Designed by contemporary Florentine architect Michele Bonan, the 30 bedrooms combine luxurious furniture, such as rosewood canopy beds, with bold splashes of colour and eclectic artworks. The common spaces – filled with marble sculptures and mid-century furniture – play up to the hotel’s cool statement in style.

5. The Fifteen Keys Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Two armchairs and a couch in a sitting area with an antique map on the wall at the Fifteen Keys Hotel
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Just like the Monti neighbourhood in which it is located, the Fifteen Keys Hotel is effortlessly cool. Converted to a hotel in 2015, this five-story palazzo has 15 rooms, each decked out with modern minimalist furnishings that quietly hint at 1950s Italian glamour. The elegance continues in the bar, which features sumptuous Chesterfield sofas and is open 24 hours. A generous buffet is served in the gorgeously retro breakfast room and extends into the leafy courtyard in warmer months. Vintage-style Dudebikes are also available for getting around, free of charge.

6. Portrait Roma

Suite Hotel, Luxury

Chairs and potted plants on the balcony at Portrait Roma, with a view over the city rooftops
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Owned by the Ferragamo family and situated above their eponymous store on the high-end fashion street Via Condotti, Portrait Roma feels more like an exclusive townhouse than a hotel. It has 14 exquisite suites, designed by contemporary Florentine architect Michele Bonan, and features subtle tie-ins to the family’s fashion powerhouse – photographs from the company archives line the walls, and original shoe designs are on display in glass cases. Attentive service comes courtesy of a dedicated lifestyle team, and, although there is no restaurant here, there are stunning panoramic views from the private rooftop terrace.

7. Kolbe Hotel Rome

Boutique Hotel

A Roman soldier outfit and seating in the lobby at Kolbe Hotel Rome
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The Kolbe Hotel has over 70 modern, functional rooms featuring the occasional architectural detail, such as a brick archway or vaulted ceiling, that reveal this spot’s historic location. Partly housed in a 15th-century convent, the hotel sits next to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum, which can be seen from some rooms. Others overlook the centuries-old olive and citrus trees in the hotel’s internal courtyard.

8. Suite Sistina

Boutique Hotel

A round bed with rose petals and a spa bathtub in a hotel room with exposed brick walls and arches at Suite Sistina
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Suite Sistina is located just a short walk from the Spanish Steps yet still manages to feel relatively secluded. The 22 guest rooms are designed with couples in mind and are characterised by romantic details such as silk sheets, circular beds, soft lighting and in-room Jacuzzis and bathtubs. Should more romance be required, guests can request breakfast in bed or a floral bouquet delivered to the room or even book a masseuse or a live serenade from a violinist.

9. Palazzo Dama

Boutique Hotel

The opulent restaurant and bar at Palazzo Dama, with chandeliers and potted palm trees
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The Palazzo Dama, an 18th-century villa near Piazza del Popolo, was originally the home of the Malaspina noble family. It was opened as a boutique hotel in 2016, and its elaborate decor is a nod to its high-society past – think lustrous gold edging, marble-tiled bathrooms and glittering chandeliers (which were taken from the Plaza Hotel in New York). The glamour continues with the garden swimming pool and the glittering L’Autre Dame bar. There’s even a nightclub in the basement (open Fridays and Saturdays), so guests can continue the celebrations until the early hours.

Fancy a bit more decadence? Check out our guide to the best luxury hotels in Rome instead, or these cultural places to stay. If you’re after a budget-friendly stay, book one of the best hostels in Rome now on Culture Trip. For some inspiration on how to spend your time in the Eternal City, we’ve put together a list of the must-visit attractions in town. Rather fancy a trip to the beach? We’ve pre-selected some of the best beaches near Rome for you. During your stay, spoil your tastebuds at the best restaurants in Trastevere, and wash it all down with an espresso at the best cafes the Italian capital has to offer.

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