As one of the most visited cities in the world, Rome has an abundance of accommodation options. From high-end luxury to independent boutique – and, like anywhere, places best off avoided altogether – there’s a lot to choose from. To help narrow down the search, we’ve rounded up some of the best hotels in Rome. Resting your head during a trip to the Eternal City just got a whole lot more comfortable.
Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie
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From its strategic location in Rome’s Centro Storico, Hotel de Russie has hosted Hollywood A-listers, writers, politicians and sports stars. The rooms blend modern design with Classical architecture and were decorated by hotelier Olga Polizzi. One of the newest rooms is the Picasso Suite, dedicated to the artist who stayed there for three months in 1917. As well as Picasso-inspired furnishings, it features an opulent, Italian marble bathroom and boasts a view of the hotel’s secret garden courtyard – home to the famous Stravinskij Bar, a spectacular spot for dinner or drinks.
One of Rome’s most prestigious hotels, the Hassler celebrated its 125th birthday in 2018. Guests book here for the magical views of the city from the top of the Spanish Steps, for the sophisticated style of the suites and for the impeccable service, which is surprisingly warm for a five-star hotel. The facilities are first-rate and include the Rossano Ferretti Hair Salon, the Amorvero Spa, the Michelin-starred Imàgi restaurant and the elegant Hassler bar – where, it is said, Princess Diana described their house bellini as the best ever.
Nestled between the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, 9Hotel Cesari occupies some of Rome’s most exclusive real estate. Not only are the Eternal City’s most famous attractions within easy reach, but just steps away are the stunning Piazza di Pietra and the atmospheric Temple of Hadrian. The hotel’s rooftop bar, the Terrazza del Cesàri, is the real highlight, though – both the cocktails and the view of the piazza below are outstanding.
Owned by the Ferragamo family and situated above their eponymous store on Rome’s high-end fashion street, Via Condotti, Portrait feels more like an exclusive townhouse than a hotel. It’s composed of 14 exquisite suites, designed by Florentine architect Michele Bönan, and features subtle tie-ins to the 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, while there’s no restaurant, the stunning panoramic views from the private rooftop terrace more than compensate.
When the Spagna Royal Suite says they offer ‘unique experiences in the heart of Rome’, they’re not kidding – the deluxe double room, for example, has a glittering mosaic bathtub in the shape of a shoe. The Instagram-worthy décor continues throughout the hotel, with Classical-style statues, plush velvet fabrics and four-poster beds. Even the walls come in a variety of colours and textures – from wooden to mirrored to covered in vertical gardens, all of which contribute to a very fancy feel.
Just like the Monti neighbourhood in which it’s located, the Fifteen Keys is effortlessly cool. Converted to a hotel in 2015, this five-storey palazzo comprises 15 rooms 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 around the clock. A generous buffet takes place in the gorgeously retro breakfast room and extends into the leafy courtyard in warmer months. Vintage-style Dudebikes are also available, free of charge.
Perched atop Monte Mario, the Rome Cavalieri affords a commanding view of the city. The opulent interiors are filled with over 1,000 paintings, sculptures and antique tapestries and the traditional-style rooms are equally luxurious (even the complimentary toiletries are Salvatore Ferragamo branded). The location is a little far from the main sights but thankfully there’s plenty to do here – guests can enjoy a treatment in the luxury spa, take a dip in one of four swimming pools and dine in Rome’s only three-Michelin-starred restaurant, La Pergola.
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Originally a 17th-century monastery built by Baroque master Borromini, the Donna Camilla Savelli is packed with history. The 78 rooms, where nuns once slept, are characterised by vaulted ceilings, rich fabrics and antique furniture. The perfectly pruned cloister has been repurposed as a breakfast area, while the 700-year-old dining room now provides a historic backdrop to weddings and conferences. Tucked into the Janiculum Hill, the hotel is a refuge of tranquillity while still only being a short walk from the action of Trastevere.
A thoroughly modern place to stay in an ancient city, Hotel Ripa is made up of almost 200 rooms bedecked with quirky design details. The most expensive, the Borromini Suite, is adorned with wall-to-ceiling decals of the architect’s masterpieces, as well as playful, moulded plastic and sleek cut-glass furniture. The location, in a modern residential area, might not the most picturesque, but the hotel is conveniently placed to see all the main sights, plus the lower demand on real estate here means rooms are generally more spacious than they are in the heart of the city.