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The landscape of an ancient empire and a modern city of contrasts, Rome boasts an impressive number of high-end and boutique hotels. The hotels featured here showcase the best of the city’s art and culture, inside and out, and exude Rome’s unique atmosphere.
Located close to the Campo Dei Fiori, and a five minute walk to the Piazza Navona, this historic hotel is housed in the building of an ancient hostel built on the remains of the walls of the Theatre of Pompeius, in Piazza del Paradiso. The theatre was built in 55BCE and was used until the 6th century CE. Today, the radial walls of the theatre are still visible from within the Hotel Lunetta through protective glass panels. These walls where made in ‘opus reticulatum,’ an ancient Roman building technique which creates a regular diagonal lattice aesthetic. This technique spread throughout Italy from the first century BCE. and is visible also in the near Theatre of Marcellus (17BCE).
Designed by architect Michele Bonan, the J.K. Place Roma is a newly opened hotel set in the grand old building that was formerly the home of the architectural school of the Sapienza University of Rome. The 17th-century exterior has been well preserved, and the rooms inside have canopied rosewood beds, a dark palette and wood-panelled walls, and bathrooms of Italian marble. The hotel is located in the heart of Rome, only a few minutes walking distance from the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti.
Aleph Hotel is bursting with vibrant colours and Italian design, particularly with the colour red. It differs to the many grand historical hotels seen in Rome, and is an experience all in itself. The theme running throughout the hotel is Dante’s Divine Comedy, or Heaven and Hell, designed by American interior architect Adam Tihany. The rooms feature wholly Italian design dating from the 30s and 40s, and the walls are decorated with large black-and-white prints of work produced by New York street photographer Bram Tihany, portraying daily life in Rome.
The recent Italian trend in hotels created by fashion designers came in May 2006 with the opening of Salvatore Ferragamo’s Portrait Suites. Housed in a 19th-century townhouse, its interior was designed by Michele Bonan. Black-and-white photos and memorabilia from Ferragamo’s archives decorate the rooms and hallways, and the elevator is uniquely lined with boar-skin leather. The hotel’s rooftop lounge offers breathtaking views of the Spanish Steps and the Trinità dei Monti.
Hotel Campo de’ Fiori, named after the famous plaza, has been situated in a classic Roma Baroque building since its opening in 1937. This hotel is unique and full of Italian character with its sought after tapestries, authentic lacunar ceilings, antique paintings and decorated walls. The top floor features a multi-level terrace offering 360º panoramic views of the city, and is walking distance from the major monuments of Rome. These include Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Castel Sant’Angelo and the Vatican City. Next to Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, visitors can also experience the morning market held here, renowned as Romes’s oldest market.
Set in Monti, a neighbourhood of art galleries and local restaurants, Sunset Roma is on a street that runs between Via Nazionale (home to Palazzo delle Esposizioni) and the Colosseum. This area is often overlooked by many tourists and is quieter than most of the featured hotels. Sunset Roma features large rooms with old-fashioned ceiling beams offering Colosseum views and small balconies overlooking an internal courtyard. Recently renovated, the building dates back to 1870 and still holds its old Roman charm.