A renovated 19th century building on a quiet street in Rome’s historic centre, The First hotel is close to Piazza del Popolo, MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century), and Villa Borghese. This art hotel houses its own library and an enormous amount of artwork in every room, all by local artists. The hotel is also home to the Michelin starred restaurant All’Oro, and keeping with the local custom it has its own impressive roof garden. Offering enchanting views over the city of Rome, this atmospheric dining setting presents a unique Rome experience.
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 68. The theatre was built in 55 B.C and was used until the 6th century A.D. 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 B.C. and is visible also in the near Theatre of Marcellus (17 B.C.).
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.
The Hassler Roma has been acclaimed as one of the most prestigious hotels in Rome since its opening in 1893. Conveniently located at the top of Rome’s Spanish Steps, the hotel sits next to the magnificent 16th century Trinità dei Monti church and close to the Villa Borghese gardens. Over the last 100 years a staggering list of famous signature have been collected in the hotel’s ‘Golden Book’, from royalty to celebrities, writers, artists and musicians. The hotel is owned by Roberto E. Wirth, a passionate collector of art and fine wines, and fifth generation of the famous Swiss hotelier family who became co-owners of the hotel with the Hasslers in the 1920s. Each room is filled with many artworks and antiques from his collection, including 19th century mirrors, tapestries and appliqués. In addition, the classical colours of Rome – ochre and Pompeian red – are carried thematically throughout the hotel.
During the Dolce Vita period, the Via Veneto was renowned as the meeting place of artists, writers and actors. This is one of the most famous and expensive streets in Rome and home to the Regina Hotel Baglioni. The hotel is surrounded by Rome’s distinct art and history, and is within easy walking distance of the Galleria Borghese museum, the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti. Regina Hotel Baglioni was once the home of Queen Margherita of Savoy while she awaited the completion of her residence, ‘Villa Margherita’, which presently houses the American Embassy. In recognition of her stay the hotel’s owner was granted permission to add ‘Regina’ to the hotel name in 1911.
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.
Boscolo 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 Hotel de Russie is situated between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo on the Via del Babuino. This unique luxury hotel houses an extensive terraced garden designed by Giuseppe Valadier. It is named the ‘Secret Garden’, as it is hidden behind the building which overlooks Via del Babuino. This beautiful setting is home to the Le Jardin de Russie Restaurant ran by the celebrated chef Fulvio Pierangelini. The hotel also has one of Rome’s best health clubs and spas, offering a hydro pool, jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish steam bath, beauty treatments and gym.
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.