This industrial-style B&B is a recent project by Salvi & Associati, an award-winning architecture studio that transformed this 19th-century palace into five unique rooms and a suite. Each room is expertly decorated with designer furniture and the building’s original arched ceiling and exposed brick walls are nicely complemented by contemporary art from Italy’s most famous artists. The rooms are also soundproofed to ensure a good night’s sleep and breakfast is served every morning in the gallery-like bar.
Owner and host, Alessandra Bruti Liberati, had a burgeoning career in interior design before getting her hands on this project. The professional touch shows – original details, such as terracotta floors and doors from the 1800s, fuse effortlessly with Alessandra’s contemporary style and flair for fabrics. You’ll feel like you’re visiting the apartment of your stylish Roman friend, especially when Alessandra welcomes you personally and shares her favourite restaurant suggestions.
Previously the defensive tower of the Colonna family residence, this 13th-century folly now houses five guest rooms. Inside, it’s lavish, with vivid frescoed ceilings and brightly-hued abstract art by Rome native Natino Chirico – a darling of the Italian art world. Owners Manuela and Alvin are happy to advise on all things Rome related, from how to find fine food and wine to haggling with street vendors.
These cottage-style rooms overlook Porta del Popolo, the ancient gate to the city of Rome, making it a perfect home base for a short trip to the Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese and the Spanish Steps. Bespoke furniture is locally crafted and the earth-toned fabrics give each space a dreamy feel. Best of all, breakfast is delivered to your room so you don’t even have to pull back the covers to start the day in style.
This 16th-century townhouse rests between the noble palaces of Campus Martius district. Host and owner, Simone Fabbrini, completely restored and redecorated it, leaving authentic details such as the exposed timber beams intact. Every morning, you’ll be served breakfast in the spacious, brightly-coloured kitchen and rooms have all been furnished in a colourful mix of vintage items and design furniture – some even have a cosy terrace.
Minimalist lamps strung from elegant 18th-century frescoed ceilings, geometric velvet headboards set against lavish marble walls and contemporary art adorning an original inlaid fireplace: this first-rate B&B shines with its ability to combine age-old elements with artful, modern additions. Continental breakfast in the shared living room is included, though you can also opt to have it in the privacy of your suite.
If you’re into vintage clothing boutiques, art galleries and tiny trattorias, Monti is the right place for you. This bohemian neighbourhood, just minutes away from the spectacular Colosseum, is a great place to experience the real Rome. This B&B, located along the always bustling Via Urbana, offers 15 stylish rooms with parquet floors, exposed brick walls and pastel-hued wallpaper. The french doors of the breakfast room open towards a small courtyard, which you can enjoy as you sip on your morning coffee.
Design aficionados with a fondness for adventurous modernism won’t find a better place than this self-described rough-luxe guesthouse around the corner from Piazza Navona. The stripped-back palazzo boasts 10 suites, a living room and a gallery bar decorated with vintage pieces by Italian designers and accented with contemporary art. The organic breakfast, featuring cheese and salami from a local deli, is served in a shabby-chic bistro or your own luxury suite.
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