Perched atop the Spanish Steps, the Hassler is a favourite of celebrities such as Tom Cruise and the Beckhams. Rooms are custom designed to include classic antiques and art. The exceptional service is friendly but discreet, arranging anything from personal trainers to tours of the city for your kids. Young guests are welcomed with a child-friendly minibar and adorable mini bathrobes, while adults will love the panoramic in-house Michelin-star restaurant. There’s also a sophisticated cocktail bar, where Princess Diana is said to have had “the best bellini ever”.
Close to the Vatican in the highest part of Rome, Cavalieri guarantees breathtaking city views. This grand retreat showcases a vast art collection, and suites include original Warhols plus rooftop Jacuzzis. Meanwhile, the lush landscaped parkland and enormous pool offer a welcome respite from the bustling city. But it’s the personalised service that really shines. Dogs can indulge in a spa service, and devoted owners can pre-order a personalised cashmere sweater for their pet. Children can take private gladiator or pizza-making classes, or go on treasure hunts. And adults can hire Ferraris and Lamborghinis to zip around town, or arrange exclusive receptions at private Roman palaces.
One of the newest luxury establishments in Rome, this patisserie-themed hotel is already a city favourite. The slim townhouse opens onto Via del Corso, as seen in La Dolce Vita, and while the breakfast includes artisan honey and local yoghurt, the real treat is the afternoon tea of delicious house pastries. Rooms are contemporary, with some suites even having their own steam cabins. There’s a dog-sitting service for smaller pets, and qualified childcare staff are on hand to help families make the most of their stay.
Ever dreamed of having the Colosseum at your doorstep? This 17th-century palace sits directly in front of the ancient amphitheatre, allowing you to get as close as possible to the popular attraction. The luxurious boutique hotel features 16th-century antique paintings and contemporary art, with each room uniquely decorated in a modern style. Guests of all ages will love seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World from their room. Home to a beautiful library and a jogging track, Palazzo Manfredi also organises activities such as visits to archaeological sites.
Fashionistas will adore the award-winning Portrait Roma, where a personal shopper can be arranged to take you to the best boutiques in Via Condotti. The decor captures the romance of Roman Holiday with black-and-white photos of 1950s Rome and original sketches by Salvatore Ferragamo. Breakfast can be enjoyed on a rooftop terrace with views of the nearby Spanish Steps. And a personalised service offers mobile phones for sightseeing, allowing the hotel concierge to always assist you.
Spend a night or two at Residenza Napoleone III, and you’ll be surrounded by enormous paintings, carved ceilings and gorgeous furnishings. A friendly spot for both children and pets, the hotel provides cots for infants and baskets for dogs. Only two guest rooms are available at this exclusive lodging, which has a long history of nobility and prestige – the daughter of Empress Joséphine lived here for several years in the early 19th century. Guests can complete their royal experience by gorging on a breakfast of cake served in Bulgari silver before stepping out into the atmospheric Centro Storico neighbourhood to see the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.
Built on one of the seven hills of Rome, this location offers the best of both historic sightseeing and glamorous Italian shopping. This renovated former aristocratic home is now a discreet and intimate hotel villa complete with a rooftop garden and two bubbling Jacuzzis. Inside, the timeless, elegant staircases and marble fireplaces offer a cosy backdrop to the beautiful antique furniture and tapestries. Guests can escape from the nearby bustling Trevi Fountain at the spa, the private gardens or the owner’s award-winning winery.
Stunning and tasteful with gorgeous statement wallpaper and Italian art, this newcomer is a hot contender among Rome’s luxury hotels. Overlooking the Piazza di Spagna and the towers of Trinità dei Monti, this 18th-century palazzo provides easy access to some of the best bars and restaurants in Rome. Privacy is guaranteed, and the hotel philosophy is to provide the illusion of a homestay with the service standards of high-end luxury. Personal chefs, sommeliers and entertainers can cater to guests in their own private suite, while children are cared for by an experienced nanny.
Lifestyle Suites excels in both location and design at this charming lodging. Directly overlooking Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers in the glorious Piazza Navona, this adults-only townhouse dating back to the 1400s is romantic and stylish. Each suite has been designed with theatrical detail, with the playful Nuvola featuring a royal-blue swing and the arty Oggetti a relaxing hammock And the plush Rubino suite goes all out to give the wow factor with its whirlpool bath double tub that overlooks Sant’Agnese in Agone, a 17th-century Baroque church. Add to this a buffet breakfast on the panoramic terrace, and you’re guaranteed a truly memorable experience.
A peaceful retreat close to the city centre, this 19th-century palace welcomes you with its elegant pavilions and water features. The family suites are especially impressive, and feature marble bathrooms and antique furnishings. Guests can cycle into the city on stylish bicycles, or take a picnic basket to the adjoining Villa Borghese gardens. Treat yourself after a long day of exploring with a visit to the poolside bar and spa or the hotel’s Michelin-star restaurant.