The Best Luxury Hotels in Rome, Italy

Sunsets in Rome tinge the historical architecture in the city in a warm orange light
Sunsets in Rome tinge the historical architecture in the city in a warm orange light | © Max Isakov / Getty Images
Melanie Moore

Whether you dream of exploring the stone-cobbled streets in Rome in search of culinary delights, want to admire the ancient Colosseum or spend your day at the Vatican Museums, treat yourself to a relaxing stay at one of the most luxurious hotels in the Eternal City. Book your stay now with Culture Trip.

1. Hassler Roma


A rooftop with a couch overlooking Rome
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Based at the top of the Spanish Steps, the Hassler is one of the best luxury hotels in all of Italy – not to mention a favourite among celebrities like Tom Cruise and the Beckhams. The exceptional staff at the hotel is friendly but discreet and can arrange anything from personal trainers to tours of the city for your kids. Young guests are treated to a child-friendly minibar and children’s bathrobes, while adults will especially enjoy the panoramic in-house Michelin-starred restaurant. There’s also a sophisticated cocktail bar, where Princess Diana is said to have had “the best bellini ever”.

2. Rome Cavalieri

Hotel, Luxury

Two spiral staircases in a hotel, with a chandelier in the middle
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Near the Vatican, situated at one of the highest points in Rome and guaranteeing unforgettable city views, is Cavalieri. This grand retreat prides itself on an impressive art collection, and suites include original Warhols plus rooftop hot tubs. However, 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 pets. Children can take private pizza-making or gladiator classes and go on organised treasure hunts. Meanwhile, adults can hire Ferraris and Lamborghinis or arrange exclusive receptions at private Roman palaces.

3. The First Roma Dolce


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One of the newest luxury establishments in Rome, this pâtisserie-themed hotel is already a city favourite. The slim townhouse opens onto Via del Corso, as seen in La Dolce Vita (1960), and, while the breakfast includes artisan honey and local yoghurt, the real treats are the afternoon tea and the delicious local pastries. Rooms are contemporary, and some suites even include a private steam cabin. There’s a dog-sitting service for smaller pups, and qualified childcare staff are on hand to help families make the most of their stay.

4. Palazzo Manfredi


A hotel room overlooks the Colosseum
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Ever dreamed of having the Colosseum at your doorstep? This 17th-century villa sits directly in front of the ancient amphitheatre, granting you unobstructed, 24-hour views of the popular attraction. The luxurious boutique hotel features antique 16th-century paintings and contemporary art, while each room is uniquely decorated in a modern style. Home to a beautiful library and a jogging track, Palazzo Manfredi also organises activities such as visits to the archaeological sites in Rome.

5. Portrait Roma

Suite Hotel, Luxury

A balcony with chairs and plants overlooks Rome
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Fashionistas will adore a stay at the award-winning Portrait Roma, where a personal shopper can be arranged to take you to the best boutiques on Via Condotti. The decor captures the romance of Roman Holiday (1953), featuring black-and-white photographs of Rome in the 1950s and original sketches by Salvatore Ferragamo. Breakfast can be enjoyed on the rooftop terrace while you admire the view of the nearby Spanish Steps. Additionally, a personalised service offers mobile phones for sightseeing, enabling the hotel concierge to assist you throughout your day.

6. Residenza Napoleone III


A luxurious hotel room with large oil paintings and a double bed
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Spend a night or two at Residenza Napoleone III, and experience its long history and prestige – the daughter of Empress Joséphine lived here for several years in the early 19th century. A friendly spot for both children and pets, the hotel provides cots for infants and baskets for dogs. Guests can complete their royal experience by enjoying cake served on Bvlgari silver for breakfast before stepping out into the busy streets of Centro Storico. Bear in mind that only two guest rooms are available at this exclusive lodging.

7. Villa Spalletti Trivelli

Hotel, Villa

An outdoor jacuzzi with a white canopy
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Built on one of the Seven Hills of Rome, this location offers the best of both historic sightseeing and glamorous Italian shopping. This renovated 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 bustle of Trevi Fountain to the spa, the private gardens or the owner’s own award-winning winery.

8. Rocco Forte Hotel de la Ville


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Stunning and tasteful, featuring gorgeous statement wallpaper and Italian art, this newcomer is a hot contender among the best luxury hotels in Rome. 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’s 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.

9. Lifestyle Suites Rome


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Lifestyle Suites Rome excels in both location and design. 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 – the playful Nuvola features a royal-blue swing, the arty Oggetti a relaxing hammock, while the plush Rubino 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.

10. Aldrovandi Villa Borghese


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A peaceful retreat close to the city centre, this 19th-century palace welcomes you with 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 Michelin-starred restaurant at the hotel.

These hotels don’t quite fit the bill? Check out our list of the best boutique hotels in Rome instead, or opt for these cultural places to stay or hotels with a pool. For some inspiration on how to spend your time in the Italian capital, we’ve compiled a list of the must-visit attractions in town. Rather fancy a trip to the beach? We’ve pre-picked some of the best beaches near Rome for you. During your stay, fill your belly with mouthwatering pasta dishes at the best pasta places, and wash it all down with an espresso at the best cafes the Eternal City has to offer.

This article is an updated version of a story created by Maria Pasquale.

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