Elizabeth Unique Hotel Rome
Via delle Colonnette, 35, Borghese
The Elizabeth Unique Hotel is one of the few boutique luxury hotels within a stone’s throw of the Spanish Steps—but our room was so beautifully appointed, so luxurious, so artful, there was a moment we considered skipping the 2,000-year-old amphitheater altogether and just hanging out in the room. To be fair, you could stay in the hotel for your whole trip and not be wanting for anything. The rooms and common areas lean heavily into contemporary art—walls covered in collages and paintings and hallways adorned with wire sculptures (all curated by Fabrizio Russo of the Russo Art Gallery), and the menu at Bar Bacharach & Bistrot is as elegant (and Italian) as the outdoor patio, which feels lifted from Roman Holiday. But ultimately it was the private sauna (the private sauna!) in our room that did us in. We booked our next trip before we checked out.
Hotel De Ricci
Via della Barchetta, 14, Centro Storico
The recently opened Hotel de Ricci is the city’s most stylish new addition. Lorenzo Lisi (also the proprietor of the permanently packed seafood spot Pierluigi) hired the stylist and illustrator duo behind concept store Chez Dédé, to manage the hotel’s aesthetic. The furniture is mid-century style and the walls of each room have been hand painted with illustrations—the overall effect is modern, romantic, and fresh. Aside from the incredibly stylish interior, the Hotel de Ricci takes wine seriously, with a fully stocked wine cellar and a former sommelier turned Hotel Manager on staff. Aperativo is served nightly in the guests- and members-only Charade bar, or can be delivered to your room and enjoyed with a glass of the wine personally selected for each guest and waiting in their room on arrival.
Residenza Napoleone III
Via dell Fontanella di Borghese, 56, Campo Marzio
Napoleon himself lived in these suites at the Palazzo Ruspoli in 1830, and as you would expect there’s nothing understated about this space. Walk up an antique bust lined stairway to the apartment entrance and pick from two guestroom options, the larger Napoleon Suite or the Garden Suite. It’s a tough call but the Garden Suite does have the advantage of a lavender scented roof garden and panoramic views of the whole city. The Napoleon Suite has three large rooms filled with antiques, floor-to-ceiling original XVI tapestries, hand-stenciled walls…the list goes on. If you’re looking for a completely private, historical and glamorous spot to stay in Rome, this is it. Added bonus: all the products used down to the detergent are organic and non-toxic.
La Scelta di Goethe
Via del Corso, 107, Campo Marzio
The former pied-a-terre of the much-lauded German statesman Goethe, this is hands down one of the most special places to stay in Rome.
Villa Spalletti Trivelli
Via Piacenza, 4, Monti
The aristocratic Spalletti family has owned this classic villa for over a hundred years, and in 2004 converted the building into a boutique hotel. The family opted to keet most of their original antique furniture, giving the hotel a cozy, personal feel, as if you were staying at the (admittedly very stylish) home of an old friend. The villa has fourteen luxurious rooms and suites, a wellness dedicated health center, quiet private gardens, and a "help-yourself" rooftop bar. Our favorite space is the library, complete with armchairs, throws, and a fireplace. Staying here feels like a proper retreat from the hustle of the city, yet all the attractions are on your doorstep.
Via Ludovisi, 49, Ludovisi
On the heels of a seventeen-month-long soup-to-nuts renovation, and now under the watchful eye of the Dorchester Collection (The Beverly Hills Hotel, Hôtel Plaza Athénée), this famously historic hotel, which first opened in 1889, is finally ready for its close-up. The location, situated between the Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese, mean that it’s central without being too highly trafficked. There are ninety-eight rooms, each one thoughtfully done in a way that feels comfortable but refined. (Think: a muted palette, WiFi, marble bathrooms, and Bottega Veneta toiletries.) With the revamp also came a new spa, which features Sonya Dakar treatments, plus a blow-dry bar and mani/pedi salon—both new-fangled conveniences not often found in European hotels. Of the three restaurants on the property, Il Giardino, which serves up Italian-style tapas in addition to its menu of pizza and some lighter fare, is the most low-key. Be sure to ask for a table outside on the terrace.
Fendi Private Suites
Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 48, Campo Marzio
Walking into the lobby sort of sets the tone for the experience here with Campana Brothers sofas, vintage Fritz Hansen chairs, Gio Ponti mirrors, a wall lined with art books, and Lindsey Adelman light fixtures—it’s all very aligned with the luxury-first approach of the Italian fashion house. (It also happens to sit atop the newly redesigned Fendi flagship store in the Tridente neighborhood.) The seven pied-à-terre style apartments maintain a modern, high-design bent—grey paneled walls, sharp Fendi Casa furniture, jewel-toned velvet chairs—and the staff operates with an anything-is-possible attitude. For breakfast, opt for pastries and coffee served in bed.
Piazza di Pasquino, 69, Centro Storico
Tucked away in a 16th-century palazzo just off Piazza Navoa, this ten-room strong townhouse feels like one of those gems you scour Airbnb for but can never seem to find. The thing about the aesthetic of G-Rough is that it's intensely personal and unstudied—there are pretty, old tiled floors and time-worn frescoes mixed with Gio Ponti and Guglielmo Ulrich furnishings, as well as artwork from the owner’s private collection. For those looking for a bit more space, the two suites on the top floor, each with its own outdoor terrace, can be combined for a kind of makeshift penthouse apartment. Overall, the hotel is about as un-hotel like as it comes: There’s no formal concierge, but there’s a very attentive butler who will see to your every whim, and there’s no food on the premises, save for a modest continental breakfast menu and some smaller bites during aperitivo hour; but plenty to eat and drink within striking distance.
Lungotevere delle Armi, 22, Prati
On the banks near Piazza del Popolo, Anna Fendi’s Villa Laetitia has twenty guest rooms, each one paying a quiet homage to one of the brand’s inner circle, be it its founder Adele or designer Karl Lagerfeld. As a result, each room is wholly unique, thoughtfully appointed with a mix of vintage pieces from Fendi’s personal collection of 19th- and 20th-century furniture, lighting, and artwork. (Look for a Mies van der Rohe sofa, paintings by Enrico Castellani, sketches on the walls by Dior and Saint Laurent.) Kitchenettes are kind of a thing throughout Europe, so each room has one (these are very modern), and most rooms have their own private terrace. For families traveling, bilingual babysitters are available upon request, and the ace general manager, Giulio Delettrez Fendi, can do everything from arrange a picnic basket for an afternoon in the park to set up bike rentals to explore the city.
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia, 2, Campo Marzio
With the unerring oversight of architect Antonio Girardi comes the revamp of Palazzo Dama, former residence and now a small B&B, just a quick walk from Piazza del Polopo.
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