Centro Storico Hotels
Six Senses Rome
Piazza di San Marcello, Centro Storico
The first urban Six Senses property is surrounded by heritage sites with household names—the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps…we could go on. Inside, Six Senses Rome is contemporary and serene, dressed in materials that call up the past (marble, travertine, stone, stone, stone) but firmly rooted in what feels cool now. Executive chef Nadia Frisinia is responsible for the excellent food at the two restaurants: Bivium, an all-day spot perfect for fueling up presightseeing and winding down post-, and Notos, which serves cocktails and bites in the rooftop garden. At the spa, facials use products from the Tuscan brand Seed to Skin, the plunge pool trio is inspired by traditional Roman bathhouses, and sleep treatments aim to help guests evade jet lag—and get right to the good stuff.
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.
Piazza di Pasquino, 69, Centro Storico
Tucked away in a 16th-century palazzo just off Piazza Navona, this ten-room-strong townhouse feels like one of those gems you scour Airbnb for but can never seem to find. The property, which was formerly the family residence of owner and hotelier Gabriele Salini, has an intensely personal and unstudied aesthetic: There are pretty, old tiled floors and time-worn frescoes mixed with Gio Ponti and Guglielmo Ulrich furnishings, as well as artwork from Salini’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 they come: 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.