There is no shortage of larger luxury hotels in Rome. In fact, the Hideaway Report already recommends the Hotel de Russie, the Hotel Eden and the Hassler Roma. But on this occasion, we wanted to test out various boutique hotels that had just opened, along with one grand hotel that has been receiving great travel press. Of the five hotels we booked in the city, three met our standards of luxury.
This hotel occupies a 16th-century mansion, a former annex to the neighboring Palazzo Borghese. Its transformation into a hotel introduced a decadent, glamorous décor designed by Giampiero Panepinto. Beyond the art deco entry hall is a plush bar-lounge serving superb cocktails and the excellent jewel box Adelaide restaurant, lit with candles. Meals are also served in a small, leafy courtyard. Our Charming Deluxe room had tall ceilings, chic art deco-inspired décor, a walk-in closet and a huge, striking bath of black, white and chrome, with a round jetted tub for two and a separate shower.
From the editor: “The most dazzling of the new hideaways in Rome proved to be the 18-room Hotel Vilòn, which opened last year on a quiet street between the Spanish Steps and the Piazza Navona. The public spaces now feel sumptuous but comfortable, inviting relaxation.”
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In an ideal location between the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo on one of Rome’s most charming streets, this 16-suite hotel has a refreshingly early 2 p.m. check-in time. Opt for a Classic Suite or better, and request a view of the steep garden at the rear (the enviable Garden Suite is at its top, detached from the rest of the hotel and accessible only by stairs). Our Deluxe Suite had a contemporary décor done in neutral tones, with a brass-clad wall dividing the living room and bedroom. The large travertine bath had a freestanding tub, a separate shower and dual vanities.
From the editor: “Those who prefer simpler contemporary décor should consider Margutta 19, a 16-suite hotel on one of my favorite streets in Rome, which despite its location is quiet and little trafficked.”
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Rather than the usual restrained modern style of Rocco Forte, this 104-room grand luxury hotel near the top of the Spanish Steps has a palatial, maximalist décor, drawing inspiration from ancient Rome and the Renaissance. Opt for a Deluxe Room Panoramic View or a Panoramic Suite with Terrace. We stayed in the latter, which had a spacious separate living room, a bedroom with a television that emerged from a box at the foot of the bed, a marble bath with separate tub and a terrace running the length of the suite, accessed by French doors and furnished with a settee and dinette. Rooms with courtyard views are a good alternative.
From the editor: “I reclined on a heated lounger in the relaxation room, feeling thoroughly at peace. The only thing weighing on my mind was checking out the next morning. The Hotel de la Ville is a luxury hotel of the first order.”
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