Rome is one of the world’s most visited cities. People flock to imbibe its vibrant culture, embrace the arts and soak up its extensive ancient history. Whether it’s for a romantic city break or a family holiday, there’s a hotel for every guest and every budget. Here are our top 10 favourites that embrace Rome’s dolce vita.
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Looming over Piazza di Spagna, this luxury five-star hotel is mere moments from many of the Eternal City’s most iconic attractions: the Trevi fountain, Piazza Navona and Villa Borghese. Grand in every sense, this beautiful belle époque hotel has plush, spacious rooms with stacks of art deco appeal and lavish marble-clad bathrooms. Imago, the hotel’s exquisite Michelin-starred restaurant on the sixth floor boasts extensive views across the city.
Bathroom with a view: Enjoy the panoramic view of the city from this suite at Hotel Hassler
Set in the beating heart of Rome, this charming small hotel is moments from its eponymous square and has been wooing young lovers for decades. Rooms are all individually styled in a swathe of terracotta, velvet and silk, some have balconies and piazza views. There’s no restaurant or bar, but it’s within easy reach of many found around Piazza Campo de Fiori, and it has a roof terrace with spectacular city views.
Hotel Campo de’ Fiori is perfect for your romantic retreat in Rome
One of Rome’s quirkiest hotels is remarkably good value. The Residenza Torre Colonna is housed in a medieval watchtower moments from the Capitoline Museums. Its five rooms are stacked on top of each other, while the dining room on the very top floor serves breakfast with a view. It also has a roof terrace with a hot tub for a bubbling soak with views over the city.
Located opposite Roma Termini station, this well-located modern hotel is great for families who want easy access to Rome’s most famous sights. Spacious, contemporary-styled family rooms can sleep up to four and have flat-screens and free Wi-Fi, essential requirements for teens. It also features two good-sized rooftop pools, an upmarket spa and a brace of restaurants, one of which serves an extensive buffet each morning.
Feel right at home in the heart of Italy’s capital at the modern Radisson Blu es. Hotel, Roma
This uber-trendy boutique hotel near Piazza Navona brings a welcome touch of fine Italian design to the capital. Designed by Gabriele Salini, this hip hotel in a 17th-century building works to the Made in Italy concept. The 10 beautifully designed suites pay homage to the nation’s top designers of the Thirties, Forties and Fifties, with vintage furnishings and textiles. It also features the G-Bar, the hotel’s contemporary wine gallery which serves a wide selection of Italian wine from niche vineyards.
The chic lounge at G-Rough will make you never want to leave
Built on the remains of the Theatre of Pompeius, an old Roman theatre that dates back to 55 BCE, you’d be hard pushed to find a hotel with more historic foundations. Inside this luxury boutique hotel, the walls of the theatre are visible through reinforced glass panels. It boasts a lavish spa with a pool, and a stylish rooftop terrace and bar which overlooks the buzzy Piazza del Paradiso.
After a day of exploring watch the sunset over the city on the rooftop terrace at Hotel Lunetta
This stylish art hotel in a renovated 19th-century building is with easy reach of both MAXXI, the National Museum of the 21st Century, and the gardens of Villa Borghese. The modern rooms and marble-clad lobby are merely a blank canvas for the hotel’s extensive collection of art, all by acclaimed Roman artists. It also has a Michelin-starred restaurant, All’Oro, which has a romantic rooftop garden with far-reaching views over Rome.
Relaxation o’clock: Wind down in the jacuzzi with your love
Foodies flock to the five-star Rome Cavalieri, not just for its luxe rooms, exquisite bar and priceless artworks, but for the three-Michelin-starred restaurant, La Pergola and its magnificent 65,000-bottle wine cellar. Widely revered as the best restaurant in Rome, if not the whole of Italy, true gastronomes will not be disappointed by chef Heinz Beck’s greatest culinary work.
From the poolside views of the city to the chef’s special, Rome Cavalieri is astounding
Housed in the glorious 18th-century townhouse once home to Hans Christian Andersen, The Inn at the Spanish Steps is one of the best located hotels in Rome. Overlooking the famed Spanish Steps, this historic boutique hotel has just 21 rooms and elaborate suites, a small bar, and a charming hidden rooftop terrace overlooking one of Rome’s most iconic attractions.
Enjoy the gorgeous outdoor pool at Gran Meliá Rome and its Eden-reminiscent garden
This luxury hotel is housed in a former convent on the serene Janiculum Hill overlooking the Vatican. Aside from its airy Renaissance-esque rooms and Michelin-starred restaurant, it also benefits from one of Rome’s classiest spas. Offering a range Clarins treatments, sensorial showers and a vitality pool, plus an outdoor pool set in lush landscaped gardens, the YHI spa is a real urban oasis of relaxation in the city.