The eternal city is one of the most historically fascinating and culturally rich places on earth, so why stay somewhere run-of-the-mill?
Unusual, quirky and character-laden boutique hotels in Rome abound, many of which are cheaper than the ‘I could be anywhere in the world’ chain hotels. Your adventure won’t end when you walk through the door of one of these fantastic boutique hotels in Rome, the eternal city is just outside waiting to be discovered……
Tucked away on the southern side of the Roman Forum, close to Palatine hill and the Circus Maximus, is this 15th century former convent. The renovation has given the historic building sleek interiors whilst still retaining many original features, and the orange, lemon and olive tree-filled garden allows guests to dine ‘al fresco’ in the heart of Rome in a virtual oasis. Most rooms boast views of either the fragrant garden or the magnificent Roman Forum and have been designed to include fabulous details such as red Venetian marble and mosaic tiles.
Visit Kolbe Hotel for more information.
Make yourself at home in your own apartment within a gorgeous private art nouveau villa, just across the Tiber River from Rome’s famous Villa Borghese. Renovated and restored by Anna Fendi Venturini, bona fide fashion royalty, the villa dates back to 1911 and the marble pillars, ornate ceilings, and detailed reliefs are redolent of an older, more glamorous time. Fendi has injected some of her legendary style into the old building and has furnished each of the 15 apartments with discoveries from antique fairs, including a rare Picasso scarf, 1920s Viennese armchairs and sketches by Chanel and Dior.
Visit Villa Laetita for more information.
Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel
For a hotel that’s truly steeped in history, look no further than the former convent built by the master architect Borromini in 1642 and restored in 2008. Each of the 78 rooms and suites, formally the nun’s accommodation, is unique and furnished with antiques and 17th century oil paintings. Sitting in the peaceful cloister it is easy to forget that you are atop Janiculum Hill (known for its stunning views across the old city) and minutes from bustling Trastevere.
Visit Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel for more information.
You can’t fault either this hotel’s location or its historical charm. Just minutes from the Spanish Steps, this three-story 19th century palazzo has bags of history but has been brought into the 21st century with a plethora of modern luxury. A Nespresso machine for that all-important cup of Italian coffee in the morning, an iPod dock, flat-screen television and fabulous bathrooms decked out with marble and mosaics are all impressive, as is the space – there’s even room for a walk-in wardrobe. Wander up to the hotel’s roof terrace though, take one look at the view over rooftops to the Spanish Steps enclave and old Rome comes flooding back.
Visit Babuino 181 for more information.
About the author: Emily Buckley has travelled across the globe in search of the best hotels, restaurants and natural, cultural and historic sites in her capacity as a travel writer and frequently shares her finds with HotelClub. A leading online accommodation specialist, hotelclub.com offers discounted hotels in thousands of cities worldwide, with pages dedicated to each city, including Hotel Club Rome.