November 21, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
Looking for a show-stopper of a hotel for your stay in Rome? Read on.
Just a short walk away from Termini station and the lovely Monti neighborhood, Blue Hostel prides itself on offering hotel rooms at hostel prices. The trade-off is that there’s no 24-hour front desk or restaurant, but if you can go without these amenities, this is an excellent, wallet-friendly place to lodge. The rooms are comfortable, splendidly furnished and spotlessly clean — and they each have their own private en suite bathroom. The exposed timber beams provide a nice touch of history — this was a convent during the 1600s — as does the view of the 13th-century church across the street.
An enchanting bed and breakfast with only three modish rooms, the gorgeous Buonanotte Girabaldi used to be fiber artist Luisa Longo’s studio until she transformed it into an intimate guesthouse infused with her persona. The rooms are decorated with Luisa’s own painted fabrics, and two of them have direct access to the magnolia- and palm tree-covered patio, where you can enjoy a delicious morning meal of homemade cakes and fresh fruit. The home is stylish, with a baby grand piano in the cozy living room, Luisa’s art adorning the walls and antique furnishings scattered throughout. This B&B is a hidden gem in one of Rome’s most appealing areas.
If you want to feel truly at home and pampered in Rome, CasaCau is your answer. A stone’s throw from the iconic Trevi Fountain, the location is sublime and the personal service is warm and discrete. These six trendy apartments, which accommodate two, three or four people, have been designed with a mix of vintage and contemporary looks that include quirks such as typewriters and Bluetooth speakers, while the bathrooms have deluxe steam showers to help you unwind at the end of your busy day. Breakfast baskets are delivered to your door each morning, and include pastries and produce that you can use to prepare meals in the fully equipped kitchenette.
With its sophisticated, avant-garde vibe and impeccable appointments, the beautiful G-Rough hotel is the ultimate in hip, high-end living. Lying in a small square adjacent to Piazza Navona, the 10 spacious suites, each accommodating up to four people, are so photogenic you’ll feel like you’re on a well-styled movie set instead of in a hotel. Each room has distressed walls, eclectic floor tiles and original mid-century statement pieces from leading Italian designers such as Giò Ponti and Ico Parisi, creating a truly remarkable atmosphere that exemplifies timeless Italian style. To kick off your five-star stay, enjoy a glass of prosecco at the bar in the lobby while the receptionist checks you in.
Hotel San Anselmo
Situated in a quiet, residential area, Hotel San Anselmo is housed in a 19th-century villa that embodies true Italian opulence. Many rooms have ornate headboards, four-poster beds and marble bathrooms, and the lush garden filled with fragrant citrus trees makes this the perfect oasis for an intimate stay away from the hustle and bustle of the historic center while still being well-connected to the city. Around the corner is the secret keyhole of the Knights of Malta with a magnificently framed view of the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica and Rome’s famed Giardino degli Aranci (see page 127), one of the loveliest spots in town.
Situated on a quiet street between Piazza Navona and Prati, Relais Orso emits a warm glow that beckons you to come inside. It’s a fab place for a weekend jaunt at a competitive price, given its central location. The rooms here have sleek furnishings that pair well with the exposed brick walls and wooden floors, while the black-and-white accents and crisp linens keep things relaxed. The Nietzsche suite on the fourth floor has a private terrace and outdoor jacuzzi — a rare find in Rome — and there’s a roof deck where you can see the city in panorama.
The Corner Townhouse
An eclectic hotel in an Art Nouveau villa, the rooms at The Corner Townhouse have modern furniture, technological bells and whistles (like iPad controls) and colorful wallpaper: from vibrant turquoise and deep indigo to flamboyant chartreuse, no color is off the table. Some rooms have balconies, and all guests are welcome to enjoy the rooftop patio. The Colosseum is a 10-minute walk away, and both the Aventino and Testaccio neighborhoods are easily accessible on foot. More than just a place to sleep, The Corner Townhouse also has a bistro and a speakeasy, fulfilling all your needs from morning to night.
About The HUNT Rome Writer: Livia Hengel is an Italian-American travel writer and photographer with a penchant for la dolce vita and a severe case of wanderlust. Originally born in Rome, she grew up moving around the globe and lived in the US, Peru, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Turkey before returning to Italy and ceding to a life filled with art, beauty and plenty of carbohydrates. When she’s not traveling or keeping up with Instagram, you can find Livia scoping out eateries in the city and extolling the virtues of cacio e pepe, her favorite Roman dish.