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Boutique hotels in Rome (14)

Boutique Hotels in Rome

Rome is one of the most historical, beautiful and stylish cities in the world and full of fabulous boutique hotels and small luxury B&Bs. We have found some of the best boutique hotels in Rome, all of which offer personalised service and charm. If you want to stay at the heart of the action, why not book into one of the 6 suites at Gigli d’Oro, a 15th-century palace near to Piazza Navona. Despite its central location, this luxury Rome hotel is peaceful and quiet with sensitively restored medieval features, stone floors and preserved beams. If a small luxury B&B in Rome is more your thing then look no further then Buonanotte Garibaldi a favourite of those who like to stay in Trastevere and it is just a few minutes walk from the Vatican.

Outside, you’ll find Campo de’Fiori, a lively marketplace (particularly on a Saturday morning) where you can pick up packets of pasta, biscotti biscuits and bottles of olive oil to take home. Piazza Navona itself is filled with people watching pavement cafes, buskers and artists selling their paintings, all set against a backdrop of the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone. Just behind the piazza, Baffetto is the perfect place for wafer-thin pizzas with porcini mushrooms or spicy Italian sausage, which you can eat on trestle-tables on the cobbles or in the understated restaurant itself. Afterwards, walk to nearby Il Goccetto, an authentic wine bar in a former medieval bishop’s house for a glass or two of vino rosso.

The luxurious Villa Spalletti Trivelli is another of Lulu’s favourite boutique hotels in Rome. An elegant, Italian villa that has been owned by the same family for generations, it’s filled with antiques and works of art. There are 12 rooms, 6 of which overlook the villa’s pretty gardens (a real treat in the summer), a gym and wellness centre. In the winter, you can cosy up in the wood-panelled library or by the fire in the Sala del Camino.Villa Spalletti Trivelli serves one of the best breakfasts in Rome, offering all kinds of Italian delicacies including fresh buffalo mozzarella and proscuitto. This Rome boutique hotel also boasts a winning location minutes from the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. The Trevi Fountain is tucked away in a tiny piazza and almost always surrounded by tourists who flock here to make a wish as they toss a coin into the fountain, have their picture taken and eat ice-cream sitting on the wall as they watch the world go by.

The Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna are a well-known lamdmark and meeting point. Climb up the steps to the top to the Trinitia dei Monti church and convent for an excellent view of the piazza beneath you. If you can, time your visit just before sunset, then stroll along the street at the top, past Villa Medici to the Pincio which overlooks Piazza del Popolo. The view from here, as the sun sets over St Peter’s Basilica, is sublime. Also in this area is Villa Borghese, the city’s most central public park where ancient aristocrats built their sprawling villas. Inside Villa Borghese, you can immerse yourself in artworks and sculptures by the likes of Caravaggio, Titan, Raphael and Michelangelo.

From Piazza del Popolo, it’s a stones’ throw to Via del Corso and Via Condotti, where you’ll find most of the big label, designer fashion boutiques (Gucci, Prada, Max Mara etc). Tucked away on a tiny side street near here is one of Lulu’s favouritue boutique hotels and the most stylish new luxury hotel opening in Rome, JK Place, which has 30 beautifully designed rooms and suites and a very cool lounge bar and restaurant. If your arms are aching with all the shopping bags, rest weary feet at Ginger, an organic bistro where you can sit at pavement tables tucking into sandwiches and gigantic salads, fresh juices or smoothies for lunch. Ginger is also open for dinner: expect dishes such as entrecote steak and citrus and thyme marinated grilled tuna. Or alternatively, head to Dal Bolognese where the well-heeled Roman crowd feast on bollito misto (a classic stew).

What to see in the Eternal City

If you visit Rome the chances are you’ll want to see the archaeological part of the city. Your first port of call should be Il Vittoriano on Piazza Venezia: climb the stairs to the top of this vast white monument for excellent views of the surrounding cityscape. Just outside to your right, there’s the Roman Forum, the oldest of Rome’s Fora where state business took place in the 7th century. It’s surrounded by the Imperial Fora, five fora built by five emperors each to conduct their legal and economic business. These were later divided by Mussolini who built a road straight through them. It’s worth bringing a plan of how it all used to look with you so you can understand what you’re looking at and make sense of the ruins.

At the end of the road lies perhaps Rome’s most famous ruin of them all, the Colosseum, where you can walk around the top floor and underground pits of the vast ampitheatre. In contrast to all the ruins, the Pantheon in Piazza della Rotunda is the best preserved ancient building in Rome. Its understated facade gives way to a stunning hemispherical dome inside (it’s exactly equal to the height of the building) with a circular hole to let in the light at its centre.

Across the river, the main attraction is Vatican City, the world’s smallest state and home to St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistene Chapel. When the Pope is in town crowds of worshippers pack out St Peter’s Square and you can join them to watch Sunday mass on the big screens. Another very different attraction on this side of the river is the popular area ofTrastevere in the south. At night the streets are full of young people eating outside at the trattorias and drinking at the bars (shoppers should visit on a Sunday morning to grab a bargain at the Porta Portese flea market). One of the best local restaurants inTrastevere is Da Enzo, where many of the ingredients are organic and the food - stuffed zucchini blossoms, salted baccalà (cod) - is out of this world.


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The Tribune Hotel is a contemporary hotel just a few steps away from the Villa Borghese gardens and Via Veneto, in the heart of the historical centre of Rome. Great for couples who don't want to spend a fortune.


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We love this design hotel right in the heart of Rome, on Via Nazionale. Modern, soundproofed rooms with spacious bathrooms make Rome Times Hotel the perfect base for exploring Rome.


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Sometimes a luxury boutique hotel is too much and we just want to find a small chic B&B which we can call home for a few days. Buonanotte Garibaldi is exactly that, hidden away in the Trastevere in Rome.


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Town House is a stunning 5 bedroom apartment in Rome with its own terrace near Piazza Navona. In an enviable quiet location, this private palazzo is the perfect alternative to a luxury hotel in Rome.


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Ex-GM of JK Place Capri, Samuel Porreca is the star of the show at JK Place in Rome situated just off Via Condotti. The 30 rooms and suites are sophisticated stunners so book early to avoid disappointment.


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Casa Montani is a small private luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Rome overlooking the prestigious Porta del Popolo, and just a few minutes walk from the Spanish Steps.


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Crossing Condotti is one of the most private small boutique hotels with just 6 rooms in the centre of Rome moments from the Spanish Steps. Here, guests receive keys to the house, making them feel very much at home.


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Hotel Indigo Rome - St George is a luxury hotel in Rome just a short walk from Trastevere, Piazza Navona, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican.


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With just 6 luxury suites and a stone's throw from Piazza Navona, Gigli d'Oro is one of Rome's best kept secrets and one of the most charming small boutique hotels in the city.


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Sumptuous, luxurious and refined, Villa Spalletti Trivelli is a must for those looking for one of the best small luxury hotels in Rome.  Just minutes from the Spanish Steps and complete with a gym, spa and pretty gardens this Chic Retreat offers guests more than most larger luxury hotels.


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Hotel Palazzo Manfredi is a small boutique hotel neighbouring the Colosseum, the Imperial Forum & the Domus Aurea in Rome. Enjoy stylish & elegant rooms & apartments, great service and some of the best views in Rome from the rooftop terrace.


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PiazzadiSpagna9 is a new contemporary boutique hotel in Rome with a difference. As well as 6 unique rooms, a living room and a spa with a Turkish steam bath, this luxury hotel in Rome is also a constantly evolving gallery with limited edition works of art which you can buy and take home after your stay.



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