Yesteryear luxe? Breath of fresh air? Shop ‘til you drop? Here’s the Rome hotel guide for every type of traveler.
Hotel for old-school luxury: Hotel Hassler Roma
This Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star beauty is the Eternal City’s grand dame of luxury hotels, with its 120-year pedigree, classic styling and impeccable old-world service. For more than a century, Hassler has served as the preferred address of international jet-setters.
Hotel for nature lovers: Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa
Known for its Gatsby-style luxury (antiques, marbles and 20,000-square-foot spa), Hotel Parco dei Principi is also one of Rome’s best retreats for a bit of greenery. Located on the edge of Villa Borghese, guests have the entire park at their disposal — from verdant nature walks and bike rides to art museums and open-air film screenings. Too tired to walk? Grab a lettino at the Parco dei Principi’s Art Deco pool and lounge area.
Hotel for art lovers: Hotel de Russie, a Rocco Forte Hotel
Rome’s favorite for the uber-stylish, this Five-Star address mixes modern and contemporary accents (including Belle Epoque mosaics and Picasso prints) — with a gorgeous garden as its backdrop.
But creativity can be found in more places than merely the luxe design; Hotel de Russie is the perfect hub for a century-spanning art history tour — within walking distance from your room are two of Caravaggio’s finest paintings; Italy’s National Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art; the Galleria Borghese (Renaissance to Baroque art); the first-century Mausoleum of Augustus (and Richard Meier-designed Ara Pacis museum); and the curious Canova Tadolini atelier, a small and charming café that was once the neo-classical sculptor’s studio.
Hotel for homebodies: Villa Spalletti Trivelli
Sometimes, you just want a home when you travel and that is the vibe at Four-Star Villa Spalletti Trivelli, a regal palace in the city center where the entire palazzo is at your disposal, whether you want to lounge in plush sitting rooms (with a fully stocked open bar, no less), peruse first editions in the antique library, take tea in a pedicured garden or just de-stress in the spa with mudbaths and massages.
Hotel for shop-a-holics: J.K. Place Roma
Welcome to Rome’s ultimate stop-n-shop. This Five-Star luxe townhouse, consisting of 23 rooms with no-holds-bar lavishness, is just a lazy, five-minute walk to Via dei Condotti and Via del Babuino, Rome’s fashion center, making it very easy to grab some Chanel with your morning cappuccino or score a bit of Prada and pranzo.