Best hotels in Rome for 2022

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Italy’s capital may actually be called the Eternal City for its assorted antiquities, but we’d gladly go there for all eternity – especially when we can check into the best hotels in Rome. Ideal for a Valentine’s break or if you’re already planning a summer city break for 2022, you’ll want to keep scrolling to check out Rome’s chicest places to stay.

BEST HOTELS IN ROME

This outdoor museum of a city has some of the world’s most famous sights all within a relatively small span: the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Forum, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain… And we haven’t even mentioned the Vatican and St Peter’s. .

Tick ​​off the tourist big-hitters or just stroll the cobbled streets and banks of the Tiber, stopping for fried artichoke, squares of pizza or a giant gelato.

Visit the Campo dei Fiori flower market, the more local-feeling neighborhood of Trastevere or shop for Italy’s beloved brands in their homeland along the Via Condotti.

The southern Italian city is blessed with blue skies and sunshine-filled days even in January, which means it’s always time for a Roman holiday.

That’s why we’ve rounded up the most gorgeous hotels in Rome for every type of trip, from a luxury city break to a romantic escape – or even a solo adventure.

Whether you want to join the esteemed ranks of the guest list at Hotel de Russie, whose previous patrons include Hemingway and Picasso, admire terracotta Roman rooftops from your private terrace at Baglioni Hotel Regina or eat a Michelin-starred meal with the Colosseum so close you. can touch it at Hotel Palazzo Manfredi (pictured above), here’s our pick of the best hotels in Rome.

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When it opened in October 1889, Hotel Eden was Rome’s first hotel to have electricity, heating, running water and a lift, leading the Murray’s Handbook Advertiser travel guide to name it ‘the best hotel in Rome’. These days, it’s still as ground-breaking, with Michelin-starred dining (and amazing views) on its terrace and a vaulted spa that gives guests their own treatment suite.

There’s also a rooftop restaurant with more wide-ranging views of the city and modern Italian cooking. La Libreria is the cosiest spot in town for the last grappa of the day – and it regularly hosts classic-film nights in celebration of Italian cinema.

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Possibly the most hallowed of all Rome’s hotels, the Hotel de Russie is most famous for its terraced garden, a leafy sanctuary in the city between the Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps. It’s also long been the address of choice for celebrities, with Hemingway, PIcasso and Diaghilev checking in once upon a time – and Jean Cocteau decreeing it ‘paradise on Earth’ in 1917.

More recent guests have included Brad Pitt, Naomi Campbell and George Clooney. Book an Olga Polizzi-designed room with a terrace to admire the Roman rooftops, and don’t miss a meal at Le Jardin de Russie, which does the best focaccia in town.

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Another heritage hotel, with the frescoes, cornicing and chandeliers to match, the St Regis in Rome has been hosting high society since 1894. The grand palazzo has high-ceilinged rooms with textiles by Rubelli, an equally historic Italian brand.

The Roman sky may be perfectly lovely outside, but it’s just as gorgeous inside under the sky-blue fresco in the lobby, which transports guests back to the golden age of travel. Equally elegant is Lumen, especially under its dramatic dome or out in the garden in the summer, for classic Roman dishes and food from all over Italy.

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Sister hotel to stylish siblings in Capri and Paris, JK Place Roma is the cozy townhouse you just wish your friend owned. There’s nothing so formal as a bill ever presented and check-in desks are swapped out for a glass of prosecco amid the impeccable, unmistakably Italian interiors of the lounge.

Guests of JK will be able to get in at the most in-demand restaurants in Rome (as well as gain guided private access to major attractions), but if you want to stay among friends, head to the bistro or rooftop garden bar and settle. in for comfort food and cocktails.

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Once a palace and then a monastery, DOM’s latest calling is as an 18-room boutique hotel overlooking the cobblestoned Via Giulia. Instead of being a shouty abbreviation of Dominic, the moniker is actually a contraction of a Latin inscription borrowed from the church next-door: Deo Optimo Maximo (which means ‘To God, the Best and Greatest’).

The rooftop terrace is the place to be for fans of terracotta tiles and bell towers, of which the Regola quarter has many. Back at ground level, the restaurant specializes in rustic Roman fare: expect dishes such as rabbit and carrot ravioli, barbecued veal and, of course, cacio e pepe pasta.

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Despite its setting in a townhouse close to the antiquities of the Roman Forum, the Fifteen Keys Hotel is surprisingly modern in its interiors, with brightly painted walls and colorful throws in the 15 (unsurprisingly) bedrooms.

Breakfast is served out in the courtyard when the weather’s fine and drinks are available at any time of day (however late) in the bar, which plays live jazz regularly. The Via Urbana location puts you within easy proximity of the Colosseum, and staff will be able to guide you to the best restaurants in the neighborhood.

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A short walk from the Spanish Steps in the central Campo Marzio neighborhood, Hotel Vilòn was once a boarding school – but these days it’s more focused on the play than the work, with an all-day bar, Mediterranean bistro and rooms with terraces that overlook the Palazzo Borghese gardens.

The boutique hotel does have lots of art to swot up on, but no one will be checking to see what you’ve learned. The courtyard is perfect to cool down in after days spent shopping on the Via del Corso, or for breakfast before you’ve even braced the Roman bustle, safe in the knowledge your own private palazzo is waiting for you when you get back.

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Yet another hit for Rocco Forte’s hotel empire and swiftly joining the ranks of the best hotels in Rome, Hotel de la Ville at the top of the Spanish Steps complements its stablemate Hotel de Russie in Rome, with more Olga Polizzi interiors, a super spa and a buzzy bar up on the roof for the ultimate aperitivo hour.

The 18th-century palazzo has been overhauled with colorful armchairs, striped cushions, emperor busts and textured wallpaper, with views of Rome showcased through arched windows and out on the huge terraces in some of the suites. This is Italy and you’re going to eat well, so start as you mean to go on with an elegant meal at Mosaico.

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On Via Veneto, the Baglioni brand’s Roman outpost is a swift stroll from most of the major monuments and close to the peaceful greenery of the Villa Borghese gardens, too. The art deco landmark, built in 1892, has stayed true to its roots, with marble, brass and velvet adorning the interiors.

Some of the Baglioni Hotel Regina’s suites have lengthy terraces where all of the city’s iconic sights come crowd-free. At Brunello Bar and Restaurant – the chef of which has practiced his dishes on George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez – choose from fine-dining or stick with classics such as carbonara, stuffed courgette flowers or mozzarella and tomatoes.

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Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte

As opulent as you’d expect for the former residence of the aristocratic Ruspoli Bonarparte family, this over-the-top, 16th-century palazzo is unabashedly lavish, with frescoes, statuary, oil paintings and chandeliers packed into every corner. Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte is less than a minute’s walk from the Piazza di Spagna and all of the shopping potential along Via Condotti and Via del Corso.

Appropriately, for such an exclusive address, there are just three suites, each of which is located at the end of a 100-step marble staircase and most certainly fit for an emperor, thanks to draped four-poster beds, brocade-covered walls and elaborate ceilings.

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Less overtly opulent than many of its counterparts, G-Rough takes the term pared-back literally, with deliberately unfinished wallpapering and exposed plasterwork forming a key part of its aesthetic. The 17th-century townhouse near Piazza Navona, run by a seventh-generation Roman, has 10 suites, each of which ties in to its shabby-chic, rough-luxe decor nicely, with reclaimed furniture adding to the hipster-friendly, vintage vibe. and a private art collection elevating the space.

There’s no restaurant, but cheese and charcuterie plates are served at the Gallery Bar, or your ‘lifestyle manager’ will be able to find somewhere fabulous for supper.

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Hotel Palazzo Manfredi

With a view of the Colosseum this good, Hotel Palazzo Manfredi almost needn’t have bothered with its restaurant offering, since the crowds would keep flocking regardless. Not one to let the side down, Aroma is now the proud owner of a Michelin star (and that amazing view) and many elaborate meals – with a separate bistro catering to the foam-averse.

The rooftop restaurant, and its ring-side seat at the Colosseum, may get all of the attention, especially among the sundowner crowd, but the rooms – all plush furnishings, polished parquet floors and yes, more Colosseum views – are equally enticing for Gladiator pilgrims.

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A classic Roman palazzo once owned by an opera composer, Maalot Roma has kept its golden-age glamor despite being used as a bank in between. The boutique hotel (there are just 30 rooms, half of which are suites) keeps the drama alive, with photographs of Baroque palaces, Renaissance portraits and an outsize chandelier in the restaurant, along with velvet accents, lots of animal prints and contemporary art with a milliner-approved theme of ‘hats’.

It’s close to the Trevi Fountain, but hidden away – though a trip to the tourist-crowded marble masterpiece is a must if you want to ensure your return.

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More a set of stylish apartments than a hotel, Babuino 181, on the street of the same name near the Piazza del Popolo, is the stay for you if you want to channel Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, whose. Roman Holiday took place a few streets away on Via Margutta (where there’s a sister set of apartments).

The private pads have contemporary interiors, marble bathrooms and original artworks. There’s no restaurant on-site, but breakfast is served up on the rooftop terrace until 11am, and guests can also head over to sister hotel Margutta 19’s Emme restaurant.

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