Cheat Sheet: Rome
A relative newbie to the hotel scene in Rome, Babuino 181 puts you right in the heart of the city center. Traditional architecture combines with modern touches like Frette linens and platform beds. Perfect-for-Italy bonus: a coffee machine in the room. Don’t miss the view from the rooftop terrace onto the surrounding courtyards and side streets.
Via del Babuino 181
From $442 per night
Leon’s Place showcases the best of Italian design. (Courtesy: Leon’s Place)
Finally, a hotel near Termini that isn’t tacky: the 56-room Leon’s Place is the very definition of a boutique hotel, with sleek lines and every possible amenity (snazzy gym, a sleek lounge, bathrooms kitted in Carrara marble). The Skylight Rooms are tempting but can push the air conditioner to its limits, thanks to the hefty amounts of natural light.
Via XX Settembre, 90/94
From $257 per night
Worth the Splurge
Book the Master Garden Room at The Inn at The Roman Forum, which has a private rooftop terrace, your own Jacuzzi, exposed wooden ceiling beams, and flatscreen televisions. Note that for reservations of at least three nights, you can request a free pick-up or transfer to the airport (one way) included in the rate.
Via degli Ibernesi, 30
From $568 per night
Spacious for Families
A recent renovation of the Hotel Duca d’Alba has made the interiors more modern and functional, with Travertine bathroom tiling, flatscreen TVs, and double-glazed windows on the doors overlooking the terrace, in case the little ones get loud. Book the Junior Suite, which will give you a bit room. Service remains a strong point here, as well.
Via Leonina, 14
From $88 a night
Eat in a lovely setting that offers great cuisine at Antico Arco. (Courtesy: Antico Arco)