Plush beds, cool and contemporary furnishings in a setting like the Roman Forum and the Colosseum? Not too shabby. That's exactly why this hotel gets booked up fast. Being in the heart of Ancient Rome is the real deal breaker, but having pluses like sleek furniture, cozy state-of-the-art bathtubs and a fancy fitness center doesn't hurt either. How about waking up and sipping on a delicious cappuccino with your breakfast on the hotel's rooftop terrace? Guests that stay here also take advantage of the rooftop to soak in the glorious setting at sunset over a glass of wine. BUS: 87, 571. METRO: Colosseo
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Classy and contemporary plus a gorgeous rooftop bar, Capo d'Africa is the perfect choice if you want to be right in the action.
More than a boutique hotel but a way of life. On arrival to the unassuming entrance on the cobblestoned Via dell'Arancio, you get the feeling you're about to embark on something special, something decadent. And Hotel Vilon is that and more; a true design feast for all the senses. The hotel is in a former 16th century palazzo and what was the Borghese family home has been given a new life. Milanese designer Giampiero Panepinto created the velvet adorned and gemstone colored public spaces, set designer Paolo Bonfini's touches of cinema characterize the suites, and artwork from Florentine photographer Massimo Listri completes the look. So the aura and excitement of stage drama is felt throughout. Boasting 18 luxurious rooms and suites, each showcases an eclectic, attentive and bespoke design. Services like 24 hour room service and complimentary mini bar soft drinks and snacks are the little details that count. Breakfast is served in the plush Adelaide Restaurant, which is open at lunch and dinner too with contemporary Roman and other regional classics. And enjoy warm hospitality an all-day cocktail in the elegant bar. Arrive to Vilon a guest and leave like you're family. METRO: Spagna
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Fabulous dining and stunning interiors make for stay you won't soon forget.
The famed East London hip brand chose Rome as its 10th and latest destination in an expansion program that includes multiple European cities. In the leafy green north of the Eternal City, right by the parkland of Villa Borghese they've restored a 1970s palazzo that's now home to 192 retro contemporary rooms. Here, touches of the 70s surprise you at every turn from the furnishings through to the design features. Think round edged brass mirrors, earthy colour palette, vintage Roberts radio and chic oversize armchairs. Rooms come in six sizes –" Shoebox, Cosy, Cosy up, Roomy, Roomy Terrace and Biggy –" something for every taste and budget. Connecting with local brands is what The Hoxton does best and the in-house boutique showcases a number of independent roman brands while the all-day dining Cugino is a collaboration with micro bakery cafe, Marigold and Restaurant Beverly brings a breezy Californian vibe.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: The place to be, dine and cocktail with locals, the Hoxton has fast become part of the local Roman neighborhood.
Housed in a former bank dating from the 1930s, the Aleph Curio offers bright and breezy luxury accommodation with top-rate amenities, attentive service and a winning location near Piazza Barberini. The decor throughout is fresh, cool and clean, with a neutral palette that plays with tones, textures and lashings of marble while keeping things comfortably contemporary with plush fabrics and modern touches. A spa, cigar lounge and several dining locations are on offer for relaxation and refreshment, while the rooftop pool with its accompanying terrace bar are the place to be when the sun sets over the Roman skyline. BUS: 80, 492, 53, 52. METRO: Barberini
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Pools in Rome are rare and this one has you looking out across the city.
You might not expect a high-end boutique property on Rome's main thoroughfare Via del Corso, yet Corso 281 Luxury Suites sits there grandly, stylishly and quietly, literally a stone's throw from Piazza Venezia. In fact, it really doesn't get much more central than this in the Eternal City. Free wifi throughout, superb designer interiors, Nespresso machines, luxurious Bulgari toiletries and breakfast in bed - this is boutique pampering at its very best. Some of the air-conditioned suites boast views of the grand Piazza Venezia and it actually doesn't end there. It's the service here that really makes all the difference. All the staff act as a concierge with their authentic local tips and know-how, especially the hotel director Natalino Gisonna who will guide you to the very best Rome has to offer. Smart devices are on offer for all guests to help navigate the city like a Roman. METRO: Spagna
Recommended for Best Hotels because: A design showstopper where you can admire owner Natalino's rare and prestigious wine and champagne collection in the Caveau basement.
If comfortable furnishings are what you're looking for with a quiet, central location, look no further than Albergo Santa Chiara. This 3-star hotel is situated just a hop, skip and a jump from the magnificent monument, the Pantheon. The hotel also faces the superb Piazza Minerva and is just a short walking distance from the beautiful Piazza Navona. Location, location, location. Wat makes Albergo Santa Chiara so popular is the fact that has been operated by the same family, the Corteggiani family for several generations. The staff and owners give off a warm and friendly feel to each of their guests who decide to stay at the Santa Chiara. The hotel's rich breakfast buffet has always been a hit with its customers. Those looking for something a little more homey or require a little more extra room, should inquire about the private apartments that Albergo Santa Chiara also rents out to its guests. BUS: 40, 64, 916, 46.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: It really doesn't get much more central than this. Right by the Pantheon, this an excellent choice and won't break the bank.
Tucked away on Rome's famed artists' street Via Margutta, it's no surprise that the boutique Rome Luxury Suites property Margutta 19 has a design style and personality of its own. Located perfectly to explore the nearby art galleries and boutiques, many of the main attractions including Piazza di Spagna are walking distance. Spread across two historic palazzos, the hotel boasts 24 luxurious rooms, apartments and suites. Each is fitted with the finest in Italian furnishings and details from the travertine marble in the bathrooms to the plush fabrics and elegant design features. Guests also get to enjoy free local and international calls as well as an insiders' guide to the city on their in-room smart phone. Metro: Spagna
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Margutta19 is located in one of Rome's prettiest streets, famous for a number of scenes in Roman Holiday.
Perfectly situated between the grandiose Piazza del Popolo and the sublime Spanish steps, lies one of the ritziest addresses in all of Rome, the Hotel de Russie. Probably the most impressive feature that this extravagant luxury hotel has to offer is its extensive terraced gardens. Most rooms boast exquisite views of the gardens. Meanwhile, the cr–me de la cr–me, the Nijinsky Suite at the top of the hotel has the largest terrace with its own private outdoor dining room, overlooking Roman rooftops and the gardens. The Popolo Suites and the Picasso Suite (where - you guessed it - Picasso once slept) have stunning decor touches throughout. During the summer, dining al fresco at the 'Le Jardin de Russie' restaurant in the middle of the hotel's Secret Garden is just magical. METRO: Flaminio, Spagna.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: The De Russie is a Rome institution with locals and the international jetset mingling on the daily in the courtyard.
When it comes to personalized service and over-the-top luxury, no one comes quite close to the Hotel Hassler. The luxury hotel has a long tradition in giving its faithful customers who run the gamut from royalty to rockstars, a personal touch in everything they do. The Hotel Hassler is family owned and operated and is situated just atop the Spanish Steps at Piazza Trinita dei Monti. The rooms follow an elegant, classic design. The Hassler is also home to the world famous and Michelin starred, Imago restaurant, one of the very first roof-top restaurants with a panoramic view to open up in Rome. Here, Andrea Antonini will delight with his creations and unforgettable degustations. METRO: Spagna
Recommended for Best Hotels because: One of Rome's best and most luxurious hotels, expect to pay big but the Hotel Hassler is 5 star service and quality at its best.
The grande dame of the Eternal City's luxury hotels, the St Regis has been welcoming guests to its palatial interiors since 1894. The flawlessly discreet concierge service and old-school attention to detail are coupled with a jaw-dropping decor that breathes the essence of the belle-époque into modern-day Rome, complete with the daily evening ritual of champagne sabering. The incredible lobby combines pale pastels, sleek black lacquer finishes and flashes of gold, topped off with a spectacularly opulent Murano glass chandelier, while the spacious rooms and suites boast perfect proportions and tranquil tones of dove grey, powder blue and warm taupe. Enjoy a treatment at the inhouse spa or an expertly mixed cocktail at Lumen, Cocktails and Cuisine. METRO: Repubblica
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Impeccable and attentive service, strategic location for uncovering Rome and cocktails in the Lumen Garden during the warmer months.