A round up of Rome's very best boutique hotels

It's hard to come to Italy and not have comfort, style and design on your mind. The same goes for when you're thinking of booking a boutique hotel and Rome certainly boasts an eclectic mix to choose from. 

Unlike big chain hotels, boutique accommodations offer the perfect balance of intimacy and attention to detail. The size of these hotels really differs, ranging anywhere from just a couple of suites to even 100 rooms. A boutique hotel is often more appealing to travelers because of its unique style, decor, amenities and the services they have on offer. From haute couture fitted sheets and elegant furnishings to personalized concierge services and VIP tickets to exclusive shows and exhibits, if you're searching for the real dolce vita in the Eternal City, then look no further - 10Best has summed up a list of top-notch boutique hotels that raise the bar on luxury lodging.

Right in the heart of the city, you'll find the stunning design property Corso 281 Luxury Suites where nothing seems to be too much for their staff to handle and then there's the chic urban style hideaway, Chapter Roma with its rooftop bar. Escape to the luxurious universe of Vilon as they like to say, at Hotel Vilon or her new showstopping sister property, newcomer Hotel Maalot. For art aficionados, the style and location of Margutta 19 on the famed Via Margutta is unbeatable and for stylish art-deco features, you can't go past Palazzo Dama Hotel. When it comes to upscale boutique accommodation, Rome offers something to suit all tastes and budgets and here are 10 of the very best. 


Portrait Roma
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If you've got fashion on your mind when booking your hotel stay in Rome, look no further than Portrait Suites. The luxury townhouse hotel was designed by none other than the Ferragamo family themselves. It's situated just above Ferragamo's flagship store and conveniently close to Via dei Condotti, a fashionista's dream come true. The rooms are contemporary and chic with black wood paneling, simple grey hues with pictures and sketches of what else, shoes on the walls. The rooftop terrace offers guests the chance to wind down with a glass of wine whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the Roman skyline. METRO: Spagna.

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: Portrait Suites is the perfect boutique hotel option for lovers of fashion.

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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 Boutique Hotels because: Funky public spaces and dining options make this a hotspot for visitors and local alike.

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Against the splendid backdrop of Rome, luxury and style come together to bring you The First Roma Arte. Located in the heart of Rome, this 5 star all luxury hotel is located just a short walk from Via del Corso, the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popol. Perfect for exploring the city, it features a range of suites including ones with private jacuzzis. Now completely restored, the building was one a 19th-century palace now offering all the modern comforts of a boutique hotel. It features the All'Oro Michelin star restaurant and a rooftop garden and bar. The perfect place in Rome for a romantic and stylish getaway. METRO: Spagna

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: The name of this hotel says it all - the ultimate in boutique style and luxury.

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From the second you walk in, you get the idea that you're in a special place. This is boutique and tailor-made at its best. Understated, the elegant white building seems a residential one, in line with owners' Riccardo Di Giacinto and Ramona Anello mission to make you feel right at home here. As the name indicates it's all about having a truly personal experience. The lobby is a picture of high quality and eclectic furnishings in bold yellows and blues, leading off to a grand dark wood staircase complete with a hanging art installation of the hotel's signature H plus a life-size gorilla model. Guest rooms and suites boast artworks from Rome's Mucciaccia contemporary art gallery and each of the uniquely appointed room have stylish design pieces. No strangers to hospitality, Di Giacinto's All'Oro restaurant has plush and luxury colorful interiors and decadent menus to match, worthy of their recent star rating in the Michelin Guide. METRO: Fleming

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: The H'All Tailor Suite has quirky design touches at every turn and a Michelin star restaurant to match!

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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 Boutique Hotels because: The details at Vilon will surprise and delight from the moment you walk through the door.

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Set within an 18th-century palazzo formerly the home to the Malaspina dynasty, the Palazzo Dama Hotel brings a touch of style and elegance to Rome like no other. A chic villa if you like, it opened its doors in 2016 and with its elaborate features (no less than a sparkling chandelier taken from the New York's Plaza Hotel), food and beverage offering and designer appointed rooms and suites, it is the epitome of 5-star luxury. A rarity in the heart of Rome, the hotel boasts a swimming pool set in a lush garden where guests lounge about and take a dip in the warmer months with staff readily on hand to serve up a cocktail (or two). The Peruvian-Japanese inspired Pacifico Restaurant and Raspoutin Club are popular with hotel guests and locals alike. METRO: Fleming

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: Old world style with stylish and contemporary amenities and a pool in the heart of the city.

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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 Boutique Hotels because: For lovers of fine things, the plush settings and the location are unrivaled.

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The Chapter Roma brings a cheeky boutique vibe to the city and aptly describes itself as glamorous and gritty, not fancy but also not-not fancy! Located right in the heart of the city, in the Jewish Ghetto quarter here, rooms and public spaces are curated with a fascinating collection of local and international design pieces. Rooms with names like 'Loft', 'Chapter Double' and 'Baby Double' exude its chic urban personality and are each fitted with wooden flooring, brash finishings, granite marble bathroom features and bespoke furniture. The design centerpiece, its restaurant Campocori has travelers mingling with locals and in the warmer months, hang out on the Mexican decked out rooftop, Hey Guey. Artisan shops, art galleries and many of Rome's monuments are just steps away.

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: An urban chic hideaway with a rooftop in the bustling heart of the city.

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A restaurant with hotel rooms. Not a hotel with a restaurant. That's how Rome's chic Hotel Maalot describes herself. And the philosophy holds its ground as you walk in off Rome's bustling Trevi Fountain area streets into an oasis of art and cool, with the Don Pasquale restaurant the centerpiece. In short, the only thing Maalot has in common with sister properties like Rome's Vilon or Capri's Tiberio Palace is its uniqueness. The bespoke design by architect Roberto Antobenedetto, is housed in what was a former bank but historically the grand palazzo was the residence of opera composer Gaetano Donizetti. Like most things in Rome, history lived here but Hotel Maalot, already a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World is writing its own pages. Adorned with contemporary and thought provoking artworks (many of which by Argentinian Stanley Gonczanski) throughout the public spaces and across 30 rooms and suites, the colonial and Londonesque private residence touches make you feel right at home. Each room has its own identity, but embellished in eclectic wallpapers, upholstery and fabrics with jaw dropping Tuscan marble in the bathrooms. The 5 star hotel comes complete with a state-of-the-art gym, late breakfast through to 11am and an enviable location that has you at major monuments in minutes.

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: The most luxurious setting a stone's throw from the Trevi Fountain.

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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 Boutique Hotels because: Stylish yet understated, you are showered in luxurious treats when you walk into this grand palazzo on Rome's main shopping street.

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