For hedonistic pleasure, the nouveau riche choose to stay at the smart and sassy Aleph Hotel. Its interior was purposely designed to represent Dante's Divine Comedy. The lobby and lounge areas are meant to represent Inferno with its rich red and black accented chairs, couches and decor. Guests are immediately greeted by caged marble lion statues and two gigantic samurai warriors at the entrance of the hotel. The hotel rooms itself are slightly less shocking, decorated in a clean contemporary style with large photographs of Rome hanging on the walls. Make your way up to Pardiso and enjoy a drink from the hotel's rooftop Angelo bar or treat yourself with a day of relaxation at the Anmo Tuina spa. BUS: 80, 53, 52. METRO: Barberini.
After a hard day's work of shopping and sightseeing, there's no better place to kick your feet back and relax than at the Rome Cavalieri Hotel. Perched up on the Monte Mario hill, the Cavalieri is a lush retreat for travelers looking for a little R & R away from the hustle and bustle of the Ancient City. Its suites are decorated in a magestic manner with gold and mahogany trimmings throughout and sophisticated artwork hanging on the walls. For the ultimate elite experience, there's the penthouse suite donned with Swarovski crystals in the bathroom, a Karl Lagerfield sofa and the real showstopper: your very own private rooftop terrace complete with a sundeck and miniature pool. The hotel also boasts an award-winning spa, a lush outdoor pool and the 3 Michelin-star rated restaurant La Pergola. BUS: 913.
Palazzo Manfredi is a magnificent historic villa that serves today as a small boutique five-star hotel. The beauty is really in the detail at this beautiful establishment, right from its rooms and opulent suites to the spectacular rooftop view of the Colosseum. Here the Aroma restaurant serves up some of the best local produce available, while you sit and bask in the shadow of the most famous monument in the world. Still family run, nothing is too much at this hotel For a special romantic occasion, book the Colosseum Suite set across two levels with an unforgettable view. METRO: Colosseo. BUS: 87
Located just around the corner from one of Rome's most prominent monuments, the Pantheon is the exquisite and always reliable Grand Hotel De la Minerve. This 5-star hotel is positioned in a tiny piazza called Piazza della Minerva across from Bernini's glorious elephant obelisk and the famous church Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. The hotel is situated in a 17th century palazzo that was recently renovated to give it a big baroquesque feel. Though, the gaudy stained glass in the lobby can be at times an eye sore, the rest of the hotel's elegance and attentive service certainly make up for it. Its spectacular roof garden is an excellent choice for dinner or drinks even during spring and summer nights. BUS: 40, 64, 46. METRO: SPAGNA.
The St. Regis Grand Hotel is a favorite among the stars including the Material Girl herself, Madonna who has often stayed here during concerts and other events. The hotel is much too glorious for the neighborhood, located not too far from Rome's main transportation hub, Termini Station. But with plush Italo-Franco furnishings and a lobby extravagantly embraced with cherub statues and Murano chandeliers dangling from the ceiling; the good certainly weigh out the bad. The hand-painted frescoes in the rooms will make you feel like you're sleeping in an ancient Roman basilica. The suites and rooms on the St. Regis floor are top-notch. BUS: 40, 64. METRO: Repubblica, Termini.
Luxury hotelier group Rocco Forte have struck again in Rome with their second five star property. Sister to the local institution that is Hotel de Russie, the new Hotel de la Ville has taken over a prized piece of real estate atop the Spanish Steps. A former 18th century palazzo with a stunning design inspired by the iconic European 'Grand Tour', the jewel in its crown is a large rooftop drinking and dining space that takes in sweeping views of the roman skyline. Renowned chef Fulvio Pierangelini has devised an exciting offering of food and beverage including a street-side bistro, Da Sistina with a selection of roman classics and Mosaico in the internal courtyard area with a more international and eclectic Mediterranean fusion of flavors. The Julep bar with its yellow and turquoise green decor is the perfect spot for an afternoon or evening aperitif and the outdoor area is decked with pretty red and white stripe umbrellas. Olga Polizzi and Tommaso Ziffer designed the elegant 104 rooms and suites (some with expansive terraces), filled with plush, playful and contemporary furniture and fabrics. The Sicilian-inspired De la Ville Spa offers state-of-the-art treatments and focuses on organic wellness with Irene Forte and Pietro Simone skincare.
Located on a corner directly in front of the American Embassy on the famous Via Veneto, is the Westin Excelsior Hotel. Its striking presence resembles that of an elegantly baked wedding cake crowned with a magestic cupola dome on top. The interior of this hotel is downright dazzling. There are elegant mirrors, fresh flower arrangements and crystal chandeliers present throughout the hotel. It's no wonder, this hotel is the obvious choice for promininent political figures, celebrities and royalty. Amenities include an indoor pool, full service spa, and a health club and sauna. BUS: 80, 52, 53. METRO: Barberini.
The Hotel Hassler sits atop the Spanish Steps in one of the most prime positions in all of Rome. Unlike other 5-star hotels, the Hassler is a family-owned and operated hotel, which makes every aspect and detail catered to its clients unique. It is owned and personally operated by Swiss Hotelier Roberto E. Wirth. Its perfect combination of over-the-top luxury and personalized service is the reason why A-list celebrities and royalty such as Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro and Leonardo De Caprio, Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Prince Rainier of Monaco have all stayed here. Its rooms are opulently decorated in an elegant and classic style. Nothing quite tops the lavish penthouse suite and its terrace fit for a king, boasting million dollar views. METRO: SPAGNA
Located within one of the most historic buildings of the famed Via Vittorio Veneto, the Regina Baglioni is as stunningly stylish as all of the other properties in this Italian luxury hotel group. A short distance from the Villa Borghese, all of the suites here have views of Rome streetscapes, and some look out to the famous Martini light sign - a roman institution. The in-house Caschera Spa offers an exclusive range of pampering treatments from massage to facials. The plush Brunello Restaurant and Bar showcases an extensive local and international wine list and cuisine inspired by roman and other regional Italian specialites. BUS: 80, 52, 53. METRO: Barberini.
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 crï¿½me de la crï¿½me, 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 recently refurbed Popolo Suites and the Picasso Suite (where - you guessed it - Picasso once slept) have been recently refurbished with 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.