Rome's best hotels for when you want to live La Dolce Vita

When it comes to hotels, Rome definitely raises the bar on luxury lodgings. If money isn't an issue, then there is no shortage of ritzy and glamorous hotels where you can rest your pretty little head at night. If your idea of a dolce vita vacation is pampering yourself with plush king-sized beds, playful design vibes and lounging by the roof-top pool then the new W Rome is definitely the way to go. For glamorous design and a nightly champagne ritual, the St Regis is your haven. Then of course, there's the Hotel Hassler for your million dollar views. The Hotel de Russie is a all class and luxury comfort and design and with its super decadent spa and award-winning restaurants and bars, and a top pick for those wanting to stay in the very heart of the city action. And the Rocco Forte Group now have a second showstopper in their Rome portfolio. The Hotel de la Ville has a rooftop bar and restaurant for panoramic views of the city and sits in a prized position atop the Spanish Steps. And more on rooftops, the new members-only Soho House has a pool and the chic Cecconi's restaurant and bar sitting on its top floor. For a further in-depth look at the top luxury hotels of Rome, 10Best has a full list for you right here.




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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: If it's a full service resort-style setting you're after, then the Rome Cavalieri offers that and more away from the chaos of Rome's centre.

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San Giovanni/Termini/Colle Oppio/San Lorenzo

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

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Boasting one of Rome's Michelin star restaurants, Aroma, Palazzo Manfredi is a boutique gem in the eternal city.

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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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The St Regis offers all that you would expect from an olde world charm standpoint and is conveniently located too.

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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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: A deluxe spa, fine food and beverage venues in a prized Rome location.

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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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: If living Rome's vintage 'Dolce Vita' is what you had in mind, the Westin Excelsior can make that happen for you.

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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

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: If their 5 stars don't convince you, let their famed Michelin star rooftop dining experience at Imago Restaurant get you over the line.

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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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Baglioni name in Italy is synonymous with style and class and the Regina Hotel is no exception.

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San Giovanni/Termini/Colle Oppio/San Lorenzo

Soho House has landed in Italy and it chose Rome for its first Italian venture. Located in the lively area of San Lorenzo, east of the center just outside the ancient walls. Gentrified and hip are often keywords in each of the English private hotel club's brief and San Lorenzo with its natural wine bars, bustling trattorias and fascinating history has just the right balance of both. This is a different Rome. With urban and eclectic aesthetics and a dynamic personality. It's a far cry from the elegant baroque and Romanesque architecture of central Rome. This is real, it's gritty and it will now attract creatives from all over the globe. This House has 49 bedrooms and 20 long stay apartments all with designer Séverine Lammoglia's touch of 'the three Ts' as he likes to describe it: terrazzo, travertine, terracotta. Here wood, brass, velvets, textured fabrics, plush rugs and retro lines combine to create a sense of warmth, a sense of home. Each corner is like the glossy page of the finest design magazine come to life. The public spaces are no different. They are a hive of activity with locals and international house members working and mingling. The ninth floor has the House Kitchen, Club Bar and Drawing Room encircled by a long balcony. Up here treat yourself to some Roman dishes (think fried pizza with mortadella and truffled burrata) or those on the menu at all Soho Houses globally (like the Taiwanese Fried Chicken). Cecconi's at this House is on the rooftop, by the 15 meter sparkling pool and open to members only. Enjoy a cocktail or meal in the stylish open-air booths and take in the 360 urban urban views. Add to this an exciting calendar of in-house events, a state-of-the-art spa and gym and the worldwide Soho elite have a Roman house that won't disappoint. Metro: Termini / Castro Pretorio

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Exclusive, hip and stylish - all you'd expect of the Soho House brand.

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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 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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Hotel de Russie offers all that you would expect of a five star lux property right in the heart of all the action.

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The Marriot's hip, young lifestyle brand W now has a home in the Eternal City in the Via Veneto area, historically known for its dolce vita days. Here, the interiors will wow at every turn with a contemporary and playful melding of Rome's past, present and future. Think marble pillars and flooring, a golden oculus ode to the Pantheon and chic modern sculptures. Its 162 rooms and suites - many with balconies and even terraces - boast a colorful bold design and all feature the W Signature Bed for the most comfortable of stays and the bathroom comes complete with luscious Davines amenities. Their food and beverage game is strong with multiple outlets to keep you satisfied day and night. Think Sicilian cuisine at Giano Restaurant, cocktails up on the Otto Rooftop or a garden aperitivo in Giardino Clandestino and DJ sets in the W Lounge Bar. Indulge in a sweet treat at Zucchero x Fabrizio Fiorani and at the W, Concierge takes the form of the hotel's Whatever/Whenever® offering to which just the title engenders the service style of the hotel. Anything goes, whenever you need it!

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Featuring a rooftop pool, various dining outlets and more, the W has all the perks of your big city luxury hotel.

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