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Tucked down a side street in central Rome, with its sign almost covered in leaves, you can easily miss this opulent boutique gem. Originally a 16th-century mansion for the well-to-do, it has just 18 rooms, all spacious and supremely comfortable, enlivened by a mish-mash of styles, funky artworks and lots of natural light, and is a great base for discovering key touristic sights and for high-end shopping. You'll want to linger at the classy cocktail bar and the Roman and more general Italian dishes offered by the restaurant won't disappoint. There's a lovely plant-festooned courtyard for al fresco evenings.

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Ben West
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Ben has written for many publications and websites, including the New York Times, Times, Telegraph, Spectator and New Statesman. His work has taken him to around 90 countries, and he has also written a number of books and a play, Gertrude’s Secret, which toured UK theatres for three years.



The hotel is close to numerous sights, as well as plenty of restaurants, bars and terrace cafés.

In the bustling Municipio I district, it's a 30-minute walk to the Colosseum and Roman Fort, while the Trevi Fountain and Borghese gardens are closer.
By plane: direct flights to Rome Leonardo da Vinci from London (2 hours 25 minutes) or Manchester (2 hours 40 minutes). The hotel is a 50-minute drive from the airport. Parking costs €65 per day. skyscanner.net

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Style & Character

Discerning, affluent, middle-aged frequent travellers will love it here, as well as locals. We loved the exuberant décor, such as the black parquet flooring, blue, pink and red carpet, and the gold, green and black on the walls in the dining area.

Service & Facilities

Chill out by the bar with an expertly-made cocktail.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Family-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

There's an extra charge for pets. Dogs are provided with beds, bowls and treats, and pet-sitting can be arranged.


As well as more space than the rooms, the Melangolo and Borghese suites have terraces to enjoy the splendid Palazzo Borghese view. There's chic original artworks in the rooms.

Charming, Charming Garden, Charming Terrace, Junior Suite, Vilòn Suite, Melangolo Suite, Borghese Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, Nespresso machine, daily newspaper, soft drinks minibar, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

The snazzy lounge bar serves exquisite cocktail creations. We recommend the Brontolo, a delicious mix of pistachio, mascarpone and fresh berries.

Adelaide: terrace restaurant, Mediterranean cuisine, seasonal menus. Mains include red mullet and guinea fowl. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tasting menu from €120.

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