A trip to the historic city of Rome is a must for any modern-day traveler. Choosing a luxury hotel in Rome’s central district, close to all the main sights will save time and unnecessary expense traveling about the city. Here are five of the best luxury hotels in central Rome, in various popular areas known for their tourist sights.
Il Palazzetto, International Wine Academy of Rome
For those wanting to be in the heart of Rome, just a short stroll from the Spanish Steps, this wonderful boutique hotel is the ideal choice for wine lovers. This 16th century palazzo has just four luxurious rooms with an individual homely feel which is hard to find in this bustling city. Return home after a day’s sightseeing and take a private wine tour of this internationally acclaimed Wine Academy before indulging in a meal at the Michelin starred restaurant.
Further along the Via Sistina, the Casa Howard is another delightful boutique hotel in Rome. This designer hotel is adored by celebrities and those looking for a little extra pampering and frequently features in glossy magazines. The creative décor is the work of owner Jenifer Forneris-Howard, daughter of famous textile designer Luiano Forneris, and her husband Count Masimiliano Leonardi di Casalino. Fine fabrics, antique furnishings and prestigious gifts mark out this as one of the best luxury hotels in Rome, especially if you choose to stay in the Chinese room which has its own steam bath sunk into the bathroom floor.
Those keen to stay near the Triton Fountain will find their rooms may actually overlook this well-known landmark when they book a room at the Bernini Bristol, a luxury hotel which also stands on the highest viewpoint of Rome with fabulous views of the City of Fountains from L’Olimpo rooftop restaurant. Having accommodated royalty including Queen Elizabeth II, Catherine the Great and Frederick II of Prussia over the last three centuries, it is the perfect hotel for those wanting top-notch service and suites fit for a king.
Hotel Capo d’Africa
Close to the Circo Massimo and a short walk from the Colosseum, the luxury hotel Capo d’Africa is a very well-located choice for those wanting to enjoy the ancient sites of Rome. Head up to the rooftop terrace for some great views of this ancient city. With animal print accents in the well-appointed rooms, it is a good choice for those looking for a luxury hotel which is totally unpretentious.
Westin Excelsior Rome
Situated in the heart of Via Vittorio Veneto and surrounding by boutique shops and exclusive restaurants for a romantic candlelit meal, the Westin Excelsior pulls out all the stops. This luxury hotel boasts the largest luxury hotel suite in Europe and is a regular on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List for its opulent rooms and excellent service.