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T+L's Definitive Guide to Rome

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The city’s hottest hotel openings and longtime favorites.

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Margutta 54: Owned by nobleman Alberto Moncada di Paternò, Margutta 54 is utterly private (set in an enclosed courtyard) and awash in history (Picasso painted here). But the sleek suites are the draw, with their ample sitting areas and cleverly configured bathrooms. $$

Hotel St. George: Rooms at this 16th-century palazzo, restored in 2008, range from the most welcoming single room (French double bed; large bath with a raincan showerhead; a lovely window seat) to “family” accommodations measuring upwards of 500 square feet. Bonus: the subterranean spa. $$$

First Hotel: This stylish newcomer won’t be to all tastes; the bright white lobby with its small, overlit bar and preponderance of questionable art lacks coziness. The 29 rooms and suites are infinitely more appealing—spacious for Rome, and done up in soft shades of taupe. $$$

The Classics

St. Regis: The former Grand Hotel, built in 1894, was completely renovated in 2000; its 161 rooms are suitably vast, with Regency, Louis XVI, and Neoclassical elements. $$$

Hotel Hassler Roma: Rich French silks, gilded furniture, and playful frescoes make up the interiors of this celeb favorite. $$$

Hotel De Russie: With its sprawling tiered gardens and mix of earthy pastels and dark woods, the Russie feels like a quiet urban oasis. $$$

Hotel Eden: Traditions live on here: guests are greeted by a top-hatted doorman before entering the opulent lobby, which has an imposing staircase with ornamental wrought-iron railings. $$$

Portrait Suites: Interior designer Michele Bönan has outfitted the sexy, Ferragamo family–owned hotel with black-stained oak, white-marble bathrooms, and ice-blue flannel chairs. $$$$

Eyes on J.K. Place Roma: The team behind the seminally stylish J.K. Place hotels in Florence and Capri are bringing their deft blend of high style and genuine warmth to the heart of the centro storico. Expect a late-spring 2013 opening.

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000

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