Best Hotels in Rome
With so many properties vying for your attention among the bustling piazzas and winding side streets, let us point you to the worthiest Roman hotels, as chosen by T+L readers in our annual World's Best Awards survey.
No. 1 Hotel de Russie
This hotel—an updated 19th-century palazzo with 122 rooms and phenomenal terraced gardens set between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps—makes sophistication look easy. Open since 2000, it’s become a favorite of Hollywood elite, and it’s easy to see why: a great location near some of the city’s best shopping on Via Condotti; luxe accommodations in a thoughtfully refurbished landmark building; a rare urban oasis of green; and concierges who know the ins and outs of every neighborhood in Rome. Its distinctive modern interiors are an eclectic mix of pastels, handsome dark woods, and walls accented with Mapplethorpe photography; there’s even an on-site spa with Turkish bath. The respected on-site restaurant serves classic Italian dishes, but guests wax most poetic about the hotel’s tiered hillside garden studded with classical statues; to add to its oasis-like feel, there’s even a butterfly sanctuary. The view is especially pleasant in summer, when the lively Stravinskij martini bar offers alfresco sipping under the palms.
No. 2 Hotel Hassler Roma
Grace Kelly honeymooned at this turn-of-the-century palace at the top of the Spanish Steps, and it’s still the hotel of choice for many of today’s celebs and stylish tastemakers in search of old-world elegance (Gwyneth, TomKat, and Victoria Beckham are all regulars). Renowned for its personalized service, the Hassler is a family affair—a place where guest relations are taken very seriously. The 95 stately rooms are a checklist of classic good taste, with elaborate moldings, gilded furniture, French silks, 16th-century antiques, Limoges porcelain, playful frescoes, and marble, marble, marble, plus mod cons like flat-screen TV’s. Imàgo, its modern Italian restaurant, has heart-stopping views of St. Peter’s Basilica and Rome’s terracotta-tiled roofs. And the concierges can accommodate just about any request, including mapping out routes through the Villa Borghese gardens, near the hotel.
No. 3 Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Three miles outside the city center, this sprawling 1960 urban hotel with a 15-acre private park sits atop the highest hill in Rome, offering sweeping city views. (An efficient shuttle ferries guests to and from the city center.) Despite its mod exterior, the hotel exudes culture and sophistication; works from owner Angelo Guido Terruzzi’s art collection—which includes an original Tiepolo—adorn the halls. The 370 rooms are generously proportioned, with suites and Imperian floor rooms offering the most space (and style), in addition to a private elevator and a stable of business-friendly amenities. There’s an on-site spa and gym (and the city’s largest pool), but the hotel’s three-Michelin-starred panoramic restaurant, La Pergola—and chef Heinz Beck’s white asparagus au gratin with Parmesan mousse—is reason enough to consider this “out of the way” location.
No. 4 Westin Excelsior, Rome
With prime real estate in Via Veneto, this Beaux-Arts hotel has a history dating back to 1906. Guest rooms in the 281-room, 35-suite hotel feature damask wall and window coverings, crystal chandeliers, and either a gold-tan-mustard inflected Biedermeier style or gold-cream-wine hued Empire style decor. Common areas are equally as lavish with antiques, enormous chandeliers, and expanses of marble on floors and walls. Chef James Foglieni's Doney Restaurant serves a regional Italian menu and boasts a sidewalk patio right on Via Veneto.
No. 5 St. Regis Grand Hotel
This opulent 19th-century landmark palace opened by César Ritz and designed by architect Giulio Podesti, a 10-minute walk from the Via Veneto, made the most of its $35 million restoration in 2007. Guests step into a luxurious haven, with hand-painted frescoes forming dramatic backdrops to tufted guest-room headboards, 24-hour “e-butler” service, and chandeliers made from handblown Murano glass. The 161 ravishing rooms feature décor from the Italo-Franco Louis XVI, Regency, and Empire periods and furniture evocative of the Mediterranean’s regal lineage from all eras; expect rich velvets, inlaid woods, carved marble, and fine Pratesi linens. Bathrooms come with travertine marble and Laura Tonatto toiletries, while the on-site health club (accessed via the hotel’s original wrought-iron elevator) is state of the art. If dining in, book a table in the cozy wine cellar of the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Vivendo.
No. 6 Hotel Eden, Rome
The Dorchester Collection's Hotel Eden is a classic, grand European hotel. Since its opening in 1889, the Eden has played host to European royalty and regular travelers alike. Traditions live on here: guests are greeted by a top-hatted, white-gloved doorman as before entering the opulent lobby with an imposing central staircase fitted with ornamental wrought-iron railings. Rooms are spacious and feature luxurious touches, include marble-tiled bathrooms. Also popular are the views from the Eden's terrace garden, which overlooks the nearby domed cathedrals and Spanish Steps in a picture-worthy scene.
No. 7 Grand Hotel Palace, Rome
Upon changing its name from the Grand Hotel Palace, this classic Roman hotel wrapped up a major renovation in October of 2010, which united modern interior design with the original old décor. Venetian artist Guido Cadorin’s 1920’s frescoes, immortalizing Roman high society, remain, while guest rooms have contemporary Italian furniture and innovative electronics. Strategically located in front of the American Embassy and between the Spanish Steps and the Villa Borghese, the 87-room structure is situated in Via Veneto, Rome’s most elegant and fashionable street and the centerpiece of the Dolce Vita.
No. 8 Grand Hotel de la Minerve
Neighbor to the Eternal City's beloved landmarks, Grand Hotel de la Minerve is in the heart of Rome. The hotel, a 17th-century mansion that once hosted Sartre, overlooks Piazza della Minerva, home to Gianlorenzo Bernini's 1667 Elephant and Obelisk, and is near Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and Vatican City. The ornate Great Hall embraces the past with its stained glass ceiling, traditional décor, and marble floor. The 135 rooms and suites echo the art-focused surroundings with a rich palette of gold, green, red, and blue highlighting high ceilings, frescoes, and original wood-beamed ceilings in select rooms. On the dining front, Minerve Roof Garden pairs Mediterranean cuisine with views of the Roman skyline and Vatican City.
No. 9 Hotel Majestic Rome
When it comes to glamorous hotels in Rome, few exceed the Hotel Majestic on fashionable Via Veneto. Built in 1889 by renowned architect Gaetano Koch, the Neoclassical property catered to generations of glitterati and served as a backdrop for Federico Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita. Today, the hotel continues to draw A-list visitors (past guests include Madonna and Pavarotti) with its 98 guestrooms, decorated with antiques, tapestries, Wenge hardwood floors, white lacquered furniture, and large windows overlooking either Via Veneto or St. Isidoro’s Convent garden. Downstairs, the Carrera marble lobby leads to a grand ballroom, frescoed by Domenico Bruschi.