Celebrate the Roman Dolce Vita in these luxury hotels and suites
Have you always dreamt to immerse yourself in the celebre Roman Dolce Vita? With this list of some of the most luxury rated hotels in the Eternal City, you will find yourself immersed in a romantic and elegant lifestyle ever. Nevertheless, you may dream on one of the most inspiring and magnificent city in the world, Rome.
RESIDENZA NAPOLEONE III
Owned by the Emperor Napoleon III, it became the residence of Princess Letizia Ruspoli who created a single guest apartment out of a whole suite of rooms.
Palazzo Ruspoli is situated in the central Via del Corso where it occupies a whole city block. This suggestive building models itself on a stately home townhouse. The interior has plenty of artistic and historic ornaments such as the painting on the walls or the busts of Roman emperors that line the magnificent entrance staircase.
In terms of rooms, the Residenza can hosts a huge suite, called the Napoleone III, and the Roof Garden Suite. The Napoleone III Suite is composed of three large, luxurious rooms, so basically two sitting rooms and a huge bedroom. The room is elegantly decorated and blasts a wide series of painted ceilings and oil-painting opposite the master bedroom that hide a huge TV. Another painting conveys to a lavish bathroom.
A separate area reveals the Roof Garden Suite, an intimate, refined refuge surrounded by an astonishing view over the domes and rooftops of central Rome. Not recommendable for those who are looking for spacious places, as the stairs down the bedroom are quite steep as ship-cabin ladder.
J.K PLACE ROMA
J.K Place Roma is one of the finest hotels in the Eternal City, and also one of the most imitated. However, none of the copies can compare to the original one, which blasts an elegant, warm and impeccable style.
Adjacent to the celebre Spanish Steps, the Hotel shows an enviable and strategic position, as from here all the main attractions are easily reachable, such as the Vatican and the Centro storico.
This is one of the most original examples of celebre Dolce Vita thanks to its retro look and unique style. Although the rate may seem sheer, guests are not charged for any extra service. The mini-bar is complimentary, the buffet breakfast with plenty of fruit and home-made pastries, is included and the staff is always helpful and friendly. Even though there is no Spa, guests can’t complain at all.
GRAN MELIA ROME
Situated in the heart of historic Rome, the Gran Melia Rome, is set in an elegant and extensive villa, once a former convent built on the site of the suburban home of Emperor Nero’s mother. The enviable hotel blasts panoramic cityscapes, luxuriant gardens and an outdoor pool. Housed on the Janiculum hill between Rome celebre neighbourhoods of Trastevere and Vatican, the hotel is far away from the chaos and the traffic jams of the Eternal city.
From this green hill is possible to reach by walking some of the most well-known roman attractions and monuments such as Vatican, Piazza Navona, The Pantheon and Ara Pacis. Other attractions such as the Roman Forum, Esquiline, Villa Borghese and Termini Train Station are reachable with the means of transport.
The style is unique. Rooms, reception and lounge areas blend a harmonious balance of vintage Italian and Spanish design with contemporary aptitude.
In terms of services, guests can just relax and enjoy the splendour of this hotel along with its outdoor pool, stunning view and a full-service wellness zone, which offers various treatments. Spa, sauna, pool and personal trainers are available.
Alongside its astonishing view and particular style, the Lifestyle Suites’s architect and owner has expressed the best of his imagination for the makeover of a 15th– century palazzo in Piazza Navona. Try to imagine a stay in a palazzo dating from 1440, once home for visiting Spanish nobles, and opening your curtains in the morning and admire the glorious baroque Piazza Navona magnificence. It’s a dream, isn’t it? That’s what the Lifestyle Suites offers to their guests.
Thanks to its central location, guests can admire Borromini’s church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, just across the way, and Bernini’s Four Rivers fountain, just right below. Also, bars, shops and restaurants are around the corner.
The hotel is spread over two floors and blasts eight suites, which present a very outstanding look. From the Watteau-style velvet-covered swing of the royal blue Nuvola Suite, to the fabulous Swaroski crystal prisms hanging from the ceiling of Salotto 93 Suite. At the Lifestyle Suites you will feel part of the Royal family.
THE FIRST LUXURY ART HOTEL
Have you ever dreamt to sleep in a luxury hotel room surrounded by art? At one of newest of Rome’s central luxury hotels you could make that dream a reality. The hotel showcases the work of Italian and international artists in both the common areas and rooms. Just five minutes’ walk from Piazza del Popolo and ten from the Spanish Steps and the boutiques of Via Condotti. Despite its central and strategic location, the luxurious hotel is located on a quiet road.
Built in a 19th-century aristocratic townhouse, the hotel blasts an original interior design half way between a five-star hotel and a contemporary art gallery. The hotel showcases over 100 works by young and established artists, permanently displayed.
The fabulous hotel is comprised of 29 rooms, 23 of which are suites, following the elegant style of Roman apartments making them comfy and intimate. Bathrooms are covered with a lavish Emperador marble and luxuriant amenities. To welcome the guests, a delicious bottle of Prosecco awaits just to be opened on arrival. Finally, guests may wake up with a lovely smell and taste of a good Italian coffee as a Nespresso coffee machine with capsules and teabags is provided in each suite. What a good way to celebrate La Dolce Vita in the Eternal city.
By, Juli Piscedda
Lifestyle & Travel Columnist
Juli is a lifestyle journalist and travel writer based in London where she also works in the event industry as photographer, video-maker and sometimes as a DJ too. She loves traveling and exploring, music, movies, art and culture, swimming and certainly the irreplaceable Italian Dolce Vita!
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