With almost 3000 years of history behind it, it’s clear to see why Rome is on so many people’s bucket lists.
Ancient ruins, such as the Forum and the Colosseum, still evoke the power of the former Roman Empire, the Vatican continues to remind you of Rome’s ongoing religious importance, and numerous museums house some of mankind’s finest masterpieces.
Add to that countless high-end boutiques lining bustling piazzas, more Michelin star restaurants than you can shake a papal ferula (the Pope’s staff) at, and a whole host of luxury hotels vying to be your headquarters during your visit to the Eternal City, and there’s nowhere quite as eminent as Rome.
Here, we take a look at the 10 best 5-hotels in Rome, based on guest ratings, reliable recommendations and editorial preferences.
Gran Melia Rome 9.1
A former convent located on the banks of the River Tiber, Gran Melia Rome is a refreshingly intimate 5-star hotel within walking distance from the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. Service is immaculate and the sprawling property has an air of timelessness to it. An impressive art collection and stupendous luxury make Gran Melia one of the finest luxury hotels in the city
The hotel is in the style of a sophisticated luxury villa, with its enviable location in the heart of historic Rome affording it remarkable city views from classic Italian guest rooms. Visit in summer when the verdant gardens are at their greenest and the outdoor pool offers a cooling escape from the sun. Exceptional dining is to be had at signature restaurant VivaVoce, where Michelin-starred chef Alfonso Iaccarino serves a creative Mediterranean menu.
Hotel Hassler 9.0
Gloriously overlooking the Spanish Steps, Hotel Hassler is one of Rome’s best-positioned luxury hotels, with the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna and the Vatican all nearby. It showcases grand Art Deco interiors, staff are extra attentive, and the Michelin-starred restaurant Imagò on the sixth floor has been wowing Rome and its visitors for almost a decade with its Italian-fusion cuisine and unbeatable panoramic views.
A historic hotel with all the modern 5-star conveniences, Hotel Hassler has the best of both worlds. One classic throwback that wins merit is the original 19th-century concierge desk in the hotel lobby, where guests can arrange anything from dinner reservations at the best restaurants to visits to Rome’s attractions. The atmospheric Forties bar is ideal for a nightcap.
A refined boutique hotel, Villa Spalletti Trivelli is an opulent urban retreat, set in the former private home of a Roman count and countess. Service is proper and refined, whilst airy public spaces, an intriguing collection of antiques and a library all contrive to make this an alluring 5-star hotel.
The 12-room villa is intimate, although rooms are vast, classically designed, and exceptionally comfortable. Visit over the summer and the hotel’s quaint gardens become a true oasis from the city. There’s also a spa in which to unwind and be pampered, while up on the new rooftop bar there are bubbling Jacuzzis from where wonderful views across the roofs of Rome can be had.
Hotel De Russie 9.0
A bridge between history and contemporary luxury, Hotel De Russie is located in Via Del Babuino, near the Spanish Steps, and boasts great views over Piazza del Popolo. A favourite haunt of artists, fashionistas and creatives of all types, this five-star hotel is perhaps best revered for its Secret Garden courtyard, a tranquil setting for the hotel’s elegant restaurant and cocktail bar.
The 19th-century palazzo has undergone a number of updates over the years, keeping it not only competitive with the city’s other luxury hotels but surpassing them in many areas. 122 homely rooms and suites surround the central courtyard, but make sure to get an inward facing room for views of the idyllic gardens. The small on-site spa also impresses.
J K Place Roma 10.0
One of Italy’s most opulent hotels, a quick and easy five minutes’ walk from the Spanish Steps, J K Place is a treat of a hotel to stay at. While the atmosphere is relaxed, welcoming and informal, statues and stunning artwork lend a sense of class to this timeless townhouse hotel.
Rooms at JK Place are incredible. Spacious, suave and comfortable, they feature four-poster canopy beds, stylish bathrooms, and the latest in-room tablet technology. Indulge at the informal an all-day eatery, J.K. Café, with its excellent burgers, cocktails, and hearty breakfasts.
If you’re visiting Rome to learn more about the art it is famed for, then this five-star hotel is where you should stay. Part luxury hotel, part art gallery, it provides an intimate and comfortable retreat in the heart of the Eternal City, showcasing contemporary works of art throughout rooms and public spaces.
Service is impeccable, rooms are modern and homely, and the hotel’s rooftop bar is a great spot for a cocktail while you take in the sights of the city. The hotel also incorporates two good restaurants; a delicious Mediterranean menu can be savoured at the ground-floor restaurant, whilst the Rooftop Garden eatery is more informal and international.
Situated down a quiet street near the vibrant Piazza Navona, Hotel Raphael is perfectly placed for a day of sightseeing. Home to a valuable collection of Picasso ceramics, and with an iconic rooftop bar that looks out upon Rome’s famous domes and bell towers, this traditional Italian luxury hotel is one of the city’s most coveted.
There are two styles of rooms to choose from; traditional and contemporary. All are open, airy and bright. Traditional, Renaissance-style rooms are luxurious and attractive, whilst the Richard Meier-designed Executive Suites are sleeker and sharper. Even if you don’t stay at the Hotel Raphael, be sure to visit the rooftop terrace, La Terrazza, at sunset for an otherworldly experience.
Perched atop the leafy Monte Mario, overlooking the city, the Rome Cavalieri offers an all-encompassing five-star experience. Foodies take note; the Rome Cavalieri is home to Rome’s only Michelin-three-starred restaurant -– La Pergola.
The hotel also boasts an impressive art collection, three outdoor pools, and rooms with private balconies and great views. Additionally, you can get your heart racing at the modern gym, unwind in the posh spa, or grab a drink at one of four excellent bars. Rome Cavalieri has it all.
Located in the heart of the Centro Storico, the fashionable Hotel Indigo Rome – St George is within walking distance of the Vatican, Piazza Navona and Trastevere, making it a superb base for a weekend of exploring the Italian capital.
With an overall contemporary classic look, the hotel offers 64 elegant and modern rooms, even if they are on the smaller side of the scale. Each has its own character and personality; some paying homage to the Renaissance in their design, others featuring one of the icons of ‘60s Italy, the legendary Fiat 500. The hotel’s restaurant, I Sofa di Via Giulia, is as classy as the rest of the hotel, and there is also the romantic Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, and an atmospheric Wine Bar.
Eden Hotel Rome 9.0
Rome’s legendary Hotel Eden reopened on April 1, 2017, following a thorough update by world-renowned architect and interior designers Bruno Moinard and Claire Betaille of 4BI & Associés. The unveiling revealed 98 new spacious guestrooms and suites, a dynamic food and drink concept, and the hotel’s first urban spa and blow-dry bar.
A timeless luxury hotel built in the late 1800s, the Hotel Eden is situated in the heart of the old city of Rome, a short stroll from the legendary Spanish Steps and picturesque Villa Borghese. Guest rooms are full of natural light, accentuated by high ceilings and tall windows, furnished with fine fabrics and elegant artwork. Eat at the revamped La Terrazza, where views over the city’s rooftops complement an innovative, seasonal Mediterranean menu.