WHAT’S IT LIKE
As you zoom around the exterior of the city’s most famous landmark, the Coliseum, you may not realize that you have almost reached your destination. This 14-room masterpiece is situated in a historic building that benefits from exemplary views of the Coliseum and nearby Roman ruins discovered just in front of the hotel (guaranteeing no obstruction for the hotel’s famed views). The small lobby has sit-down reception, two sitting rooms (including one with a Beatles-themed throw covering a velvet sofa), and a dapper bellmen staff. Service is exacting, as expected for a hotel in this high price range, and the mostly American clientele falls hook, line, and sinker for those top-floor restaurant terrace views. There is no other hotel in town that compete with that vista.
DINING As if the views were not enough, the restaurant hit its stride when it garnered a Michelin star in 2014 cementing its place on the call list of almost any concierge or elite diner in town. It is tough to get a reservation for lunch or dinner, even as a hotel guest, but luckily the lavish buffet breakfast with a la carte menu items is served in the same panoramic spot. Make time for a cocktail in the rooftop bar although the section that allows smoking and drinking does not have any famous views. Numerous cafes, bars, and restaurants are within close walking distance of the hotel’s front door.
AMENITIES In such a small hotel, additional amenities are slim, but workout buffs should book the best suite (20) since it has its own exercise bike and whirlpool tub.
ROOMS Guest rooms are sparkling with modern appurtenances from timber floors with soft area rugs to thickly padded mattresses with duvets and oversized pillows. In-room goodies include large flat-screen cable TVs encased in mirrors (in the case of the most expensive suite, it is actually hidden in the large floor to ceiling mirror itself), Nespresso machines, free bottled water at turndown, and free wireless high speed Internet. Power outlets are in numerous corners of the room, and closets house safes, robes, and slippers. Bathrooms are hidden by translucent glass doors and feature glamorous fixtures and appointments including bidets and Italian luxury brand Battotisti toiletries. Modern sinks and drenching rainfall showerheads are a far cry of what the Roman bathhouse used to look like.
CONCLUSION Thanks to Relais & Chateaux backing and the epitome of fine service, this hotel stays completely full necessitating an early booking if one wants to begin their day in plain sight of one of the world’s most recognized monuments.