1- Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
This luxury boutique hotel is a true feast for the senses. In the lobby and galleries you’ll find paintings from local artists lining the walls. In fact, their collection of art could very well make for a lovely museum, and they can boast the presence of three Tiepolos in their very lobby! If you’re looking for some gastronomic delights, you can head on over to their charming restaurant La Pergola. However, this restaurant is so wildly popular that even if you’re a guest at the hotel, you still need reservations weeks in advance. The hotel is also equipped with three full-sized outdoor pools, a gym, and a spa. The hotel has a total of 345 bedrooms, and they’ve found a way to make it so that each of them has a private balcony. The suites occupy the Imperial Club floors, and if you choose your room carefully, you can even have a panoramic view of the city. The Cavalieri is quite remotely located from all the primary attractions like the Colosseum, it’s about a 15 minute or half an hour taxi ride from the center of Rome. However, if you love a good view, the slight locational inconvenience is well worth it as the hotel is perched atop Monte Mario, thus offering a great view of the city below. However, you can easily avail of a free shuttle bus service that can take you into the city.
2- Hotel Hassler
The Hotel Hassler is one of Rome’s leading luxury five star hotels with good reason. The decor of the hotel has been handled and designed by Astrid Schiller Wirth, and features an eclectic and unique mix of Belle Époque grandeur, along with a modernized iteration of the Art Deco aesthetic. There are rooms that are more classically designed with vintage furniture, and then there are also the more contemporary rooms with bold geometric patterns found everywhere, in accordance with bold prints. The classic rooms have been designed in the 18th and 19th century stylings, and the contemporary Art Deco rooms feature a black, white, and red color palette. This unique hotel also features a Michelin-starred restaurant in its midst, Imagò, which has a grand panoramic view of the city from the sixth floor of the building. In addition to that, this hotel has a couple of charming themed restaurants designed in the stylings of the 40s, and has modernized rooms overlooking the city. A great bar to hang out for drinks, and to meet people, is the Hassler Bar, a moody red-tinged bar with leather bar stools. The hotel is also situated in a great location, just above the shopping center of Piazza di Spagna, and as such you can easily walk over to prime tourist destinations like the Trevi Fountain, Ara Pacis, and Piazza Navona, Via dei Condotti, amongst countless others.
3- The St Regis Rome
The St. Regis Grand Hotel was originally built on a structure conceived as a palace back in 1894. However, it was recently renovated in the past decade, and that was really fortunate because it soon got featured amidst Condé Nast Traveler’s ‘Gold List’ hotels. This hotel is able to somehow make sheer opulence and classical austerity meet in the middle. The charming façade of the hotel makes the atmosphere seem palatial and regal. One of the greatest attractions of this unique hotel is the presence of the Ritz Ballroom in its midst. This is undoubtedly a clear remnant from its palace days, in addition to the fact that it has brilliant Murano light fixtures, with stucco stairways. These are little details that make St. Regis stand out from the rest, and be a truly unique hotel. In addition to the great architecture the guests also have complete 24/7 access to butlers, and a restaurant named Vivendo that serves delightfully scrumptious traditional dishes. The hotel features 138 rooms and 23 suites, and the most impressive fact is that they’re all uniquely designed in personalized styles, be it Empire, Regency, or Louis XV inspired. The Superior Rooms are particularly noteworthy for their use of wooden inlaid furniture, and the presence of antiques that have painstakingly been collected and procured from various state institutions.
4- Rocco Forte Hotel From Russia
This hotel is relatively young, having been opened in 2000, however it has already established itself as a prime hotel frequented by countless Hollywood celebrities. It is also located in a prime area, between the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo. The hotel also features some charming gardens replete with a butterfly oasis. Their most famous suite is the Olga Polizzi-designed Nijinsky Suite, which has its own private terrace often used to host parties and entertain guests. Besides the great location and celebrity of the hotel, it also features a fitness center, luxury spa, and four conference rooms. As such, this hotel is ideal to stay at for extended periods as well, and it’s also great for business travelers because the conference rooms can be used to host a number of events. If you find yourself famished from work or from traveling, then you can book a lovely and rejuvenating session at their in-house spa as well.
5- Gran Melia Rome
The Gran Meliá is the perfect hotel to stay in if you want to breathe in the very corridors of history and antiquity. After all, Rome is a city wherein History has as much of a standing in the present as the modern world itself. The Gran Meliá is located in Gianicolo, the historical center of the city, and it embodies that aesthetic better than most other luxury hotels. Built on the banks of the River Tiber, this hotel gives you a particularly pleasant view, and is in the heart of the cultural life of the city.