Italy’s capital city, Rome, is known as the “Eternal City” thanks to its rich history, museums, and ancient monuments. A sense of luxury and stature are created through a balance of this connection to the past and the fashion-forward shopping district in the bustling downtown area. While the shop owners are busy with customers during the day, the chefs are in the restaurants, busy prepping the kitchens. Italy is known for its cuisine and you can find the restaurants full of tourists and natives alike after a long day.
The Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Piazza di Spagna are all popular tourist destinations. Whether you are a first-time tourist, or a veteran traveler, you are sure to find a district in Rome that appeals to you. Rome Italy hotels are scattered across the region, so plan ahead and book a room or suite at a lodging that will give you a centrally located “home base” for whatever day trips you have in mind. Three of our favorite 5-star Rome Italy hotels deserve a quick review for your consideration.
Aldrovandi Palace Villa Borghese
This 19th century mansion is located in the historic district of Rome, Italy. The hotel is centered between the Villa Borghese Gardens and the Borghese Gallery. The Aldrovandi Palace is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Italy. The landscaping features lush gardens, and a swimming pool, which is incredibly rare among Rome Italy hotels. The hotel décor has been updated, but remains true to the 19th century style of the architecture. The antique furniture is carefully maintained, providing guests with unique fabrics and textures to enjoy.
A Mediterranean restaurant, conference rooms, and large banquet halls make Aldrovandi Palace Villa Borghese a prime location for social events as well as business meetings. Countless weddings have been carried out in the Sala Cabrini, where the hotel provides complete banquet services.
Grand Hotel De la Minerve
Another of the Rome Italy hotels located in the historic district is the Grand Hotel De la Minerve. From here you are less than 100 meters from the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. One of the oldest building in the city, it was originally built for the Fonseca family in 1620. It was converted into a hotel in the late 1700s and has been hosting royalty, politicians, artists, and religious figures as part of a very elite clientele ever since. The 135 guest rooms and suites are punctuated with ancient statues and art salons which feature work by the sculptor Rinaldo Rinaldi. While the Rome Italy hotel is proud of its historic roots, the guest rooms are outfitted with all the contemporary amenities requires for a comfortable stay. Be sure to eat at La Cestra Restaurant on the hotel’s Roof Garden for some exceptional cuisine and quiet live music.
Hotel Hassler – Villa Medici
Perhaps the most impressive of the Rome Italy hotels is the Hotel Hassler Villa Medici, located at the top of the Spanish Steps. The altitude of the location ensures that no room in the entire hotel has a bad view, so you won’t be disappointed. With fewer than 100 rooms and suites, you have to book your stay months in advance. Each guest room features a balcony overlooking Rome and all it has to offer. Inside the hotel is the famous Imago Restaurant, with panoramic windows and authentic Italian food from chef Francesco Apreda. Apreda is a young chef with a very sophisticated palette who uses his creativity and intuition to dream up delicious dishes. This is a beautiful lodging for a couple on their honeymoon, but the luxury and romantic nature can be enjoyed by anyone.