Inn at the Roman Forum

Via degli Ibernesi 30, Roma, Italy, 00184

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#34 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Rome
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Location:
4.7
4.7
Bedrooms:
4.5
4.5
Eating/drinking:
4.2
4.2
Public areas:
4.4
4.4
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4
4.0
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Romance

Expert review of Inn at the Roman Forum

A lovely 12-room boutique hotel in the heart of old Rome.

It doesn’t come much more atmospherically romano than this: giving onto one of the centro storico’s most photogenic lanes, this stylishly opulent townhouse hotel has an Ancient Roman cryptoporticus in the cellar and a panoramic breakfast terrace with views over Medieval rooftops towards the Palatine hill and the Vittorio Emanuele monument. Making up in sheer charm what it lacks in five-star facilities, it’s a little like staying at the Roman house of a globetrotting, art-collecting uncle. There’s even a secret walled garden…

Location: 

The Inn occupies an ivy-draped palazzo on a picturesque stepped lane less than five minutes’ walk from the main entrance to the Roman Forum. This is central Rome at its most quiet and villagey – yet the bars and restaurants of Via Cavour or Via dei Serpenti are just around the corner.

Bedrooms: 

Romantically luxuriant, the 12 bedrooms are done out in a contemporary Baroque style, with four poster beds in most rooms. Strong earthy colours, rich silks and brocades and a sapient mix of antique and modern craftsmanship are the keynotes. It’s worth pushing your budget to at least a superior if you can manage it, as the entry-level classic doubles, though pleasant, lack some of the Inn’s magic (avoid in particular the ground-floor room). The two top-floor Master Garden rooms have exclusive use of the delightful walled garden that they open onto. If you’re feeling possessive, both can be taken as a single Master Garden suite.

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Public areas: 

The top-floor lounge, library and cocktail bar is a delightful place to relax after a tiring day; a working fireplace keeps things cosy in winter. The lounge continues through to a flower-edged terrace with breathtaking views.

Eating and drinking: 

A full continental breakfast (with great coffee!) is served on the roof terrace; light lunches can also be arranged, and a free snack buffet is laid out for guests in the afternoon.

Service: 

They’re helpful and courteous here without being gushingly friendly. Be aware that this is a small place with a small permanent staff; if you want luxury chain-hotel service and facilities, it would be better to look elsewhere.

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Who stays there: 

High-end independent travellers – those who are looking for something a little different from the standard Rome luxury hotel.

Pros: 
Location, charm and style
Panoramic roof terrace
Free WiFi
Cons: 
Service can be stretched at busy times
The ground-floor classic double room is more three-star than five-star

More information on Inn at the Roman Forum:

Price from:
£98
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Via degli Ibernesi 30, Roma, Italy, 00184
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Colosseum

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