via del Babuino 181, Rome, Italy, 00187
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Honeymooners, Romance, Shopping
Expert review of Babuino 181
Still flying under the Trip Advisor radar because it’s so new, this ‘suite hotel’ is an attractive option for those with a budget in the region of 350 euros per night who are looking for a stylish and independent pied à terre in the centre. I visit a lot of so-called ‘boutique hotels’ in Rome, but it’s rare to find one that is so effortlessly chic and so luxuriously appointed. Babuino 181 is one of three linked hotel/residences (the others are Mario de’ Fiori 37 and Margutta 54), all under the same management, and all in the same classy centro storico district. They operate as a single unit for bookings and enquiries under the name of ‘Rome Luxury Suites’.
On Via del Babuino – the chi-chi shopping street that connects the Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) with Piazza del Popolo.
Contemporary but not cold, done out in earthy colours and embellished with black and white photos of Roman scenes, these classy suites feel like little urban apartments (and at 62 square metres, the top-of-the-range Babuino Suite really is the size of your average Roman apartmento). But even the entry-level Double Superiors are roomy enough – and all feature marble-lined bathrooms with power-showers and tubs. I also like the details: Frette sheets and bathrobes, a Nespresso machine in each room, free WiFi, an iPod dock.
Aside from the small ground-floor reception area, there are no communal spaces – this is not what this apartment hotel is about.
Continental breakfast is served in your room by the Babuino’s friendly butler. There’s a well stocked mini-bar and Nespresso machine in each room.
A butler is on hand at all times to meet you, help with luggage and deal with enquiries, but otherwise you are left very much to your own devices, just as if you were renting an apartment.
Design-conscious travellers, fashionistas, and just about anyone looking for a stylish pad in the centro storico – with a butler thrown in.
My advice is to push the budget at least to a deluxe room, which feels like a suite. There are non-breakfast rates: not a bad option in a street that is lined with good bars and cafés.
More information on Babuino 181:
- Price from:
- Self Catering
- via del Babuino 181, Rome, Italy, 00187
- High-Speed Internet
- Piazza del Popolo