Babuino 181

via del Babuino 181, Rome, Italy, 00187

Price from: £137

Babuino 181 - Babuino Suite

By Lee Marshall, your Rome expert

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#16 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Rome
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4.9
4.9
Bedrooms:
4.8
4.8
Eating/drinking:
4.4
4.4
Public areas:
0
N/A
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Honeymooners, Romance, Shopping

Expert review of Babuino 181

Welcome to your own stylish Roman apartment – complete with butler service.

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’.

Location: 

On Via del Babuino – the chi-chi shopping street that connects the Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) with Piazza del Popolo.

Bedrooms: 

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.

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Public areas: 

Aside from the small ground-floor reception area, there are no communal spaces – this is not what this apartment hotel is about.

Eating and drinking: 

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.

Service: 

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.

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Who stays there: 

Design-conscious travellers, fashionistas, and just about anyone looking for a stylish pad in the centro storico – with a butler thrown in.

Price advice: 

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.

Pros: 
Bedrooms are spacious and classy
Great location at the heart of the shopping and gallery district
Free WiFi
Cons: 
Not for those who are looking for full hotel services

More information on Babuino 181:

Price from:
£137
Type:
Self Catering
Address:
via del Babuino 181, Rome, Italy, 00187
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet
Neighbourhood:
Piazza del Popolo

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