Campo de' Fiori
via del Biscione 6, Rome, Italy, 00186
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Honeymooners, Nightlife, Romance
Best for Romance - Expert review of Campo de' Fiori
Just around the corner from the buzzy piazza of Campo de’ Fiori, this is one of the few low- to mid-priced hotels in central Rome that for me gets the balance of location, charm, service and value for money exactly right. A radical 2006 revamp turned what had been a glorified boarding house into a warmly eclectic boutique hotel, with lashings of brocade, and plush velvet bedheads in the 23 rooms and suites. The pretty roof terrace with views over Baroque cupolas and secret balconies is a perfect refuge after a long day’s sightseeing. The hotel also rents out 13 apartments in the surrounding area – a good option for families (though street noise can be a problem in some).
Don’t come if you’re looking for seclusion: lined with bars, the hotel’s namesake piazza of Campo de’ Fiori is a nightlife magnet, and soon after the revellers slope off the market traders begin to set up their stalls. But the hotel itself is tucked just around the corner from the action, and if you can bear to keep the windows closed, you will be reassured to know that the double-glazing and the air-conditioning really work.
Every one is different, but they’re all romantic hideaways. Especially the two ‘superior deluxe’ rooms on the top floor, which are like your own personal opera set with their antiques, brocade and chandeliers, and little private terraces. But even the most modest classic double feels opulent thanks to designer Dario DeBlasi’s bravura in mixing colours, patterns and textures. Some rooms can be on the small side, and not all have views.
There’s a molto elegante ground-floor lounge, warmed by a working fireplace in winter, and adorned with antiques and paintings from the owners’ private collection. There’s also a pretty barrel-vaulted breakfast room. But it’s the rooftop terrace, with its magnificent views, that is this hotel’s real selling point.
There’s no restaurant, but the generous breakfast buffet should keep you going until dinner time.
Efficient and friendly – though for restaurant recommendations, you’d do better with a good guidebook.
A real mix of young and old – mostly tourists, plus one or two guests who are in Rome for work and want to be right in the centre. The apartments which the hotel rents out in the area are popular with families.
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