Hotel Fontanella Borghese
Largo Fontanella Borghese 84, Rome, Italy, 00186
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Travellers with pets, Shopping
Expert review of Hotel Fontanella Borghese
There’s something very likeable about this restrained but welcoming three-star, which is just a short sashay from the fashion strip of Via dei Condotti. Entered via the courtyard of a Borghese family palazzo, antique-decked Fontanella Borghese, which occupies the third and fourth floor of an 18th-century palazzo, feels like you’ve just walked into some marchese’s little Roman pied à terre. With its gleaming terrazzo floors, silk upholstery, chandeliers, antique paintings and vases full of fresh-cut flowers, it’s the sort of place that makes you want to dress for dinner.
Set just back from Via Fontanella Borghese, the discreet and refined westward continuation of Rome’s main fashion drag, Via Condotti. This is a restricted traffic area; those arriving by car should contact the hotel for parking advice.
The 30 rooms are done out with a very traditional but also rather feminine elegance. For more space, opt for one of the larger Superior doubles.
The series of comfortable lounge and reception rooms on the hotel’s main piano nobile floor are lined with books and provided with silk-upholstered sofas – all molto elegante.
A varied buffet is laid out in the pretty breakfast room. There’s no bar or restaurant, but there are some good options in the surrounding area.
Though this more an upmarket pensione than a hotel, the small reception desk is manned 24 hours a day – usually by Khaled, who is a fount of reliable information on local sights and restaurants.
Cultured, independent travellers. Not those looking for five-star services and facilities: the Fontanella Borghese is more of an aristocratic guest house than a full-on hotel.
Rooms are a real bargain away from high season, when (depending on period and availability) the last night is thrown in free if you stay for more than three nights. But even at peak times this is a good-value option, considering that for the price you’re getting the attentive service and opulent décor of a very assured, very stylish Roman hotel.
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