Via Bocca di Leone 23, Rome, Italy, 00187
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Romance, Shopping
Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Portrait Suites
If you dress to impress, have a laid-back attitude to credit limits and want to be right on Via Condotti – Rome’s main fashion drag – then this Ferragamo group hotel is the smart option. Designed by Tuscan interiors genius Michele Bonan, the discreetly chic bolthole, which opened in 2006, has a tiny lobby and very little communal space – all the better to focus attention on the 14 large, tastefully contemporary suites, The hotel’s real calling card, though, is the roof terrace, which is open only to hotel guests.
Right above the Ferragamo flagship boutique in Via Condotti – though the entrance is just around the corner in Via Bocca di Leone. You’re in the heart of the shopping district here, a short sashay from the Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti), and close to all the main sights.
They take their “all suite” claim seriously here. Even the entry-level Studio Superiors are large rooms with ample en-suite bathrooms. Done out in greys, creams and earth tones, set off by the occasional strong splash of lime green or shocking pink, the rooms are very, very stylish: Michele Bonan is one of Italy’s few world-class contemporary interior designers, and this is one of his most persuasive works to date.
Apart from a small reception area, the only communal space is the stunning roof terrace. Well-stocked with sun-loungers and lanterns, it’s an absurdly romantic venue for an evening’s tete a tete beneath the stars.
Breakfast – of the ‘full continental’ variety – is served in one’s room or, when weather permits, on the roof terrace. The terrace bar works on an ‘honesty bar’ basis – you mix your own drinks from the fridge and fill in a sort of IOU slip.
Really excellent in my experience – for example, if you want to eat in places where only Romans go, they’ll make the booking and send you there.
Don’t be put off by the hotel’s fashionista image: it’s actually a fairly welcoming place, and attracts anyone with the necessary resources who is keen to be in a stylish pad at the centre of the action.
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