The Inn occupies an ivy-draped palazzo on a picturesque stepped lane less than five minutes’ walk from the main entrance to the Roman Forum. This is central Rome at its most quiet and villagey – yet the bars and restaurants of Via Cavour or Via dei Serpenti are just around the corner.
Romantically luxuriant, the 12 bedrooms are done out in a contemporary Baroque style, with four poster beds in most rooms. Strong earthy colours, rich silks and brocades and a sapient mix of antique and modern craftsmanship are the keynotes. It’s worth pushing your budget to at least a superior if you can manage it, as the entry-level classic doubles, though pleasant, lack some of the Inn’s magic (avoid in particular the ground-floor room). The two top-floor Master Garden rooms have exclusive use of the delightful walled garden that they open onto. If you’re feeling possessive, both can be taken as a single Master Garden suite.
The top-floor lounge, library and cocktail bar is a delightful place to relax after a tiring day; a working fireplace keeps things cosy in winter. The lounge continues through to a flower-edged terrace with breathtaking views.
Eating and drinking
A full continental breakfast (with great coffee!) is served on the roof terrace; light lunches can also be arranged, and a free snack buffet is laid out for guests in the afternoon.
They’re helpful and courteous here without being gushingly friendly. Be aware that this is a small place with a small permanent staff; if you want luxury chain-hotel service and facilities, it would be better to look elsewhere.
Who stays there
High-end independent travellers – those who are looking for something a little different from the standard Rome luxury hotel.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Panoramic roof terrace
- Free WiFi
- Location, charm and style
- Service can be stretched at busy times
- The ground-floor classic double room is more three-star than five-star