On Via del Babuino – the chi-chi shopping street that connects the [node:169860] with Piazza del Popolo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
Pros & Cons
- Bedrooms are spacious and classy
- Free WiFi
- Great location at the heart of the shopping and gallery district
- Not for those who are looking for full hotel services