Via Toscana is a street of handsome 19th-century townhouses just off Via Veneto, most of which have been turned into office blocks. This one is no exception: the hotel is on the fourth floor, in a converted apartment (make sure you memorise the street number, as there is no sign, just a small plaque on the buzzer). Villa Borghese is close by; the [node:168815] and the [node:169860] are both a ten-minute walk away. A small supermarket next door is useful for stocking up on supplies.
Done out in a contemporary-classic style, the bedroom decor plays splashes of colour (on bedspreads or lampshades) off against large restful white or cream walls. Floor to ceiling windows in most rooms ensure plenty of light. The marble-lined bathrooms have efficient power showers and Etro bath products. The air-con works and is fairly easy to regulate; there are flatscreen TVs with a decent range of satellite channels, and free WiFi.
This is more of a place to experience from inside your room – though there is a cute little lounge area in front of the reception desk, and the corridor that leads to the rooms is like something out of a Neo-Classical opera set.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast – of the continental variety, with croissants, coffee, muesli, yoghurt, fruit salad, fruit juice etc, but no cooked items – is served in your room. You order the night before by filling out a checklist.
Concierge-receptionists Alessandro and Roberto are full of good, unbiased advice on restaurants, and tend to be generous too, turning a blind eye to the occasional extra when it comes to bill-paying time (but don’t quote me on that!).
Who stays there
Quite a mixed clientele, with not a few value-oriented business travellers. It’s also perfectly located for the Rome Film Festival in October – but you’ll need to book ahead.
Rates don’t vary much here.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- The concierge-receptionists are a fount of information – like having your own well-informed friend in Rome
- Smart contemporary design
- The soundproofing could be better – there are times when you can hear what’s going on in adjacent rooms or in the hall
- After 8pm you have to ring downstairs to be buzzed in