Don’t come if you’re looking for seclusion: lined with bars, the hotel’s namesake piazza of Campo de’ Fiori is a nightlife magnet, and soon after the revellers slope off the market traders begin to set up their stalls. But the hotel itself is tucked just around the corner from the action, and if you can bear to keep the windows closed, you will be reassured to know that the double-glazing and the air-conditioning really work.
Every one is different, but they’re all romantic hideaways. Especially the two ‘superior deluxe’ rooms on the top floor, which are like your own personal opera set with their antiques, brocade and chandeliers, and little private terraces. But even the most modest classic double feels opulent thanks to designer Dario DeBlasi’s bravura in mixing colours, patterns and textures. Some rooms can be on the small side, and not all have views.
There’s a molto elegante ground-floor lounge, warmed by a working fireplace in winter, and adorned with antiques and paintings from the owners’ private collection. There’s also a pretty barrel-vaulted breakfast room. But it’s the rooftop terrace, with its magnificent views, that is this hotel’s real selling point.
Eating and drinking
There’s no restaurant, but the generous breakfast buffet should keep you going until dinner time.
Efficient and friendly – though for restaurant recommendations, you’d do better with a good guidebook.
Who stays there
A real mix of young and old – mostly tourists, plus one or two guests who are in Rome for work and want to be right in the centre. The apartments which the hotel rents out in the area are popular with families.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
Pros & Cons
- Lovely roof terrace
- One of the classiest boutique hotels in the centro storico
- Street noise can be a problem - especially in the apartments