Less than a block away from Via Condotti, the Bond Street or Fifth Avenue of Rome, Crossing Condotti is perfect not only for fashionistas but for all who want to be within walking distance of the main sights, on a characterful side street which sees very little traffic.
There are just five, arranged off the main hall and lounge as in a private apartment (which is what this was until 2008). And they are charming, with their white and cream colour schemes, exposed wood-beamed ceilings, antique furniture and paintings and double king size beds (except in Condotti, which has twin beds) with crisp embroidered linen sheets. My favourite is roomy Frattina, but even little Babuino is a delight. The small but by no means cramped bathrooms offer L’Occitane amentities. If you prefer a tub/shower to a simple shower, opt for Spagna, Carrozze or Condotti. Free WiFi and satellite TV are two more plus points.
There’s a small elegant lounge and an adjacent kitchenette with Nespresso machine, fridge with free soft drinks, and ice machine.
Eating and drinking
They don’t do breakfast, though you can make yourself a coffee in the kitchenette. The surrounding area is well-stocked with bars – my advice is to head for Vitti in Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, just the other side of Via del Corso, where the cappuccino is excellent and the Sicilian pastries dangerously good.
A friendly and knowledgeable receptionist/concierge is on hand from 8.30am to 6.30pm every day.
Who stays there
Pretty much anyone who likes the idea of an elegant pied à terre in Rome for half the price of the equivalent hotel room. Shopaholics have started to discover the place too – so book ahead for the January and July sales.
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Good value considering the central location and elegant décor
- Free WiFi, coffee and soft drinks
- No breakfast