In a quiet residential street on the Vatican bank of the River Tiber in the elegant Prati district, close to Lepanto metro station. This is also a perfect choice for those planning to drive into the city: unlike many parts of central Rome, Prati is not a restricted traffic zone, and the hotel offers free car parking.
Done out with walnut panelling, brocade curtains and Murano lamps, and enlivened with fresh flowers, the Farnese’s 23 bedrooms are delightfully old-school. Bathrooms are lavish in green marble, and some have jacuzzis. For a really special stay, angle for one of the superior rooms with its own private terrace. There’s satellite TV, and free WiFi throughout the hotel.
There’s a small, elegant lobby and lounge area adorned with top-notch antiques and 17th-century paintings, including a portrait of the Farnese pope, Paul III.
Eating and drinking
My favourite thing about the Farnese is the hotel’s roof terrace, which has views across to St Peter’s dome. What better place to start the day? And the breakfast served here is one that many five-stars fail to match, with freshly squeezed fruit juice, bar-quality cappuccino, and a whole range of cooked options.
The reception staff go out of their way to help here, whether it be arranging airport transfers or giving genuine, no-kickback restaurant advice.
Who stays there
The friendly service and leafy surroundings make it popular with families, but the hotel also attracts a certain amount of Monday-to-Friday business custom – especially from those driving to Rome.
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Free car parking
- Free WiFi
- Elegant, leafy location
- Great service
- Handy for the metro
- It’s a fair hike from here to the centro storico and the sights of Ancient Rome