Set just back from Via Fontanella Borghese, the discreet and refined westward continuation of Rome’s main fashion drag, Via Condotti. This is a restricted traffic area; those arriving by car should contact the hotel for parking advice.
The 30 rooms are done out with a very traditional but also rather feminine elegance. For more space, opt for one of the larger Superior doubles.
The series of comfortable lounge and reception rooms on the hotel’s main piano nobile floor are lined with books and provided with silk-upholstered sofas – all molto elegante.
Eating and drinking
A varied buffet is laid out in the pretty breakfast room. There’s no bar or restaurant, but there are some good options in the surrounding area.
Though this more an upmarket pensione than a hotel, the small reception desk is manned 24 hours a day – usually by Khaled, who is a fount of reliable information on local sights and restaurants.
Who stays there
Cultured, independent travellers. Not those looking for five-star services and facilities: the Fontanella Borghese is more of an aristocratic guest house than a full-on hotel.
Rooms are a real bargain away from high season, when (depending on period and availability) the last night is thrown in free if you stay for more than three nights. But even at peak times this is a good-value option, considering that for the price you’re getting the attentive service and opulent décor of a very assured, very stylish Roman hotel.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Travellers with pets
Pros & Cons
- Great location in the fashion shopping district, near to good bars and restaurants
- Aristocratic elegance
- Can be difficult to locate