In a swanky residential area sprinkled with foreign embassies and consulates, the Lord Byron offers lots of green space and easy road access. To the north of the Villa Borghese, it’s not exactly central, though one essential cultural draw – the [node:168821] – is within walking distance.
The 32 individually-decorated rooms are united by their warm colours, crisp white bedlinen and retro furniture and light fittings; the effect is both opulent and welcoming. Bathrooms are done out with lashings of Carrara marble.
These are just spectacular: a whole suite of ground floor rooms hung with Belle Epoque oil paintings and adorned with Art Deco antiques invite you to put on that linen suit and loll on a sofa. There’s even a real fireplace which is lit on cold winter days.
Eating and drinking
The marble-lined bar does everything from Afternoon Tea to cocktails, but the hotel’s real claim to fame is its gourmet ‘Sapori di Lord Byron’ restaurant, which attracts quite a bit of outside custom and high-level business trade. If you’re at all interested in wine, ask to see the wine cellar: one of the best-stocked in Rome, it recently picked up a Wine Spectator award.
This is one area where the hotel does not excel: it’s far too refined for things like gyms and spas. But nearby Villa Borghese has plenty of walking and running trails.
Head concierge Andrea is a great source of tips and advice on places to eat, drink and visit.
Who stays there
A high-end business and leisure clientele, some at least attracted by the hotel’s Leading Small Hotels affiliation. The hotel is also well-placed for those driving into the city from the north.
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- One of Rome’s top hotel restaurants and wine cellars
- Top-notch concierge service
- A lovely cultured refuge in a leafy upscale suburb
- WiFi is an expensive extra
- Out-of-the-way location