One block back from busy via Nazionale, you suddenly stumble on a classy, peaceful area of gardens and villas that culminates in the long façade of Italy’s presidential palace, the Quirinale. The Villa is right in the centre of this upscale garden mini-district, perfectly placed for the restaurants and bars of Monti, sights like the [node:168815] and the [node:169860], and the exhibition venues of the Scuderie del Quirinale and Palazzo delle Esposizioni.
All 12 bedrooms are on the first floor of the villa. Each has its own colour scheme and character, but the overall feel is old-style Roman opulence, with antique prints from the owners’ personal collection on the walls, beautiful Fiandra linen on the beds, and magnificent marble-lined bathrooms.
The whole of the ground floor is given over to a series of comfortably stately reception rooms, including a magnificent library, which is listed and protected by Italy’s heritage ministry. There’s also a lovely panoramic roof terrace – and of course the Italianate garden, a real green refuge in summer months.
Eating and drinking
A full-on Italian breakfast, with plenty of cooked options, is served in the villa’s elegant Sala da Pranzo. Afternoon Tea is served in the intimate Sala del Camino – especially cosy in the winter months when a fire is lit.
The mini-spa and fitness centre, which opened in early 2010, features a Turkish Bath and tepidarium (the ‘warm room’ of the Ancient Roman bath complex). Massages and other treatments can be arranged on request, and there’s a well-equipped gym.
Quite possibly the best I have experienced in any hotel in Rome. Whether it’s arranging bespoke private tours, airport transfers or simply getting the turn-down service right, it all works perfectly and inobtrusively.
Who stays there
Occasionally you’ll find some high-end business clients (the hotel is equipped to host smallish meetings), but mostly the Villa attracts the more cultured and independent-minded end of the leisure spectrum. The prices rule out the budget end of the market; but not all clients are super-rich – this is the kind of place you save up for.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Your own aristocratic townhouse in Rome
- Great service
- Free drinks
- Lovely garden and roof terrace
- Though this is generally a quiet street, some ambient noise does filter through the windows