“A wonderfully unique and tranquil artist’s villa, filled with silk paintings, sculptures and antiques, set in atmospheric Trastevere, Rome's ‘Left Bank’”
The 3 themed rooms have dark wood floors, abstract silk paintings, antique furniture, white linen, silk bedspreads, flat-screen TVs and DVD players. The simple, abstract bedheads are all designed by artist-owner Luisa. Bathrooms are brown-and-white Bassetta-tiled, and stocked with Etro toiletries and hairdryers.
Downstairs, the Tinto Room - which was completely refurbished in 2014 - overlooks the courtyard. The kingsize bed, with its mustard yellow and blue headboard, lies alongside a wall covered in beautiful hand-painted prints of theatre costumes from around the world. This room has the largest bathroom which features an inviting tub.
The Chocolate Room is the largest and opens directly onto the courtyard. Inspired by woodland colours, the furniture is upholstered in rich browns and coppers, with glass lamps at either side of the huge kingsize bed and a pretty bronze-coloured headboard. A little antique desk finishes off the decoration. There’s a walk-in wardrobe and the bathroom has a tub.
We were lucky enough to be upstairs in the Rome Room - our favourite! It also has a kingsize bed, as well as an Yves Klein blue rug, a walnut circular table and an antique chest of drawers. But it’s what’s on the outside that really made our jaws drop - a huge, enchantingly pretty terrace that’s plant-filled, sun-dappled and dotted with comfortable and chic loungers.
Meals are taken in the dining room around a large oval table, with hand-painted table mats and napkins, overlooked by an Art Deco wardrobe painted with a bucolic scene. A modernist chandelier, resembling swirling silver fireflies, throws tadpole-like silhouettes onto the walls (it’s by a Paris-based Algerian artist). Drinks are served here throughout the day - just ask!
The sideboard, underneath an abstract silk-organza panel, groans with an immaculate buffet breakfast, including coffee or tea, orange juice, fruit salad, cereals, Parma and cooked ham, cheeses, homemade cakes and biscuits, pastries, yoghurts and different breads. You can choose how you'd like your eggs, and room service is available for an extra charge.
If you want to stay in for dinner (on request; for 2+ people only), you get delicious typical Italian fare such as a variety of pasta, meat and fish cooked by the housekeeper. You can also enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace before you head out to sample Trastevere's many restaurants and family-run trattorias. There are many greateateries on your doorstep; Spirito Divino is great for flavoursome, home-cooked pasta dishes alongside a fantastic array of Italian wine, while La Gattabuia serves exceptional Roman pizza.
Buonanotte Garibaldi isn't ideal for children because of all the art and the hushed atmosphere. It’s not that they don’t accept children (a cot is available, and apparently older children have often stayed here); rather, it’s too much of a grown-up haven to be a prime choice for a holiday with kids.
Babies (0-1 years)
Babysitting is available by arrangement.