“An immaculate, lovingly appointed townhouse overlooking Porta del Popolo, with 5 rooms and a separate apartment for 2-4”
The main building has 5 rooms in total. All have heavy Designer’s Guild curtains, wenge wood floors that are oiled daily, and kingsize beds with soft white Tebro sheets, goose-down comforters and shot-silk bedcovers. Bathrooms have carved antique-style mirrors that contrast with the sleek modern fittings. The 2 suites have bathtubs, the rest showers, but all have Frette towels and Hèrmes toiletries.
We stayed in the Junior Suite (Room 1), which is wallpapered with broad, delicately coloured stripes. There’s an extra sofabed for a child (custom-built around an actual single bed, so more comfortable than most), and this is upholstered in Designer’s Guild fabrics. But our favourite room is the Suite (Room 5), thanks to its 3 huge windows, 2 of which face Piazzale Flaminio. Its sofabed (also for a child) is upholstered in dark damask and there’s a dark marble bathroom.
Of the Deluxe Rooms, Room 2 is the smallest, with olive-green walls and narrow French doors leading onto a small stand-up balcony with outdoor furniture, a rain cover and a little heater overlooking an internal courtyard (perfect for enjoying a glass of Italian vino at the end of the day). Room 3 is a little bigger and has long views over the street. Much-requested Room 4 is a little larger again, and is particularly romantic thanks to its elaborately carved headboard and street views. Deluxe Rooms are assigned on arrival.
There's also a separate apartment for 2-4 about 20 minutes' walk away on the Piazza dei Satiri, perfect for a family (or 3-4 friends) wanting their own pad in Rome. We haven't seen it yet, but it is clearly finished with the same quality and attention to detail, but in a more muted palette of silvers and greys. There are 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 single), each with a marbled ensuite bathroom, and a living room with a double sofabed and a simple kitchenette in the corner. You get a personal check-in, daily cleaning and WiFi; for any other requests, there's a "telephone concierge" to help you out.
Breakfast is served in your room, on a little chrome trolley. Simply fill out a menu form the night before, with the time you’d like it delivered (but be aware that you should then call to confirm in the morning). It's a continental affair (satisfying enough though not particularly lavish), and includes coffee, cappuccino, tea or hot chocolate, cornetti (croissants), yoghurt, orange juice, jams, marmalades, Nutella and a great selection of fresh Italian bread rolls. There are also light snacks available throughout the day.
The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, but there are loads of good eateries nearby. Within a 5-minute walk there’s the molto chic Dal Bolognese, the intimate and traditional Edy or the rooftop High Res, which offers fusion food with a fabulous view. Gusto Pizzeria and Wine Bar is also popular and well located, particularly if you’re after typical Italian pizzas - and who isn’t?
If you're staying in the apartment, you'll find a simple kitchenette for preparing breakfast, light meals and snacks (2-ring hob, fridge, microwave, Nespresso machine, dishwasher, washer-dryer), and a white tulip table with 3-4 chairs. There's no shortage of eateries around the Piazza dei Satiri. Note those staying in the apartment do not get breakfast included.
Children are welcome at Casa Montani, and Rome is a great place for kids with an imagination and an interest in the Romans' fascinating history.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Each of the 2 suites has a single sofabed, and Casa Montani can supply a cot in any of the rooms at an extra charge (unless the sofabeds are in use). For a family of 4, the separate apartment looks like a great option.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking