Crossing Condotti

Tridente, Rome, Italy Book from

Reviewed by Abigail Blasi
A cosy gem in the swish shopping district of Tridente, with intimate, antique-furnished rooms plus an apartment for 2-5
This discreet hideaway is beguilingly close to the designer boutiques that throng Tridente, the area around Via Condotti. Fendi, Prada, Bulgari, Christian Lacroix, Dolce & Gabbana and hundreds of other lesser-known designers are all within easy reach. Not to mention the Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese, Piazza del Popolo and the Trevi Fountain.

Crossing Condotti is an intimate downtown pad. Don’t expect a hotel; there are just a handful of rooms in this graceful townhouse, plus a self-catering apartment around the corner. Accommodation is romantic and extremely comfortable, with big beds and antique furnishings, yet the design has a light, delicate feel which makes this bolthole seem particularly serene. You get your own key and the small reception area is staffed during the day - they can book restaurants, tours and theatre tickets for you. There’s no breakfast, though a Nespresso machine in the communal kitchen will get you through until you reach a bar (of which there are many nearby) to breakfast as the Romans do: standing up. It’s great - cosy and quiet, and bang in the centre of town.


  • Reasonably priced for the quality of the rooms and the fantastic location by the Spanish Steps
  • Nice antique pieces, engravings and paintings in the rooms, plus high wooden ceilings
  • Impressive level of comfort: enticing beds, soft linens, lots of L'Occitane toiletries
  • A private and exclusive feel with attentive, friendly staff; manager Marco made us feel completely at home during our 2014 revisit
  • The apartment makes a lovely home from home for small groups and families (thanks for its double sofabed),as well as those seeking a little more independence


  • No meals on site, but you can help yourself to Nespresso, soft drinks and biscuits laid out in the communal kitchen (available all day)
  • You may hear the quiet murmur of the street outside, but that's a small price to pay for the location
  • The Spagna room has no view (but the bed is beautifully canopied)
  • There's a fee for check-ins after 6.30pm without prior notice

Best time to go

Anytime, but September, October, April and May have the best weather - sunny skies but not too hot. However, they are also high season (and busy). It’s very hot in July and August, but also vibrant, with open-air free festivals. In August some businesses close (though not in the tourist centre).

Our top tips

Stay for at least 2-3 nights, although Roma, non basta una vita (Rome, a lifetime is not enough).

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique B&B
  • 9 rooms + 1 apartment
  • Accommodation only
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service


There’s a fine mix of antiques throughout, including darkwood chests, marble-topped bedside tables, large oil portraits and unusual silver lamps. Floors are wooden parquet, and all the rooms have beamed wooden ceilings that are typical in older houses in Rome. The Superior and Deluxe Rooms are snug but not cramped, and furnished with flair. The ground-floor Junior Suite is more spacious and has the added benefit of a private entrance; it also features a tiny patio and a living area (sofabed). We're yet to view the Master Room, but it's billed as a spacious second-floor hideaway complete with Turkish bath and living area.

Comfortable beds are clothed in gleaming white, super-soft linen, and have differing headboards in pearly grey fabric or monochrome flock, while one Superior Room has a dramatic dove-grey and white canopy. Curtains are heavy, romantic drapes caught up in a rope tie, either in pale silver-grey or with ochre stripes.

Bathrooms are decorated in soft-grey tiling with a suede-like softness, and there is a lavish array of L'Occitane toiletries. Some have bathtubs and handheld rainfall showers, others have rainfall showers (no bathtubs). The Junior Suite has a really luxurious bathroom with a Turkish hammam.

Just around the corner is Crossing Corso Apartment (a 2-minute walk away), set in a separate building but is only moments from the Spanish Steps. Guests get a fully equipped 1-bed apartment with 2 showers rooms, a living-dining area (with sofabed), a kitchen and a galleried snug. And thanks to the great concierge service, you can have as much or as little assistance as you like.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Communal kitchen
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Heaters
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


There’s no breakfast served here, but there is a little communal kitchen with a Nespresso machine and a fridge full of complimentary soft drinks and snacks. The Deluxe and Master Rooms and Junior Suite have a Nespresso machine, fridge and drinks making facilities but that's about it. This encourages you to do as the Romans do and head to a local bar for breakfast - a fresh cornetto (croissant) and a perfect cappuccino. There are numerous cafés just outside the door; pick one bustling with locals!

Guests staying in the Crossing Corso Apartment have a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge-freezer, oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker. There is also a concierge service and complimentary soft drinks. You'll find a list of local shops and supermarkets so you can stock up on Italian produce.

For later in the day, this is an area with loads of excellent restaurants and cafés: try Palatium, the sleek wine bar and eatery run by the Lazio Regional Authority on Via Frattina, or the discreetly popular little café-restaurant La Buvette on Via Vittoria.

Features include:

  • Fridge
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Being in the middle of glamorous designer district Tridente, the evident thing to do is shop, or, in a more credit-crunch style, window shop. The concentration of shimmering window displays, bijou boutiques and designers in this area makes your head spin
  • Any closer to the Spanish Steps and you’d be sitting on them, so these are an obvious stop on your itinerary
  • Next to the steps is the charming Keats Museum - the young poet died of consumption in Rome, aged only 24
  • At the top of the steps lies Villa Borghese, wonderful parklands that are ideal for a meander, bike ride or picnic, and also contain Galleria Borghese, one of Rome’s finest art galleries, as well as the Museum of Modern Art and the zoo
  • Go west from Piazza di Spagna and you’ll reach Piazza del Popolo; go east for Il Vittoriano - the mammoth white-marble, look-at-me victory monument
  • You’re also a short walk from the Ara Pacis Museum (a modern alter to the Roman goddess of peace), Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, besides myriad other sights
  • First-timers in Rome will love all the usual suspects - the Forum, the Colosseum, Trastevere, St Peter's Square, the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain...

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets


Children are welcome and Crossing Condotti can supply a cot and arrange babysitting. However, the antiques and grand furnishings mean it’s not ideal for rampaging toddlers.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

The Crossing Corso Apartment is the best option for families, with full self-catering facilities and space for up to 5 (1 double room, a double sofabed, and space for a rollaway bed or baby cot). The Junior Suite, Master Room and Deluxe Room each have space for an extra bed, so each can accommodate up to 3.


Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly: Crossing Corso

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