“An impeccable treasure offering space, serenity (a rarity in Rome) and chic minimalist style, set on divinely pretty Via Margutta”
Margutta 54 has 6 airy suites - once artists’ ateliers - leading off a large hidden-away courtyard alongside auction houses and antique dealers. Each has a sense of space seldom seen in Roman hotels. The interiors are modern and sleek, offering a 5-star level of comfort and pure Italian pared-down chic; expect textiles and fittings of the finest quality, and a huge, deep bathtub in your spacious bathroom. This is a peaceful haven where you can kick back after pounding Rome’s cultural beat. The location is fantastic: it's close to exclusive shopping district Tridente, as well as Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese. Margutta 54 is for those who want the luxury of top hotels, but the intimacy and personal service of a discreet hideaway.
- This is our favourite hotel in the Eternal City: during our 2014 revisit, we fell in love with its unpretentious style and exceptional location
- Wonderful setting on a quiet courtyard but right in the thick of things
- Serene, luxurious design and loads of space, plus superb attention to detail (Frette sheets, towels and bathrobes)
- The perfect base for families thanks to comfy sofabeds and connecting rooms. But its wonderfully romantic, too
- Alberto Moncada, the owner, takes impeccable care of guests, and has a family history in this area going back generations
- The lack of restaurant and limited room-service hours might put some off, plus breakfast costs extra and has to be taken at sister hotel Babuino 181
- Suites have large arched windows onto the attractive courtyard, but there’s no view as such
- You can hear - and feel - the rumble of the nearby metro from time to time
- Two of the ground floor rooms lack privacy; you'll want to keep your curtains shut to avoid prying eyes
- It might seem a little expensive, but you do feel spoilt!
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Our top tips
- Boutique B&B
- Breakfast (+ other meals on request)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Bicycles Available
- Personal shopper
There are 6 suites, 3 upstairs and 3 down, all similar in design and layout. We stayed in one of the ground-floor Superior Suites, which are our first choice as they’re bright, airy and just the right size (not too big, not too small!). The Junior Suite is smaller, while the Studio Suite is larger. The Margutta Suite is the biggest and has slatted wooden shutters that you can pull across to divide the room, plus hot plates and a small sink hidden neatly beneath a counter, so that you can self-cater (one of the Superior Suites has a kitchenette, too). Each suite has a minibar (with complimentary soft drinks) and a Nespresso machine.
All have kingsize double/twin beds with dark brown fabric headboards, black bolsters, dark brown scatter cushions and gleaming Frette sheets. They also have a large seating area, with a singe sofabed decorated in dark brown, cream and red. Lighting is carefully thought out, with soft spotlights in the seating area, then 2 choices of bedside lamp: small spots on stalks or tall cylinders that give off a soft light.
Bathrooms are also spacious, lined in sandstone and pale wood. Each has a large, deep oval bathtub, a separate toilet and bidet cubicle, a glass-enclosed rainfall shower and Spa Ritual toiletries.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Ipod dock
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace of Babuino 181 (the sister hotel). It's a gorgeous buffet spread of fruits, yoghurts, cold meats and cheeses, pastries, and tea and coffee. While it was really enjoyable, and the views were wonderful, we did feel that it was a little overpriced. Alternatively you might choose the complimentary basket of croissants with fresh orange juice, delivered to your room on request from 8-11am.
Margutta Suite, as well as one of the first-floor Superior Suites, has a small kitchenette for self-catering, but all suites have a table with 4 chairs and all necessary utensils (place mats, plates, napkins, cutlery and different types of glasses). There's a room-service menu of meals from Adriana Caffè, and the butler will collect and deliver to your suite. Think risottos, pastas, beef fillet, veal escalope and various salads.
If you’re here celebrating, try the Fratelli Berlucchi champagne (from the Franciacorta region), the vineyard is owned by the owner's wife's family. Other drinks are available on request.
The area is full of inviting restaurants though, so you'll probably opt to eat out. There are 3 great choices on the same street as the hotel: theatrical, velvet-lined Osteria Margutta, with tables out on the cobbled street; designer vegetarian restaurant Margutta Ristorante, and popular, warehouse-chic Babette. We ate at Gusto, a little further away, and enjoyed rich Parma ham and creamy mozzarella followed by a fresh pasta dish.
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Wander down Via Margutta, checking out the bijou galleries, glinting antique shops and boutiques, and noting where Fellini lived and where scenes from Roman Holiday were filmed
- Head to the great disc of Piazza del Popolo to visit the Caravaggios at Santa Maria del Popolo
- Meander up to Villa Borghese to see Romans at leisure; hire a bike, explore the sun-dappled paths and visit the extraordinary art cache at the Galleria Borghese. You could then take your pick from the park’s other museums and sights: the Etruscan Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art are excellent
- Marvel at the Sistine Chapel, visit the Vatican museums, and pay your respects to the Pope at St Peter’s
- Visit the Spanish Steps and the charming Keats museum alongside them - the young poet died here of consumption, aged only 24
- Go to Campo di Fiori to buy fresh fruit and flowers, and drink in the market atmosphere. Don’t neglect the neighbouring Piazza Farnese, with its Michelangelo façade
- You’re also a short walk from Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, besides myriad other sights
- Alberto, Margutta 54's owner, is a member of the Parco di Roma Golf Club and can arrange for you to play there
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
Children are welcome, and this is a great location in the Eternal City; just away from the tourist hordes, but within walking distance of all the main sites. Kids and teens who have an interest in the Ancient Rome won't want to leave!
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
There is a single sofabed in each room, and an additional rollaway bed or a baby cot can be added on request. Each suite can be connected with another to create a 2-bedroom apartment: Superior Suite with Studio Suite, Junior Suite with Margutta Suite. Enquire for details.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking