“An avant-garde art hotel on Piazza di Spagna, with a colourful history and 6 gorgeous rooms”
Stefania has transformed the third floor of this 15th-century palazzo into a cutting-edge art gallery hotel, showcasing an ever-changing collection of installations, sculptures and artwork by up-and-coming young artists. It's as special as that would suggest: polished white walls are a canvas for vibrant paintings and original modern pieces; every object has been carefully chosen to delight and engage the guest - even the keys to the 6 bedrooms are attached to a slice of art. And if you really like something, you can take it - every piece is for sale. A very special find.
- High ceilings and tall windows flood the 6 romantic bedrooms with natural light
- The location, on Rome’s most famous square and surrounded by designer shops, cafés and bars, with the Spanish Steps around the corner
- Warm and helpful staff make sure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable
- We loved the serene lounge with its views over Piazza di Spagna - the perfect spot for sunset aperitifs
- A small spa with a Turkish steam tub and tempting treatments, including a ‘jet-lag’ massage
- It's not cheap, but it's utterly unique
- The bathroom in The 9 Junior Suite lacks privacy due to glass slats in the sliding doors
- No on-site restaurant, though that's hardly a problem
- Not ideal for children - this is an intimate place best suited to adults, and all beds are doubles
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
- Welcome but not ideal
- Open all year
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
The 6 spacious rooms hide behind towering gold doors, each utterly unique in artwork and décor, though they share a colour palette of white, browns and grey. Queensize beds (no twins) are covered in Society blankets, while curtains and cushions are made from linens by high-end Italian fashion houses. The overall effect is cool minimalism warmed by quirky details.
We stayed in The 9 (a Junior Suite), which featured striking metallic accents: textured gold strips on the wall, copper side tables, iron-framed chairs, and whimsical bronze lightbulb lamps that we wanted to take home with us.
The 9 and Breath (another Junior Suite) and Aria (Deluxe Room) have small step-out balconies with steel Guerraz fire cages that are lit at night. Joy (Junior Suite) opens onto a small terrace, while Sunrise (Junior Suite with Landmark View) has glorious views over Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps.
Indulgent bathrooms feature huge glass-walled rainfall showers and are stocked with fluffy robes, slippers and lovely L'Occitane toiletries.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee / tea making
- Nespresso coffee machine
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
Breakfast is taken in the monochrome lounge area overlooking the Piazza di Spagna. Small glass tables and round leather chairs are dotted around the light-filled room and large white shuttered windows open onto the square. The Continental buffet is a cut above most Italian hotel breakfasts: yummy flaky pastries, cakes and biscotti in pretty glass jars, along with a selection of breads, fresh fruit, cereal, yoghurts, salami, cheeses and juices. Staff are friendly and helpful, cheerily bringing us extra coffees as we spent a luxurious long breakfast plotting our day’s adventures.
In the evenings, aperitivi are served in the lounge along with delicious Italian stuzzichini (finger food). It’s a heavenly way to spend an hour as you relax in an oasis of calm above the bustling life below, and staff can advise on restaurants for dinner.
- Coffee / tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- The hotel offers great guided tours, including art tours, 'Underground Rome' (the ancient catacombs) and 'Rome by Night' (exploring illuminated scenes of Rome's most famous monuments)
- Sign up for a 'Food Tasting & Cooking Class': you'll visit local markets, find out about Roman cuisine, chow down on fresh cannelloni then learn to make it yourself
- Take a spin on a Vespa: rent one independently or sign up for a trip with a guide and explore the city on 2 zippy wheels, as the Italians do
- Book the small spa exclusively to soak à deux in the Turkish steam tub or indulge in treatments or facials
- See our top tips for Rome
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Language courses
- Museums / galleries
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
Children are welcome but there are no baby cots/extra beds and the quiet ambiance and expensive furnishings mean it is best suited to adults. No twin rooms or baths, either.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
The Junior Suites can fit a baby cot but you will need to supply your own. Breath and Whisper can interconnect to create a 2-bedroom suite.