Residenza Napoleone III

Tridente, Rome, Italy Book from

Stunningly lavish suites exuding old-world opulence, in the heart of Rome's most fashionable quarter
If you can drag your eyes away from the mouthwatering boutique fronts of Rome's Via dei Condotti for a moment, you'll see behind you some large and private wooden gates. They may not gleam and glitter like the window displays, but what lies behind them is dazzling.

These doors are a portal into a former, more splendid age. Doric colonnades lined with statues lead up to a wing of the 16th-century Palazzo Ruspoli. Above the all-marble staircase, imperial busts gaze onto fabulous antiques, and rare Gobelin tapestries rub shoulders with 500-year-old oil paintings (one of which artfully conceals a cinema screen). This is where Emperor Napoleon III and his mother, the former Queen of Holland, lived. Now it's home to the welcoming and unpretentious Princess Letizia Ruspoli, who has made 2 apartments (sleeping 2-6) available to the select few. If you have always wanted to stay somewhere fit for a king - or an emperor - this is your chance.

Highs

  • A secluded haven on Via dei Condotti, the epicentre of Italian high fashion
  • Textiles and décor that radiate traditional royalty; we felt like kings during our 2014 revisit
  • Lovely staff who cannot do enough for you, and a personal butler who unobsequiously caters for your every whim, and breakfast is included in the rates
  • All modern comforts (iPods, DVD library, lift) to ease museum fatigue, plus silent air-conditioning to ensure a good night's sleep
  • Stunning views of Rome from the Roof Garden Suite compensate for the small bedroom

Lows

  • The Napoleon Suite's bathroom and kitchenette are less spacious, and they lack sweeping views (you look onto the buildings opposite)
  • The Roof Garden Suite is very comfortable and has an amazing terrace, but it's much less grand than the Napoleon Suite
  • Such luxury comes at a hefty price
  • Some might find the décor a bit OTT, but this is a royal residence!

Best time to go

Rome is a world-class city with something happening at all times of the year. Perhaps the time to avoid is midsummer (July-August) when it gets very hot. Late March, April, September and October are the busiest times. Winter (mid-November to mid-March) is quiet, with fewer tourists - art-lovers, shoppers, pilgrims and history buffs.

Great for...

City Style
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Luxury Apartments
  • 2 apartments
  • Breakfast only (+ walk to restaurants)
  • 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
Room: Blue Room

Rooms

The Napoleon Suite displays late baroque opulence at its best, from the marquetry of the furniture to the parquetry of the floors. Step in from the dazzling Lazio sun to the cool sombre tones of a suite vast enough to house 6 huge oils and a sumptuously canopied bed. What's more, one of the oil paintings opens to reveal an exquisite, if bijou, marble bathroom with a huge tub. Another leads to a walk-in powder room, or dressing room. You also have a small kitchenette and a pair of magnificent reception rooms, the Green Room and the Yellow Room, at your disposal. The Napoleon Suite is a ripe contender for the most majestic hotel suite in the world!

You can also book the Napoleon Suite with the adjoining Blue Room (a double bedroom), located at the top of the wooden stairs in the Yellow Room. It's charming, cosy and named 'blue' after its lovely Chinese vases.

There's also the Roof Garden Suite, a split-level penthouse apartment reached via a steep spiral stair. An airy sitting room overlooks the terrace; a stair descends to a small but super-cosy double room, with a low ceiling and an alcove bed (not recommended for the less than sprightly). There's a super-modern bathroom with a vast soaking tub, too. Compared to the Napoleon Suite it seems comparatively modest, but its multi-level decking - furnished with smart loungers and pots of lavender, overlooking the Spanish Steps - is spectacular, by day and by night. If the Napoleon Suite is booked - or it's just a teensy bit too pricey - this makes a very respectable alternative.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cd player
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Ipod dock
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • WiFi

Eating

Guests are served a continental breakfast of pastries, jellies, yoghurts, fruit and breads in their suite. The smooth, unobtrusive efficiency of your personal butler's service will be hard to beat, as will the elegant presentation on white china and period silver.

For lunch and dinner, guests are left to their own devices. The Napoleon Suite has a kitchenette (fridge/freezer, oven), and staff can recommend and secure tables at seemingly impenetrable restaurants nearby. We'd recommend Dal Bolognese for traditional, home-cooked Italian food, and Café Romano for tasty cocktails and rich pasta dishes. Vintage cafés include the famous Caffè Greco, once a haunt of Keats, Casanova and Wagner (they weren’t together), and the 19th-century Babington Tea Rooms.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating: Garden Suite
Activity:

Activities

  • Cool your heels in the boat-shaped Barcaccia fountain in Piazza di Spagna
  • It's just just a 5-minute stroll from the Spanish Steps, so these are an obvious stop on your itinerary
  • Swoon at the haute couture on display along Via del Corso and Via dei Condotti
  • Admire the painstakingly recreated Ara Pacis (a modern alter to the Roman goddess of peace) on the Via della Ripetta
  • Marvel at the engineering of Hadrian's second most famous construction, the Pantheon, home to Raphael's tomb
  • First-timers in Rome will love all the usual suspects - the Forum, the Colosseum, Trastevere, St Peter's Square, the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain...
  • If your head starts to spin from cultural overload, grab a cappuccino at the bohemian Caffe Greco, Goethe's old local; or indulge in some of the tantalising gelato

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites

Kids

Children are welcome - cots and an extra bed are available.

Family friendly accommodation:

A family should book the Napoleon Suite and Blue Room together, which creates a 2-bedroom apartment; it has a single sofabed and can fit an extra bed and baby cot.

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available on request.

Kid Friendly: Garden Suite

Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
6/
Food
10/
Service
10/
Value
9/
Overall

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