Luxe Italian boutique hotel group Rocco Forte Hotels knocks it out of the park with their European stays, especially regarding ones that call “the boot” home.
Their Roman outpost, Hotel de la Ville, welcomes guests into a repurposed 18th-century palazzo. Located at the summit of Rome’s illustrious Spanish steps, a locus for the Italian capital, the chic 89 guestrooms & 15 suites here offer both street front and courtyard views (if you ask us, we believe you can’t go wrong with either).
The rooftop bar Cielo boasts knockout views of the cityscape. Sipping Aperol Spritzes while looking out towards the Vatican is the vantage point-beverage combination you need (we just want you to live you best la dolce vita life).
Hotel Michelin-starred restaurant Mosaico is just as much about the design as the food. Aside from its classic Roman dishes, the Tommaso Ziffer-designed space sports an open kitchen, candlelit copper tabletops, and an eye-catching black and white cement floor. In the mood to eat outside? The al fresco sun umbrella-dotted courtyard patio charms diners left and right.
There’s also the hotel’s Italian restaurant, hich is exceedingly delicious and visually pleasing with its dark blue tones and forest-patterned wallpaper.
The De la Ville Spa’s orange blossom scent has your senses in rapture. Plant-dressed walls and natural materials make up the build, which, at several capacities, draw inspiration from Sicily. Six rooms pack the facility: a Mediterranean salt room, steam room, ice fountain, Knipp foot baths, a hydrotherapy pool, and plunge pool. One of the best parts is the relaxation room, where nature videos are cast via a projector alongside infra-red heated chairs.
Location: Rome, Italy
The vibe: A chic Italian boutique hotel atop Rome’s Spanish Steps.
Food + Drink: To drink, there’s rooftop bar Cielo, which offers views on views on views of the city, alongside a winsome imbibe menu (say yes to the aperol spritz). To eat, head to Mosaico, the hotel’s fine-dining, Michelin-starred restaurant serving Roman cuisine. There’s also Da Sistina — an onsite Italian restaurant — that’s both delicious and pretty.
Our favorite thing about the hotel: The rooftop bar Cielo and its views had us wanting to post up here every golden hour. Even if you don’t drink, this place is worth a visit (I’m addicted to coffee, so I ordered one of their delicious cappuccinos).
What’s nearby? Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, Giardino di Villa Medici, and Villa Borghese
Any neighborhood recs? Yes, you have to eat at Dillà one night. Seriously, this Italian restaurant will set your standard for Italian food to a new level. You heard it here: their lasagna is the best lasagna we’ve ever had, period.
Amenities: Free-WIFI, spa, restaurant, bar, fitness center, and free breakfast for guests
Rooms: 89 guestrooms and 15 suites.
Pricing: Rates start at $1,526
Closest airport: Fiumicino International Airport
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