Hotel de la Ville, a Rocco Forte Hotel
What We Love
- A Mediterranean salt room in the nearly 6,000-square-foot spa
- Cocktails inspired by the 13th-century spice route at the Julep Herbal & Vermouth bar
- The hideaway-like garden
- The property’s Spanish Steps location
What To Know
- The hotel’s head concierge is one of the two women holding that role in Rome
- Those who book the hotel’s crown jewel, the Suite de la Ville, are treated to exclusive limo service and a personal massage
- All the beds here are kings or super kings
- Breakfast is included
- Free WiFi
Aristocratic allure meets contemporary comfort at this central manse, with views of Rome’s domes and cupolas
When celebrated design duo Olga Polizzi and Tomasso Ziffer were summoned to imagine Rocco Forte Hotels’ second Rome property, they wanted to evoke the Eternal City’s noble past—without getting stuck in it. Sure, there are plenty of antiques—namely, Grand Tour-themed objets d’art—and swanky fabrics, but there is also bespoke laser-cut wallpaper and digitally printed mosaics. The Julep Herbal & Vermouth Bar is more swish apothecary than traditional watering hole with an inventive, spice-laden drinks menu; Cielo, the hotel’s lantern-lit rooftop haunt, pairs dim sum with a spinning DJ; and the open kitchen at Mosaico, the hotel’s Roman restaurant, makes for a dramatic dinner theater experience. Psst—go for the international flatbread selection. The enchantment continues at the sprawling, Sicilian-inspired spa, where skincare products are crafted with citrus fruits from an orchard at a sister resort. The result is a playful spin on a 17th-century salon, with plenty of see-and-be-seen spots for the Snapchat set.
In the Area
The hotel stands above Piazza Navona, long considered one of Rome’s most eye-catching squares—or ovals, in this case, thanks to its former avatar as a sporting and festival stadium. Some of the city’s most celebrated sights, including the Trevi Fountain and Villa Borghese, are within strolling distance, as is Via dei Condotti, a fashionable strip that teems with window shoppers peering into Cartier, Dior and Armani boutiques. Beat the throngs by being crafty with your timings here: tour the Colosseum by moonlight, opt for early admission at the Vatican, and simply book a more comprehensive golf-cart tour of Rome (the concierge can assist) after sunset.