Hotel Lord Byron
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily buffet breakfast and a bottle of water on arrival
- Residential neighborhood lends authentic experience, with few tourists
- All 32 guestrooms are decorated differently
- The chic lounge and lauded restaurant
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- It’s a 25- to 30-minute walk to most of the city’s major sights, or about a 10-minute cab ride
- Free bikes for hire
- Some local businesses are closed from the end of July through September
- Siesta hours are generally 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- A city tax of $9 (€7) per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout (for guests 10 and over)
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
On a prized piece of Rome real estate in the upscale Parioli district, the Hotel Lord Byron has a hilltop location that makes for jaw-dropping views of both the city and the lush gardens of the Villa Borghese (best ogled from many of the bedroom balconies and terraces). It’s been beautifully refitted from its former incarnation as a private villa, seamlessly mixing Art Deco and modern style. Paintings by artists Maurice Paul Joron and Nicolas Granger-Taylor decorate the walls in the public spaces.
Bed and Bath
The Art Deco theme continues in the guestrooms and suites, each uniquely decorated with antiques. The rooms are dressed in rich linens and window treatments and painted in a variety of reds, greens, blues, browns and creams. The effect is elegant and layered and creates a sense that you’re staying in a handsome, noble estate. There’s a mixture of stylish mahogany and rosewood furniture throughout, and in the bathrooms vintage marble tubs up the luxe factor a notch.
Sapori del Lord Byron, the on-site restaurant, is known for its well-stocked wine cellar and variety of Italian specialties, such as homemade pasta rolls with trout and black truffle sauce cooked up by chef Raffaele Picariello. White linen tablecloths, high-backed velvet chairs and Art Deco mirrored walls complete the dining experience. Il Salotto Lounge & Wine Bar is a charming spot for a nightcap or an aperitif, decked out in exotic furnishings, giant portraits and marble details.
In the Area
The Hotel Lord Byron is right near the Borghese Gallery and Museum. Reservations are required, so book ahead if you want to see the famous works on display there — classics by Caravaggio, Bernini and Raphael, to name but a few. If you want to see more of Rome’s sights, rent a scooter or bicycle to explore the residential expanse around the hotel, or make your way to St. Peter’s, the Vatican and the Colosseum. If you’re heading to the Spanish Steps, have the concierge snag you a table at Dal Bolognese, a hip spot dishing up classic Italian lasagna and straightforward Bolognese fare. If you don’t have a reservation, get there early and you’ll likely be seated. Afterward, don’t miss a scoop (or three) at Il Gelato di San Crispino, an ice-creamery so sure of its high-quality products that it doesn’t use cones — they would interfere with the taste. Flex your credit card along Via Condotti, which starts at the Spanish Steps and extends down to Via del Corso. Requisite stops include Bulgari (the first of three locations in the city), Armani, Ferragamo and Battistoni.
How to Get There
This hotel is a hidden gem. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Rome, it is across the street almost from Bhorgese Park. The hotel helped us before our arrival as our transfer in Rome was a no show. They sent someone to pick us up and deliver us to this hotel. Our room was a bit small, but it all worked. The HUGE tub in our bathroom was enjoyed for sure. Loved the delicious breakfast buffet. Great service, too. I agree with a previous reviewer. As an older adult you do need a taxi or UBER. Younger folks can easily do the walk into the tourist areas. It is located on a hill and includes a pretty big staircase up to the lobby.
All in all, it was a great stay in the lap of luxury. You will not be disappointed. Will be back!
We stayed for 3 nights and the hotel was amazing. Staff were very friendly, welcoming and helpful. The room was lovely although the outlook wasn't very attractive because of where the hotel is situated. The reception staff were very helpful as were the breakfast room staff. The food on the breakfast buffet was plentiful and there was a good variety. The downside is the fact that the hotel is some distance from the city centre and therefore as older guests we needed a taxi to get us to the tourist area. Younger guests would be happy to walk. The advantage of the hotel being a little out of the main city was the peace and quiet.
This hotel is better than the better!
Ever since coming till leaving it the experience was on the highest level. Nice people, umbrellas, bicycles, free phones to serve as guides, coffee in the room and more and more. We are amazed and fascinated by this hotel.
You definitely should come here and enjoy your stay.
In addition, I’d like to tell that where the hotel is placed is a very nice location. Not far away from anything :)
This elegant hotel is immaculate. The staff are attentive to every detail. The room we had was large with wonderful bedding and spacious bathroom. Great perk: a smartphone for use during your stay completely free of charge including international phone calls etc etc. Breakfast was served in a beautiful small dining room. Food was fresh and delicious. A wonderful experience.
My wife and I stayed in this hotel in 1987. It was excellent then and stll is. We had a junior suite which was very comfortable and a good size with a large walk in closet. Our daughter and granddaughter vsited from Geneva for the weekend. They also had an excellent room. The staff were amazing and helpful. One interesting feature is the free loan of a cell phone for use during the stay. The food was very good but unfortunately the main restaurant was not being used, as it had been during our last stay, but was served in the lounge. We recommend this hotel for anyone who wants an intimate luxurious atmosphere.