Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese
What We Love
- Impressive rooftop restaurant and cocktail lounge with sweeping city views
- Sofitel’s signature MyBed sleep system pairs innovative mattress technology with uber-soft bedding
- Top-notch personalized service from eager-to-please staff
What To Know
- Rooftop restaurant gets crowded with hotel guests and locals; dinner reservations are recommended
- The workout room is small and basic
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The hotel’s swanky, modern lobby showcases vivid charcoal and plum furniture, sumptuous curtains, sleek polychromatic marble floors and a floor-to-ceiling library of art books. Black-and-white photographs of iconic Italian stars adorn the walls. Wander the halls to discover all kinds of design surprises, including a grand neoclassical floor mosaic left over from the original 19th-century owners.
Bed and Bath
Room design and color schemes range from stately and traditional (regal hues, heavy curtains, dark wood furniture and neoclassical flourishes) to intimately lit modern crash pads with pops of slate-gray and lemon-yellow. Sofitel’s signature MyBeds combine mattresses and featherbeds atop slatted bases. Bose stereo systems and iPod docks come standard, and the spacious marble bathrooms have showers and tubs, large vanity mirrors and luxe Hermès bath products.
The award-winning rooftop restaurant, La Terrasse Cuisine & Lounge, is the hotel’s star attraction. The sleek, modern space offers panoramic views from practically every table, and the outdoor terrace is the place to watch the sun set over the Eternal City. The roof is fully retractable to take advantage of sunny days. The menu combines the best of Italian and French cuisine, and the innovative cocktails are simply divine. For breakfast, head to the cavernous ground floor room, where a full spread of delectable regional specialties awaits, including a special, fun section of foods for kids.
In the Area
The Sofitel’s address is one of the finest in Rome, right down the road from the lovely Villa Medici and the Spanish Steps and within a minute’s walk of Via Veneto’s posh boutiques and restaurants. Those looking to burn calories from Italian overindulgence should grab a jogging map and iPod from the concierge and weave through the Villa Borghese gardens. On the edge of the park lies the Pincian Hill. Head to the Piazzale Napoleone I terrace for one of the best panorama photo ops in Rome. Overlooking Piazza del Popolo, the views stretch as far as the Vatican and the Pantheon.
How to Get There
We love rome and know it very well as we used to live there. The hotel is nice, small rooms but this is rome, so its ok. It is clean, very helpful and friendly staff. We did not eat at the hotel, neither had breakfast there, so we dont know how the food outlets are.
Amazing time spent here needing a little upgrade but we were just starting as we were there the last week so looking forward next time we visit what it will look like. But our stay as amazing and the rooftop was just breathtaking. Will go back when renovations finish next year Feb 2019
The hotel sounded nice on paper but there were many shortcomings. Our “Luxury” room was not that as it was tucked away in an inside courtyard with no sunlight. Our room was not furnished like any of the photos posted on the hotel website; albeit the room was a two-room suite with bathroom between the rooms, it seemed a little cut up, having to dress in the closet which was off of the sitting/living area. There was no dresser with drawers in the bedroom and the lack of power outlets was frustrating. The bathroom was beat and dirty upon arrival. The travertine floors were hopelessly stained with some unknown fluid even after we requested cleaning. That bothered me so much, I tried to scrub the floor myself. There was pink bacteria growing in the corners on the grout. The front panel of the tub needed painted or replaced, as the paint was chipped and pealing. The tub/shower combo was difficult and dangerous to step in and out.
My most significant complaint is the fact that I was awakened two nights in a row at 3:30 am by the bed vibrating, most likely from some machine or HVAC unit in the building. We were on the 5th floor.
The rooftop restaurant view overlooking Vatican City is spectacular and really made the stay at this hotel. The table service at the restaurant and bar was terrible though; it took over 30 minutes to get a cocktail for every one of the seven times that we visited after a long day of touring.
I would stay there again, but this is no 5-star hotel. It definitely needs some renovation.
I stayed here for my 6th time in Roma as the Eden was closed at this time. This is very well located by the Eden and of course has all the history. It's well run but the rooms are just old and tired. Worn out carpets, dust, spider webs, old bathroom, banged up fixtures. IF you get a deal which I did, sure this is fine. But it's all about the location. Ends there. The newly renovated Eden, one of my fave hotels, is probably double the price so it's not comparable. But hard to beat where this is.
This hotel was such a treat to stay at when we were in Rome. It is a boutique hotel which gives you such a warm feeling when returning after a days site seeing. I had a stunning suite where I could even see the Vatican City from my room balcony.
If choosing to stay at this hotel you should at least dine one evening at the rooftop restaurant, the views from up there are breathtaking, overlooking the beautiful city of Rome at night. Breakfast is served in the same restaurant and the day views are equally as impressive. The staff from check in to check out were amazing. I definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to have luxury at a good price when visiting Rome.