Just seconds away from the Spanish Steps, this new addition to the Rocco Forte portfolio is as conveniently located as it’s possible to be for Rome’s major attractions, fantastic restaurants and world-class shopping on Via dei Condotti.
Stepping inside the elegant property, we were struck by its vibrant decor, which plays on its heritage in a quirky, playful way. Witty touches like the convex butler’s mirrors on the walls seem anything but try-hard.
Our Premium Suite was light and airy, with high ceilings and tall windows opening on to the busy but charming Via Sistina (effective double glazing and wooden shutters kept out the ambient noise).
The bed was super sized and the linen as soft as any we’ve slept in. The large marble-surfaced bathroom was equally well thought through:
a long bath with centrally located taps allows two people to bathe together and the shower was also large enough to share.
The hotel boasts three restaurants. Da Sistina, on the ground floor, is open to the public and was an excellent choice for a blow-out three-course lunch. The menu features traditional Italian fare, made with top-quality ingredients and accompanied by locally produced wines chosen by a sommelier who clearly knows his stuff. Breakfast is served in Mosaico, the hotel’s main dining room and its adjoining courtyard terrace. For sunset dining or drinks, go up to the rooftop Cielo Bar, while for a nightcap, there’s the opulent but cosy Julep Herbal & Vermouth Bar, where the bespoke cocktails made with a wide range of botanicals were right up our street.
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While you’re Out There
Have you heard of the Spanish Elevator? Well behind the infamous steps that are often busy with tourists, you’ll find a way up to the top that doesn’t involve climbing. As lazy as it sounds, it’s actually great if you want to get a fab picture on them as dawn breaks, so you can be first to the top.