The selection of luxury hotels Rome Italy keeps getting better and better. We have everything from a sumptuous resort to hip, modern, urban five star hotels.
Since I live in Rome, I have only stayed in one luxury hotel here, which was the on the night I got married here.
But friends and relatives have stayed in some of them. And, I have visited many of them, partly to research for this site, but mostly to enjoy their bar/restaurant/rooftop facilities.
There are 5-star hotels in Rome, and there are really special, 5-star Luxury hotels in Rome. The most notable, most particular of all of these is the classic Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria hotel.
The Excelsior is one of the top of the old-fashioned 5-star hotels in Rome. It sits right at the curve of the via Veneto, next to the American Embassy.
The below is one of my favorite photos of this wonderful hotel. I took it the year we had a freak snowstorm in Rome. I went out at 7am on Via Veneto. Cars were not even allowed to be out without snow chains on! So it was easy to get this eerie shot with almost nobody around.
I have been to a few events in the grand ballrooms here, and many a happy hour in their beautiful lounge. I love the lounge because it is in the corner of the building that faces the via Veneto, and has very tall ceilings and large windows. This piano-bar lounge is an especially cozy place to go during cooler weather.
The Hotel Regina Baglioni is also on via Veneto, on the curve, right across from the American Embassy. The lobby is just magnificent. Their lounge is also really nice, with dark walls and safari décor (again, great for cooler weather.) A journalist friend of mine stayed here and said her room was fine. We also ate dinner there and had a fantastic meal. The meal prices were very high but what you would expect from dinner at a 5-star hotel.
The Boscolo Grand Palace Hotel is next door to the Regina Baglione, still on the left-hand side of via Veneto. I have been to quite a few happy hours there with a Rome expat association, and it's always a treat: beautiful big marble lobby, and a wonderful bar/lounge with windows all along via Veneto for some nice views.
The Marriott Flora at the top of the via Veneto, is one of the Marriott Hotel chain's most luxurious hotels. Friends stayed here and loved it. They also have a killer rooftop with views of the Borghese park.
The Hotel Splendide Royal is another one of the very old-fashioned luxury hotels in Rome. It is on via Porta Pinciana, which is the street that curves away from the top of the via Veneto. This is one of the few 5-star hotels in Rome that has a truly note-worthy restaurant, the Mirabelle. In fact, it is a Michelin 1-star restaurant. Having eaten there once, I can say it is absolutely worth the cost: the view is amazing, the service is perfect and the food and wine divine. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a really special or romantic Rome dining experience.
The Sofitel is also just off the via Veneto. Relatives stayed here and said the room was fine. I love their rooftop restaurant, with panoramic views over Rome. It’s great for any type of weather, as there is an outdoor part, and a glass-enclosed indoor part.
The area near Termini station may not be the most central place to stay in Rome, but staying here has its advantages. The below five-star hotels near Termini station allow you quick and easy access to the train station but also the metro (underground), which lets you travel to and from the Coliseum and the Vatican easily.
The Radisson Blu Hotel is near Termini but also near the Piazza Vittorio market, and the Esquilino neighbourhood. This makes it (to me) an interesting place to stay in Rome, because I find the area beautiful and diverse. It's part of Rome's ethnic area, and the market reflects this. It is one of Rome's most central and most-frequented markets, with many of Rome's chefs purchasing their seafood and meats here. The Esquilino neighborhood also is full of buildings from the Liberty-era, making it very elegant...if you look up! There are lots of great places to eat in this area as well.
As for the hotel, I have not been in the rooms but I have been inside for some events, and it is very spacious and sleek and modern. Their pool is beautiful seems to me to offer a real oasis in Rome, despite being right next to the train station.
The Boscolo Exedra Hotel in Piazza Reppublica is also part of the Marriott Autograph collection of hotels.
The Saint Regis Grand Hotel in Piazza Reppublica is probably at the top of the classic old-style elegant luxury hotels in Rome. It has long been considered the most luxurious of Rome's five-star hotels.
The Hotel Lord Byron in the residential and very upscale neighborhood of Parioli