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- Surround yourself with art in a former 19th-century palace at the St Regis, Rome
- Splash out on uncompromising luxury at La Scelta di Goethe offer
- Indulge in Michelin-starred cuisine and breathtaking views at The First Roma
Caroline Howley For Mailonline
Rome is one of the world’s most romantic cities, and it has the hotels to match. Stay in richly-decorated suites and indulge in exclusive couples’ spa treatments, or feast on Michelin-starred cuisine under the stars. The Eternal City has endless options when it comes to romantic accommodation, but here’s our pick of the best.
San Anselmo: Best for decadent interiors
With its glam chandeliers, gilded headboards and canopied four-poster beds, the Hotel San Anselmo offers romance, fairytale style. In a 19th-century villa, each of the hotel’s elegant rooms is completely unique. On summer mornings, you can tuck into breakfast in its idyllic leafy garden, and in winter you can unwind by the fire in the lounge. If you’d like to get some shots together, there are plenty of beautiful ancient ruins close to the hotel to use as a backdrop. As it’s in the chic Aventino area of Rome, it’s away from the tourist busyness but still close to major landmarks, including the Knights of Malta Keyhole.
San Anselmo offers romance in a fairytale style
St Regis, Rome: Best for culture
Packed with fine art and plush furnishings, the St Regis is certainly beautiful and enchanting. In its 19th-century life, the five-star hotel was a royal palace. Now, tall trees line its marble foyer, and fine art hang from the walls of the Ritz Ballroom. In the decadent bedchambers, too, classical paintings bring the rooms to life. At the KamiSpa, you can treat yourself to luxury pampering with Asian-inspired treatments.
St Regis Hotel is a five star hotel and speaks for itself when it comes to a luxurious experience
Boutique Hotel Campo de’ Fiori: Best for location
This charming boutique hotel is right in the heart of historic Rome, on Centro Storico. If your idea of the perfect romantic getaway sees you stepping out of your hotel into the Eternal City’s ancient streets, Campo de’ Fiori is the place for you. Its ivy-covered roof terrace has breath-taking views of Rome’s ancient centre. Each room is like a little boudoir, your own escape from the world, but if you get a room with a balcony, you’ll be able to look out at the world and its incredible views from the comfort of your bed.
Campo di Fiori Hotel’s ivy-covered roof terrace has breath-taking views of Rome’s ancient centre.
La Scelta di Goethe: Best for luxury
For the definition of luxury, treat yourself to La Scelta di Goethe. This is no ordinary hotel: there are just two suites within the house, each with 24-hour butler service and private chef. Silk sheets grace the beds, and in the bathrooms, you’ll find designer cosmetics. Suite Villa Medici has a dining room big enough for 10, but if you choose the Trinità dei Monti suite, you’ll have a heated jacuzzi on a roof terrace with for a 360-degree views. The hotel is in the sophisticated Campo Marzo district, just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps. Metro: Spagna
La Scelta di Goethe is the definition of luxury
The First Roma: Best for fine dining
The First Roma is a fine fit if food is the way to your heart hanks to its Michelin-starred Acquolina restaurant, where Chef Alessandro Narducci serves up creative dishes. Or you could head up to the Acquaroof to enjoy an intimate meal under the stars, among the historic rooftops of Rome. The five-star hotel’s modern-yet-elegant suites display over 100 contemporary artworks between them, and laden bookcases line the walls. This is stunning luxury in the heart of Rome, close to the banks of the River Tiber.
The First Roma Hotel is stunning luxury in the heart of Rome, close to the banks of the River Tiber.
Hotel de Russie: Best for pampering
Indulge yourself at the high-end Hotel de Russie, with its luxury Rocco Forte Spa. Take a dip in the salt water hydropool before relaxing in the steam room and a Finnish sauna. Or you could arrange a massage, facial or some of therapies just for men before heading out on the town. The rooms are elegantly understated, with decor in soft, natural tones. At Le Jardin de Russie, enjoy mouth-watering Italian cuisine in a romantic outdoor setting, or head to the Stravinskij Bar for cocktails.
Hotel de Russie has a spa you can indulge in
Aleph Rome Hotel: Best for historical character
Now part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, the Aleph Rome Hotel was once a bank headquarters. During renovation, the designers drew on the 1930s for inspiration and made good use of authentic Cipollino marble, which was first imported from Greece to Italy in ancient times. The Aleph is full of surprises, from the rooftop pool, with bar and cafe, and an Arabian-inspired spa, to the stylist suites and cognac bar. From the Aleph, it’s just a 15-minute walk to iconic sights and prime proposal destinations, the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.
When designing this hotel designers drew on the 1930s for inspiration and made good use of authentic Cipollino marble
Hotel Splendide Royal: Best for regal elegance
Near Rome’s famously elegant and expensive Via Veneto, the Hotel Splendide Royal is plush, ornate and the definition of aristocratic splendour. Traditionally decorated, your room will have gilded mirrors, heavy drapery and plush couches to relax on. The hotel’s hillside location promised some incredible views of Rome, but dine at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, Mirabelle, for gourmet dishes and a stunning panorama of the Eternal City.
Hotel Splendide Royal is the best option for regal elegance
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