Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy (IX)
Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Villa Laetitia – Turn-of-the-century Boutique Hotel
I’d always passed by this incredible Art Nouveau villa on the Lungotevere, wondering what it was. As it turns out the semi-abandoned Villa Laetitia belongs to the Fendi family and is used for parties and movie sets. Tucked in behind the turn-of-the-century villa is the foresteria (guest quarters) that Ms. Fendi has restored and turned into a boutique hotel.
Why hadn’t I been before? Well, it’s pretty far off my beaten track. I guess you could say it’s in Prati, but its location on the Lungotevere delle Armi means it’s not really on the way to anything. That said, the seclusion and quiet can’t be beaten. And it really is only a pleasant 12-minute walk along the river to Piazza del Popolo and Via Babuino.
The Villa is perfect art nouveau, built in 1911, and retains many of the original elements including the massive pair of caryatids at the entrance. A shady walkway leads to the back garden, and the entrance to the intimate and cozy foresteria.
Ms. Fendi has a pitch perfect knack for creating stylish, yet comfortable, interiors that are inspired by turn-of-the-century Europe, yet at the same time feel fresh and modern. The rooms are spacious and each has its own terrace or garden and kitchenette. In fact, these are more like mini apartments than hotel rooms. There are fourteen rooms, which I now recommend to all my design-oriented friends who are staying for a longer period and want more than just a hotel room.
Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Villa Spalletti Trivelli – Country Villa in Urban Setting
How many freestanding villas-turned into hotels are there in Rome? Well, I can’t think of any besides the Villa Spalletti Trivelli. This 12-room boutique hotel is a hidden jewel. Located just next to the Quirinale, it overlooks its own garden on one side, and the gardens of the President’s palace on the other.
The common areas are grand and regal, just what you’d expect in a country villa. But the cool thing is that you are in the middle of Rome. With only 12 rooms, the salons and garden are almost all yours. The rooms are each decorated differently, very traditional, comfortable and luxurious. In addition there is a small gym and even a fully staffed spa to make the country villa feeling thing complete.
If you are staying somewhere else, consider a spa day here, complete with a visit to the marble haman.