Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Dona Camilla Savelli – Converted convent by Borromini
It’s not every day you can stay in a convent designed by Borromini. The Dona Camilla Savelli was designed in the 17th century for an order of nuns by the famous architect. It has recently been restored and converted into a luxurious four-star 78-room hotel in the heart of Trastevere.
Since this is four-star, it’s decidedly less expensive that it’s five-star colleagues located nearer to the Spanish Steps. The location, in a quite corner of Trastevere, makes it walking distance from nearby sites like Piazza Navona and Castel San Angelo. During warm weather breakfast is served in the romantic courtyard.
Best Places to Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Duca D'Alba – 4 Star Hotel in Monti
This small four-star hotel is located in the trendy Monti neighborhood. This is a fantastic location, near many restaurants, small boutiques and enoteche, without the craziness of more touristy zones like Piazza Navona or the Spanish Steps. Walking distance to the Colosseum and the Forum and almost everything else.
Even though the rooms are on the small side (especially the singles), they are beautifully furnished. The staff is extremely professional and helpful. A great choice for a four-star in Monti. (The only four-star in Monti as a matter of fact).
Best Place sto Stay in Rome, Italy: Hotel Forum Bar – Cocktails with view of Forum
Call me a romantic, but I like my cocktails with a view. Even if it’s nothing much more exotic than a gin & tonic, if I’m looking at the sun set over the Roman Forum, I’m happy.
There aren’t a lot of places you can do this, so the terrace atop the Hotel Forum is a gem. Located just at the edge of the Monti neighborhood, the Forum Hotel rises up just where Via Cavour ends at Fori Imperiali. The smallish cocktail terrace is reached by taking the elevator up to the top floor, walking through the restaurant, and up a narrow flight of stairs. Once reached, the pocket-sized bar looks out over the Forum, and towards the Palatine and Campidoglio hills. As swallows swing by, order a Negroni or a Bellini – or even a Gin & Tonic – before you head on for dinner.
Location: Via Tor de' Conti