From opening your curtains to gaze upon the Colosseum to not-even-open-yet dreamscapes to come, we’ve rounded up the most opulent stays in one of the world’s oldest cities.
By Jenny Adams
The Hassler Roma
Stay in ... Penthouse Villa Medici Suite
A theatrical location––at the apex of The Spanish Steps––The Hassler has been Rome’s famed darling since 1893. It’s a location like no other, rising beside the Trinita dei Monti Church, which dates to the 16th century, and in short distance from the fantastical gardens and greenery of Villa Borghese. Of its 87 rooms, including 21 suites, the prize jewel isThe Penthouse Villa Medici.
With two travertine marble terraces, a dining table for eight, a grand piano, a fully-stocked bar, black quartz floors, Chroma-therapy showers, three bedrooms and a private butler, it’s one of the top suites in the world. Each stay features tiny moments of luxury, from Champagne chilling upon arrival to complementary gifts from Hassler Roma’s Amorvero Skincare collection to aperitifs served on the roof at sunset.
Baglioni Hotel Regina
Stay in ... the new Roman Penthouse
Italian Art Deco fans eat your hearts out. This palace of marble, glass, bronze and velvet dates to the late 1800s, but features every amenity to suit every whim one might ever have.
Their Roman Penthouse is the crown jewel, featuring a jaw-dropping, three-level terrace that spools beyond the 6,000-square-foot, three-bedroom suite. It’s decorated with artworks by the Italian Masters, in chandeliers hand-blown in Murano, and features its own outdoor jacuzzi. A three-hour private luxury car is at your disposal, as is a personal concierge. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that the hotel is located on one of Rome’s highest points, giving you views of the entire city below from the terrace. Want to bring your pup? Baglioni Hotel Regina is pet friendly and prepared to cater to Fido or Fifi, without question.
Stay in ... one of the Colosseum View Suites
You’ve never seen the Colosseum quite like this. From your bed, that is. The largest suite at this revered property, spanning 1,200 square feet, features a stunning and inviting open concept. Two floors, with sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows, includes a master bed on the second level, marble accents throughout and a mix of contemporary and antique pieces. But multiple suite options feature the view, as well as the rooftop, Michelin-starred AROMA restaurant, with its opulent terrace dining.We adore designer Giorgia Dennerlein’s use of mixed styles and periods, from 16th-century antique paintings next to contemporary art, as well as classical busts and the backdrop of quirky Palladian wallpaper.
The St. Regis Rome
Stay in ... the Royal Suite
Fully restored by renowned interior design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon, of Paris and Chicago, the Royal Suite at St. Regis Rome features precious silk wall fabrics, a grand, antique piano, travertine marble, bronze accents, Murano chandeliers, mosaics and objets d’art. At 3,229 feet, it’s larger than most family homes, and unlike many luxury suites, it’s located on the first floor of the hotel, making the lobby an extended living room for guests.
An entry hall leads to a private actual living room in the suite, where Roman patterns of the aristocracy are enriched by tones of deep yellow, red and shimmers of gold. Louis XVI and Piedmonts furniture, and unique book collections add personal touches, and you’re privy to the extraordinary St. Regis Midnight Supper, served by a private kitchen, for up to 12 guests.The window overlooks Diocletian Bath (one of the most important European archaeological sites), and this has been a momentary home-away-from-home for the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Lady Gaga, to name a few.
The First Rome Musica
Stay in ... Rome’s newest hotel suites
The Prati neighborhood is where well-heeled Romans love to shop and dine on languid weekends.