High Fashion Rome meets Chic Contemporary Gallery at this hotel that sits on Via Margutta, "the street of painters." As you glide your way through the stylish lobby, the smart furnishings and fixtures in the public spaces of the hotel will build up your urge to bid on an item as if you were at an auction at Christie's, but the color-coordinated guest rooms are more standard contemporary style (sleek wood headboards accented with handmade Florentine leather, puffy white comforters, bathrobes, and high-speed Internet). The real gem is the Crystal Bar, set in an old chapel, with stuccoed pillars and arches and gilded panels in Raphaelesque style topped off with a glittering chandelier.
Via Margutta 56, Rome, 00187, Italy
Feb 16, 2005
This hotel couldn't be in a better location - on via Margutta, a beautiful sidestreet 2 mins from the Spanish Steps. The hotel is beautiful, stylish and 100% chintz-free. The staff couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful, and the room (a de-luxe) was comfortable and stylish - even if not as big as some (big rooms are rare in cities like Rome where the buildings are so old). The restoration of this hotel and its furniture and art make it a very
special option in an otherwise very traditional city. And good value - especially on the Net!