Valadier. In the heart of the centro, just steps away from the prominent Piazza del Popolo and a few minutes' walk from the Spanish Steps, is this luxury hotel—known for comfortable rooms with marble and travertine bathrooms and a superb location—that has captured the hearts of elite travelers over the years. Once a convent, later a house of ill repute, this palazzo has seen it all, though not a trace of either incarnation remains. As for decor, it's
traditional hotel luxe, with a lot of polished surfaces, mirrors, and shiny lights, so don't expect any time-burnished patina. However, the view from the rooftop terrace restaurant, complete with a panorama of domes and cupolas, is enchanting. There's also a swanky piano bar.