Named for the posh street it's on, which is also known for high-end boutiques and antiques shops, this stylish hotel, spread through two historic buildings, has spacious rooms and personalized service. It's also well situated for sightseeing, with the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo right at your fingertips. Suites have hardwood floors and cool, contemporary decor; bathrooms are decked out with sleek mosaic tiles. The rooms also include posh, must-have 20th-century amenities such as iPhone docks and Nespresso coffee machines. The rooftop terrace is a lovely spot for a cocktail or a coffee.
Rooms and suites are lovingly decorated like a familiar Roman apartment in olive and taupe colors, with very comfortable king-size beds, light oak furniture and classical prints on the walls. All rooms include Frette bedding as well as free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and a Nespresso machine. Depending on the room, there are a variety of places to unwind including lush armchairs, striped ottomans, leather ottomans and modern sofas.
YOU SHOULD KNOW For larger groups or families, the suites are a very comfortable and affordable option with full service amenities.
Brightly-tiled bathrooms in rich blues and golds have a separate shower and bathrub, a welcome antidote to the average small size of a Roman shower. There's a full selection of Italian toiletries on hand as well as fresh flowers for an added touch.
You'll be greeted at a small lobby with a curved oak desk covered in orchids. The welcoming staff will make sure you have everything you need for your vacation before taking you to your room.
Breakfast is served on the roof with a full array of eggs and pastries. The staff also makes a tasty cappuccino which you can take with you to read the newspaper on one of the padded sunbeds.
The rooftop bar is also opened for cocktails throughout the night. Comfortable wicker chairs surrounded by lush greens make a lovely Roman setting to see the sunset.
Babuino 181 is centrally located, a short walk away from Rome's most popular attractions. Taxis are plentiful and the Flaminio and Spagna metro stops are each a 6-minute walk away.
Ristorante Crispi 19 (12-minute walk) will please any foodie with its immaculately composed dishes. Try to restrain from going daily to Pompi, king of the tiramisu, which is a mere 5-minute walk away. Known as the best tiramisu place in the city, this chain offers an assortment of flavors from classic to strawberry to pistachio to gluten-free. Pay first and then go to the bar to pick up your chosen dessert.
The Highlander Pub (11-minute walk) is a popular hangout for young Romans or visiting tourists looking to watch the latest sports game. La Botticella (18-minute walk) is a great late night spot with a bar overflowing with bottles of liquor from around the world.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Location, location, location. Set on one of Rome's most elegant streets, Babuino 181 offers more bang for your buck with spacious apartments where you can really spread out and make yourself at home. Despite the apartment set-up, Babuino 181 offers full services including a 24 hour concierge and nightly turndown. Prices clock in at a half or a third of neighboring properties, meaning you'll have extra spending money to explore the nearby boutiques and fill your suitcases with lots of made in Italy goods.