Fodor's Expert Review Britannia
Via Napoli 64, Rome, Latium, 00184, Italy See on Map Fodor's Choice
Situated in an elegant Art Nouveau palazzo dating back to 1876, this charming hotel feels like a luxurious private home with all the modern amenities. Located just around the corner from the Rome Opera House, the hotel, which was originally built as a residence for Prince Philip Don Orsini, is furnished with original artwork and British-styled fabrics, bedspreads, and drapes. The attention to detail is evident at every turn, from the frescoed halls to the breakfast room.
Rooms are decorated in warm colors of purple, red and gold, with accents throughout like silk wallpaper, faux marble painted walls, and velvet drapes. Beds are huge and comfortable with top-quality linens. Guests also enjoy modern comforts like satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, coffee and tea service, slippers, safe, and a free minibar replenished daily. And they've just added to each room a free smartphone free to use for your entire stay around the city, so you don't have to use any international data. Some executive rooms come with private terraces and the suite also has a separate living room and hydro-massage whirlpool bath.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The budget "cosy" room is big enough for a bed and a table and not much else.
Bathrooms are done in head-to-toe marble and feature a spacious bathtub or walk-in shower. There's also a full set of toiletries from the Mag Hotels line. You might be lucky enough to find a hotel-branded rubber ducky in your tub as well.
The lobby is filled with old English leather chairs atop a checkered marble floor. There's a wide assortment of international newspapers available for guests. Reception is available around the clock to help with any of your needs.
Diana's Place Bistrot offers business lunch and dinner, as well as drinks throughout the day. The breakfast buffet includes a grand assortment of eggs, meats, fresh salads, as well as cereals, cheeses and pastries. Gluten-free and low-calorie foods are available on request.
The bartenders at the Lounge Bar are experts at their craft. Stop by for a drink in the early evening in one of Rome's quieter happy hours.
The hotel is very centrally located and you can walk to any number of major tourist destinations. It's also a three-minute walk to the Repubblica metro station, where it's also easy to catch a taxi.
Eataly (4-minute walk) is a smaller outpost of the food mecca. The outdoor patio is a great place to grab a pizza and a glass of wine. La Matriciana (2-minute walk) has great homestyle pasta dishes with extra-friendly service.
If you're looking to catch up on any live sports, the Irish-themed Flann O'Brien (1-minute walk) will have a variety of games on television. Enjoy a beer on tap in one of their cozy leather booths. Or if wine is your drink, head to Domus Vini (5-minute walk) for a wide assortment of reds and whites from around the country.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The beautiful attentive details throughout make this boutique hotel truly special. With a wonderfully helpful staff, it's a welcoming addition to Rome's hotel offerings. While rooms are not incredibly large, if you plan on being out for most of the day, it's a wonderful place to rest your head for the night. They are continuously upgrading services for customers to stay competitive with top offerings in Rome. And the location is convenient for getting anywhere in the city, being close to Termini but in the more historic (picturesque) part of the neighborhood.
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