Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Dei Borgognoni
Via del Bufalo 126, Rome, Latium, 00187, Italy See on Map
Travelers who love peace and tranquillity appreciate the position of this quietly chic hotel set in a prestigious palazzo from the 1800s. The old palazzo has been remodeled to provide spacious lounges and a glassed-in garden courtyard; a small private art collection is also on view. Guest rooms, cleverly furnished with sharp cream and red tones, have been designed to create the illusion of space. Some rooms have balconies or terraces on the interior courtyard, and the hotel offers free bicycles for guests to tool around the city. After a long day of shopping in the area, cozy up to the fireplace in the hotel's lobby.
Rooms at Hotel dei Borgognoni are contemporary and feel spacious, with large closets and plenty of room to work or relax. Furniture and top-quality bedding is stylish in scarlet and white, and paintings of old Rome cover the walls. All rooms come with the basics, satellite TV, WiFi and a laptop safe. And several have their own balcony or large private terrace.
Smartphones loaded with a city guide are also available in rooms and free to use during your stay.
The white and cream tiling give the bathrooms a fresh and modern feel. They're also also on the spacious side with plenty of counter space, and many have a large tub. Plenty of shampoo and soap is provided as well as robes and a hair dryer.
The lobby is filled with large plants and palms, as well as a Roman statue in the middle of lots of comfortable seating. A reading room in the back is filled with overstuff red velvet chairs and a cozy fireplace for colder months.
Breakfast service includes Italian pastries as well as a full English breakfast with a large assortment of hot dishes and a perfectly made-to-order cappuccino. You'll be full for hours after trying out their wide selection of egg dishes, meats and salads.
The hotel is just an 8-minute walk to both Spagna Metro or Barberini Metro, but you'll already be within easy walking distance to many of Rome's top main attractions. Taxis and bus lines are easy to find here as well.
Life (4-minute walk) has delicious Mediterranean dishes from sea or on land and a friendly staff. For dessert head to Gelateria Giolitti (7-minute walk), one of Rome's most popular ice cream locales. Founded in 1900, the shop has a beautiful vintage decor and enough flavors to make your head spin.
Trinity College Pub (8-minute walk) is a cozy wide-open space with more than 25 beers to sample and a nightly lineup of sports events. The Fiddler's Elbow (11-minute drive) is a popular joint for expats, with a number of nightly events including live music and open mic night.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Rooms are modern and clean with plush beds that provide a great night's sleep. Marble-decked hallways and oil paintings throughout give it a luxe feel. It's central to everything in Rome, but also in a quiet side-street location. Staff is extremely friendly and helpful around the clock. While you can easily find a more economical room in room, the private balconies, fulfilling breakfast and cozy fireplace are just a few more details that make this hotel standout.
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