Situated in a 16th-century guesthouse and founded in 1845, Hotel D'Inghilterra has a long, storied history. It's long been used as an aristocratic residence for visitors in Rome, and has been the home away from home to various monarchs, movie stars, and some of the greatest writers of all time—Lord Byron, John Keats, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway among them. The hotel's name pays tribute to the Brits, who colonized the Spanish Steps district during the Grand Tour era.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some of the rooms are in need of a makeover as furnishings have begun to show signs of wear and tear.
Elegant rooms at are individually decorated with bright monochrome walls, antique furniture and paintings. Details include baroque mirrors and dressers, hand-carved wood beds, marble-covered coffee tables, and overstuffed lounge furniture. Beds are large and comfortable with huge fluffy pillows. Each is air-conditioned and features a flat-screen satellite TV, tea and coffee service, minibar and safe. There's also a mobile phone you can use around the city during your stay to save on data. All rooms are on the spacious side, but suites also have a separate sitting area.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Guests have complained of thin walls. Try to book a room on a higher floor if you are sensitive to noise.
Spotless bathrooms are decked out in full marble. Luxe Etro or Acqua di Parma toiletries are provided, as well as a bathrobe and slippers and GHD hairdryer. Showers or baths are huge with great water pressure.
The lobby, like the rest of the hotel, is full of classical antiques and paintings. Reception is always on call behind the large oak check-in desk. There's a huge reading area with golden silk sofas and crystal chandeliers, with a great selection of art books as well as daily international newspapers available.
The all-day Cafe Romano Restaurant offers an upscale menu of classic Mediterranean dishes with seating also available outisde on Via Borgognona.
The central location of this hotel makes major attractions accessible by foot. The Spagna Metro is a 6-minute walk away. You'll find plenty of taxis and bus lines around as well. Fiumicino Airport is a 40-minute drive.
Da Francesco (15-minute drive) is a popular place among locals for authentic Roman pizza and pasta dishes. Supplizio (17-minute drive) puts a gourmet twist on the city's popular fast food rice ball.
Il Piccolo (17-minute walk) is a popular wine bar with outdoor seating perfect for a pre-dinner drink. Babel (20-minute walk) is a glitzy night club inside the Villa Borghese park.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This historic hotel is located in the most central region of Rome just steps from ancient sights and luxury shopping. In addition to its flawless mix of antique furnishings with modern comforts, the hotel has a full range of amenities including free WiFi, smartphone, express check-out, pillow menu and meeting rooms. Pets are even welcome for an additional fee. While some rooms could use a refresh, the place exudes character. And the staff speaks the language of hospitality and will go out of their way to make your stay memorable.