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Set atop the Villa Borghese in Parioli (a bit out of the centro storico for serious sightseers) this classic hotel is set up like an urban resort with a wonderful spa and huge pool set among its own beautiful gardens. The hotel's classical palatial decor fits in perfectly with this upscale neighborhood. Yet rooms feature modern comforts and are a good size, many including their own balcony. It's the perfect hotel if you're looking for a relaxed stay away from noise and traffic.
Tip With the giant pool and proximity to Villa Borghese, it's a great option for families. They often run family specials offering free milk and cookies and tickets to Bioparco di Roma.
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Rooms are full of old-world decor from antique chairs and desks to sweeping silk currents. Beds are huge and plush with luxury linens. And many rooms feature a large balcony or terrace with outdoor seating. Colors in each room are coordinated in a scarlet, silver and cream or gold and cream decor. Every room features a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, safe, minibar and international power outlets. Suites are enormous and feel like their own private villas.
Marble or tiled bathrooms are spacious and include a full line of luxe toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. Old wall hairdryers need an upgrade. Certain suites feature whirlpool tubs with views of the park.
The entry to the building is a massive teal stained-glass artwork over two marble lions that guard the revolving door. The huge lobby feels like a grand palazzo living room. With its red and green velvet sofas, oversized antique vases, and golden candelabras throughout, you can enjoy the enormous seating area anytime you need a break.
The huge outdoor pool is suitable for doing laps or just for taking a dip to get out of the heat. It's lined all around with sun beds and umbrellas, making it a popular summer hangout.
A sparkling indoor pool is surrounded by decadent chaise lounges and a full relaxation area of huge leather armchairs. Hydromassage jets are strong, intending to soothe any sore muscles after a long flight. There's a bio-sauna, ice fountain, Kneipp path, and multi-sensory showers as well as multiple treatment rooms for first-class massages and facials.
A good-sized gym lined by mirrors has a full line of cardio and weight equipment if you want to keep up with your workout routine.
Pauline Borghese Restaurant is the hotel's fine dining experience, set in a huge banquet hall with stained glass decor and huge windows that look out onto the gardens. The Mediterranean dishes are carefully crafted, with the chestnut and red prawn risotto a local favorite.
La Pomme Bar & Lounge has a wonderful oak banquet in front of a huge stained-glass mural. You can enjoy an afternoon coffee or a late night cocktail on the cozy leather bar stools, or sit at a table with friends.
Set in the posh Parioli neighborhood of Rome on the edge of the Villa Borghese park, the hotel is a good option for those looking for a quiet stay. Buses and trams are plentiful here and the 20-minute walk to the historic center is a lovely route. You'll be a quick taxi ride away from any major sight. Fiumicino Airport is a 45-minute drive away.
Zero Restaurant (9-minute walk) focuses on local healthy ingredients with a menu crafted around fresh vegetables and meats, all prepared under a nutritionist's guidelines. It's a great change of pace for anyone diet-conscious, or if you're just looking for a lighter meal. Giakis (9-minute walk) is a casual cafe with fresh Roman dishes and great prices, just steps from Galleria Borghese.
Cantina Belsiana (15-minute drive) is a romantic wine bar with wood beam ceilings and intimate desk tables. Caffe delle Arti (16-minute walk) at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea has a gorgeous outdoor terrace to enjoy an evening aperitivo. Or you can sit inside surrounded by Roman sculptures and artworks.