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.
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.
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.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This classic hotel has been updated with modern decor and furnishings for a restful slumber. It's in a quiet offbeat location away from crowds of tourists, but close enough to the center that you can still walk to many main attractions. The air here is fresher being just across Rome's best park and gardens. And the property has plenty of greenery of its own. If you know you want to mix your sightseeing with a fair amount of spa and pool time, this historic hotel is a great option.