Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Victoria
Via Campania 41, Rome, Latium, 00187, Italy See on Map
The Hotel Victoria, built in 1889, has been run by a Swiss family for four generations. Located across the street from Villa Borghese, this boutique hotel is popular with American business travelers. The hotel is handsomely decorated with oriental rugs and fresh flowers throughout the common areas. Oil paintings covering three centuries fill the hotel's lobby, hallways, and rooms. Floral prints and fabrics are a common theme in the guest rooms, on wallpaper and matching bedspreads and drapes. Its cozy rooms and beautiful rooftop bar make it an ideal place to book.
Make sure to ask for a room on one of the upper floors to get a glimpse of the gardens.
Rooms at the Victoria Hotel are decorated in turn of the century style, with antique wood beds, classic paintings, and textiles. Most are filled with light and several have petit terraces with excellent vantage points out onto the city. Superior rooms have a wonderful view of either Villa Borghese or the rooftops of Via Veneto. Comfortable desks, Wi-Fi, and international news channels make the rooms a great option for business travelers. Mattresses haven't been updated and can be hard. Pillows are quite flat, so ask for extras if you prefer a more plush bed.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The walls here are thin and noise tends to travel. It's not the best option for light sleepers.
Deluxe rooms have large bathrooms, while some of the more simpler rooms have tiny showers. Ask for a bathtub if you need more space. C.O. Bigelow lavender and peppermint shampoo and shower gel make for a refreshing and relaxing bath. Old-style hair dryers lack significant power.
Guests are welcomed in a large lobby filled with overstuffed chairs and sofas. Original paintings of the city from European artists decorate the walls, similar to the decor of any of the upper-class homes that line the streets here. An attentive staff is always on call.
The included breakfast has a huge assortment of hot and cold food including a wide variety of fresh fruit.
The hotel's massive rooftop garden bar Sopra i Pini is full of lush plants and flowers, including 15 different types of camellias, 12 different types of jasmine, 12 types of citrus plants and dozens of classical and modern roses. This fragrant landscape is open all day, for a morning cappuccino, an early evening aperitif or a nightcap. Naturally, their menu of rosé wines is one of the best in the city. In addition to a happy hour buffet, they have a variety of grill specialties with top quality meats and fish.
The hotel is in a prime location between Villa Borghese and the historic center, which makes it easy to walk to any number of shopping destinations or museums. Metro stations Spagna and Barberini are each a 15-minute walk away and well connected on Rome's A Line. And a nearby taxi stand will take you to any further destination.
Ristorante Kaede (2-minute walk) is an intimate restaurant with hanging chandeliers and low-lighting, perfect for date night. The sushi is always fresh and the udon perfectly seasoned. Ristorante Il Piccolo Mondo (5-minute walk) is a relaxed place that serves up homestyle Italian dishes with the freshest ingredients. Sidewalk dining is a must.
Open since 1972, Jackie O' (4-minute walk) is a cocktail bar seemingly frozen in time where guests including Alain Delon and Liza Minelli used to go to dance or sing long into the night. Go on a piano night, where you can relax on a large leather sofa and enjoy the live music. Grab an amazing glass of red at the Caffe delle Arti (11-minute drive) inside the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art for incredible ambiance and people-watching.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Hotel Victoria is perfectly situated, just steps from the historic center at Via Veneto, but away from the traffic and noise. Beautiful boutiques and landmarks are within walking distance, and Villa Borghese directly opposite is the perfect spot for an early morning run or stroll. The hotel's collection of landscape paintings throughout adds a huge amount of classical charm, making it a sort of mini art museum. While room furnishings aren't super updated, an eager and attentive staff will do their best to make your stay comfortable.
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