If you like a lot of bling for your buck, this stylish design hotel straight from the pages of Italian Vogue magazine is the place for you. Located just around the corner from Piazza Repubblica, this art deco-inspired hotel aims to impress. The streamlined guest rooms are done up in gray and black with Carrara marble bathrooms. After you've settled into your room, shimmy down to the bar, decked out in glittery mosaic tiles and still more chandeliers.
Rooms have beautiful details like designer lighting, spotless white carpet and sleek black furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows or mirrors. Beds and pillows are thick and plush with luxury linens. And front-facing rooms have a bright view out onto the historic center. Skylight rooms have extra natural light from above. All come with LCD TV, a safe, gourmet minibar, and Wi-Fi.
This hotel offers guests a smartphone including free 3G/4G internet connection, and free calls to certain countries to use during their stay.
Bathrooms are spacious in head-to-toe white Carrara marble and chrome fixtures. Tall showers have excellent water pressure, but the wall hairdryer is rather weak. They're daily stocked with luxe toiletries so you don't need to pack much. Slippers are also included.
The lobby itself looks like any high-end club with white marble floor, a crystal chandelier accented in ostrich feathers, round mirrors in every corner, sweeping purple drapes and oversized leather and velvet furniture. There's even a swing hanging from a second black crystal chandelier for the full royal effect. The check-in desk is, of course, covered in glittery tiles and lamps. The domed glass skylight fills the already bright room with light, making it a perfect place to relax in the morning.
A small wellness center has a sauna and Jacuzzi. While nothing fancy, it's nice to have the option. You can also book massages upon request.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Guests have reported that the spa area is often closed for repairs so call ahead if this is important to you.
There's a small, but cramped gym with a few cardio machines and one weight machine. It's ok if you want to keep up with your workouts, but you'd be better off getting your exercise outside.
Breakfast is served in a cozy den with a domed brick ceiling and checkerboard marble floor. There's a full spread of freshly-squeezed juices, homemade jams, pastries and more.
The Visionnaire Café is where you can enjoy drinks in a glamorous setting. There is also a snack bar and coffee available.
The bar at the Visionnaire Cafe literally shines with a huge crystal chandelier that spreads across the ceiling. The platinum-tiled bar is lit with LED lights below, ever-changing to fit the mood. While drinks are on the pricey side, it's a romantic setting, with a neon bar that changes colors, the kind of place you can sit at the bar to meet people.
Located on the prestigious Via XX Settembre, this hotel is perfect walking distance from most of Rome's main historic sites. Buses are plentiful here, and it's only a 9-minute walk from the Castro Pretorio Metro Station. Termini is a 12-minute walk for further access around Italy.
Pataclara (5-minute walk) has deconstructed Sicilian dishes for an unforgettable gourmet experience. Massawa (5-minute walk) has amazing Ethiopian Eritrean cuisine if you're looking for something different.
St Patrick’s Pub (6-minute walk) is a low-key joint perfect for a cold pint or a few games of darts. Yugo Fusion Bar (22-minute walk) is a sushi bar that turns into a hotspot late at night where locals and tourists come to sample the over-the-top cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Not many hotels in Rome go for contemporary, but Leon's Place does a wonderful job of offering something unusual and special, yet maintaining its sense of place in a historic building. All furnishings are exceedingly comfortable and the hotel staff is always on hand to help out. Set in central Rome, it's a perfect area for getting around. When the spa is up and running, it's a nice option to have to unwind at the end of the day. Leon's Place is a luxurious experience if you're looking for something uniquely Italian.