The vision of Count Goffredo Manfredi and his family, Palazzo Manfredi is a one-of-a-kind experience set in an 18th-century palazzo that overlooks the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Rooms in this boutique hotel are individually designed and uniquely furnished with decor from the best European designers. The hotel has one of the most romantic restaurants in the city, and an incredible garden bar surrounded by lush greenery. The Palazzo Manfredi aims to give its guests a taste of the true grande bellezza.
The hotel also manages a collection of nearby apartments, perfect for families.
Rooms feature uniquely patterned-wallpaper, huge beds with luxe linen and faux-fur throws and unique furniture throughout. Windows are fortunately massive, providing the best views out onto the city. Rooms are filled with design pieces from the likes of Van Egmond, Philippe Starck and Antonio Citterio. Waking up to the Colosseum just outside your window is an experience you'll never get used to. All include huge flat-screen TVs, lounging furniture, Nespresso coffee machine, free Wi-Fi, safe and Bose audio system.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some rooms overlook the inner courtyard, so ask ahead if the view is what you're looking for.
Bathrooms are huge and well-lit with a full range of luxe amenities from Acqua di Parma. They feature either a walk-in shower or spa bath for the ultimate soak. Bathrobe and slippers are also provided.
The Colosseum Suite boasts its own small gym and a bathroom with steam room, chromotherapy shower and whirlpool bath.
The lobby feels like a welcoming living room in your own Roman townhouse, with its warm Chesterfield leather furniture, antique maps and books, and Murano glass chandeliers. The overly-helpful reception is always on hand. And freshly-cut orchids give the space a relaxing aroma.
If you're looking for a truly romantic dinner, the rooftop restaurant Aroma overlooks the Colosseum. You'll feel like Roman royalty as you enjoy the view and a delicious menu Michelin-honored Mediterranean dishes. Chef Giuseppe Di Lorio has focused his menu on sustainability, eschewing the over-farmed Tuna for more local meats and vegetables.
Lounge Bar is an American style pub on the property's terrace. Enjoy a glass of champagne on the comfortable chaise lounges with a gorgeous view of the Oppian Hill gardens.
This hotel overlooks the Colosseum. You'll be just a quick jaunt to most of Rome's other ancient sights. And buses and taxis here are plentiful. The Colosseo Metro stop is just a 7-minute walk away.
Da Felice (10-minute drive) is a classic Roman institution with is checkerboard floors and bare-brick interior. Grilled meats cooked to perfection nearly fall off the bone. Trattoria Monti (16-minute walk) is a 12-table family restaurant known for incredible game dishes and the house speciality, tortellone, a giant runny-egg ravioli covered in sage and brown butter. Reservations are a must.
Caffe Bohemian (8-minute drive) is a Monti hotspot that never gets too crowded despite the great drinks and cozy living room-inspired atmosphere. Salotto42 (13-minute drive) is an intimate cocktail lounge with huge velvet sofas and a direct view onto Hadrian's Temple.
WHY WE LIKE IT
For a truly unique experience the Palazzo Manfredi offers true luxury in the heart of Rome. Everyone will be jealous of your trip photos, as the hotel provides a vantage point onto some of the best views in Rome. Design is thoughtfully considered throughout, as they've recruited top European artists to craft everything from the wallpaper to the lighting. The concierge is excellent and will go out of their way to make sure your trip is incredible in every aspect. And the dining and bar options are some of the best in the city.