Where to stay: ITALY
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Parco dei Principi | Sorrento, Italy
Modernist style mavens will be in seventh heaven here. Others may find the pared-back 1960s aesthetic a little cold: much depends on whether you are a fan of Gio Ponti’s particular brand of modernism. Everything in the cubic, white building, from the simple furniture, fixtures and fittings in the bedrooms to the dazzling blue and white floor tiles and the diving platform in the salt water pool was designed by Ponti, and recent re-vamps have left it all intact.
Il Tornabuoni | Florence, Italy
The historic 62 room hotel on the Via de Tornabuoni is surrounded by many high-end fashion boutiques. Guests can climb up Giotto’s Campanile, a marbled Gothic tower that delivers spectacular views across the city, and will find the historic Ponte Vecchio right at their doorstep. The hotel’s interior design reflects its historic roots from the Renaissance with references to the city’s architecture, history, nature, and food are woven throughout the hotel’s design and amenities.
Baglio Occhipinti | Vittoria, Sicily
Surrounded by organic vineyards, olive groves and vegetable and citrus gardens in the beautiful Sicilian countryside is the charming, family owned and operated Baglio Occhipinti. Fully restored, the working farm dates back to around the year 600 and reached its height in the 19th-century as a major winery. Inside white minimalist living spaces are set off by natural stone walls, pale terracotta tiles and a wonderful rustic fireplace.
Palazzo Manfredi | Rome
It feels wrong to call Palazzo Manfredi a hotel; rather, it’s a palatial residence, owned by Count Goffredo Manfredi. The reception area is suitably grand, with ancient maps on the wall and leather Chesterfield armchairs. Silver picture frames and diamond jewelry is on display, too, all available for purchase. Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant Aroma has a seven-course degustation menu with matching wines and stupendous views. The location, too, right by the the Colosseum, is utterly glorious.
Horti 14 Borgo Trastevere | Rome
The hotel is set up around the garden, designed to bring a sense of calm after a day exploring what can sometimes be a frenetic city. Trastevere’s one of Rome’s better known districts, and while it’s decidedly more tourist-filled than it once was, it still clings to its working-class roots with lively food markets and loud neighborhood trattorias.
Margutta 19 | Rome
Arches and patterned floor tiles, flowers stood so perfectly in their vases they must be on the payroll, and a golden light falling just right on the cobbles outside. Nothing is left to chance in Margutta 19. Even dust doesn’t fall where it’s not supposed to. Let’s make no bones about it, Margutta 19 is an expensive hotel, but it works hard to make itself worth the price, and the guests expect nothing less.
Chapter Roma's interiors are edgy in a way that Italians sometimes feel too conservative to embrace, which may be why owner Cilia turned to break-out South African designer Tristan Duplessis for the graffiti-scrawled lobby bar, quirky bespoke rugs, and pared-back, bare-brick rooms with mid-century inspired minibars, industrial metals, and punchy olive-green beds.
Palazzo Dama | Rome
Architect Antonio Girardi’s restyling of this aristocratic villa, long the Malaspina’s Roman salon for dignitaries and literati, remained faithful to its noble past while adding a dash of contemporary cool. Old-world architectural details from mosaic floors to boiserie are paired with new-world flourishes like reclaimed chandeliers from the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, neon art, and a Warhol Mao deftly tucked amongst the 19th-century oil portraits of long-forgotten nobility.
Condominio Monti | Rome
Condominio Monti is made up of two buildings in Monti, one of Rome’s most central neighborhoods. The exterior is unassuming, but walk through air-conditioned entrance and things start to get interesting. Local Roman design firm, Studio Tamat, overhauled the two buildings a few years back, keeping the layout of a traditional Roman guesthouse, with all of the rooms arranged along a corridor. They’ve also livened up the lobby with soft green and gold wall paints, marble tables and soft armchairs.
Vilòn Luxury Hotel | Rome
Architect and designer Giampiero Panepinto has created a series of deliciously stylish yet also teasingly playful spaces by mixing up references that range from Rococo through 19th-century decadence to mid-century modern. A series of large prints by photographer Massimo Listri of classical and Old Master artworks hang in bedrooms, lobby and corridors. There’s a small, cute inner courtyard, one of many communal areas that invite guests to mingle.
The Fifteen Keys Hotel | Rome
Housed in a restored five-story villa, The Fifteen Keys is the epitome of urban chic: It's modern and tastefully decorated, with polished parquet and creamy walls throughout. It’s the kind of place that makes you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a really stylish, secret spot that only the locals would know about. You can’t beat the hotel’s sumptuous buffet breakfast in the cool, vine-strewn courtyard, and there's a selection of complimentary tea and cookies available each day between 5 and 6 PM.
This 14-suite bolthole, a short sashay away from the Spanish Steps, is one of the city’s most stylish options, lent panache by Michele Bonan’s tasteful contemporary-retro design scheme. The discreet service, courtesy of a dedicated ‘lifestyle team’, is unparalleled – as is the cachet of the guests-only rooftop bar.
Babuino 181 | Rome
The entrance to Babuino 181 is standard boutique hotel: a contemporary beige front desk, paper lantern lights, and a leather booth for resting your luggage against. It’s smart and functional, rather than awe-inspiring, and with a solidly convenient location near the Piazza del Popolo its for anyone who wants a no-fuss, comfortable stay in Rome. Cocktails on the rooftop terrace and bar are a real treat, and breakfast is served there as well.
Buonanotte Garibaldi | Rome
Hotels seem passé the minute you wander through the wrought-iron gates into Buonanotte Garibaldi, an peaceful art-studio converted in to a bed and breakfast for inquisitive travelers. There’s a vine-strewn garden, for starters, or the front room, with plush velvet lounges for sinking down upon, or the piano in the corner, music stacked high beside it. It’s basically an Italian-style riad in Trastevere, the perfect place to let your days drift by, lounging on one of the outdoor armchairs.
Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel
The Rome Cavalieri is set on 15 acres with views to St. Peter’s, is both a lavish escape and a perfect city-break address. The lack of neighborhood action is more than made up for by a world-class art collection and La Pergola Rome, one of the best restaurants in the capital. Arriving at the Cavalieri feels a bit like stepping into Rome’s bygone era, a time of endless manicured gardens, cheery butlers, and azure swimming pools where cocktails can be taken at any time of the day.
Hôtel De La Ville | Rome
Located at the top of the Spanish Steps, it’s a head-to-toe overhaul of the Intercontinental De La Ville, a once-glamorous address that had become increasingly staid. There’s nothing boring about the new interiors with walls hung with convex mirrors and digital reproductions of antique prints, and colours ranging from the softest powder blue to mustard yellow and rich plum.
D.O.M Hotel | Rome
This is a former 17th-century aristocratic palace that’s kept its marbles with Renaissance-era inscriptions and beautiful wooden ceilings, and then stuffed a louche, velvet-and-mirrors bar beneath it. Andy Warhols hang on the wall of the reception, near the skull-decorated dining room with a roaring fire. Beautiful madness. D.O.M is so filled with little details, it’s impossible to catch them all the first time.
Anantara Palazzo Naiadi | Rome
Luxury Thai brand Anantara recently took over this property - and what a change they’ve made. Given Anantara’s status as a go-to retreat for upmarket travelers looking for local experiences and stories, it’s not surprising that their first Italian property attracts a similar clientele, decked out in comfortable clothes ideal for exploring - think designer brand polo shirts and Tods loafers. Don’t leave without experiencing Anantara’s signature spa treatments, inspired by the ancient Roman Baths.
The Hassler, one of Rome’s most prestigious hotels, has the body of a grand dame – complete with Michelin-starred dining, superlative style and enviable real estate atop the Spanish Steps. Its heart, however, is that of a family-run inn, free of pretense and suffused with a disarmingly personal warmth.
DoubleTree by Hilton Rome Monti
DoubleTree by Hilton has created a sophisticated Roman space that’s reflective of the city thanks to collaborations with local artists and designers. The brand has managed to keep its 133 rooms feeling local and elegant, with polished wood floors and emerald green sofas. On the roof terrace, soft rattan furnishings sit by potted palms, beneath linen canopies
The St. Regis Rome
Marriott invested 40 million euro into renovating this formerly faded property, reimagining it for today with light-filled communal spaces and plenty of glitz. First opened in 1894 as "The Grand," the St. Regis was Rome's first true luxury hotel—and it's a mantel the property still holds fast to. Luxury suites feature a myriad of original artwork from the private collections of important contemporary artists, including Luca Pignatelli, Ubaldo Bartolini, and Paolo Fiorentino.
Villa Agrippina | Rome
Rome in summer is glorious, and there’s nowhere better to bed down than at the Villa Agrippina by Gran Meliá Hotels, a five-star property on the banks of the Tiber, not far from Vatican City. An olive tree-lined drive takes you past manicured gardens to a vast, pink palazzo, with a soaring, palatial entrance. Inside, polished floorboards and elegant armchairs. Sun seekers will love the pool, while beauty junkies should head to the spa for a satisfyingly firm Swedish massage.
Rocco Forte House | Rome
The Rocco Forte brand has a reputation for some of the best hospitality in Rome, and that extends to Rocco Forte House. Film stars, musicians and high rollers tend to book into these apartments, drawn to their privacy, location and luxurious rooms. Rocco Forte House is your private hideaway in an 18th century palazzo overlooking Piazza di Spagna. There are just five apartments, with two bedrooms, a kitchen, living room and dining area—plus a communal rooftop area with the best views in the city.
J.K. Place Roma
One of Italy’s classiest townhouse hotels, J.K. Place has been much imitated, but few of the copies match the warm, suave, elegant original. The rooms derive much of their charm from the no-expenses-spared quality of the materials used, including antique fireplaces and original framed fashion-house sketches. The ground floor feels a little like a stylish contemporary gentleman's club – especially the chic little lounge/library.
Hotel Maalot | Rome
Hotel Maalot is a new five-star hotel that draws a young, upmarket crowd looking for colorful, individually-designed rooms outfitted with modern artwork and flea market finds. The restaurant and lobby area are slightly more soothing, with potted palms and low-slung rattan ceiling fans overlooking silky sofas and tiled tables. The Maalot is a refreshing change of pace from the faded hotels in Rome’s historical Trevi district.