Hotel de Russie
This is the bright star in Rome's hotel scene.
Chic and modern in its design, the Hotel de Russie is
actually a very old hotel, re-opened in the past few years.
Picasso stayed here, as did many others, and one look
at its location will tell you why. Just a few blocks from
the Spanish Steps, the Russie is just on the edge of the
gorgeous Piazza del Popolo. If you should tire of the
view to the outside, however, the interior of the hotel
offers its own bella vista. The private garden around
which the hotel centers serves as restaurant and bar in
the evening and there's no more delicious place to enjoy
Rome's wonderful climate and long evenings. You'll pay
the price, however, as the Russie is also one of Rome's
most expensive hotels.
Via del Babuino 9, 00187 Rome
Phone: 39 06 32 8881
Fax: 39 06 32 888 888
Ripa All Suites Hotel
For another ultra-hip version of the Eternal
City, try the Ripa Hotel in Trastevere, for it provides
an updated version of Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Situated
in a district just on the edge of the city center, the
Ripa is highly designed and highly comfortable. Rooms
are minimalist --but playfully so. There's a restaurant/bar
connected to the hotel -- the Riparte Cafe -- that offers
home-grown but elegant food and modern art exhibitions.
Via Gianniti 21, 00153 Rome
Phone: 39 06 586 11
Fax: 39 06 581 4550
Pantheon View Bed and Breakfast
Located near the Pantheon, this middle-priced bed
and breakfast is smack-dab in Rome's city center. Rooms
are furnished with antiques and have balconies facing
Via del Seminario 87, 00186 Rome
Phone and Fax: 39 06 699 0294
Located in the part of Rome called Trastevere (across
the Tiber River), the Locanda Carmel is a one-star accommodation
with just 10 extremely clean rooms. The staff is friendly.
Breakfast is served at a fabulous little bar/bistro next
door (where you can also get lunch or dinner). Book well
in advance and ask if the room on the roof, with a terrace,
Via G. Mameli 11, 00153 Rome
Phone: 39 06 580 9921
Fax: 39 06 581 8853
di Santa Francesca Romana
This convent in Trastevere (Rome's hip and cool district)
offers rooms that have private baths and are air conditioned.
Breakfast is served to guests. Located just a 15 minute
walk from the Roman Forum and Rome's city center, the palace
that houses this convent was the home of Saint Francesca
Romana from ca.1400-1440. Prices are extremely reasonable.
The only drawback is that one must be in by 10:30pm when
the doors to the inn are shut and locked.
Via dei Vascellari, 61, 00153 Rome
39 06 581 2125 and 39
06 588 2408
religious house run by the Paolisti. Located on the Janiculum
Hill, the Villa Bassi provides affordable and clean rooms
and a friendly environment. Clientele includes lots of American
academics and occasional student groups. The building takes
up most of a block and has a big garden, TV room, and library
that guests are welcome to use. Breakfast is not served
(though there are lots of bars nearby with coffee and pastries)
and bathrooms are shared but well-kept. As this is a religious
institution, the doors are shut and locked at midnight,
but if you're going to be out later simply ask for a key
so you can let yourself in.
Via Giacinto Carini 24, 00152 Rome
39 06 581 5333 or
39 06 581 5329