18 Stunning Hotels in Rome For The Ultimate Dolce Vita

The Eternal City of Rome is known for its rich and layered history, but when it comes to places to stay in Rome, there are more than just historic properties to choose from. Whether you’re planning a trip to Rome this summer or simply dreaming of a future bucket list trip, these are the best places to stay in Rome for a taste of la dolce vita. 

Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese

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Located just a few minutes walk from Rome’s best-known historical and cultural landmarks and tucked away in the shade of the leafy Borghese gardens, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese feels like a peaceful retreat while in the center of all the action. Set in a former 19th-century Roman palazzo, this elegant hotel boasts thoughtfully designed rooms with upscale details that call upon its storied past while keeping spaces refreshingly sleek and modern. Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese is made all the more impressive by the panoramic views of Roman rooftops and the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica from Settimo, the hotel’s elegant rooftop lounge and restaurant.

Hotel de la Ville

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Stepping inside the Hotel de la Ville feels like you’ve been transported to the private home of the Roman elite, with its perfect mix of modern luxuries and the classic elegance this historic property demands. The hotel is part of the Rocco Forte Hotels collection, a group of luxury hotels and resorts from a fourth-generation family of hoteliers in some of Europe’s most desirable destinations. The views overlooking the city are second to none.

Baglioni Hotel Regina

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Clean lines, classic style, and a taste for pops of Art Deco drama meet at Baglioni Hotel Regina, located in a historic building off of the bustling Via Veneto. It boasts an impressive spa as well as incredible rooftop views and friendly service.

Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel

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The dramatic curved of a historic palazzo facing the Piazza della Repubblica welcomes guests to Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel, one of the most undeniably regal hotels in Rome. The property boasts 232 thoughtfully designed guest rooms and suites, some of which include spacious private balconies and incredible city views. 

The St. Regis Rome

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The St. Regis Rome was the first St. Regis hotel in Europe when it opened in 1894, and is marked by the elegance and attention to each luxurious detail that the esteemed brand is now so well known for. Muted tones and subdued designs highlight the historic details of this Roman palazzo.

The Hoxton Rome

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Rome’s tightly-packed historic quarters at The Hoxton Rome, located northeast of the city’s stunning Borghese gardens and offering a refreshing taste of sleek, modern design for guests looking for a retreat within Rome. The hotel offers 192 rooms and suites, two ultra-cool destinations for dining and drinks, and easy access to the best of the city despite its set-apart location.

Palazzo Ripetta

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Located just a block from the River Tiber, Palazzo Ripetta oozes both historic charm and modern elegance from its spacious rooms to its outdoor terraces. It offers a number of unique room and suite styles, including luxurious apartments and wellness-focused suites, with gorgeous Italian design standard in every space.

Bulgari Hotel Roma

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Get ready for drama at the Bulgari Hotel Roma, the ninth property in the luxury brand’s growing portfolio of hotels and resorts around the world. The hotel’s 114 rooms and suites all feature sleek modern style and thoughtful luxuries, but the real wow factor comes from spaces like the resort’s modern take on a Roman bathhouse in the spa and dining spaces so cool that they just beg guests to post them on Instagram. 


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There’s a different kind of elegance at The Rome EDITION, one of the most undeniably cool hotels in Rome. There’s nary a historic touch here, just an ultra-sleek palette and backdrop for those looking to see and be seen. The hotel’s lush garden, with greenery dramatically clinging to every surface, is one of a kind.

Six Senses Rome

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Nestled in the heart of one of Rome’s most historic and picturesque neighborhoods, Six Senses Rome balances contemporary design and fresh style with a tangible reverence to the storied roots of its location. The hotel’s NOTOS Rooftop dining space is spectacular, with 360-degree views across the city, and the spa with sleek hammam are must-visit spaces – whether you’re a guest at the hotel or not. 

InterContinential Rome Ambasciatori Palace, an IHG Hotel

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Located on Rome’s upscale Via Veneto, the storied InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace was first built in 1900 to host ambassadors in Rome before serving as a library for then serving as the American Embassy. As one of the most impressive luxury hotels in Rome, it embraces both its history and future with modern touches and luxuries everywhere. Light-filled rooms and suites are utterly sleek, serene, and elegant.

Rocco Forte House

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Rocco Forte House is yet another one of the esteemed Rocco Forte properties in Rome. Unlike its sister properties, Rocco Forte House is designed to offer just five spacious private apartments within a historic 18th-century palazzo, perfect for guests looking for even more space, privacy, and style. Access to the amenities at the nearby Hotel de la Ville and a dedicated house manager always on hand are a huge bonus.

Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá

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Just steps from the Vatican City and a stone’s throw from the River Tiber, Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá somehow manages to feel like a countryside escape in the heart and heat of the city. Spacious rooms and suites with next-level luxuries like private gardens and outdoor pools will have you questioning whether you’re in Rome at all – until you see the property’s panoramic views of the city, that is.

W Rome

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Hidden behind a historic exterior is W Rome, which masterfully embodies both the upscale elegance of its location and the bold, bright aesthetic of the W brand that well-heeled travelers will instantly recognize. The hotel has a Sicilian-inspired restaurant and rooftop terrace with bar and eatery that are highlights of the property.

Hotel de Russie

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Hotel de Russie is yet another Rocco Forte property in Rome, perhaps the best of the bunch, with a stunning tiered Secret Garden at its center that is so beautiful it has been immortalized in poems, pictures, and more. Amidst the property’s historic beauty, thoughtful decor and light-filled spaces give a perfectly refined and luxurious yet homey feel. Located between the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo, its location is about as dreamy as you can get.

Generator Rome

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With the cost of accommodations rising precipitously in Rome and beyond, budget-conscious travelers will do well to consider affordable spots like Generator Rome, located near the train station in Rome. While Generator is technically a hostel, it has some gorgeous private rooms that set it apart, along with its cool, colorful style and warm, socialable atmosphere.

Umiltà 36

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Umilta 36 is just one block from the Trevi Fountain, but that’s not even the best part of being a guest at this gorgeous boutique property, home to just 47 rooms. Its contemporary style and tucked-away feel make it feel like a private sanctuary for the cool kids.

Hotel Locarno

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Set in a historic building just steps from the Piazza del Popolo, Hotel Locarno is a refined 5-star hotel with almost 100 years of history. Rooms and suites reflect a classic elegance, each with a unique design and particular beauty. The rooftop terrace is just as beautiful as you’d imagine, with spectacular views over church domes and plazas, offering craft cocktails and local brews to enhance the experience. 

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