Rome offers several four-star hotel options for those who desire to visit the ancient city in style. From the Art Nouveau architecture of the Hotel Britannia Rome to the Art Deco treasure, the Hotel Locarno, travelers to Rome may wish to indulge in classic elegance. Others seeking more modern accommodation find their needs met through intensely stylish hotels like the Hotel Ripa and the Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps.
Hotel Britannia Rome
Located in a historic Art Nouveau building, the Hotel Britannia Rome focuses on delivering all the luxuries and amenities of a modern four-star hotel while maintaining an ambiance that reflects the area's rich history. Lonely Planet describes the Hotel Britannia Rome as "part gentlemen's club, part Roman palace," a description demonstrated in the decor of a hotel that features a mix of Roman frescoes, leather wing-backed chairs and hunting lodge style paintings. The 33 rooms are large and decorated in 19th-century style, while featuring interesting quirks like a tropical aquarium in each suite. Some suites have terraces and whirlpool tubs. Amenities at the Hotel Britannia Rome include complimentary Wi-Fi, parking, full buffet breakfast in the dining room, bar and 24-hour reception. Nearby attractions include Via Nazionale and the Teatro dell'Opera; the hotel is located walking distance from the Termini Station and metro.
Located steps away from the Piazza del Popolo, the Hotel Locarno opened in 1925 and remains a grand example of a Roman Art Deco hotel. The Hotel Locarno invites guests to journey back to the 1920s with elegantly restored furniture, a working birdcage elevator, and a rooftop garden where guests have been dining and relaxing since Locarno's first days. The Hotel Locarno's 1920s atmosphere has led to the hotel's use as a backdrop for several films, including a 1978 film by Bernard Weber named after the notable hotel. Rooms are spread over two buildings, with the Anahi wing sporting a slightly lower price tag (rooms in this wing are nonsmoking and do not come with room service). Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, bike rentals, parking, full buffet breakfast and hotel bar.
The Hotel Ripa sets itself apart from most Roman four-star hotels through a distinctly minimalist approach to design. The facade is unimposing, but once guests enter the lobby, the conceptual attitude of the hotel is made apparent through decor touches including stark white rooms featuring vividly colored furniture in defined geometric shapes. Rooms range from executive to family suites. Most of the rooms feature a private terrace, and all continue the design tradition of the lobby. Hotel amenities include a fitness center with an on-site personal trainer, massage center, lounge bar, cafe and restaurant. Large meeting spaces are available to host conferences. The Hotel Ripa may appeal to business travelers or those looking for something modern in a city dominated by an appreciation of the classical. Nearby attractions include the Vatican, Colosseum and Circus Maximus.
Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps
The Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps marks a marriage of old and new in a renovated old college chapel. Located on Via Margutta, a street known for its art galleries, the Hotel Art takes a glamorous and modern approach to Roman accommodation. Perhaps the most impressive feature of the hotel, the high, vaulted ceilings of the lobby demonstrate classic Roman architecture, yet the coloring and decor (white broken by bright blues, yellows and oranges, are distinctly modern. The lobby also acts as the setting for a daily casual brunch. The 46 rooms and suites of Hotel Art continue the lobby's color concept but also introduce classic materials, such as the wood and leather headboards. The rooms are designed for modern comfort and feature Wi-Fi and satellite television. Visit the small fitness center and Turkish bath in the basement, or jog the trails of nearby park, Villa Borghese.
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