Small Romantic Hotels in Rome

by Richard Ludwig
Cupid, the child of Venus and Mars, is the god of love in Roman mythology.

Cupid, the child of Venus and Mars, is the god of love in Roman mythology.

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Eternally romantic, Rome is Venus and Cupid and sidewalk cafes and the Fontana di Trevi. It is walking hand and hand to the top of the Spanish Steps. Rome is "la dolce vita." In a city of classical opulence, romance is best embraced in a small, cozy accommodation. A few properties in Rome have no more than five rooms where couples will find in each a homey, unassuming ambiance. Rome is "the sweet life."

Crossing Condotti

With only five rooms, Crossing Condotti is arranged like a private house, where guests are given keys to the front door in addition to room keys. Each guestroom has wooden floors and ceilings, a king-size bed, a kitchenette, artwork and antique furnishings. The rooms are equipped with modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations, and flat-screen televisions. The property lacks a restaurant, but it is one block from Piazza di Spagna, which is central to all of Rome's major attractions, restaurants and boutique shops. Crossing Condotti offers a "Romantic Break in Rome" and "Honeymoon" packages. The three-night "Honeymoon" package includes round-trip transport from the train station or airport, bottle of Italian vino, fresh flowers and pastries. The "Romantic" package includes everything in the "Honeymoon" package plus dinner and tickets to Orchestra I Musici Veneziani.

Il Palazzetto Hotel

Housed above the Il Palazzetto Restaurant & Wine Bar, Il Palazzetto hotel offers four rooms for lovers of all things Roman -- history, food, wine and, well, love. Located next to the Spanish Steps, the hotel's "view from the terrace...onto the18th-century landmark is absurdly perfect," according to Mr. and Mrs. Smith Hotels. Couples have the option to dine on one of the hotel's three terraces. Rooms have flat-screen televisions, Internet access and marble baths. Guests enjoy continental breakfast and may use the facilities at nearby Hotel Hassler, including health club, pool, restaurants and bar.

Margutta 54

Four contemporary apartment-style rooms surround a courtyard at Marguatta 54, within walking distance of the Spanish Steps. It is "a boutique hotel where one discovers a world of art, history and culture, but also a world of love for travel," according to Gente Viaggi Magazine. Each of the four suites, laid with hardwood floors and adorned in wood accents, provides a bedroom, sitting area, walk-in closet and large bathroom. They are perhaps the most luxurious and spacious suites in the historic center of Rome, according to Escapio Unique Hotels. The hotel has no restaurant, but a kitchenette is available for guest use.

Residenza Napoleone III

Not many hotels in Rome are smaller or more luxurious than the historic Residenza Napoleone III. This property has only two rooms: the Napoleone Suite and the Roof Garden Suite. The Napoleone Suite is styled to recreate the ambiance of the time when Emperor Napoleon lived in the apartment during the 1830s. The suite has a bedroom and two reception rooms, each decorated in upscale fabrics, oil paintings and period furnishings. The Roof Garden Suite's big draw is a multi-level terrace that overlooks the city. Both suites are equipped with modern conveniences like flat-screen televisions, DVD players, iPod docking stations, free mini-bars and Wi-Fi access. Residenza Napoleone III is located on Via Condotti, one of Rome's most famed streets. Guest are welcome with a bottle of Chianti, and breakfast is delivered to the suites each morning.

About the Author

Richard Ludwig has been a writer for over eight years and has had his work published in "Co-Ed Magazine," the "East Manatee County Observer" and the Disaster and Recovery e-magazine. He received journalism and sociology degrees from the University of South Florida.

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