Probably the best example of ridiculously luxurious hotels in Rome, the Exedra sweeps unapologetically across the entire corner of the Piazza della Repubblica, facing the Baths of Diocletian. The 240 rooms range from (extremely high) standard classic to outrageously glamorous executive suites resembling the type of phenomenal Manhattan apartments you only see on Sex and the City. The Exedra even outshone the rest of the cast in its celluloid appearance in the film Ocean’s Twelve, but the cinematic references don’t stop there – the ground- floor Tazio Champagne bar is named after and inspired by the paparazzo photographer of the same name in La Dolce Vita, while the first floor houses La Frustra restaurant in homage to Fellini’s 1963 film 8 1/2. Looking out over the Eternal City is the jawdroppingly sexy rooftop pool, which hangs over the edge of Piazza della Repubblica and the Fountain of the Naiads When the sun doesn’t shine the prestigious indoor spa provides plenty of pampering. The hotel is very close to Termini station and excellently located for the gorgeous Monti district, but getting into town requires a bus or walk down the Via Nazionale traffic promenade.