When it comes to luxury hotels in Rome, you could do worse than to check-in to Hotel Adriano. Its 80 rooms are comfortably stylish with eclectic, decorative touches – Barbara’s travels throughout various subcontinents give the rooms and lobby an idiosyncratic and original touch. Pretty botanical drawings and interesting details adorn the bathrooms, and the bar in the lobby resembles a funky souk. The hotel occupies part of a 16th-century palazzo, nestling in an atmospheric labyrinth of cobbled streets behind the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Really, really cool.