Inn at the Roman Forum
Winner of a small luxury hotel award in 2006, Inn at the Roman Forum, in a quiet backstreet of Monti, features an unassuming front door that leads off the residential street into this quietly fabulous establishment – this is one of the hotels in Rome with rooms touched by the magic of the Hotel de Russie’s designer. Contemporary opulence dominates the décor, with crystal chandeliers and lavish fabrics. Particular details – for example, iPod speakers in all the rooms – help to make this boutique hotel stand out, but the real jewel in its crown is the internal walled garden on the top floor, with fig, olive and lemon trees backing onto two resplendent ‘executive suites’. Uniquely, an original Roman subterranean crypt from the remains of Trajan’s marketplace has been excavated on the ground floor, making a cool refuge when the temperature soars. Breakfast is served in a lounge area or on the intimate panoramic terrace overlooking the atmospheric ruins of the Roman Forum. To cap it all, it is perfectly situated for enjoying the hip Monti neighbourhood.