Hotel Ponte Sisto
Rooms are simply fitted and a little anaemic-looking, but they are all kitted out with sumptuous marble baths – this is one of the places to stay in Rome for that hint of true Roman opulence. The palm-lined internal courtyard is the real treat here, and makes a gorgeous backdrop for breakfast or an aperitivo. It may feel a little anonymous and business-like in some respects, but its proximity to all the best evening distractions is a real boon. The Vatican and St. Peter’s are also a picturesque walk away along the ivy-curtained Via Giulia.