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In the quiet, residential area of Parioli
Hotel Lord Byron is tucked away in the residential neighborhood of Parioli, next to the Villa Borghese Park. Parioli is one of Rome's wealthiest residential neighborhoods, located to the north of the bustling, tourist-crowded city center. It's far from the major sights; instead, visitors here will find elegant residences and some of Rome's best dining and nightlife.
Many people consider staying here during their second or third visits to Rome, after seeing the Colosseum and other main, central attractions. Be prepared to take plenty of taxis or stay in the area: Rome's public transportation system is notoriously inadequate.
The Hotel Lord Byron is a charming 32-room hotel decorated in a 1930s Art Deco style, but it falls significantly short of its advertised 5-star status. Big, elegant rooms have flat-screen TVs, minibars, and huge marble bathrooms (some with vintage marble tubs), but they're not quite as luxurious as some may expect for the price. Still, Art Deco touches can be seen in the fun color schemes, mirrors, and art work on the walls. Some of the suites come with balconies and electric shutters to keep out the morning light. The hotel is also home to a cozy bar and a restaurant, Sapori del Lord Byron, that is known for its extensive wine list. Beyond that, features are few (no fitness center, business center, or spa), and the location is far from the tourist sights. It's worth comparing rates with the St. George Hotel, which offers better rooms, more amenities, and a central location.