Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The luxurious Hotel de Russie is located in a posh neighborhood near the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo. This 122-room property combines style and comfort, starting in the cozy lobby with plush sofas and appealing artwork. Bright rooms feature tasteful, modern decor and marble bathrooms. Suites provide extra living space, as well as French doors leading out to small private balconies. Highlights at this upscale hotel include the on-site spa -- with hammock-like loungers, a big Jacuzzi pool, and Turkish steam bath -- and an interior courtyard with a beautiful terrace and gardens. Le Jardin de Russie is a sophisticated place to dine, and the buffet-style Stravinskji Bar provides trendy lounge seating. Sure, Hotel de Russie may not have the coveted outdoor pool that a couple of hotels lower on our list do, but its spa does have a large warm-water pool, and the hotel's location, amenities, gorgeous rooms, and the lush garden in the middle of Rome put it at the top of our luxury list.
Villa Spalletti Trivelli Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This upscale boutique hotel, with just 12 rooms, is housed in a gorgeous historic mansion less than 10 minutes from the Trevi Fountain. Despite its small size, the hotel goes above and beyond with the amenities, offering a gym, spa, lovely outdoor garden, excellent free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. The rooms blend elegant decor (antique furniture and artwork, patterned bedspreads, crown moldings) with modern technology (iPod docks, flat-screen TVs). The luxurious, large marble bathrooms are the highlight -- all have separate showers and tubs. Many of the rooms overlook the hotel's private courtyard.
St. George Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The St. George is a luxury boutique hotel in a fabulous location: on a cobblestone street in Old Rome, within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and some of Rome's most popular sights. The hotel is certainly luxurious -- sophisticated rooms have warm beige decor and modern amenities, and the small spa is sleek, with a tranquil Turkish bath. Drawbacks are that the fitness center is tiny, and the restaurants are often empty (with a fabulous free breakfast buffet, we're not quite sure why), but the service and location help make up for this.
Palazzo Manfredi Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This luxury boutique hotel stands out for its incredible views -- guests can take in the nearby Colosseum from the rooftop restaurant and lounge, as well as from their rooms (these view rooms cost a bit more). The 16 rooms themselves are quite spacious for European standards and have modern decor, flat-screen TVs and dim lighting (that's almost too sexy to be practical). The rooftop restaurant, Aroma, offers fine dining and spectacular views -- and serves a free American-style buffet breakfast daily. All in all, it's a great option, but there aren't many sights or restaurants in the immediate area. The hotel does not have a spa or fitness center, though guests are given access to a nearby fitness center for discounted rates. Its gorgeous rooms are impressive enough to put this hotel higher on our list than luxury options with more amenities.
Radisson Blu Es. Hotel, Rome Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Radisson Blu offers a lot more than most Roman hotels in terms of amenities. Number one is the large outdoor pool -- pretty much unheard of in this city. It also boasts a small fitness center, a spa, and two sleek dining options. But the tradeoff for these perks is that the hotel is located in the neighborhood around the Termini station -- convenient for traveling, but not particularly quaint. Nonetheless, rooms are modern and attractive (if small) with updates such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi, and they are decorated with funky furniture and pops of color.
Boscolo Palace Roma Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The sleek Boscolo Palace is located on the fashionable Via Veneto, across the street from the U.S. Embassy. This 87-room, Marriott Autograph Collection property completed a renovation in 2010, which added modern touches to a period building. Hallways have a stylish pink and gray motif that continues inside the rooms with the striped wallpaper and interesting designer furnishings. Amenities include crisp linens, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and spacious bathrooms with big walk-in showers. This design-focused hotel offers nice perks such as period travertine balconies off some rooms, and a cozy lounge off the lobby with a big flat-screen TV. Beyond the beautiful rooms, there is a spa on-site, as well as the upscale ABC Restaurant and Lounge.
Parco Dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Parco Dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa is located in the Parioli district near the beautiful Villa Borghese park (but far from most tourist sights). The grand, opulent lobby has plush seating, chandeliers, and lovely artwork. Rooms are traditional in style with crisp white bedding and updated amenities. Marble bathrooms are finished with crown molding and jetted shower/tub combos. Many rooms also include a private terrace with great views of the Villa Borghese park. Hotel features include an outdoor courtyard garden with big heated pool and the Prince Spa, complete with indoor pool and steam room. There are many restaurants and cafes within a 10-minute walk, but the on-site restaurant and Bar La Pomme are also convenient dining and drink choices.