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, a beautiful spa, a lovely outdoor garden, and an excellent free breakfast -- all things that help set the mood of romance. 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, especially for couples -- all have separate showers and tubs. Many of the rooms overlook the hotel's private courtyard. It's upscale vibe, quiet atmosphere, beautiful rooms, gorgeous common areas, and high-end amenities put Villa Spalletti at the top of our list for romance.
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, adding to the hotel's already romantic vibe. Other romance-encouraging 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.
St. George Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The St. George is a luxury boutique hotel in a fabulous location: on a romantic 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. A drawback is that the fitness center is tiny, but the service and location help compensate, and couples will likely appreciate the 64-room hotel's quiet atmosphere.
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 romantic 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 sumptuous modern decor, flat-screen TVs, and sexy dim lighting. 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 for romance. The rooms are perhaps a touch more luxurious than those at St. George, but unlike the St. George, the hotel lacks an on-site spa.
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 romantic 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. Romantic 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 a big heated pool -- and the Prince Spa, complete with an 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 that have a romantic vibe.
Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This elegant, 78-room boutique hotel is located in the Trastevere neighborhood on the right bank of the Tiber River, a bit far from most tourist sights, but nonetheless a quiet, romantic spot. Lovers of history will likely appreciate the 17th century monastery setting, designed by a well-known Baroque architect and featuring wood-beamed ceilings, arched hallways, and marble floors. Rooms have antique-style furniture (though some bedding is slightly dated rather than charmingly old-world), as well as flat-screen TVs, minibars, spacious bathrooms, and bathrobes. The romantic rooftop terrace offers outstanding panoramic views of the neighborhood, but it lacks seating areas. Those who want to relax outside will have to make do with the pretty courtyard garden on ground level. This is where the free breakfast can be enjoyed in summer months, as well as cocktails in the evening (there is no full restaurant on-site).