The cobblestone streets, world-renowned art museums, and rich history make Rome, Italy an undeniably romantic city. If you’re looking to take a vacation with your sweetie, Rome is an excellent pick. But there are a few things to keep in mind before booking a property — the coziness of the guest rooms, spa facilities, and ambiance of the hotel. After visiting and reviewing over 300 hotels across Rome, we evaluated each to see which were best suited for romantic escapes. Take a look at our picks for the most romantic hotels in Rome, and start planning your amorous getaway!
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.
Yes, four-pearl Artemide's prices are higher than those of its nearby competitors. With the higher rates, though, comes a renovated spa, complete with indoor pools, sauna, and massage room. There's a large free breakfast, a popular rooftop barand restaurant, and free minibars in the stylish rooms. This property is also smack in the middle of central Rome, within walking distance of the Piazza Della Repubblica and Termini Station, making this hotel convenient and decidedly upscale.
The First Luxury Art Hotel is a 29-room boutique in the historic center of Rome near the Spanish Steps. The property has an elegant, modern design with contemporary art and top-notch technology. Rooms and suites have ample space, iPod docks, Nespresso machines, and big marble bathrooms. The hotel's restaurant has a Michelin-starred chef and the rooftop cocktail garden has 360-degree views of Rome, but some guests note the hotel is difficult to find.
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.
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.
Noted for catering to both vacationing couples and business travelers, the Trilussa Palace Congress & Spa in Trastevere features rooms with an understated Louis XVI-style decor. The standout feature of the property is the large spa, which offers a wide range of treatments for an additional charge. During the warmer months, the rooftop garden is open and houses a small cocktail bar as well. The picturesque surrounding area with its medieval architecture contains an assortment of shops and trattorias, but most popular tourist sights are not within easy walking distance.
Hidden away off a side street in the charming old neighborhood of Trastevere, this three-pearl property was once a monastery. About a five-minute walk to the Tiber River, the hotel is around the corner from the trendy restaurants and bars of Piazza Di Santa Maria. The 18 rustic guest rooms, with terra-cotta floors and exposed beams, are arranged around a delightful courtyard garden, which is surprisingly serene and quiet. The atmosphere here is more like a country home than a city hotel. While the location is perfect for exploring one of Rome’s most idiosyncratic neighborhoods, many of Rome's major tourist sights are not within walking distance.
Although its 30 rooms are somewhat small, the four-pearl Hotel Lunetta is one of Rome’s most historic and charming hotels. Situated in the historic center, it offers tremendous views from the small rooftop bar, and an underground spa with a foundation that dates back to 55 B.C. Guest rooms have hardwood floors and exposed beams, and stocked minibars. An ample breakfast buffet is included in the price of a room. The hotel is ideal for romantic tourists with money to spare, who don't mind compact rooms, and who appreciate staying within ancient walls more than they do amenities like lobby lounges and full-service restaurants found in other upscale properties.
The 34-room Hotel San Anselmo is a romantic boutique hotel just south of Rome's historic center, in the serene Aventine Hill neighborhood. Rooms are decorated in a Baroque-meets-modern style, with antique furnishings, artsy modern accents, and all the requisite conveniences. Some rooms have spacious marble bathrooms with jetted showers or tubs as well as terraces with scenic views, while others are quite small. An extensive breakfast buffet is included, as are Wi-Fi and parking, and there's a lobby bar.
The St. Regis Rome is a grand five-pearl hotel of the Belle Epoque era, with modern amenities. Most guests rave about the helpful concierge and butler service, and the property features include an Asian-themed spa, a fine dining restaurant offering wine cellar tastings, and formal afternoon tea service. Elegant rooms blend several historic decor styles and are adorned with lovely antiques. The hotel is within walking distance of Termini Station, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps.
The five-pearl Aldrovandi Villa Brogheseis is an opulent experience in a quiet, upscale residential neighborhood just outside the city center. The well-preserved 19th century building is loaded with rich period details. And its 103 rooms are spacious and offer simple yet elegant decor and marble bathrooms. The lush, relaxing garden area, new La Mer spa, and fine-dining restaurant add luxury. Free parking and free shuttle to the Spanish Steps add value. But, the neighborhood is not a good match for guests who love to walk Rome’s streets to browse shops, visit restaurants, and explore landmarks.
The Hotel Indigo Rome - 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. Rooms were redecorated in 2014 and now have vibrant colors, iconic Italian accents, and iPod docks. Spa access and Wi-Fi are included in the rates. Luxe extras include a wine bar, and traditional Italian restaurant, and an on-site spa with a huge hot tub.
Hotel Majestic Roma is a luxurious hotel with an antique neoclassical decor that's ideal for couples seeking a romantic stay. Within walking distance to many attractions like the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, the hotel appeals to tourists and business travelers with a mix of leisure amenities -- restaurant, terrace, bar, and fitness center -- and corporate features -- meeting spaces and a 24-hour business center. Its 98 rooms each include a flat-screen TV, minibar, safe, and air-conditioning, plus the option of a terrace and living room if booking the Saint Isidoro or Via Veneto Suites. Some complaints have been made about staff service and maintenance issues in rooms.
The Gran Meliá has significant historical relevance as it was built on the ruins of the ancient Roman villa of Emperor Nero's mother. Many archaeological relics were found during the building of the hotel, which are now displayed in the public areas. Now a chic resort, the property is a unique, luxury oasis within the center of Rome. Located next to Vatican City, the Gran Meliá has the rare fortune of being surrounded by lush, beautiful gardens and multiple outdoor areas. It is also one of the only hotels in Rome to have a pool. Additional amenities include a spa, two bars, a restaurant run by one of Italy's most famous chefs, and a library/tea room. The 116 rooms are incredibly modern and sleek, with state-of-the art appliances.