Elizabeth Unique Hotel
Elegant, $$$ (From €324)
A five-minute walk from the Spanish Steps and Rome's centro storico, the discreet and modern Elizabeth Unique Hotel looks like a private townhouse for a modern-day Medici. Housed in a 17th-century palazzo, the privately-owned hotel fuses the best of old-world Rome with the new-world expectations of a 21st-century traveler through its use of contemporary art and technology. The striking and modern artwork lining the lobby, library, and bedrooms were commissioned by Fabrizio Russo, owner of the nearby Gallery Russo, whose playful curation sets the tone for the hotel's stylish design. Clean lines, world-class Italian sheets, bold velvet fabrics, and private in-room saunas are few of the many amenities availability in the hotel's 33 rooms and suites, six of which are housed in Elizabeth's Mansion, a private palazzo adjacent to the main hotel with its own entry and full-service bar. Situated on a quiet street off the bustling Via Del Corso, you won't miss any of the action and iconic sites of the Eternal City. The ever-present whirr of Vespas and church bells remind you that you're at the center of it all.
At a Glance
The Vibe: Modern Italian elegance.
Standout Detail: Ask for a tour of the hotel's impressive art collection, with modern and contemporary art by acclaimed Italian artists. Fall in love with a piece? Many are for sale through the Russo gallery.
This Place Is Perfect For: History lovers who also love 21st-century amenities. Couples looking for a romantic getaway. Cobblestone enthusiasts.
Rooms: There are 33 rooms including eight suites, with a select number offering private, in-room saunas and large marble bathrooms. We'd opt for a junior suite with large arched doorways, blue velvet headboards, and an intricate, Grand Tour-era illustration behind the bed. For guests who want an extra dose of retreat on their Roman holiday, Elizabeth's Mansion is the private two-floor palazzo next to the hotel's main entrance with six rooms and suites, accommodating up to sixteen guests with private entry. You can book a single room or all six for extra privacy and discretion.
On Site: Flatscreen TVs in the bedroom and bathroom, Laura Tonatto bath products, espresso machine with pods, Bose speakers, a tablet with a virtual concierge service, and a free mobile device to use during your stay. Additionally, the hotel offers complimentary chauffeured rides to and from the airport.
Food + Drink: The hotel restaurant, Bar Bacharach & Bistrot, is a tribute to all-star American composer Burt Bacharach, celebrating a 70-year career that produced some of the most famous pop songs of the 20th century. (Italians love a good pop song.) The cuisine, however, is a celebration of the fruits of the land, with locally sourced ingredients, many from the owner's own estates, including melt-in-your-mouth-creamy mozzarella. The wine is hand-selected by Luca Maroni, one of the biggest name in the Italian wine world. Hit the bar before dinner for a "tour of Italy" aperitivo, where the cocktail menu takes advantage of the local ingredients and spirits from a particular region.
What to Do Nearby
Grab an espresso and andiamo! Take advantage of the hotel's prime location on an early morning walking tour to see the main sites of the centro storico — without the crowds. Take in the views of the Eternal City as you head up the Spanish Steps, then stroll up Via Del Corso to Piazza del Popolo. Once you're ready for shade and open space (away from the selfie sticks), make your way up to the Borghese Gardens, one of Rome's largest parks, full of lush gardens and manicured meadows. A stroll through here will take you the Borghese Gallery (make a reservation before you go) and the National Gallery of Modern Art.
At this point, you'll be ready for a spritz or two. Head to the pretty rooftop bar Il Palazzetto in Hotel Hassler or to funky Caffe Canova-Tadolini, which is filled with museum-quality sculptures and casts by Antonio Canova. For dinner, you can try cacio e pepe trio at Ristorante Ad Hoc, whose wine-filled cellar walls create an ambiance worth savoring for the entire evening, or hit the other restaurants on our list of Fathom Favorites in Rome. After hours between April and November, we love visiting the ruins at the Forums of Caesar and Agustus through Viaggio nei Fori.