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Vogue Reviews: Hotel de la Ville, Rome

Where: Hotel de la Ville, Via Sistina 69, Rome, 00187, Italy

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The Lowdown: Situated at the top of Rome’s iconic Spanish Steps, Hotel De La Ville is an 18th-century palazzo transformed into an elegant retreat. Placed in a peerless position, visitors can easily access the city’s many sights from this prime location; the aforementioned steps, the famed Trevi Fountain which is just a ten-minute stroll away, and streets lined with luxury boutiques. Recently opened, the hotel is a fusion of classical Roman romance and contemporary cool. Despite its glittering new interior, it has a timeless, artistic ambiance that blends effortlessly into its historic surroundings. Whether you’re sat in the enchanting courtyard, sampling authentic food or escaping in the Sicilian spa, it’s hard not to fall for Hotel De La Ville’s Italian charm.

Stylish Eats: Drawing inspiration from the Roman region, at the Mosaico restaurant dishes are crafted using local, seasonal produce, enthused by the multitude of cultures that made up the Roman Empire. Behind this refined menu that combines Italian cuisine with flavors from the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, is Michelin-starred chef Fulvio Pierangelini. Sister restaurant Da Sistina also takes inspiration from the city, emulating a traditional trattoria with exceptional espresso, pastries and modern Italian comfort food in a sophisticated yet inviting atmosphere. For drinks with a view, head to the rooftop Cielo Bar; a scenic spot with a magical observation deck perfect for watching the sunset over the city’s ancient skyline.

Suite Talk: The collaboration between hotelier and interior designer, Olga Polizzi, and architect, Tommaso Ziffer, has created some of the most stylish suites in Rome. For Hotel De La Ville, the pairing took inspiration from the era of the Grand European Tour, drawing influence from journeys, memories and travel to create an art-filled space complemented by plush contemporary pieces. The 104 rooms and suites feature traditional wooden floors, opulent fabrics and marble bathrooms with handmade terracotta tiles. With stunning panoramas of the peaceful courtyard, Via Sistina, or Roman rooftops, every room boasts a view.

Insiders Tip: When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Take an alternative tour of the Eternal City and explore Rome through the lens of a local. Each tour is tailored to your tastes, based around themes of food, classic sights, cinema, street art and Rome at twilight. Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn à la Roman Holiday and hop on the back of a Vespa to discover the colorful murals in Ostiense, the ruins of the Terme di Caracalla or the farmers’ market in Testaccio.

Vogue Verdict: Location, location, location – this sparkling new hotel is situated in one of Rome’s most popular areas. Placed perfectly for a Roman city break, Rocco Forte’s latest venture is unsurprisingly tipped to be one of 2019’s hottest new hotels. Beat the crowds and book early.

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