Rome’s Boutique Hotel Scene: Journey Through Art and Design


One of the most notable hotels in Rome’s boutique hotel scene is the Abitart Hotel, and it’s a very special place. The moment you cross the threshold into the lobby, you feel as if you’ve stepped into a stylishly decorated museum of art and design. This modern boutique counts 65 rooms over five floors, each decorated in a different color scheme, and each inspired by a different artistic style. Among these, you’ll find eight sublimely themed suites. From, the De-costructed Suite, with its improbable lines and the 70s Suite, to a suite dedicated to pop art, another to cubism, and yet another to De Chirico’s metaphysical painting, it’s hard to know which to choose. Or, why not try the Photography Suite, or the Neoclassic Suite with its 19th-century furniture, or the Poet’s Suite, with lines of prose scrawled on the walls. If only you could try them all! Perfectly placed in the heart of the Ostiense quarter, the hotel is not far from the terminal for trains to Ostia Antica and the coast, or from the Piramide station on line B of the underground. (10/20, Via P. Matteucci, Ostiense Tel. +39 064543191

For a few days in the luxury world of fine art, here are three more stars of Rome’s boutique hotel scene:

When you need to stay somewhere right in the heart of the city, the Design & Art Pie’ may be the boutique hotel you’re looking for. It’s located fewer than 500 meters from the Fontana di Trevi and from the Pantheon, right in the middle of things. On the first floor of a building, which dates back to the 19th-century, there is a modern hint of luxury and sophistication. There are just four suites, and all are intricately designed. One suite even includes a hot tub, which sounds just right after a day spent walking around the capital! (18, Via del Pie’ di Marmo, Pantheon Tel. +39 3283258814

Few of Rome’s boutique hotels are as exclusive as Villa Laetitia. When you enter the main building you’re welcomed by crystal chandeliers, full-length mirrors, and plaster moldings. The 15 mini-apartments are no less luxurious. Each one is decorated elegantly, with contributions from various artists, including a rare Picasso foulard and original sketches by Chanel and Dior. Most of the rooms come with a balcony or with a private garden, and they all have kitchens, which will make you feel at home. From your balcony, you look out onto the banks of the Tiber and take in a wonderful view of the city. (22/23, Lungotevere delle Armi, Tel. +39 063226776

Or maybe you prefer the informal atmosphere of a B&B, but are still looking for that touch of design. The Primo Amor, in the center of town at S. Giovanni, is a perfect blend of minimalist design with classical and retro art. The rooms are large and full of light, and were recently redesigned to better fit the Liberty-style of the building itself. It feels as if you’ve been spirited away to the 1930s! (6, Via Amiterno, S. Giovanni Tel. +39 3472840041

Abitart Hotel

10 Via Pellegrino Matteucci Roma RM 00154

+39 064543191

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