This is an amazing hotel, perfectly situated between The Vatican and the Colosseum, around the corner from the Piazza del popolo and the Via del Corso. It is quaintly tucked on a side street, a fabulous market on the corner where you can purchase wine, cheese, sweets, etc. One block from the Tiber river, you will never be lost and navigation to any site is a breeze. The breakfast was delightful, hot entrees, cold meats, cheeses, fruits, fresh baking, quality yogurt (no cheap plastic containers!) and prosecco. There was also an option for eggs to order, which we declined already having too many options. We arranged for airport pick up through the hotel, and while more expensive than a taxi it was direct in all ways, a necessary luxury after a long trip. The driver graciously offered cold water, Italian candies and a narrative of the ancient city while enroute. The welcome at the hotel by Giuseppe was warm and efficient, and included invaluable recommendations to local restaurants off the tourist path for afforable and excellent Roman cuisine. When our plans fell through for a cooking class, staff at the hotel arranged private classes for the next day which included pick up and drop off at the hotel. Our suite was spotless, a comfy haven with dreamy mattresses and pillows. Our room had two French doors onto a quiet patio which allowed us to sleep blissfully with the doors open to the fresh air. Our only complaint was the lack of adequate lighting for make-up application in the dark bathroom, perhaps a lighted make up mirror? The roof top deck is spectacular to say the least, and is featured on Luxury Link as one of the top 9 hotel decks in the world, rightfully so. We were greedily happy that the roof bar was closed (off season), we often had the multi-tiered beauty to ourselves!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Awarded 5 stars boutique hotel located in the historical center of Rome, a drop from the iconic shopping streets and The Spanish Steps. The historic building dates back to the nineteenth century and has been completely renovated respecting the original architecture, redesigned with refined colors and natural materials. The First welcomes its guests to venture into the Italian contemporary luxury, with 29 rooms and suites perfectly matching culture and elegance. Each room is curated by a contemporary artist, just like in an art gallery, yours for a few days. Enjoy AcquaRoof dining with breath-taking views of the Eternal city, and the amazing cuisine of Michelin star Chef Alessandro Narducci at Acquolina. ... more less
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