We were lucky to stay at the fantastic Portrait Suites for three nights in September. The excellent service began before we arrived when the hotel arranged a private car pick-up from the airport (the highly knowledgeable driver even gave us a detailed tour of Rome during the drive). Upon arrival staff was waiting to greet us at the door, a nondescript entrance just off Via Condotti. The highly personalized reception took place in a well appointed room where we were offered refreshments, told about the hotel and our complimentary upgrade to a Junior Suit, and advised of the expected weather during our stay. This was followed by an escort to our room. I can’t speak to the other rooms as I wasn’t able to see inside any of them, but the Junior Suite was perfectly appointed and of decent size (extremely spacious for Europe): the sitting room had a sofa, coffee table and chairs, a plasma TV and a hide-away, stocked kitchenette complete with two-burner range, dishwasher, refrigerator and espresso machine. This was separated by a sliding door from the bedroom with desk, closet, plasma TV and an extremely firm (though comfortable) bed. The bathroom had all the essentials including great water pressure in the large shower. The included continental breakfast was a bit sparse in selection, though the few pastries I tried were quite good and the cappuccino always arrived fresh. They even managed to secure last minute reservations for a restaurant which I’d heard about before arriving (called rHome), a feat even AmEx Platinum Concierge couldn’t pull off (as an aside, rHome was undoubtedly the worst restaurant I’d ever been to in my life, but as the suggestion was mine and not the hotel’s, I can’t fault them). There is no room service or gym but during our short stay we didn’t need either. The best feature of the hotel is undoubtedly the rooftop bar, with its fireplace, comfortable seating and honor bar (well stocked with everything you’ll need for a relaxing evening looking out over Rome). Overall, the location is superb (above Ferragamo just off the Via Condotti), the hotel is quiet and intimate (with 14 rooms, expect more private villa than grand dame hotel) and the design of the hotel is contemporary while maintaining warmth. You don’t need to love Ferragamo (though who doesn’t!) to love the Portrait Suites but if you do, you’ll enjoy it even more, as the walls are lined with photographs and drawings by Salvatore himself (mostly copies but interesting to look at nonetheless). The hotel is pricy, but with its impeccable service, central location and quality appointments, it’s worth every cent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hospitality is an art and Portrait Roma has made it a masterpiece. In a new concept of bespoke tourism, we have transformed uniform luxury into spontaneous personalisation. Live a private mansion with the services of a 5 star hotel built around a city, a suite tailored to you and experiences crafted to your lifestyle. Let us make your stay in Rome a portrait of you. And let us make it better than perfect. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Portrait Hotel Rome
- Portrait Suites Rome