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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Rome's Most Romantic Hotels

The Villa Borghese, Rome, houses the Galleria ...The Villa Borghese, Rome, houses the Galleria Borghese. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Rome's Most Romantic Hotels

By Tom Ingrams

One of the most spectacular cities in the world, Rome is like a living museum, with fountains around every corner and piazzas packed with pavement cafes from which to watch the world go by. There are little better romantic experiences than taking a stroll through these amazing streets or sharing a bottle of wine as night falls over the River Tiber. So here are the best places to stay for that special weekend for two - the most romantic luxury hotels in Rome.

1. Hotel Locarno, Piazza del Popolo
On the doorstep of the city's best tourist sights, this boutique hideaway is a firm favorite amongst the many luxury hotels in Rome, particularly with artists and actors. Inside, its easy to see why- Hotel Locarno still boasts a unique birdcage lift and fabulous 1920s bar, complete with original features, summer cocktails and cozy winter coffees.
Although the rooms themselves have been refurbished, none of the lovely Italianate charm from the public areas has been lost and the hand-painted art deco wallpaper and original lights are more than a little alluring. Old school Roman glamour drips from every giant bathtub and frescoed ceiling, making this the perfect choice for a seductive getaway.
2. Aldrovandi Palace, Parioli
In the prestigious historic area near Villa Borghese, this hotel is a romantic's dream. A peaceful and elegant retreat, it lies away from the bustle of modern Rome and the vespas and noise. However, it is still close to those classic sights like the Spanish Steps and Via Veneto to be convenient for a hand-in-hand stroll after dark.
Outside, the hotel has a private park, outdoor pool and great garden dining space - for the Michelin-starred restaurant no less - which offer the kind of relaxation and refinement that couples dream of. The rooms all have views over the parkland and spacious King size beds.
3. Hotel Hassler Roma, Spanish Steps
Old-fashioned and fabulous, Hotel Hassler Roma has long been popular with some of the world's best loved icons, from Audrey Hepburn to Princess Diana. The service is one of the highlights of this hotel, with every member of staff trying to make guests feel like they're at home in their own palace.
The hotel has won more awards than most of the years and the private ivy-clad Hassler-Medci courtyard and sumptuous Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant (with unparalleled views over the rooftops) keep it at the top of the game when it comes to both romance and legends.
Tom Ingrams is a travel writer who specializes in the higher end of the market, with particular attention to the very best luxury hotels in Rome.

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