Classical modernism? Modern classic? Hard to know. The Rose Garden Palace Hotel is definitely old, which is demonstrated by the high ceilings, the stucco in the rooms and the marble columns, which were built for eternity as the old Romans did. The furnishing, however: W-Lan, SkyTV and a fitness centre, thus anything but staid. The flower garden is particularly beautiful, offering the scent of fresh espresso and Italian specialities next to that of roses. A welcome retreat, since the heart of Rome with its busy cafés, the Spanish Steps and baroque churches is right past the front door. By the way: While smokers are run into the streets in the north, non-smoking rooms are thin on the ground here. They are available, but almost a secret. Doubles starting at 300,- Euro per night.
Style: Minimus. Fun: Maximus! The Ripa Hotel has set is own standards, transcending Roman opulence. The result is beautifully low key: White walls with fluffy carpets and retro-style furniture that adds nice colour accents. Clear lines, indirect lighting and a lot of room for artistic expression, this was the idea of the Ripa Hotel. Another plus: The personal trainer in the fitness centre and the hotel owned restaurant are two house numbers down. It doesn't happen too often in boutique hotels that there is something to eat. The view from suites' terraces is incredible. This alone is worth the trip. The location is impressive: Circus Maximus, Vatican and Colloseum are the complete opposite of the futuristic looking hotel, yet in perfect harmony. Classical meets avant-garde in this distinguished boutique hotel: Simple, functional, and simply beautiful! Doubles starting at 136,- Euro a night.