Tales from the crypt: The Inn at the Forum Romanum has skeletons in its closet and is proud of it. More about that later, let's first take a look into the 14 rooms: All of them are furnished differently, some with fire place, some with a canopy bed, and some even with access to the wonderful garden. All have the usual plasma display, exquisite toiletries and W-Lan, all are very elegant and have air-condition. You won't need the latter when you go into the basement.However: Behind the reception there's a staircase leading into the crypt, so you don't even have to step outside to literally breathe Roman history. You should still venture outside, though, since the boutique hotel has neither restaurant nor room service. It doesn't matter, since it's located in the centre, only bite away from the best restaurants. Double room starting at 160,- Euro a night.
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.