Babuino 181's three-storey renovated palazzo

Babuino 181's three-storey renovated palazzo has a quiet elegance that belies its city-central location, with luxurious suites decorated in earthy hues.

This three-storey renovated palazzo has a quiet elegance that belies its city-central location near the Spanish Steps, with luxurious but understated suites decorated in earthy hues. Returning to Babuino 181 after Roman adventures is like having your own high-end apartment, and there's a city-savvy concierge to boot.

Packing tips

Leave your washbag at home - bathrooms are stocked with sensual Comfort Zone products in big bottles. Don't worry if you forget your adaptors; the hotel has some you can borrow.

Hotel restaurants

There's no restaurant or bar, just a host of local eateries to choose from, whether you're craving casual pizza or upmarket Italian sophistication.

Hotel bars

None, but there are lots nearby.

Activities

Ask the hotel to book tickets for the Borghese Gallery, housed in the Villa Borghese. The paintings, sculptures and antiquities date back to Cardinal Scipione's 17th-century collection, and deserve at least an afternoon's browsing. Save time for the villa's gardens, which give the art a run for its money. Via del Babuino connects Piazza del Popolo to the Spanish Steps - visit both to tick some tourist boxes. This street is also one of Rome's shopping hotspots, with all the designer outposts present and correct: Prada, Chanel, Valentino, Tiffany & Co, Armani, Iceberg and Diesel.

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