A charming gem in Rome’s historic center
Tucked away in the twisting and picturesque back streets of Rome’s historic center is the ivied Hotel Raphael, a charming combination of period exterior and modern interiors topped off by a fascinating art collection and a nod to comfort.
Just beyond the Piazza Navona, the Hotel Raphael is within walking distance to famous historical highlights like St. Peter’s Church, Castel Sant’Angelo, the Pantheon, Campo de’ Fiori and the Spanish Steps. It’s also convenient to the interesting shopping of the city center with everything from posh clothing shops to eccesiastical department stores to fine artisan studios.
The 54 rooms overlook the small Largo Febo piazza or internal courtyards, and feature antique furniture, Flemish tapestries and and the color schemes are done in a palette of ochre yellows and Roman reds. All are equipped with satellite TV, Internet connections. Bathrooms include power showers, bathrobes, and Bulgari toiletries. The Executive Floor was recently redesigned by brillian Richard Meier. All rooms are made of oak and elegantly furnished, equipped with air-conditioning, BOSE Digital Sound System, CD and DVD, Sky Entertainment TV, free ADSL and WIFI on request. All the bathrooms, with a private double shower each, are made of fine Carrara statuary marble. Also available are exclusive suites, some with terraces with astonishing views of the Eternal City.
The elegant lobby features artworks by Picasso and Miró, as well as classical Roman statuary, part of the lovingly assembled collection of the hotel’s founder. The three-tiered rooftop terrace offers views over St Peter’s Basilica, the Vittoriano monument and Castel Sant’Angelo. The ground- floor library has an extensive collection of books which can be taken to rooms or the rooftop terrace on request. The marble-floored Picasso restaurant features antique tables and 19th-century silk-upholstered chairs, and serves breakfast and seasonal Italian dishes. The hotel serves snacks, teas, coffees and alcoholic drinks until late, accompanied by live piano music.
Location: streetaddress-city,country; 26 kilometres, 45 minutes from Rome Fiumcino airport.
Luxury style: Intimate, boutique, charming details, a first-class Roman hideaway.
What we’ve heard: The elegant suites are a special treat with their lovely private terraces. Boutique fans can opt for the Richard Meier-designed executive floor.