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9 Via del Babuino,
Tel: 39-06-3288-8830

The chicest place of all is nestled in a perfect position next to the Piazza Popolo round lush garden courtyards and above a fabulous spa. Sexy rooms are subtly high-design; the best have their own terrace-ettes.


Piazza Trinitá dei Monti, 6
Tel: 39-06-69-93-40

The palazzo hotel is famed for its position poised on top of the Spanish Steps, for its divine rooftop restaurant, and for its family-run, cozy, yet luxe charm. The one most likely to provide a great view.


Piazza della Republica, 47
Tel: 39-06-489-381

A striking neoclassical façade concealing equally striking nouveau-neoclassical decor: striped silk walls, gilt-framed mirrors, two Adam Tihany-designed restaurants—plus a spa and rooftop pool. So hip.


Via di San Basilio, 15
Tel: 39-06-422-901

From the same group as Excedra, another Adam Tihany creation, featuring a jazzy black, white, and (lots of) red color scheme and a heaven-and-hell shtick. Sleek slate-blue-and-cream rooms are not the biggest, but it's very central.


Via Ludovisi, 49
Tel: 39-06-478-121

It looks like the home of a color-happy dowager New York socialite, with a glamorous rooftop restaurant-bar truly worthy of Eden. Get a front-facing room for a similarly stunning outlook, over the rooftops from high above the Spanish Steps.


Via Pellegrino Matteucci 10/20
Tel: 39-06-454-3191

A new one for committed moderns keen to explore the happening Testaccio-Ostiense axis. Eight wacky suites are inspired by de Chirico, Keith Haring, Fellini, and so on. Avoid the twin-bedded doubles.


Via Luigi Petroselli, 47
Tel: 39-06-678-7816

All minimal blond wood and beige with Art Deco details, the best rooms overlook the Temple of Vesta; top-floor ones with a balcony, to boot. The hip rooftop Circus Bar gives great cocktail, with romantic Roman vistas.

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