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HOTEL DE RUSSIE
9 Via del Babuino,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.