Coming to bella Roma with that special someone? Or even looking for where to stay on your Roman honeymoon? The first step to setting the mood is to check-in at one of the most romantic hotels in Rome.
Rome offers plenty of chances for romance, but these glamorous hotels go above and beyond to offer the perfect base for your couples escape. From private hot tubs to personal butlers, and the best rooftop views in the city – here is your guide to where to stay when you are planning a dreamy Rome vacation with that special someone.
Romantic Hotels in Rome
The stunning views from the top level rooms and the gorgeous rooftop bar at The First Roma Arte instantly set a romantic mood. But in addition to the beauty of Rome outside the window, this boutique hotel near Piazza del Popolo is just as chic and dreamy inside. The common spaces are filled with contemporary art and pops of color to banish any bland thoughts. If you are celebrating, spring for a suite and enjoy the private hot tub on your own personal terrace. For a really special evening, book a table at the Michelin-starred Acquolina restaurant. The service here aims to pamper all the guests so you will be spoiled the minute you walk through the doors.
There are few hotels in Rome that can claim as dreamy a location as Palazzo Manfredi, which sits above the ruins of a gladiator school, overlooking the Colosseum. Its rooftop eatery, Aroma, is one of the most romantic restaurants in Rome, but the romance doesn’t stop after the meal. This 5-star hotel began life as a private palazzo in the 17th century but was converted into a boutique property in the early 2000s. It is one of the only hotels in the Eternal City where you can throw open your window and look out at the Colosseum, and let’s be honest, that is basically exactly what you want to be seeing on a once-in-a-lifetime romantic escape. This would be my pick for top honeymoon hotel in Rome for that view alone, but the rooms are also incredibly well designed – with the right mix of contemporary pieces and classic touches. I particularly love the playful patterns that pop up in the wallpaper and accessories without ever distracting too much.
Nestled away in its own private garden, just around the corner from the famous Rome keyhole and the orange garden, Hotel San Anselmo is a quiet, romantic escape with a lot of character. The hotel is actually inside a villa from the 1960s that has been converted into just over 20 individual rooms. Each has its own unique design, some painted with frescoes and other scrolled with handwritten poetry. Ask for a room with a balcony to enjoy even more private space with your better half. Even though the hotel feels a world away from the bustle of Rome, it is only a 5-minute walk from Testaccio and a 15-minute walk from the Colosseum, so you can be anywhere else in the city in a flash when you want to get out on the town. This is also one of the more affordable options for a honeymoon hotel in Rome.
I can’t say enough good things about the simple elegance at Eitch Borromini. The hotel is built inside a former Papal palace and it shows. Rooms have soaring ceilings and understated design to ensure that they don’t take away from the million dollar view. I make no secret of my love for the Eitch Borromini rooftop (pictured below), which offers 360-degree views over central Rome. You will remember watching the sunset here with your own true love for the rest of your life. The romantic hotel is set right on the edge of Piazza Navona so you will have a private retreat in the heart of the Eternal City. I would stay here on a honeymoon in a second!
Marble for days, a cigar lounge, a rooftop pool, and a tranquil spa, all right off of swanky Via Veneto? The Aleph is basically a grown up’s playground. The hotel was once a bank in one of the most exclusive areas of Rome. The neighborhood (a short walk from both the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps) is still one of the best in the city, but the building itself has gotten a major makeover to become the luxury hotel it is today. From the moment the top-hatted doorman opens the door, to the second you sink into the luxurious bedding – this hotel screams pampering and is the perfect place to relax with your other half. The rooftop pool in the center of Rome is also incredibly rare – and the ideal place for a sunset spritz.
Hotel Locarno skips neutral modern design for a contemporary take on romance that feels positively Roman. Rooms have golden chandeliers, rich fabrics like red damask curtains, classic herringbone wood floors and warm color touches that feel old world without ever seeming outdated. The luxury hotel also has a private internal courtyard and a romantic rooftop that are both perfect for lounging with your partner while reflecting on your Rome getaway. The romantic hotel is just around the corner from Piazza del Popolo and a short walk from the Spanish Steps. I love the mix of patterns and colors in the public areas, which all gives the hotel that perfect Italian touch.
One of Rome’s newest luxury properties, the Pantheon Iconic Hotel is a two-minute walk from the monument it is named for. Some of the suites even look out at the domed roof of the Pantheon, but the best view is from the chic rooftop bar. Inside the rooms, no detail has been overlooked – everything from the light fixtures to the fabrics has been inspired by Rome, like the dark gray accents that are meant to recall the city cobblestones. The Made in Italy design makes every room feel elegant and would be this would be the perfect backdrop for any Roman honeymoon.
The St. Regis has long been one of Rome’s best hotels, but it is even better following its complete remodel which finishes in 2019. For the ultimate pampering, you should definitely spring for your own private butler. The service here is already top-notch, but the butler can take care of absolutely everything – showering you in flowers and chocolates, should you so desire. Even without this add-on, the newly upgraded rooms and suites are classically romantic with gold and white details. Wind down a day of exploring with a glass of champagne at the exclusive Lumen bar, where the sparkling crystal chandeliers create the perfect romantic ambiance for a glamorous nightcap.
With an incredible internal garden that is perfect for everything from leisurely breakfasts to cocktails under the night sky, you may wonder why ever you should ever leave Hotel de Russie. One of the best luxury hotels in Rome, this romantic outpost is a short walk from the Spanish Steps which means that you have the rest of the city at your fingertips. This will be the ultimate splurge for your Roman vacation but it is worth it for the exquisite service and beautiful contemporary design at this swanky property.
Many of the most romantic hotels in Rome are luxury options, but Roma Luxus manages to be glam and set just the right modern mood, without breaking the bank. Roma Luxus has a fun but fashionable feel right on the edge of trendy Monti. The hotel is set on a quiet street between a church and Trajan’s Market, but it is a short walk to great restaurants, shopping, and even the Colosseum. The rooms on the second floor have grand ceilings but the top floor rooms may offer a better view. The contemporary design is cool with snazzy infusions of colors in the jewel-tone drapes and pillows. The mood is perfect for a modern couple who wants to be in a young area but still have a very grown-up retreat at the end of the day.
If you sense a trend, most of the most romantic hotels in Rome are in the center of the city and most tend towards 5-star (though the 4-star options above may have even more unique charm). There are other dreamy Rome neighborhoods but let’s be honest – there is nothing that really compares to a moonlight stroll past the Pantheon or the cobblestone streets of the centro storico under the stars when you honeymoon in Rome.
Do you have another favorite romantic hotel in Rome? Or know the perfect place to stay on a honeymoon?