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Colosseum Suite & Perks at Palazzo Manfredi


By: Five Star Alliance

Across from the Colosseum in Rome, Palazzo Manfredi is set within the archaeological remains of a gladiator arena, the luxury boutique hotel occupies a historic Italian villa. There's a Michelin-starred restaurant, Aroma, with a rooftop terrace featuring exquisite views of the Colosseum and Rome. 

Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests who book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink, daily continental breakfast for two, and tickets to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill. 

Currently, the property has 14 opulent guest accommodations with incomparable city views. The Relais & Chateaux property is planning an expansion. Read more about it along with details about the hotel's suites below, in an article from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Sharri Whiting De Masi.  Continue reading below the photo.

Palazzo Manfredi

For those who love all things Roman and want to stay in proximity to the great historic sites, the Palazzo Manfredi offers not only the most sublime and surreal view of the Colosseum, but the Michelin-starred Aroma restaurant from which to enjoy it. The 18th-century townhouse, which is adjacent to the ruins of the old Roman gladiator school, will be enlarged with several additional rooms and suites in a more modern building behind the palazzo. At present there are 14 rooms and two suites in this Relais & Chateaux property. Continue reading below the image.

View from Aroma at the Palazzo Manfredi

The Colosseum Suite on the first floor contains a large whirlpool bath and small private gym separated from the bedroom and the living room by glass walls, but the real focal point is the ever-present view of the Colosseum from four windows. There is a living room decorated in tones of silver and black, with parquet floors. The suite is about 650 square feet.

The ground-floor Ludus Magnus Suite is about 550 square feet, and has two full baths with walk-in showers, a large king bedroom and a living room with parquet floors. Again, there is the ever-fascinating view of the Colosseum.

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Suite at the Palazzo Manfredi


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Fendi Suites: A Shopper's Dream Come True


By: Five Star Alliance

When visiting Rome, you can spend the night above Fendi's flagship boutique, in the Fendi Private Suites. Featuring seven elegant suites, all accommodations meld chic and creative design with Italian elegance and innovation, plus Fendi-infused touches. Set within the former palace of the Boncompagni Ludovisi Princely family, guests can dine at Zuma, situated on the rooftop, then shop at the store below (or vice versa). Read more about the Fendi Suites from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Sharri Whiting De Masi.

What can we say about the Fendi Private Suites, other than to emphasize that couture is couture and style is style. Living over a store has never been so sumptuous. Enter through the silvery elevator doors and come out to find Fendi’s innovative design translated into sleek leather sofas, floor-to-ceiling windows and signature room dividers made from woven metallic wire sandwiched between glass. Palazzo Fendi, at Via della Fontanella di Borghese 48, is right at the end of Via Condotti, Rome’s famous shopping street. Continue reading below.

Lounge at the Fendi Luxury Suites

The largest of the seven suites, all of which are located on the third floor, is the Corner Suite No. 7. Six windows flood the 650-square-foot suite with light. Wine-velvet chairs and a colorful Fendi fur-wall mosaic provide contrast to the neutral velvets and taupe leather used throughout the suite. Levanto marble lines the walls of the bathrooms in the suites, with distinctive chocolate and cream swirls. There is a deep tub and a double shower. Note: There are bathtubs in five of the seven suites, along with separate showers.

Suites 4 and 5 have adjacent doors and, though separate, can be taken together for a group stay. Suite 4 is about 550 square feet, with two tall windows overlooking Via Tomacelli. The wide-screen TV swivels to face the bedroom or the living room and there is a walk-in wardrobe.

We also visited Palazzo Suite 2, which is 550 square feet and overlooks a small piazza. There are two large windows to bring in the Roman light. This suite can connect with Palazzo Suite 1, which looks out toward the skyline above the Spanish Steps.

We loved Fendi’s use of iPads in the suites to display clever apps for navigating Rome and providing hotel info to guests, who are also offered private tours of Fendi’s amazing new flagship store. Karl Lagerfeld photos of Rome decorate the walls in every suite, providing inspiration for the visit downstairs to see his couture collection for the design house.

The hip Zuma Ristorante shares the Palazzo Fendi, offering hotel guests breakfast, as well as contemporary Japanese cuisine at lunch and dinner. The rooftop terrace at Zuma is a favorite spot for sunset cocktails.

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Fendi Suites in Rome

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Roman Family Holiday at Palazzo Manfredi


By: Rachael Weir

If you're planning a family vacation to Rome, Palazzo Manfredi has the ideal accommodations.

The hotel offers a rate with two connecting bedrooms and Colosseum views. At 538 square feet, this option offers a spacious retreat in the Eternal City. 

Palazzo Manfredi Guest Room

Palazzo Manfredi is a 14-room boutique hotel located in the historical part of Rome. Set within a 17th century villa, the hotel is directly in front of the Colosseum, and steps away from the Roman Forum and Domus Arena, families can explore the sights, and relax at the hotel with ease.

Ideally situated for sightseeing, there's the Michelin Star-awarded Aroma Restaurant with a rooftop setting and Italian cuisine, plus the American Bar serving quick lunches and cocktails on-site. 

Palazzo Manfredi

Five Star Alliance Perk: guests who book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink, Continental breakfast daily for up to two guests, and entrance tickets for two to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill. Guests who book a suite also receive a one way limousine transfer from or to the airport.

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The Melville Suite at Grand Hotel de la Minerve, Rome


By: Five Star Alliance

A magnificent mansion built in 1620 for the Fonseca family, The Grand Hotel de la Minerve offers 135 guest rooms and suites in the Rome historical city centre, the hotel overlooks the Pantheon and is just minutes from Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

Sitting Room of the Melville Suite

The Melville Suite at the Grand Hotel de la Minerve:

"In the square there is an obelisk that rises above an elephant…", that's how the famous writer of Moby Dick, Herman Melville describes in his diaries the amazing view of Bernini's masterpiece from this suite. 

Overlooking the Minerva Square, this 75 sqm suite is composed by a large living room with a sitting area, a bedroom with a four poster king size bed and a marble bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub and shower. The coffered ceiling and the accurate design lend the Suite Melville its noble, elegant lines and the warmth of a comfortable, welcoming aristocratic "home". 

Max occupancy is 2 adults and 1 child, with a crib available upon request.

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Bathroom of Melville Suite


Rooftop at The First Luxury Art Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma has a rooftop bar that allows you to dine outdoors if you would like to. It offers amazing views of the city and a romantic and lively atmosphere.

The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma

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Unique Activities: Gladiator Training at Rome Cavalieri


By: Five Star Alliance

If Julius Caesar is one of your heros, you won't want to enroll in gladiator training at Rome Cavalieri. The luxury hotel is located only minutes from Rome's great monuments, but offers 15 acres of Mediterranean parklands. The setting makes it a perfect place to practice your swordfighting. Rome CavalieriAt the Rome Cavalieri guests can experience the world of the gladiators who fought and often died in the Coliseum two thousand years ago.

In the Rome Cavalieri's private park, overlooking Rome's skyline, instructors from Rome's Gladiatorial School will instruct guests in ancient combat techniques as well as explaining the life and times of the gladiators. Available on request, and open to all guests over the age of seven, the course is a mix of sport and culture. A gladiator kit is included with traditional tunic, Roman sandals, belt, protective gloves, and wooden training sword, and on completion students are presented with a medal declaring them a "Tiro," or first level gladiator.

 

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Dining Al Fresco: Aldrovandi Villa Borghese


By: Five Star Alliance

Renowned chef Oliver Glowig brings his masterful style of haute cuisine to Rome at Aldrovandi Villa Borghese. The eponymous restaurant has been recognized with two Michelin stars. Experience Chef Glowig's distinct interpretation of contemporary Italian cuisine as you gaze out at the hotel's tranquil gardens, a hidden oasis in the heart of Rome.

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Image of the day: Aleph Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Refined with just a touch of rambunctious style to keep things interesting, Aleph Hotel features 96 luxurious guest rooms and suites, an inviting full-service restaurant, and an elegant bar where late afternoon aperitifs lead seamlessly into lively evenings with friends. Style is found in Aleph Hotel's pretty and poetic details. The 96 luxury rooms, including four Exclusive Rooms with large private terraces, two Junior Suites, three Executive Suites and one Grand Suite, are studies in Italian design dating from the 1930s and 40s. Large black and white prints by New York street photographer Bram Tihany grace the walls, capturing the everyday beauty of daily life in Rome, while Italian touches like Murano Liberty glassware and Deco furnishings create unconventional spaces that sparkle with originality. All guest rooms and suites have large closets, desks, dressers and minibars, while bathrooms feature a rich line of bath amenities.

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Dining al Fresco: La Posta Vecchia


By: Five Star Alliance

Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea La Posta Vecchia's Michelin-starred restaurant Cesar
boasts views of the ocean and inspired Mediterranean cuisine. You can bask in the sun
and enjoy the breeze while dining on world class cuisine.

La Poste Vecchio

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Dining Al Fresco: Hotel Splendide Royal Rome


By: Five Star Alliance

With its reputation for exclusivity and excellence, the Hotel Splendide Royal Rome boasts one of the most elegant gourmet terraces in Rome. The restaurant is located on the hotel's 7th floor, where huge glass terrace doors open out onto a view of breathtaking beauty: a panorama which sweeps across the city from the 19th century palaces of Pinciano, Villa Medici, Trinita dei Monti all the way to Saint Peter's, and to the Gianicolo. 

Hotel Splendide Royal

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