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Casa Fabbrini: Is this Rome's quirkiest hotel?

Casa Fabbrini, Rome
What really gives the place an edge is the decision to give the whole fourth floor over to a welcoming living room and kitchen open to guests all day and night

‘Home away from home’ is an overused phrase but perfectly catches the charm of this four-room hotel, hidden away in a cobbled cul-de-sac in Rome’s centro storico.

With its mix of vintage design pieces and modern country touches, Casa Fabbrini feels like the kind of classy Roman pad you could happily move into.

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Retro design pieces and cool industrial lighting mix it up with jazzy fabrics and colourful ceramics

Casa Fabbrini occupies all five floors of a cute 16th-century townhouse, which has been converted so as to give an air of contemporary chic while preserving original features such as worn stone stairs and wood-beamed ceilings.

Retro design pieces and cool industrial lighting mix it up with jazzy fabrics and colourful ceramics. But what really gives the place an edge, as much as its stylish modern-country-style décor, is the decision to give the whole fourth floor over to a welcoming living room and kitchen open to guests all day and night.

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The boutique guesthouse has just four rooms

Reserve well in advance to get the room you want - try the attic double, with cute two-person terrace amid the roof tiles. iPads are available to borrow from reception and there's always someone around from early morning until about 6pm.

Breakfast, served on the communal dining table (or on a separate two-person table for romantics) by the personable and helpful Ronnie, consists of fresh fruit, organic yoghurt, homemade cakes and a range of other goodies – including homemade jams from the Fabbrini family country hotel in Tuscany.

The cakes and fruit stay in the dining/kitchen area throughout the day, when guests are also welcome to help themselves to tea and coffee.

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Casa Fabbrini has an air of contemporary chic while preserving original features such as worn stone stairs and wood-beamed ceilings

The hotel is located in a quiet, hidden cul-de-sac that even many locals don’t know about – though it’s at the heart of the centro storico, five minutes’ walk from the Spanish Steps and a short hop from the fashion strip of Via Condotti.

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Casa Fabbrini, Vicolo delle Orsoline 13, 00186 Rome, Italy.

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