- Erica Firpo, Travel writer
Mario de’ Fiori 37 is ideal for those who want to be in the mix of it all. Located in the heart of the Piazza di Spagna, you have Rome’s entire fashion triangle at your doorstep, from Spagna to Piazza del Popolo, Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina and Via del Corso, which means you will have access to the city's most-loved boutiques, antique shops, art galleries and caffès. In the daytime, the neighbourhood is pulsing with business, residents and tourists, but at night, the Piazza di Spagna area calms down as shops closes and people head inside. Monuments and sites like Piazza Navona, Ara Pacis, Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain are a short walk away, and if you need to get away from the chaos, Villa Borghese is close by. Meanwhile the Vatican and Termini station can easily be reached via nearby metro.
Style & character
Mario de’ Fiori 37 oozes effortless Italian style — the natural chicness of contemporary Italian design paired with an all-hours concierge team that knows everything about Rome, from major monuments to where to find the very best carbonara. Mario de’ Fiori’s muted, jewel-tone palette creates an intimacy that feels like home, albeit a very stylish home. The labyrinthine boutique hotel occupies one full palazzo plus a part of the adjacent palazzo in a series of networked hallways that wind you to rooms and charming open sitting areas. My favourite element is the interior garden — a hanging ‘greenery’ of plants that was once an inner courtyard walkway connecting the two palazzi.
Service & facilities
Owner Alberto Moncado is the consummate Roman host, an attitude he instills throughout Mario de’ Fiori 37. His all-knowing concierge staff are available at your convenience, just like Moncado’s self-penned guide to Rome — a listing of his favourite ‘secrets’ of the city, placed conveniently on each room’s entrance desk.
There are nine rooms and suites in varying configurations; each guest room is supersized with luxury details. All rooms have enormously large, Frette linen-laden and canopied beds, televisions, hidden bathrooms (which are remarkable for the lovely Bisazza tiles and layout efficiency) or overall square footage — the charming Double Deluxe is a neatly planned guest room of 200 sq ft, ideal for a short stay, while the 400-sq-ft attic Rooftop suite is more suited for a weekend.
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Food & drink
There is no on-site restaurant at Mario de’ Fiori, but guests are welcome to brunch on the lovely rooftop of sister hotel Babuino 181. Better yet, the hotel is surrounded by restaurants, caffès and trattorie of varying level, and just happens to be conveniently around the corner from neighbourhood pastry shop and bar D’Angelo.
Value for money
Double Deluxe rooms from £117 in low season; rising to £158 in high. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is available at Moncada’s nearby hotel Babuino 181.
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