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Elizabeth Unique Hotel 4.0

Rome, Italy

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Pros

  • Great location in Campo Marzio, on a quiet side street off Via del Corso
  • Easy five-minute walk to either Piazza del Popolo or the Spanish Steps
  • Neighborhood is packed with shopping and dining options
  • Serene, upscale atmosphere with a refined homelike vibe
  • Amazing art collection curated by local Galleria Russo
  • Eclectically styled rooms blend vintage details and contemporary design
  • In-room features include digital concierges, free minibars, and Bose Bluetooth speakers
  • Some rooms include surprising perks like double rainfall showers
  • Attractive library for unwinding in peace and quiet
  • Bistro serving international fare and providing room service
  • Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel

Cons

  • Light sleepers may hear street noise in rooms overlooking Via del Corso

Bottom Line

The Elizabeth Unique Hotel is one of the best boutique hotels to open in Rome in 2018, and is helping to change the once-tired state of hotels in the Eternal City. Expect upscale home vibes and a faultlessly contemporary style that's equal parts edgy, timeless, and refined. Art plays a major role in creating the hotel's atmosphere, helping create a cohesive package that complements Rome's own historic beauty. The 33 rooms include perks like Nespresso machines, Bose speaker pods, free minibars, and even double rainfall showers in some units. There's a full-service restaurant and a handsome library for chilling out, and partnerships with local purveyors like Galleria Russo add authentic local charm. Travelers seeking a quiet, art-heavy alternative nearby might check out Hotel Vilon, which has Art Nouveau style, but is far pricier. 

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Boutique hotel with a striking art collection and refined, contemporary interiors

The Elizabeth Unique Hotel is a member of Design Hotels and it embraces that status with a refined and classy style. Even so, there are plenty of fun design choices here, particularly when it comes to the hotel's art collection, which is curated in partnership with local Galleria Russo. We particularly loved the tiled ceiling piece in the lobby by Manuel Fellisi, whose work appears throughout the hotel. That attention to detail extends to the rooms, each of which contains work by one artist and an accompanying catalogue. The hotel provides a true home-away-from-home vibe, where a pared-down list of features makes this a fitting escape for travelers who value style and substance, but don't need a glut of resort-like features. Instead, it makes a sharp place to gear up in the morning or wind down in the evening, with pampering extras that are surprising in a hotel at this price point. Expect to see mostly couples here, though families do pass through occasionally.

Location

Prime setting over Via del Corso, between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps

For travelers who want to be in the center of Rome without being swallowed whole by its tourist crush, Campo Marzio (where the hotel is located) is a smart pick. The back of the hotel overlooks Via del Corso, one of the most well-known shopping streets in Rome, while the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo are both within an easy five-minute walk. There are almost too many independent and luxury boutiques all around, and art lovers can head to Via Margutta, which is both insanely picturesque and packed with galleries and shops. Budget 15 minutes on foot to reach the Trevi Fountain, and 20 minutes to Campo de' Fiori. It's a 25-minute walk to the Vatican, which can also be reached by metro from Piazza del Popolo. Galleria Borghese is the same distance in the opposite direction, though the leafy paths of serene Villa Borghese are far closer (just five to 10 minutes away on foot). A taxi to Fiumicino Airport takes about 35 to 45 minutes depending on traffic. It's about the same distance to Ciampino Airport. Fiumicino can also be reached by metro and train in an hour. 

Rooms

Refined yet bold, with great local art and an array of posh extras like free minibars

The rooms here almost perfectly embody exactly what travelers are seeking when they book a boutique hotel. You'll find a balance of bold contemporary design choices -- like full-mural wallpaper or somber navy blue hues -- alongside classic finishes and furniture. It's a look that furthers the hotel's overall homey vibe (though a home like this certainly wouldn't come cheaply -- especially in Rome). Each room is decked out in one artist's work, with the catalogue for that artist found in the room. Even entry-level Initiale Rooms are spacious, with handsome pendant lighting and desk seating. 

Standard features are generous in all rooms, including digital concierges, flat-screen TVs in the bedrooms and bathrooms, Handy Phones, free minibars (including beer and wine), Bose speaker pods, free Wi-Fi, and individually controlled air-conditioning. We especially appreciated touches like hidden makeup mirrors in the desks, which help maximize space. 

Higher-category rooms include more room to spread out plus seating and extras like dramatic canopy beds. Bathrooms often include double rainfall showers for the romantically inclined, and products are crafted by Laura Tonatto especially for the hotel (her perfumes are known to grace the necks of royalty as well). Suites and Spa Suites are also available (the latter include a private sauna). Keep in mind that central Rome isn't tranquil, and some rooms do overlook Via del Corso. While the hotel is well soundproofed, sensitive sleepers will want to request rooms facing quieter side streets. 

Features

Limited set of extras includes art for sale and a sharp bistro with sunny terrace

Boutique hotels in central Rome aren't flush with features, though what's on offer at the Elizabeth Unique Hotel does add value to a stay here. The art collection at the hotel is an undeniable asset, and all pieces can be purchased. Bacharach Bistrot also has a bar, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Menus here skew international rather than traditionally Italian, and the sunny terrace is a lovely spot for an aperitivo or morning coffee. There's also a library that's furnished and can make for a cozy spot for anyone seeking to escape traveling partners. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel and there is elevator access to all floors. 

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Address

Via delle Colonnette 35, Rome, Lazio 00186, Italy

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