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Hotel Lunetta 4.0

Campo de' Fiori, Rome, Italy

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Pros

  • Fantastic central location surrounded by historic attractions
  • Free, ample breakfast buffet with baked eggs and assortment of pastries 
  • Beautiful rooms with exposed wooden beams and hardwood floors
  • Amazing view of the Piazza Paradiso below, and adjacent San’Andrea della Valle church from rooftop garden
  • Plenty of restaurants, shops, and bars within easy walking distance
  • Amazing Turkish spa
  • Ambiance of ancient Rome; building dates back to 14th Century
  • Highly attentive staff
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Rooms are small and those over Piazza Paradiso are subject to late night outside noise
  • No restaurant on-site
  • Lobby doesn’t have a lounge area
  • No parking
  • Wi-Fi is spotty

Bottom Line

Although its 30 rooms are somewhat small, the four-pearl Hotel Lunetta is one of Rome’s most historic and charming hotels. Situated in the historic center, it offers tremendous views from the small rooftop bar, and an underground spa with a foundation that dates back to 55 B.C. Guest rooms have hardwood floors and exposed beams, and stocked minibars. An ample breakfast buffet is included in the price of a room. The hotel is ideal for romantic tourists with money to spare, who don't mind compact rooms, and who appreciate staying within ancient walls more than they do amenities like lobby lounges and full-service restaurants found in other upscale properties.

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Scene

Shiny and updated, within ancient walls

The building that houses Hotel Lunetta dates back to 1368, and was completely renovated in 2011. There is nothing particularly grand about the place either inside or out, but it has a classy, boutique charm first evidenced in the entryway, with interesting candlestick wall lights, glass elevator, and black-and-white, chess-like floor. There are only a couple of small couches and a flat-screen TV in the lobby area. The highlights of the property are the rooftop bar, with views of the dome of the nearby San Andrea della Valle church, and also the Turkish spa, situated in the foundations of the building where the Theatre of Pompeius stood in 55 B.C. The ancient stone walls are still intact, surrounding the spa’s mineral pools and saunas. There is also a small, cozy breakfast room and bar, but no dedicated restaurant. 

Location

Ancient history on all sides, plus shopping and dining galore

Built within the walls of the Theatre of Pompeius in Piazza Paradiso, Hotel Lunetta is set directly inside Rome’s historic center. Many shops and cafes dot Corso Vittorio Emanuele Il, a few minutes' walk away. Sights such as Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Navona, Largo Torre Argentina, the Pantheon, and Piazza Farnese can all be reached in two to 10 minutes on foot. Trastevere and the Colossum are about 20 minutes' walk, and Vatican City a half-hour. Anywhere in Rome can be accessed easily by bus or Metro from the Corso Vittorio Emanuele/Piazza Sant’Andrea della Valle stop. Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is a 30-minute cab ride, or about an hour via public transport. 

Rooms

Small but comfortable, with hardwood floors and exposed beams

There are 30 rooms at Hotel Lunetta, and although they are rather small, they are cozy and comfortable. Exposed wooden beams line the ceilings, and the bathroom sinks and tubs have slick, pale-gray marble tile. Decor includes crisp white bedding with pops of red; pale gray armchairs and desk chairs; and dark wood desks. Each room is air-conditioned and has a flat-screen TV, slippers, stocked minibar, safe, and coffee and tea facilities; some have fresh fruit and Prosecco. Suites with private patios are available. Street noise drifts into some rooms, and the free Wi-Fi can be spotty. 

Features

Great breakfast buffet with homemade pastries, and ancient spa

The free breakfast buffet is ample and fresh, including baked eggs, homemade pastries, cured meats, and a variety of juices. There is free Wi-Fi access in rooms, but it is spotty and unreliable. The expansive spa is surrounded by the ancient walls of the Pompeius Theatre, and has a series of mineral pools with hydromassage, multi-sensory showers, and a Finnish sauna. A variety of body and facial treatments are available in rooms with arched ceilings and walls decorated with mosaic tiling. There is also a full rooftop bar that's open in the summer but moves indoors for the winter; there is no full restaurant, however. Laundry and babysitting services are available upon request. There is no parking. 

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Address

Piazza del Paradiso 68, Rome, Lazio 00186, Italy

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