Best Small Luxury Hotels of the World in Rome

Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury... READ MORE
Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio. However, only 5 percent are invited to join the brand, meaning travelers can expect quality amenities, inviting atmospheres and impeccable accommodations when staying at an SLH-affiliated hotel. What's more, mystery inspectors visit the brand's 500-plus properties annually to ensure that guests are experiencing the highest standards of service and value. This brand markets itself as a champion of hidden treasures, so no two Small Luxury Hotels are alike. However, one consistent perk of the SLH brand is the free-to-join INVITED program. This three-tiered benefits system includes rewards like room upgrades and free breakfast. Most importantly, this brand gives customers options: Its portfolio includes everything from family-friendly historical inns to adults-only resorts with Michelin-starred restaurants. Keep in mind, most of the brand's hotels are located outside of the United States, with numerous outposts in Europe and Asia. You can explore several Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties on our Best Hotels rankings.

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    The Inn at the Spanish Steps
    Rome
    1.6 miles to city center
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    This small boutique hotel looks out onto – you guessed it – Rome's infamous Spanish Steps. The chic accommodations here include marble bathrooms and free Wi-Fi access, while some rooms and suites include Jacuzzi bathtubs, balconies or terraces, kitchenettes and fireplaces. Keep in mind, some rooms are located in the main inn, while others are situated down the street in a separate building. Previous guests recommend requesting a room with a view of the Spanish Steps, saying the splurge is worth it. A stay here also comes with an afternoon snack buffet and a complimentary breakfast buffet, served daily on the rooftop terrace. There are limited hotel features on-site (no gym, restaurant, spa or pool, for example), but the hotel's location puts visitors among the designer shops in Rome and just a short walk from top attractions like the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. Travelers also say the concierge is extremely helpful in suggesting dinner options and setting up reservations.
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    Babuino 181 Luxury Suites
    Rome
    1.9 miles to city center
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Babuino 181 is a boutique hotel with rich-colored contemporary rooms, which past guests say offer maximum comfort. Each rooms and suite is equipped with a separate shower and bath, a Nespresso coffee machine, a flat-screen TV, 24-hour concierge service and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The range of digs accommodate different types of travelers, and connecting rooms are an option as well. Recent reviewers note that two buildings make up the hotel, and many advise booking accommodations in the main building (which guests say is better lit and closer to the hotel amenities) for the best experience. Outside the rooms, previous guests enjoyed the rooftop terrace, which offers a continental buffet breakfast and cocktails in the evening. When it comes to exploring the city, visitors say that their favorite places to see and eat were recommendations from the hotel reception staff. Between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps, Babuino 181 is also a great starting spot for an easy, attraction-filled stroll. From the hotel, it's just a short walk to the Trevi Fountain and some of the city's best gelato shops. The property's sister hotel, Margutta 19, sits about one block away and houses the Roman cuisine restaurant Assaggia, which boasts a Michelin-starred chef. Members of the INVITED program or can earn or redeem reward nights by staying at either Small Luxury Hotels of the World property.
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    Hotel Splendide Royal Roma
    Rome
    1.5 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Hotel Splendide Royal Roma is a 5 star hotel located at Via Di Porta Pinciana 14 in Rome. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 1588 reviews.
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    Hotel Lord Byron
    Rome
    2.3 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Hotel Lord Byron is a 5 star hotel located at Via De Notaris Giuseppe 5 in Rome. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 840 reviews.
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    Hotel d’Inghilterra Roma – Starhotels Collezione
    Rome
    1.6 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Hotel d’Inghilterra Roma – Starhotels Collezione is a 5 star hotel located at Via Bocca Di Leone 14 in Rome. It has a 4.0 overall guest rating based on 397 reviews.
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    Villa Spalletti Trivelli
    Rome
    1 mile to city center
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Villa Spalletti Trivelli is a 4.5 star hotel located at Via Piacenza 4 in Rome. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 566 reviews.

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