Rome is fast catching up with Florence for great boutique hotels. The best of them – from the Ferragamo-owned Portrait Suites (www.lungarnocollection.com; from €241), to the finest two-room hotel on the planet, Residenza Napoleone III (www.residenzanapoleone.com; from €730) – are located just off Via Condotti. New to the neighbourhood is JK Place Roma (www.jkroma.com; from €700), sister to the JK Place hotels in Florence and Capri, where hotelier Ori Kafri made his name with white, blue and dark wood interiors by Michele Bönan. In Rome, the 30-room hotel is aiming for the same stealth wealth with marbled bathrooms, wood-panelled walls, a lounge, café and rooftop bar. However, should the 50sq m headline suite not hold all one’s Via Condotti shopping, then try Villa Nocetta (www.villanocetta-rome.com; from €2,600 per night). This newly renovated six-suite villa occupies a 3,300sq m private garden and overlooks Rome’s biggest park, Villa Doria Pamphilj. The concierge and pool will attract grand tourists, but the villa’s close proximity to the modest eateries of Travestere will be the bigger lure for gourmands.
In terms of landmark architecture, Rome would need to convert the Colosseum into a hotel to beat the new Langham in Chicago (www.chicago.langhamhotels.com; from $575). It occupies the first 13 floors of a 52-storey Mies van der Rohe-designed building, making this 320-room tower a pilgrimage site for admirers of mid-century modern architecture.