Superbly located in Rome’s most sought after residential neighbourhoods in Rome, between the green expanse of the Villa Borghese Gardens and the historic Valle Giulia and the Borghese Gallery, the Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is one of the most elegant hotels in Rome. A grand 19th-century ivory villa dressed in marble and chandeliers this establishment is very much an independent, family run affair.
A former convent with its own private park of colourful exotic vegetation, spectacular outdoor heated pool, spa by La Mer and garden fine-dining, this palatial retreat radiates a rich and decadent history. It feels a world apart from the crowded piazzas of the Italian capital, yet within walking distance to many the city highlights. If you don't feel like walking then take advantage of the private shuttle laid on to whisk guests straight to the Spanish Steps.
Beautifully put-together rooms showcase traditional European design and have marble bathrooms with mosaics, as well as mirror TVs. The 1,620-square-foot Royal Suite, on the penthouse floor, has a separate living room, a spacious dressing room and large windows that look out onto the private gardens and the pool.
The master of haute cuisine Oliver Glowig is responsible for the hotels’ restaurant, and with two Michelin stars in tow and a career in Capri, he’s certainly the best man for the job. Discovering unique ingredients and reinventing typical dishes, raw materials take centre stage in his contemporary take on Italian cuisine. Aperitivo can be enjoyed on the beautiful palm lined terrace in the Il Bar del Giardino, or in the shade by the pool in warmer months. For winter months there’s the classic grandeur of the indoor American Bar.