Boutique hotels in Rome don’t come much better located than Portrait Roma, an elegant Italian townhouse off designer-store-strewn Via Condotti, an amble away from the Piazza di Spagna. An offshoot of the Ferragamo fashion empire, this one-time atelier is festooned with shoe-related artwork and photos of the shoemaker’s star-studded heyday.
Above the Ferragamo store, the Portrait Roma suites are an oasis of tranquillity, offering dazzling refinement and all the latest technology including free Wi-Fi. From sumptuous bedrooms to bathrooms fit for an emperor, from luxurious lounges to splendid terraces with views all over Rome, each space pays homage to ’50s beauty and to the genius of a founding father of “Made in Italy” – Salvatore Ferragamo. Michele Bönan, the elegant Florentine designer is responsible for delivering interiors that are not only understated, but decadently rich from silk curtains to the elevator lined in ultra luxe boarskin leather, paying tribute to the extra ordinary style of Salvatore Ferragamo. Each of the 14 suites also comes with the lavish attentions of the Lifestyle Team and Guest Assistant Team on hand to personalise every Roman visit.
A magnificent terrace on the top floor offers the most spectacular views over Rome and the Trinità dei Monti. The rooftop lounge, serves cocktails by the fireplace with a view of the Spanish Steps. Cushioned wooden furniture, lanterns and shrub lanterns line the roof terrace. There’s also an honesty bar with a wide selection of refrigerated drinks. There’s no restaurant at Portrait Roma but a breakfast platter of cereals, pastries, eggs and yogurt is served on the rooftop terrace.