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Portrait Suites

Address: Via Bocca di Leone 23

Neighborhood: Piazza di Spagna/Trevi

City: Rome

Phone: 011-39-06-6938-0742

Website: www.portraitsuites.com

Expert Review

Members of the Ferragamo fashion family had already created a number of chic hotels in their hometown of Florence before they broke into the Rome scene with Portrait Suites. They need not have worried about fitting in with the big city kids. This intimate hotel, smack on the city’s most famous shopping street and just around the corner from the Spanish Steps, has become the template for Rome’s new breed of hotels: small and luxurious, with the atmosphere of a well-heeled local’s pad. Luxurious but still intimate, Portrait Suites is located in a luxury town house in a palazzo on Via Condotti. The details of the 19th-century town house and its 14 rooms spell quality: The curtains are of the finest Italian silks, and the softest boar-skin leather lines the elevator.

Occupying the six floors above the Salvatore Ferragamo Uomo boutique, the suites designed by Michele Bonan feature pristine bedrooms, lavish marble bathrooms, spacious wardrobes, huge boutique-style mirrors, and even a kitchenette. The rooms and communal areas are decorated with Ferragamo memorabilia, circa 1950s, and black-and-white photographs that make it a sort of gallery-museum too. Although the hotel lacks a spa or restaurant and therefore might seem quite pricey, the standout service, amazing location, and the 7th-floor roof terrace for savoring breakfast and cocktails in fine weather make a stay worth the splurge.

Portrait’s foremost gem, though, is the rooftop bar with panoptic views of the Eternal City and a fireplace for chillier nights. It may be as costly as some of the city’s grand dames, but the feeling of vacationing at a private home fit for fashion’s first family cannot be matched. 2010 Smart Luxury Award winner

Tags: luxury | expensive | smart splurge | smart luxury winner | views | designer

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