Best for: Location
Generator used to be a ‘poshtel’ (posh hostel) brand, with design-led dorms and a few en suites as an afterthought. But the Rome branch, converted from an old hotel near Termini station, feels like it was planned the other way round, with simple but stylish rooms and a 1970s-meets-Chinatown bar.
Rooms: Doubles from €40 (£36), room only. Dorms from €15 (£13).
Best for: Value
If it weren’t for the slightly out-of-the-way location, the Corner could charge three times the price. A standalone palazzo near the Piramide, complete with an elevated garden, it’s a lovely little boutique hotel, which came under new management in 2017. Rooms are stylish — think bold colours and feature wallpaper — and the restaurant is popular with locals.
Rooms: From €86 (£76), room only.
Best for: Style
G-Rough turned the Rome hotel scene on its head when it opened in 2015, transforming a 17th-century block of flats into a shabby-but-seriously-chic clutch of 10 apartment-style suites. With deliberately peeling paint, ‘graffiti’ carved into the walls and furniture by the likes of Gio Ponti, Seguso and Venini, it’s La Dolce Vita meets Instagram.
Rooms: From €344 (£306), room only.
Best for: Royalty
Baglioni Hotel Regina
Fit for a queen? Literally in the Baglioni’s case — Margherita of Savoy used to live in this palatial pile crowning Via Veneto. Surrounded by international brands, this rare find is still flying the home-grown flag. The look is grand Belle Époque meets luxurious art deco, thanks to a recent refurbishment: a lobby that shimmers with floor-to-ceiling marble and a grand staircase fit for royalty; sumptuous velvets, deep colours and armchairs in the ridiculously OTT breakfast room; and high ceilings, deco-style furniture and multicoloured drapes in the bedrooms. The bar, Brunello, is where the dolce vita vibe comes to life with more plush velvets, a splash of leopard print and live music to draw in well-heeled crowds.
Rooms: From €260 (£231), B&B.
Best for: Luxury
Villa Spalletti Trivelli
A gloriously unique hotel just steps from the Quirinale, a night at this 15-room villa feels like staying with friends — if your friends happen to be real-life Roman aristocracy. The mansion was home to the Spalletti family until 2004, when they decided to convert the upper floors into accommodation. There’s a Jacuzzi-equipped rooftop terrace, too.
Rooms: From €470 (£418), B&B.
Best for: Artists
‘The artists’ street’ is what they call Via Margutta, thanks to past residents like Picasso and Fellini, and a cameo in Roman Holiday. The new Margutta 19, which opened last July, bolsters its reputation as a creative district, with soothing taupes, travertine bathrooms and Frette linen. The restaurant serves sharing plates of traditional Roman nonna dishes.
Rooms: From €450 (£400) B&B.
Published in the Rome 2018 guide, distributed with the April 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)