Planning a trip to Italy? Unless you're lucky enough to have family, you'll have to find accomodations. This series of articles focuses on Rome luxury hotels. On the way we describe multiple tourist attractions in the neighborhood. Each article includes beautiful photos of both a tourist attraction and the reviewed luxury hotels. Each hotel mentioned has a live link (we test them just prior to posting) to its English-language website. Keep coming back, we are adding new destinations all the time. Let's find a Villa Borghese, Rome luxury hotel.
The Villa Borghese area is located in north central Rome. As you might guess from the name, this tends to be an upscale part of Rome. It includes Rome’s largest public park, Villa Borghese. Don’t miss the "Giardino del Lago,” an artificial lake with an Ionic temple dedicated to Aesculapius, the god of health. Just viewing this spectacular setting should be good for your health. In the northeastern sector you’ll find the Galleria Borghese, a villa built for Cardinal Borghese in 1615 that somehow seems out of place with vows of poverty. This building hosts a great collection of art and antiques. You’ll need a reservation. For another aspect of Roman life visit the Piazza del Populo (Square of the People), west of the Villa Borghese and enter the Santa Maria del Populo Church that has a great art collection including a Raphael and two Caravaggios. If this isn’t enough north of the park is the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna with exhibits by so many of the greats. For your convenience we have listed neighborhood hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages.
Hotel Lord Byron.
The five star Hotel Lord Byron in the Parioli quarter of northern Rome, home to embassies and multinational corporations is very close to Villa Borghese. You’ll love the rooms and suites decorated in Nineteen Thirties Art Deco style. There is an award-winning (Wine Spectator magazine) restaurant. The address is Via Giuseppe De Notaris, 5 - 00197 Roma. The Hotel Lord Byron website is www.lordbyronhotel.com.
Hotel Parco dei Principi.
If the preceding hotel isn’t fancy enough for you, you may consider the Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa that actually overlooks the park. This hotel has a pool and a fitness club, a restaurant, a piano bar, conference and meeting rooms. Did we mention the 2,000 square meter (well over 20,000 square foot) spa with all kinds of great equipment and a biological restaurant devoted to your well-being? It will be inaugurated in the spring of 2010. There are 180 rooms and 24 suites. The address is Via G. Frescobaldi, 5 - 00198 Roma. The Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa website is http://www.parcodeiprincipi.comAnd wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Latium or other Italian wines.
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