First and foremost: you won’t find a better location. The Elizabeth Unique Hotel is just off the Via del Corso, which begins at the Piazza del Popolo and ends at Piazza Venezia, and is home to all the shops you could possibly want to visit. Meander down its side streets, and you might just stumble upon the Spanish steps and the Trevi fountain too.
Despite its extremely central location though, you could easily walk past it without realising, and that is its main appeal.
Warning: the rooms will make you want to go home and redecorate your entire house. There are 33 rooms in total, each uniquely designed to reflect the city’s rich history, but with a modern a twist. Some suits feature wallpaper murals, while smaller rooms have statement art borrowed from local galleries, and which you can buy if you’re interested.
We loved the decorative flourishes: the brushed gold arches, the retro lamps, the books and the blush colours.
The rooms, especially in the low season, are good value, and yet the hotel has an exclusive vibe that makes it feel much more expensive. Let’s not forget this is one of the best kept secrets in Rome, and so only cool in-the-know locals or well-travelled individuals know about it. Expect to overhear some interesting conversations in the hotel bar and lobby.
Due to space, the hotel doesn’t have a spa, however it doesn’t let that fact get in the way. Instead, it offers an in-room relaxation therapy. Depending on each room you opt for, you can either relax in your own massage therapy hot tub, sauna or steam room. Perfect for a night in after all that shopping.
Although breakfast isn’t included in the room rate, it’s definitely worth trying it out at least one morning of your stay. The coffee is of course delicious (when in Rome), but the pastries are the main attraction: think croissants filled with crème patissière, jam and hazelnut spread. You can also go down the healthy route and order eggs or yoghurt. If you want.
The booking info
Double rooms from around £286 in low season; and from around £507 in high, excluding breakfast, which is £25 per person. Free Wi-Fi.