Hotel Highlights

  • Discreet and private: like having your own Roman pied-à-terre
  • Super location, right next to the Spanish Steps and five minutes from sights including the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Villa Borghese
  • Refined contemporary-classic decor; good value for money

Overview

Crossing Condotti hotel is just a laurel-wreath’s throw from some of Rome’s best assets. With its oil paintings and contemporary furniture, this grown-up boutique bolthole just behind the Piazza di Spagna gives you the privacy and freedom to do as you please.

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A complimentary bottle of Chianti in your room on arrival

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Five individually decorated ensuite rooms, plus a Junior Suite.

Check–out

11am (but flexible, depending on arrivals). You must check in before 6.30pm (unadvised late check-ins incur a €50 call-out fee).

Rates

Double rooms from $387.86 (€281), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast.

Also

The hotel doesn’t offer breakfast, so if you really can’t bear to drag yourselves out to one of the dozens of nearby cafés for a Roman cappuccino and jam-filled croissant, buy something to nibble on with your Nespresso coffee.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, library, coffee machine and complimentary honesty bar, laundry, desk concierge (8.30am–6.30pm). In rooms, flatscreen satellite TV, iPod docks, L’Occitane toiletries, tea tray, slippers, high-threadcount bedlinen.

Our favourite rooms

Each of the cleverly renovated, beamed rooms has been individually styled, but all have wood floors, queen-size beds and sleek bathrooms. They are on the cosy side, but cleverly furnished. We like Spagna’s romantic canopied bed and stone-lined bathtub; Carozze has a modern-Renaissance feel, with a flock-fabric headboard and sleek mushroom-hued bathroom with tub and shower; and Frattina is a slightly larger corner room with a walk-in rain shower. Condotti has side-by side twin beds with shower, bath and separate toilet.

Also

Crossing Condotti is a private, non-smoking property. Pets unfortunately cannot be accommodated.

Children

Welcome. Under-threes stay free, and cots and extra beds can be added to some rooms, but as it’s filled with antiques and objets d’art, and has lots of steps, this is not the ideal place for wee ones or prams. Babysitting can be arranged in advance.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There’s no restaurant, but your fantastic central location means there’s plenty to choose from locally: the concierge can help you make reservations before they leave at 6.30pm.

Hotel Bar

Help yourselves to complimentary soft drinks and beer from the house fridge or make yourself a coffee from the Nespresso machine. If you like stronger stuff, stroll out to a bar or bring back a bottle of something for after-dinner drinks.

Room service

None – but there is a tray of tea-making kit and devilish tasty snacks in your room.

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Dress code

Black linen, cream silk.

Top table

Settle yourselves into one of the pretty, puffed-up sofas in the library-lounge and admire the aristocratic portraiture.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

On Via Borgognona, Nino (+39 06 679 5676) has been feeding the glitterati classic Italian dishes with a Tuscan accent for decades. Over in Piazza Augusto Imperatore, Gusto (+39 06 322 6273) is justly famed for its pizzas, but in truth it’s a culinary polymath, with a restaurant, wine bar, cheese shop and kitchenware store – not to mention beautiful interiors. Porto di Ripetta (+39 06 361 2376) on Via di Ripetta specialises in innovative seafood dishes – the swordfish roulades are not to be missed.

Local cafés

Il Brillo Parlante (+39 06 324 3334) on Via della Fontanella is the perfect low-key lunch stop, with a well-stocked wine bar upstairs.

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Chic Condotti side-street

Crossing Condotti

28 via Mario de' Fiori, Rome, 00187

Planes

Rome Fiumicino is roughly 50 minutes from Crossing Condotti; using public transport, the best way to reach the hotel is with the Leonardo Express (www.trenitalia.com). It takes 30 minutes to reach Termini train station, 2.5km from the hotel. From here, a taxi will cost €10–€15). The other option is hopping on the metro for three stops to Spagna. A taxi all the way from the airport is €40 plus €1 for each bag. From Ciampino, a taxi will cost €30 plus an extra euro for each bag. Terravision (www.terravision.eu) shuttles passengers from here to Termini.

Trains

Crossing Condotti is on Piazza di Spagna, close to the Spagna metro stop. From here, it is only three stops (line A) to Termini, Rome’s main station, which is served by many lines to other regions of Italy; see Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.com) for details.

Automobiles

Driving in this city-central location may be tricky: there's no parking at the hotel, and it's in a restricted zone, with access denied between 8am and 6pm. Parking is available close by at Parcheggio Villa Borghese (+39 06 322 5934) and Parcheggio Ludovisi (+39 06 474 0632, 1.5km from the hotel.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Ben Illis , Bon viveur and experience junkie

Eyes straight – blinkers if necessary – and repeat after me: Dior, Prada, Gucci, Bulgari, then hang a right at Cartier. Walk all of 30 yards and we’re there. Wow. If you worship the Roman gods of shopping and fashion, luxury boutique hotel Crossing Condotti – just a handbag’s throw from designer-shopping heaven in the Italian capital – makes a more than suita...

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Crossing Condotti

Anonymous review by Ben Illis, Bon viveur and experience junkie

Eyes straight – blinkers if necessary – and repeat after me: Dior, Prada, Gucci, Bulgari, then hang a right at Cartier. Walk all of 30 yards and we’re there. Wow. If you worship the Roman gods of shopping and fashion, luxury boutique hotel Crossing Condotti – just a handbag’s throw from designer-shopping heaven in the Italian capital – makes a more than suitable temple. Indeed, Mrs Smith even confesses to Posh Spice-like levels of excitement at the thought of the damage she can do to her credit card within a few paces from our front door. And it really is our front door: Crossing Condotti isn’t a hotel as such, but rather a smart townhouse with five delightful rooms, a kitchen and shared sitting room. Thus, while there is no room service or spa, we do have the enviable freedom to come and go according to our whims.

Upon arrival, Marco, the assistant manager and concierge, rushes downstairs to hike our not inconsiderable baggage up the one flight of stairs into the serene sitting room, where, he points out with a flourish, there is a luxuriant selection of guides, novels and style magazines at our disposal. Marco offers us coffee and a scrumptious little pear cake while he does the paperwork. The kitchen features perhaps the best espresso machine I have ever encountered in all my years of caffè snobbery. We are also pointed at a generously stocked fridge, with a large range of complimentary soft drinks.

All five rooms, although not huge, are comfortable, and sensitively and elegantly decorated in muted tones. Ours – Carrozze – is a splendid mix of greys, olives, ochres and creams, which sets off the impressive 19th-century dark wood-panelled ceiling a treat. Furniture is a mix of antiques in dark wood with tapestried upholstery and modern pieces, such as Perspex-cube side tables. Lovingly restored portraits of rather austere-looking characters from the 1800s adorn the walls. And sumptuous drapes hide recesses, so the overall effect isn't spoiled by something so pedestrian as a kettle and a few sachets of Nescafé.

Crossing Condotti doesn't serve breakfast, but Do Bar, just around the corner on Via delle Carrozze, means we manage to bypass the kitchen altogether, and enjoy cappuccini and Roman pastries each morning until we are replete and ready to flex our Amex Blacks.

Do Bar is just one of Marco’s recommendations which, along with his encyclopaedic knowledge of local events, proves invaluable during our long weekend in the Eternal City – where time is short and options too numerous to leave to luck. Along Via Mario de’ Fiori, a few metres from Crossing Condotti, is a vibrant wine bar called Shaki, where the table service spills cheerily onto the pavement. Stop there for a glass of Prosecco, fresh pasta and risotto, or just to spot the fashion faux-pas of passing tourists and Romani.

We manage (inadvertently) to be in the city at the same time as La Notte Bianca, a night of cultural events in which all the city’s museums stay open till 2am. Sadly, after pounding the streets with several hundredweight of designer shopping bags and filling our bellies with sumptuous pizze and gelati, I am ashamed to report that we didn't manage to take full advantage of this cultural opportunity this time around. Vatican? What Vatican? Sacrilegious, I know.

And we have no excuses… Crossing Condotti’s A-plus for location is as much for its proximity to Rome’s cultural attractions as it is for its boutique-side credentials. As well as being metres from the Spanish Steps, it’s only a short stroll from the Trevi Fountain. Our first visit (circa 1pm) involves being stampeded by around 42,000 other tourists. Fortunately, after a splendid dinner at Il San Lorenzo on Via dei Chiavari (thanks for the tip, Marco), we meander past contentedly, arm in arm, and get to enjoy it floodlit and alone at around 1am. Thankfully Mrs Smith resists the temptation to do an Anita Ekberg, La Dolce Vita-style, but the romantic effect is, well, magical. While we’re on a cinematic bent, fans should note that this corner of the Centro Storico – from the Spanish Steps to the foot of Via Vittorio Veneto on Piazza Barberini – is the where the Vespa scene was filmed in Roman Holiday.

It is with extremely heavy hearts – and shopping bags and bellies – that we peel ourselves out of our exceptionally comfortable bed for the last time and make our way to check out, complete with newly acquired suitcase (not Vuitton – I drew the line, after Mrs Smith splurged her Euros to extinction in Prada).

Phrases such as ‘home away from home’ are bandied around way too much in hotel reviews, but the set-up, location and hospitality afforded us at Crossing Condotti made us feel more at home than we could ever have dared to expect. I only wish that our actual home was as commodious, peaceful and elegant as Crossing Condotti. And a concierge such as Marco wouldn’t go amiss either…

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Crossing Condotti's Guestbook below.

 

SilverSmith

Stayed on 20 Feb 2014

We loved

I enjoyed the lovely rooms, generous help-yourself-drinks system and most of all the help from the staff re eating out.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 2 Dec 2013

We loved

This is possibly the best location in the Eternal City – we loved the convenience of being able to walk everywhere and having our own key to escape the crowds from right within the Golden Triangle. Marco's assistance was invaluable. He was happy to give directions, recommendations, advice, make bookings, check reservations and enabled us to feel we had the inside track. The sights and shopping are of course superlative but with his help the food and drink was superb as well, without having to frequent any tourist haunts. Ad Hoc, Osteria Corte del Grillo, Dilla and Roscioli all deserve particular mention and are each well worth a visit.

Don’t expect

Do Bar was unfortunately under refurbishment whilst we were there and the local alternatives weren't totally brilliant – but then breakfast is never much of a feature in Italy and it is possible to get good coffee all over the place.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 21 Nov 2013

We loved

I liked the great location and the knowledgeable and very helpful staff.

Don’t expect

Nothing major could be better; maybe an extra towel in the bathroom.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 7 Aug 2013

We loved

Crossing Condotti is in such a prime position – fall out of bed and you will hit the Spanish Steps! We received such a warm welcome to our well appointed, beautifully clean room (Frattina) and felt assured instantly that we were in expert hands for restaurant recommendations, directions to the major attractions and general advice about Rome. The constant supply of free bottled water was a lifesaver in the August heat and the concierge (Francesco) was a delightfully friendly host who greeted us daily with a big smile and an offer to assist in any way possible.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 30 Sep 2012

We loved

Crossing Condotti was a great find in Rome. Perfect location and importantly Marco who was front of housemanagerporterconcierge travel guide was so welcoming and helpful. Being a private hotel it has a very intimate feeling. An unexpected and welcome extra is the general kitchenette where espresso coffee and juices etc are included in the tariff.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 24 Sep 2012

We loved

Marvellous Marco and Fabulous Francesco! Most helpful staff and so generous with their time in marking out maps, making suggestions and bookings and making sure you have all you require for your comfort. We had the Condotti room which I think is the biggest and we were surprised by the size and comfort, we certainly didn't expect this space. Really authentic with the rustic roof beams and period furniture. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! So easy to walk to the Spanish Steps and take the Metro to various sights. Little kitchen with free snacks and water coffee etc as well as the tea- and coffee-making facilities in room was great.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 11 Jul 2012


We had a wonderful two-night stay at Crossing Condotti. We stayed at two other hotels in Rome during this trip but Crossing Condotti was by far the best for location. The concierge was very helpful, happy to chat about life in Rome and made us feel at home. We loved having a key to the front door –we felt like we lived in Rome.

Rating: 8/10 stars