Sign in

Forgotten your password?

Sign up for free Smith membership

×
abc
Forgotten your password?

Enter your account email address and we’ll send you a link to reset your password (it should only take a few seconds)

Sign in

×
Are you sure you want to sign out of Smith?
×
Show
Hide

iFrame []

URL:

Hotel Highlights

  • A central location near the Spanish Steps and Borghese Park.
  • The freedom of an apartment set-up with the frills of a hotel.
  • The concierge ensures a seamless city stay.

Overview

Seconds from the Spanish Steps, Margutta 54 has six elegantly modern apartment-style suites. Delivered breakfasts, concierge service and the option to book a butler elevate this self-catering-style property to a plush boutique hotel.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Margutta 54 with us:

A bottle of prosecco

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Margutta 54

Early booking rate: 7% off Mid-week offer: 10% off

Facilities

View Gallery

Need To Know

Rooms

Six one-bedroom suites, each with an extra bed in the living area.

Check–out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability (and a €100 charge after 1pm). Earliest check-in, 2pm. Reception is staffed 8am–8pm, for entry after hours, ring the bell by the hotel gate.

Rates

Double rooms from $245.20 (€194), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude a Continental breakfast buffet of home-made pastries, local cheeses and cold cuts, hardboiled eggs, fruit salad, fresh juice and tea or coffee (€20 a person, served on the rooftop terrace of sister hotel Babuino 181 down the road).

Also

Butler service is available by request.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In-rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar. The Studio Suite has a Nespresso machine.

Our favourite rooms

We love the modern-loft feel of the open-plan Studio Suite – a vast, light-filled space that can be divided into managable portions thanks to a swivel panel between the bedroom and living area. In high summer, reach through the large living-area window and pick ripe figs from the tree outside. The ebony and ivory Studio Suite is Margutta 54’s grande dame in size and decor: book it with the connecting Junior Suite to create a family-friendly apartment.

Packing tips

With walk-in wardrobes in every suite – come with as much as you can carry.

Also

Extra beds cost €30 a night.

Children

Mini Smiths are welcome. Adjoining suites create one large family-size space. Cots are free, extra beds cost €30 a night. Babysitting with a local nanny can be arranged from €20 an hour. The hotel provides a ‘Kids in Rome' guide.

Food & Drink

View Gallery

Hotel Restaurant

There’s no dining room, but Piazza del Popolo’s bustling terraced restaurants are a short walk away. Nearby sister property Babuino 181 serves Continental breakfast, and guests can pick a free cocktail each from the extensive menu after 6pm.

Hotel Bar

Stock your fridge with prosecco and enjoy it in the seclusion of your suite.

Room service

None, although a complimentary basket of muffins and croissants with fresh orange juice can be brought to your room daily, upon request.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Anything goes, sartorially, out and about in this tourist-tolerant city. Don Italian-label monochrome pieces to feel as stylish as your beautiful apartment.

Local Guide

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

Worth getting out of bed for

Visit the Borghese Museum and Gallery, at 5 Piazzale del Museo Borghese for a pretty villa packed with Berninis, Titians and Caravaggios (www.galleriaborghese.it). Climb the Spanish Steps for great views over the Centro Storico from the top, then descend onto Via Condotti to flex your Amex on the fashion and finery of Rome’s boutiques. On Via Veneto near Piazza Barberina, the church of Santa Maria della Concezione is decorated with the bones of 4,000 monks, its Capuchin crypt a tourist favourite.

Local restaurants

Tucked behind the Trevi Fountain, Al Moro, at 13 vicolo delle Bollette, is a traditional trattoria worth tracking down – try the spaghetti carbonara (+39 06 678 3495). Nino, at 11 via Borgognona (+39 06 679 5676), is lauded by locals for its hearty Tuscan fare. Dine on tortelloni in brodo or the house speciality, cannelloni, at white linened tables in a dark-wood panelled dining room. The fact that La Rosetta, at 8 via della Rosetta, has been around for more than 40 years, is testament to its fabulous ways with fresh fish and shellfish (+39 06 686 1002).

Local cafés

Antico Caffè Greco, at 84 via Condotti (+39 06 679 1700), is one of the Italian capital’s most hallowed haunts for a shot of espresso right by the Piazza di Spagna. Head to Babington’s Tea Room on the Piazza di Spagna for a Ritz-style high tea, with toasted crumpets, assorted sandwiches, pastries and cakes (+39 06 678 6027). Adriana is a boutique-meets-café on Via del Babuino, where you can browse for his ’n’ hers accessories while you linger over caffè lungho (+39 06 322 7486).

+ Enlarge
Spanish Steps bohemia

Margutta 54

Via Margutta 54, Rome, Lazio, 00187

Planes

Rome Flumicino airport is 22km from the hotel (www.adr.it).

Trains

Termini train station is 2km away. Freccia Rossa (www.freccia-rossa.it) runs regular services, connecting Rome to Florence, Naples, Milan and Venice.

Automobiles

From Florence, it’s a three-and-a-half-hour drive to the centre of Rome, although with no parking at the hotel, and the Roman traffic as notorious as it is, you’re better off without wheels of your own.

Reviews

View Gallery

Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr Smith and I have rather large shoes to fill. We’re in the artists’ quarter of Rome, crunching up the gravel of Margutta 54’s driveway, trying to look as conspicuously like Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn as possible. (Joe Bradley’s apartment in Roman Holiday was at 51, and we’re at 54.) Channelling Anya (minus the Louis Vuitton luggage) with a man at least 45 pe…
Read more

Margutta 54

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr Smith and I have rather large shoes to fill. We’re in the artists’ quarter of Rome, crunching up the gravel of Margutta 54’s driveway, trying to look as conspicuously like Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn as possible. (Joe Bradley’s apartment in Roman Holiday was at 51, and we’re at 54.)

Channelling Anya (minus the Louis Vuitton luggage) with a man at least 45 per cent as handsome as Joe by my side, we are shown up to our spacious courtyard suite. It’s vast, and we’re already feeling spoilt. Surely an antique palazzo should not have these dimensions. It packs in a kitchenette (discreetly disguised as a table top), a dining table, a Juliet balcony, a lounge with leather armchairs and sofa, an enormous bed and bedroom, and an even bigger walk-in (well, foot-in) wardrobe and a marble bath.

Cleverly placed sliding doors split up the suite – close off the kitchen and lounge completely, say, or have it open-plan and airy. Wedged between the slidey doors is a whopper of a flatscreen TV that turns 360? so you can watch from almost every angle. And true to its artists’ residence roots, elegant eye candy adorns every wall.

As much as these surroundings entice us to stay in and pretend this regal pad is our own Roman pied à terre, we have a city that wasn’t built in a day to explore, and can’t be seen in one, either. After swapping stilettos for cobble-friendly Converse, we head out as the sun is setting. My favourite time of day, especially here in the Italian capital, the dusty heat is easing up and the tops of those beautiful buildings are peach-tinged. It’s magical. It emphasises how ancient the pavements you’re pounding are, and the scale of the history that surrounds you.

Via Margutta is just down the road from the Piazza di Spagna, Rome’s temple to tourists and toy sellers. Despite the bustle of horse-drawn carriages, chestnut roasters and resolute rose-pushers, it’s one of the city’s most romantic spots. Mr Smith and I climb up the steps to the Trinità dei Monti and look out to the sea of glorious terracotta beneath. We descend, dodging clinging couples as we go, to parade enviously down Via Condotti, a street lined with enough big-buck boutiques to bankrupt an oligarch.

With Dior off the menu, it’s time for something to drink at least. Lucky for us, we’ve passed Fendi and are fortunately close to Ad Hoc on Via di Ripetta, a wine shop with enough tables to make it a restaurant as well. We settle into the cosy candlelight and drown our joys with helpfully picked Italian wines, polished off with some ice-cool limoncello. As Mr Smith lugs me home to our courtyard palace, we’re both grateful we won’t be facing a night Hepburn style on a park bench. A particularly insistent rose seller has his way en route and we slip into our suite, me with a flower in my teeth, Mr Smith with €5 less in his pocket.

Artists clearly don’t like daylight or at least they want to be able to shut it out when they want; not a drop of sun sneaks its way in through the shutters of this studio. Lie-ins are a dangerous game for city sightseers who like to produce militant itineraries for their minibreaks, but the sergeant is appeased slightly with the delivery of breakfast – even if it is the most expensive croissant I’ve ever tasted. Fully roused by the rainhead in the wet room, it’s time to tackle the tourist tick list: Vatican, check; Colosseum, check; Villa Borghese, check. Gelateria, triple check…

It’s with a three-scoop serving of the best ice-cream you can eat (a pistachio, chocolate and stracciatella combo is my recommendation) that we’re allowed a respite from Mr Smith’s gruelling schedule. I’m approached by some youths who claim to work for Maxim and asked if I want to partake in a photoshoot in the park behind us. You’re never far from an amorous Italian around here. Luckily my Gregory Peck is there to politely shoo them away.

We’re disappointingly Vespa-less, so can’t whizz around on two wheels like our Hollywood counterparts, so we jump in taxis to cross the river to Trastevere, the cool local-beloved part of town. We’ve been tipped off about a trad restaurant called Sabatini, and decide this is the best place to play out our glamorous film fantasies. Opposite the gilded mosaic murals of the Santa Maria church, it’s a neighbourhood favourite where Mr Smith can also act up his sommelier status. After browsing the hefty wine list (slash directory), he selects a blow-out Brunello.

Surrounded by salt-baked seabass, we opt instead for sizzling cuts from the grill – huge hunks of steak and lamb, mounds of fries and artichokes cooked in two styles (Jewish in a light batter, and Roman in garlic). It’s all delicious, and service from a charming team mostly made up of seasoned Italian gents is wonderful. Venturing home to our artists’ sanctuary for our last night, I may not be Audrey Hepburn, nor Mr Smith her intrepid hack, but we’ve enjoyed being hero and heroine in our own remake of a classic.

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 Margutta 54's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Location, location, location! I liked the great quality and really friendly service. It delivered exactly what you expect.

Don’t expect

The wife found the bed quite hard. It was very hot – 20 degrees and sunny outside in the middle of Feb! The air-con for the building was off until I asked them about it.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the secluded nature of the property.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on Yes, travelling with a 13 month old

We loved

Couldn't have been any better for what we wanted, travelling as a young family to a busy city. It's based perfectly, by the Spanish steps so everything you need is within walking distance yet in the apartment you feel like you're in your own world of peace and quiet. Lovely, helpful people and very spacious rooms, too.

Don’t expect

The only thing I can think of is there is a really useful kitchen area within the apartments but in the room we used there weren't any cooking utensils so we couldn't make the most of it. Would make sense for more to be there or make the instructions more clear as to how to request it.

Rating: 10/10 stars