Enter Rome's Crossing Condotti hotel and find that elusive Pax Romana. Ideally located behind the Piazza di Spagna – a gladiator's throw from some of Rome's top sights – this refined getaway ensures you'll have all the privacy you need from camera-carrying crowds. Indoors, relax amid sumptuous style that seats well-designed modern furniture beside a carefully curated selection of oil paintings.
Get this when you book through us:
A bottle of organic Montefalco wine in your room on arrival
Nine individually decorated ensuite rooms, plus a Junior Suite.
11am (but flexible, depending on arrivals). You must check in before 6.30pm (unadvised late check-ins incur a €50 call-out fee).
Double rooms from $251.80 (€227), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.50 per person per night on check-out.
Rates exclude breakfast.
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. If you’re staying in the Master room or Junior suite, take advantage of a private, in-room wine tasting session with a member of the Antonelli family, who’ll tell you all about the vintages and the family’s four-generation wine-making history. Opt for the ‘Superior Taste’ version – which gets you four tipples plus light snacks for €70 – or push the boat out with the ‘Top Experience’, a five-wine fiesta at €100.
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, iPad Air, iPod docks, local guides, L’Occitane toiletries, tea tray, slippers, high-threadcount bedlinen. The Master Room, Junior Suite and Deluxe Room have kitchenettes with Nespresso machines, a kettle and a selection of teas, biscuits, cakes and a fridge packed with free soft drinks and Peroni.
Our favourite rooms
Each of the elegantly renovated rooms has been individually styled with heirloom paintings and Sicilian antiques; but all have wood floors, queen-size beds, sleek bathrooms and iPad Airs for on-the-go browsing. Superior Rooms are cosy, but cleverly furnished; most have beamed ceilings and generous welcome trays. We like Spagna’s romantic canopied bed and stone-lined bath tub; 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. With its own entrance and private courtyard, steam shower and inviting living room, the Junior Suite makes a seductive stay. Master Rooms come with a swanky chromotherapy walk-in shower, with speakers for an extra soothing soak. There's one in the Deluxe Room too, a refined space overlooking Mario de' Fiori, where period details converse pleasantly with modern fittings.
A heaving wallet, if you want to buy anything in the array of designer shops around the corner (Gucci, Versace, D&G…). And pick up a bottle of bubbly for your room from the airport if you’re celebrating something special.
Small dogs and cats can stay in most room types for free, but notify the hotel when you book. They're allowed in all public areas of the hotel too. See more pet-friendly hotels in Rome.
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.
Settle yourselves into one of the pretty, puffed-up sofas in the library-lounge and admire the aristocratic portraiture.
Black linen, cream silk.
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.
Help yourselves to free 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.
None – the Master and Deluxe rooms and Junior Suite have a kitchenette, and the others have a tray of tea-making kit and devilish tasty snacks. If you run out (unlikely) restock from the kitchen, which has a fridge full of drinks, and plenty of snacks.
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.
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.
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.
Worth getting out of bed for
Crossing Condotti's concierge is on hand every day to assist you with anything you might dream up (or make suggestions, for those less imaginative). They can fill you in on current exhibitions, recommend dinner venues or arrange a hire car – whatever you need. Rome delivers tourist bliss without much effort: a stroll along pretty much any road will lead you past centuries of history and almost inevitably lead somewhere fascinating – so step outside and follow your feet.
On Via Borgognona, Nino has been feeding the glitterati classic Italian dishes with a Tuscan accent for decades. Over in Piazza Augusto Imperatore, Gusto 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 on Via di Ripetta specialises in innovative seafood dishes – the swordfish roulades are not to be missed.
Il Brillo Parlante on Via della Fontanella is the perfect low-key lunch stop, with a well-stocked wine bar upstairs.
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…
Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, 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.
The location of Crossing Condotti was perfect for what we needed. It was an easy walk to most sites and restaurants. We were welcomed warmly and provided with excellent restaurant ideas, general information, help with reservations, etc. We really loved the coffee machine, little nibbles and the delicious sweets in the lobby when we arrived home after full days of watching the Italian Open tennis.
A lift! But concierge are more than happy to help with bags.
Stayed on 15 May 2019
Great for a quick escape to Rome; nicely decorated, decent sized rooms. The decor is an antique contemporary mix, very clean and comfortable beds. Excellent central location. It's doesn't feel like a hotel, rather a studio or room in a private residence. Apparently they do organize spectacular sight-seeing with scholars who know their history. Will try that next time.
24-hour service, room service, common areas like lobby, restaurant, breakfast, gym, etc. You get a key to your room and thats it.
Stayed on 24 Mar 2019
The open bar with unlimited water, beer and other refreshments in our room. The location a few steps from Via Condotti. The l'Occitane bathroom products were great.
Any breakfast buffet or large rooms. Coffee is available at the reception and in the rooms. Rooms are small but well decorated and with nice artwork. If you are traveling with children older than 10 or very tall, be sure to check the size of the room ahead of time if you booked an extra bed as the extra bed crowds the space. Best to book two rooms if with older kids.
Stayed on 25 Dec 2018
The location was perfect just off Via Condotti and surprisingly quiet. The room was lovely and bed comfy. Linens and pillows were very lush and what you wopuld expect for a boutique hotel of the price. The reception staff – Davide and Francesco both friendly and always willing to help with anything. The little cabinet with Nespresso machine and hand-made biscotti was a nice touch. And a complimentary bottle of red for all Mr & Mrs Smith members! Very nice! The bathroom was well appointed with L'occitane products.
24-hour concierge, lift, breakfast, a big hotel foyer or a bar.
Stayed on 23 Oct 2018
The central local, but tranquility of the small hotel. It's very close to Spanish steps and ideal for shopping.
Breakfast, but you do have a coffee machine.
Stayed on 20 Oct 2018
Crossing Condotti exceeded our expectations right from the very beginning. The rooms and hotel are decorated with beautiful antiques and gorgeous artwork, yet it still feels fresh and modern. Upon check in we were greeted by Davida who immediately made it feel like home. We even had an complimentary upgrade to the larger master suite for our stay. The steam shower alone is worth the visit! The hotel is located just around the corner from the Spanish Steps and is surrounded by great restaurants and amazing shopping.
To see other guests. The hotel is made up of only a few rooms so expect lots of privacy.
Stayed on 27 Sep 2018
The location was perfect! It was so central and in one of the best parts of town, so close to the Spanish Steps. Right outside the hotel door, you literally walk into the most beautiful and luxurious shopping hub, surrounded by gorgeous restaurants. As for the hotel itself, we loved the feel of it. It was very plush with beautiful high ceilings, and gorgeous/unique artworks in every room. The hotel had a very homely feel and both concierge were extremely hospitable, helpful and charming. Try La Buvette for your morning breakfast /coffee, afternoon tea or aperitif!
Breakfast. There's a kitchenette where you can make a great Nespresso coffee any time of day, and you can help yourself to a biscuit, small muffin, water or any sodas, but there's no breakfast. Although you have amazing options very close to the hotel. I wouldn't recommend playing loud music or watching your TV loudly. You can hear this through the walls, or you could from our room.
Stayed on 31 Jul 2018
Fantastic central location. Very much a home from home. Having said that, the decor and integration of the antiques and art together with the imaginative architecture led to your own fantasies of the ultimate cool pied-a-terre. The staff were amazingly helpful and knowledgeable; especially with some unlikely requests. Our daughter's birthday was made even more special by the most beautiful bouquet of flowers. Dinner at Imago at the top of the Spanish steps; a 5 minute walk.
Not to walk up stairs. In Italy, seemingly everywhere there are steps.