Rome, Italy

Hotel Vilòn

Rates per night from$418.38

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR370.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

School's in

Setting

Close to Corso

Hotel Vilòn is a former girls’ boarding school in Rome, but there’s no strict headmistress cracking the whip today. Instead, this restored heritage building in the city’s central Campo Marzio neighbourhood has been designed to feel like your own palazzo, with 18 elegant, art-filled rooms. The mansion’s original windows are vast, allowing a constant supply of Roman sunshine; the bathrooms are made of the finest Italian marble; the service is of the old-fashioned, charming variety; and the bistro serves delicious local dishes. No running in the halls – unless it’s to reach your private terrace, which overlooks aristocratic gardens.

Smith Extra

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A three-course dinner for two with wine (selected by the sommelier)

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Eighteen, including three suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $418.38 (€370), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €7.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast.

Also

Calling all Wes Anderson fans: if the purple staff uniforms look familiar, it’s because they were inspired by The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Please note

dir="ltr">The normal restaurant menus will not be available on 24, 25 or 31 December; only fixed course festive menus will be available on those days. Cheers! Smiths staying on 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January will get an aperitivo each and light bites in the Salotto Bar rather than the usual Smith Extra.

 

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, courtyard, carpark. In rooms: free soft drinks from the minibar, air-conditioning, flatscreen TV with DVD player, radio and Vilòn bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The finest views in this old Roman building are undoubtedly out over the Palazzo Borghese’s private garden; several rooms enjoy this vantage point and the best ones have an extensive terrace overlooking it (the Melangolo Suite, the Borghese Suite and the Vilòn Charming Terrace category). We loved the handpicked mid-century furniture in the Vilòn Suite. Every room has a marble bathroom, velvet armchairs and original artworks.

Spa

There is a steam room, and exercise classes can be arranged (including personal trainers).

Packing tips

Bring trendy tomes to brush up your design knowledge in these incredibly chic surroundings; and stylish yet comfortable shoes (if that isn’t an oxymoron) for conquering Rome’s endless tourist checklist.

Also

The hotel is suitable for wheelchair users – all communal areas are accessible and there is a specially modified room on the first floor that can be reached by the lift.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs are as well looked after as the guests: for €50 a booking, bowls, beds, treats and foods will be provided. Dog-sitting can also be arranged on request. See more pet-friendly hotels in Rome.

Children

All ages welcome. Cots can be added to rooms. The Vilòn Double and Vilòn Charming Deluxe rooms can be interconnecting, as can the Vilòn Suite and the Vilòn Charming rooms. Babysitting needs a day’s notice and costs from €25 an hour (minimum two hours).

Best for

Older kids.

Recommended rooms

Vilòn Double and Vilòn Charming Deluxe rooms can be interconnecting, as can the Vilòn Suite and the Vilòn Charming rooms.

Meals

Children are welcome in both the bar and restaurant at all times. Highchairs are available in the restaurant, there are baby-changing facilities and meals can be modified for younger tastes. Colouring books and pens can be supplied for distraction purposes.

Babysitting

Babysitting can be arranged with a day’s notice and costs €25 an hour (minimum two hours) as well as the cost of a taxi home after 10pm.

No need to pack

Bedlinen, changing mats, puzzles, crayons, and books suitable for smalls.

Food and Drink

Photos Hotel Vilòn food and drink

Top Table

Out on the patio if it’s sunny – and in Rome, it probably will be.

Dress Code

Bust out the Valentino in homage to the city’s most famous designer.

Hotel restaurant

The Adelaide restaurant champions seasonal Roman and Mediterranean ingredients. Vegetarian and vegan options are on offer, as well as healthy takes on local dishes. The bistro complements its historic setting – don’t forget to check out the ceilings and floor. Breakfast is served in the bar; expect a spread of pastries, cakes, cereal, fruits, charcuterie and cheese.

Hotel bar

Italy’s famous cocktail exports, from the Bellini to the Negroni, are mixed to perfection here in the lounge bar. It is open from 10.30am (it’s never too early for a spritz in our book). Sandwiches, salads and charcuterie are served here too.

Last orders

Breakfast hours are a leisurely 7am to 11am. Lunch is available between 12.30pm and 3pm, and dinner is from 7.30pm until 10.30pm. The bar is open all day until late.

Room service

A selection of dishes from Adelaide and an additional shortlist of pastas, soups, sandwiches and salads are available around the clock.

Location

Photos Hotel Vilòn location
Address
Hotel Vilòn
Via dell'Arancio 68/69
Rome
00186
Italy

Planes

The city’s major international airport, Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino, is a 45-minute drive away. Hotel-arranged transfers in a Mercedes cost €90 each way. It’s a similar distance (and the same rate for transfers) from Ciampino Airport, which is served by Europe’s low-cost airlines.

Trains

While you won’t want to hang around Termini for long, the city’s main train station is an easy entry point, whether for trains arriving from Fiumicino Airport or for Trenitalia services from across Italy. The journey time from Termini to the hotel is 20 minutes by car and transfers cost €50.

Automobiles

If your driving skills fall short of Lewis Hamilton’s, it’s probably best to avoid getting behind the wheel in Rome. For the brave (and the skilled at identifying traffic lanes when there don’t appear to be any), there is a carpark nearby. Prices start from €35 a day. It’s a five-minute walk from the hotel, so drop your bags off first.

Worth getting out of bed for

Rome wasn’t built in a day and it would be impossible to see all of its sights in one – but Hotel Vilòn is so perfectly placed, you’ll be able to make a decent start. Get the credit cards ready for a trip along the neighbouring boutique-lined Via del Corso; prepare to recite Romantic poetry at length following a visit to the Keats Shelley House on the Spanish Steps; and make like a homesick Victorian ex-pat by mainlining the scones at Babington’s Tea Room, which has been baking for this purpose since 1893.

Local restaurants

Those with a tolerance for gluten will do well by visiting Emma Pizzeria on Via Monte della Farina (yes, it’s a road named after flour), which has an elaborate array of dough-and-topping options, including an entire sub-section of the menu dedicated to buffalo-mozzarella versions. At Roscioli on Via dei Giubbonari, diners can choose between stockpiling salami from the deli and pulling up a stool to enjoy everything there and then in the adjoining cucina.

Local cafés

Nowhere is safe from the clean-eating bandwagon, not even the capital of the country that spawned pizza, pasta and gelato: for the best smoothies, juices and superfoods in the city, head to Ginger on Via Borgognona.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Italy and unpacked their gladiator sandals and artisan leather goods, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel Vilòn in Rome

Hotel Vilòn may have started life as a boarding school for girls, but today there’s no hint of any draughty halls, meagre meals and homesick children. Instead, you can expect to find a buzzing bistro serving seasonal Roman fare to the city’s beautiful people, private terraces looking out over the peaceful Palazzo Borghese gardens and an all-day bar where it’s always spritz o’clock. The elegant decor complements the heritage building, with rich-navy soft furnishings, polished wooden floors, spacious marble bathrooms and perfectly positioned artworks. The expansive original windows of this mansion mean that it’s almost always aglow in hazy sunshine, making the lounge and the internal courtyard the spot to settle into with your morning ristretto. The hotel is in the city-centre Campo Marzio neighbourhood, close to the Via del Corso, Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, but chances are you’ll want to stick around here, pretending it’s your personal palazzo. Just as well the headmistress has moved on.

The Guestbook

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 Hotel Vilòn’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything was fantastic, what a treat! The rooms were beautifully decorated and the service was outstanding. The concierge team helped with every detail of our stay and made our trip to Rome one to remember. Their communication before and during our trip was the best I have received at any hotel.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Jun 2018