Free WiFi throughout, laundry and valet parking. In suites: 24-hour butler service; fresh flowers; daily newspapers; bottle of champagne; box of chocolates; fruit basket; minibar and free bottled water; air-conditioning; and Santa Maria Novella bath products. Villa Medici has a private dining room; Trinità dei Monti has a rooftop Jacuzzi.
Either one of these refined, old-school suites will suit discerning travellers; within, antique furnishings and 17th-century artwork in heavy, gilded frames add a regal air to white walls and wooden flooring. Romantics should book the Trinità dei Monti suite for its rooftop Jacuzzi; channel your inner writer and poet in its well-stocked library. Larger parties can hold intimate dinners in Villa Medici’s dining room, before retiring to the beam-bedecked living room. It’s also possible to rent all 260sq m of Goethe’s former abode; drift between the two apartments via a sweeping marble staircase.
If you stay between May and September, bring as many floaty sundresses as you can, and a hat: Rome is sweltering in the summer. Winter can be chilly, however, so pack a coat and some woolly jumpers. Whatever the month, a pair of trainers won’t go amiss; you’ll walk for miles around the Pantheon (and the shops).
Children are very welcome at La Scelta, and the staff couldn’t be more accommodating. However, these antique-strewn apartments are probably best left to grown-ups, unless your children are saints.
Children of all ages are welcome at La Scelta, and the rooms can certainly accommodate them. However, as the apartments are delicate and filled with antiques, little ones will need to be on their best behaviour.
Cots and extra beds for children can be added at no extra cost.
Take children to the famous Trevi Fountain in Piazza di Trevi, and let them throw a few coins in the water. You’ll be helping the local charities, too – all money collected from the fountain is given away to the needy. For most of us (not just children) the prospect of good gelato is enough to lift the spirits. Grom (www.grom.it), which has several shops in Rome, is the best place to go – try the out-of-this-world torroncino with dark chocolate and nougat.
La Scelta offers a free babysitting service, which it recommends you book with two hours’ notice.
No need to pack
Cots, baby bed linen and highchairs can all be provided on request. La Scelta even has a selection of U-rated DVDs and iPads to occupy little Smiths on drizzly days.