Rome, Italy

Martius Private Suites Hotel

Price per night from$384.59

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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 (EUR353.64), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Cardinal win


Paces from the Pantheon

Once home to counts and cardinals, Rome hotel Martius Private Suites Hotel pairs the pedigree of a palazzo with the privacy of serviced apartments. This set of eight sumptuous suites are part of the Palazzo Lavaggi, built during the Renaissance and remodeled in 1830 for a family of blue-blooded Sicilians. Soaring ceilings, plush fabrics and grand bathrooms come as standard, and the largest suites have period features like frescoed ceilings and walls clad in coloured marble. No less impressive is the location: walk through a charming courtyard and set of thick wooden doors, and suddenly you’re on a cobbled street in the heart of the centro storico – you can stroll to the Pantheon in five minutes, the Trevi Fountain can be reached in under 10. Landmarks aside, you’ll also have some of Rome’s best wine bars, delis, pizza parlours and restaurants right on your doorstep.

Smith Extra

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One bottle of Italian sparkling wine upon arrival, and an additional one-way transfer from the airport for Presidential Suite bookings (minimum stay three nights)


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Need to know


Eight rooms and 11 suites.


11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from £332.98 (€389), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €7.50 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include a Continental breakfast, which is delivered to your room each morning. You can also pick and choose from the à la carte menu (at an extra cost), which includes eggs, omelettes, bacon and toasties.


Palazzo Lavaggi is still owned by a family with an old name, continuing its long history of hosting notable residents. Previous inhabitants include famous men of arms, several cardinals (including one who become pope), and the poet-playwright Vincenzo Monti, who penned odes and tragedies while staying there.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: flatscreen TV; minibar; Nespresso coffee machine; tea and a kettle; Ortigia bath products.

Our favourite rooms

They might be the priciest of the lot, but the Deluxe and Presidential Suites are well worth splashing out for. Quite literally fit for the counts and cardinals that once lived in them, these suites lay claim to the best of the palazzo’s period features, including elaborately frescoed ceilings and walls clad in coloured marble. In some, the bathrooms are encased in a golden structure that meant no extra interior walls needed to be added, ensuring every detail of the ceiling is visible.

Packing tips

A silk dressing gown will chime well with the suites’ aristocratic air.


The hotel’s historic layout and lack of adapted rooms makes it unsuitable for wheelchair users.


All ages are welcome. Babysitting is available from €40 an hour; three days’ notice is needed when booking.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Breakfast is delivered to your suite at a time of your choosing.

Dress Code

You’ll be having breakfast in your room, so it’s dress as you please.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant at the hotel, but many of the centro storico’s best eateries are within walking distance.

Hotel bar

Every room has a well-stocked minibar, and if you run out, the concierge can deliver wine, beer and spirits.


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Martius Private Suites Hotel
Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 49

Martius Private Suites Hotel is part of the Palazzo Lavaggi, a Renaissance palazzo in the heart of Rome’s historic centre.


Rome Ciampino is technically the closest, but you’re more likely to be arriving at larger Fiumicino, one of Europe’s busiest hubs. There are direct flights to the latter from all over Europe and many larger US destinations. From Fiumicino, it’ll take around 45 minutes to drive to the hotel; give our Smith24 team a call if you’d like them to arrange flights and transfers for you.


Rome’s main station, Termini, is 5km from the hotel. High-speed Trenitalia services arrive there from Milan, Venice, Naples and Florence. Once you’re at Termini, hop on the A-line metro and ride it three stops to Spagna, a 10-minute walk from the hotel.


Navigating Rome’s busy roads is a bit of a sport – sudden lane changing, speeding and liberal horn use are par for the course here. Many people get by without a car, but if you do want to bring one, be aware that the hotel’s within one of the city’s restricted zones. Private vehicles are banned from 6.30am–7pm Monday to Friday, and 10am–7pm on Saturday; if you’re caught behind the wheel, you’ll face a hefty fine. The closest secure car park is 10 minutes away, and costs €40 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Most guests use the hotel as an opulent base from which to explore the Eternal City – after all, the Pantheon is a five-minute walk away, the Trevi Fountain a mere seven. The hotel’s proximity to the city’s best bars and restaurants is second to none, but that’s not to say you’ll want to leave in a hurry – the grandeur of the larger apartments rivals any cocktail bar in the city, making them a worthy spot for sundowners. For everything else, speak to the concierge team, who are only too happy to arrange gelato-making classes, private tours of the Vatican and wine-tastings in the surrounding hills.

Many a tourist has spent long, hot hours trudging from one iconic Roman landmark to the next, which isn’t necessarily the most enjoyable way to see the city. If you prefer to rest your feet and like to feel the wind in your hair, consider a Vespa tour, which will give you a snapshot of the city’s most famous sights in a quintessentially Italian fashion. However, it is worth making the effort to walk to the Pantheon (it's practically next door). Once you’ve looked inside the vast, open-topped dome, cross the square to Antica Salumeria, a traditional deli crammed with cured meats, fine cheeses and all the building blocks of a rustic Italian meal. Most of the products are meant to be taken home, but they also have tables set up for sampling antipasti platters and sipping Aperol spritzes. Set in meticulously maintained grounds that are owned by the Vatican, the American Academy was established at the end of the 19th century by a group of American artists, sculptors and architects. Thanks to its famous scholarship program, the academy has played a role in the development of some of the most distinguished American artists of the last century, including poets, painters and sculptors. The academy hosts concerts and cultural talks in Villa Aurelia, originally built as the palatial home of a cardinal.

Local restaurants

Gelateria Giolitti is literally next door, and is one of the best there is. Go early as there’s almost always a queue – their pastries are a hit too. For a casual lunch, order slices of pizza from Antico Forno Roscioli, who make it their mission to satisfy the exacting standards of the locals – which they do and then some. Their long, rectangular pizzas are cut to order and sold by weight, making it easy to mix and match. If you’re hankering after desert, walk round the corner to the local market, where the stalls are piled high with fresh fruit. Ristorante Dilla, on Via Mario de’ Fiori, is one of the best places to eat near the Spanish Steps, serving rustic classics in a room with an industrial finish. For something more formal, book a table at Antica Pesa, a mainstay on Rome’s fine dining scene for over 100 years. The dishes have a classic lean and are served in a room that’s covered with the work of established Roman artists. In summer, ask for a table on the terrace, where the roof slides back to reveal the sunset.


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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 apartment-style hotel in Rome and unpacked their new vintage jacket bought on Via del Boschetto, a full account of their Eternal City break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Martius Private Suites Hotel in Rome…

Sometimes, nothing but a hotel with every conceivable bell and whistle will do. But when you have the best of Rome’s centro storico right on the doorstep, frills suddenly seem less important. At Martius Private Suites Hotel, you can live in opulence akin to that enjoyed by some of Rome’s most powerful families, but feel as if you’re staying in an apartment of your own. At once lavish and low-key, the eight-suite hotel is part of a palazzo that’s been standing for centuries, home to counts, cardinals and famous poets in its time. Hidden behind a heavy wooden door that leads into a beautiful courtyard, it’s also remarkably peaceful and private given its location at the heart of the action. Even the entry-level rooms are furnished in decadent style, featuring high ceilings, black and gold furniture and views of the surrounding rooftops. That said, we’d heartily recommend swinging for the top-tier suites, thanks to their sumptuous original finishes – including walls of patterned marble and elaborate frescoes that swirl across the ceiling.

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Price per night from $384.59