Rome, Italy

Palm Suite

Price per night from$487.57

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 (EUR454.55), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Frond life


Across from the Colosseum

When in Rome, live as the most style-savvy Romans do at Palm Suite, an apartment-like stay where a double billing of classical history and kaleidoscope mid-century modern design steals the show. With the Roman Forum and the Colosseum steps away, you can skip the Vespa and see the sights from your suite. The (amphi-)theatrics continue inside the stately 18th-century building: retro furnishings, bold prints and colonial accents take centre stage, with floral and – of course – fronded flourishes completing the scene.

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Need to know


11 suites.


12pm. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability. Access is via a hidden-away gate, so let the hotel know in advance what time you’ll be arriving.


Double rooms from £427.17 (€500), including 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.

More details

Rates generally include Continental breakfast served in your suite.


The cloud-like grey walls in each suite develop their design as the natural pigments oxidise, meaning no one swirl is the same.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, air conditioning, Ortigia bath products, minibar, free bottled water and a kitchenette with a Nespresso coffee machine, microwave and kettle.

Our favourite rooms

Each suite is its own mid-century-modern masterpiece, but swing for one with a Forum view for a spot of sightseeing from your windowsill. Need some extra space? The Grand Palm Suites and Family Suites have two bedrooms, perfect for travelling with kids or friends.

Packing tips

Stuff your suitcase with vintage Versace and shocking-pink Schiaparelli to match your new habitat – or pick up some fresh retro finds from the local flea market.


All of the common areas are accessible for wheelchair users, but there aren’t any specially adapted guest rooms.


All ages are welcome. Extra beds and cots can be added to most rooms.

Food and Drink

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Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant at the hotel, but guests can enjoy Michelin-starred Italian fare over Colosseum views at sister property Palazzo Manfredi’s Aroma restaurant, a five-minute walk away.

Hotel bar

There’s no bar on-site, but saunter over to the Court at sister hotel Palazzo Manfredi for cutting-edge cocktails right by the Colosseum.

Room service

Continental breakfast is usually served in your suite.


Photos Palm Suite location
Palm Suite
Via del Colosseo, 20

The hotel is in a quiet spot on the Via del Colosseo, looking out over the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.


It’s around a 40-minute taxi journey from both of Rome’s airports. The hotel can arrange private transfers to and from either airport for €100 each way. The Leonardo Express runs from Fiumicino to Termini Station, a five-minute taxi ride from the hotel.


Rome’s main rail hub, Termini, is five minutes away from Palm Suite by taxi. Direct services run from Florence, Venice, Milan, Naples and Bologna. The Colosseo Metro stop is a nifty one-minute walk away.


Rome’s streets are easily strollable and many of the must-see sights are on your doorstep, so you’d be wise to leave the roads to the locals. In the city centre, motorists contend with heavy traffic and extensive restricted zones, plus there's nowhere to park on-site (though the hotel can help with local-car-park recommendations if you do decide to drive).

Worth getting out of bed for

Tuck into a Continental breakfast in bed (or cook something up yourself in your kitchenette), admire a few ancient wonders from your window, and curl up in the courtyard to brush up on your classics under the hotel’s namesake palm. Then it’s time to strike out – with a full archaeological area on your doorstep and bohemian Monti just a scenic stroll away, there’s plenty of exploring to do.

In free-spirited Monti (once Rome’s red-light district, and where Julius Caesar was born), Mercato Monti Urban Market is your weekend one-stop shop for vintage designer finds, handcrafted accessories and other treasures from local artisans. Nearby Via del Boschetto is lined with chic boutiques selling clothing and jewellery from independent designers – pop into Tina Sondergaard for Fifties-inspired skirts and pretty printed dresses.

Fancy playing emperor? Wind your way towards the Tiber to the Giardino degli Aranci, where you can survey your Eternal City in citrus-shaded splendour from the heights of the Aventine Hill. Then, for a spot of more secret sightseeing, peek through the keyhole of nearby Villa del Priorato di Malta for a hedge-framed glimpse of St Peter’s Dome.

Forget when in Rome; when the Colosseum is right next-door, it would be rude not to swing by. More than just a fetching façade, the amphitheatre also regularly hosts historical and archaeological exhibitions. Sign up for a night tour to see its spookier side. Once you’ve got your gladiator on, hit the other historic hotspots in the same archaeological area: the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are in easy walking distance (and you’ll never be straying far from your suite). Then head back to your hotel and continue soaking in the sights from your window.

Local restaurants

On Saturdays and Sundays, a buffet brunch of freshly made Italian staples beckons at Rosti al Pigneto, a friendly joint in a converted mechanical workshop serving up simple European fare. Sit out in the garden to admire the work of acclaimed street artist M-City, or camp out by the open kitchen to watch the chefs at work. There’s plenty here to tame weekday appetites, too. Out of its life-in-the-slow-lane ethos has emerged a chilled-out hub where the team suggests visitors stay all day, and we’d be tempted to do just that: tuck into lunchtime treats from the rotisserie grill, stay for a seafood dinner, then linger long into the night over a limoncello (or three).

For an on-the-go lunch, pick up supersize rolls and traditional pastries at family-run bakery Antico Forno Rosciolo, passed down through four generations of dough-making doyens. Come with an appetite for salami-stuffed sourdough sandwiches, orange-blossom-infused tarts and towering filled brioche loaves to share.

Make a sweet-tooth pitstop at gourmet gelateria Fata Morgana. Founder Maria Agnese has been experimenting with frozen flavours since she was a child armed with an orchard and an ice-cream maker. Today, you’ll find combinations such as passionfruit crème pâtissière, pear and gorgonzola, and chocolate and tobacco leaves on her ever-evolving menu, alongside traditional favourites.

When dusk falls, follow the in-crowd to Urbana 47, where a fresh, seasonal menu of handmade pizza and pasta is dished up against an achingly cool reclaimed vintage backdrop.

If it’s fine-dining you fancy, you won’t find much better than Aroma, Palazzo Manfredi’s Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant. Head chef Giuseppe Di Iorio has a particular penchant for pasta – you’ll find five different varieties on his menu, in incarnations including guinea-fowl ravioli with green-tomato coulis, creamy paccheri with duck ragout and fettucelle with pink prawns and toasted almonds, plus a dedicated gluten-free menu. All enjoyed with a healthy serving of reach-out-and-touch-it Colosseum views, naturally.

Local bars

Quench your thirst with some Roman theatrics at The Court, Palazzo Manfredi’s Colosseum-adjacent cocktail terrace, where maverick mixologists whip up an impressive range of experimental tipples. Don’t miss the signature Rising Sun, an aromatic blend of gin, yuzu, matcha, moscato grapes and honey presented in a Japanese teapot.


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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 on the Via del Colosseo and unpacked their Vespa helmets and vintage Versace from Mercato Monti, a full account of their classical city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Palm Suite in Rome…

If it’s a rip-roaringly retro Roman holiday you’re looking for, then all roads lead to Palm Suite, a boutique bolthole boasting up-close-and-personal views of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Just as dashing as its big-sister property Palazzo Manfredi, the 18th-century building that this apartment-style stay calls home is enough to transform the most travel-tousled adventurer into an aristo of antiquity. But step inside and you’re met with a marvellous mix-and-match of eras. Each self-contained suite (complete with kitchenette) is packed with mid-century trophies and colonial-style treasures – spot life-sized porcelain leopards, bold African prints and palm-shaped floor lamps, backgrounded by exotic motifs and a crayon-box colour palette. Here, the chairs are modernist masterpieces, the bedding belongs on the walls of the Museo Macro and abstract sculptures are scattered with artful abandon, all effortlessly at home under original vaulted ceilings and exposed-brick details. Slip on your most glamorous vintage vestments, pour a glass of vino bianco and enjoy the ancient world from your window.

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Price per night from $487.57