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.
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.
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.