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Hotel Highlights

  • Shops, galleries, sights and bites close by
  • Romantic rooms, with original ceilings and canopied beds
  • The owners’ encyclopaedic knowledge of the area

Overview

The hotel Mario de’ Fiori 37 – a historic 17th-century townhouse with mosaic bathrooms, original beamed ceilings and sumptuous canopied beds – is located in the heart of handsome Rome. A bustling shopping, sightseeing and art gallery scene is steps from the doorstep of this peaceful, stylish retreat.

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Here's what you get for booking Mario de' Fiori 37 with us:

A bottle of prosecco.

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Mario de' Fiori 37

Early booking rate 2014-15 Mid-week offer: 10% off

Facilities

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Mario De' Fiori 37 hotel – Rome – Italy

Need To Know

Rooms

Seven, including three suites.

Check–out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability (and a €100 charge after 1pm). Check-in, from 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $123.41 (€101), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude a Continental breakfast buffet of home-made pastries, local cheeses and cold cuts, hardboiled eggs, fruit salad, fresh juice and tea or coffee (€18 a person).

Also

Look out for Carlo Gavazzeni’s photos of Roman monuments, fountains and statues adorning the walls. Epstein layers multiple photographs to make one image, resulting in a painterly effect.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, concierge (7am until 10.30pm), night porter. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Nespresso machine and minibar.

Our favourite rooms

Go for a Junior Suite – a romantic choice, with its creamy palette and elegant swooping canopy above the bed. Inky blue chairs and chunky candles in the fireplace are homely touches. Or splurge on the Rooftop Suite, and sleep beneath the timber beams, surrounded by white and cream walls, wood panelling and a cosy sofa and chair.

Packing tips

A cashmere scarf; filmstar-fabulous sunglasses; a scent with a citrus zing to refresh you in the heat. Mrs Smiths: since the walk back to the hotel is never far, bring your heels and give the local goddesses a run for their money.

Also

No pets or smoking. Sister property Babuino 181 serves Continental breakfast on their roof terrace and complimentary drinks after 6pm.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome, with cribs free for babies and extra beds for €30. Babysitting with a local nanny costs €20–€25 an hour. The hotel has a booklet called ‘Kids in Rome’, which lists child-friendly activities.

Food & Drink

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Mario De' Fiori 37 hotel – Rome – Italy

Hotel Restaurant

Breakfast is brought to rooms between 8.30am and 10am. The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, but there are plenty of foodie options nearby in lively Piazza del Popolo. Nearby sister property Babuino 181 serves Continental breakfast, and guests can pick a free cocktail each from the extensive menu after 6pm.

Room service

No room service here, so pick up in-room provisions from the shops and delis on Piazza del Popolo.

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Local Guide

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Mario De' Fiori 37 hotel – Rome – Italy
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Admire the Pantheon, wander around the Piazza Navona (look out for the lively market in nearby Campo de’ Fiori every morning) and flex the plastic on Via Condotti, Piazza del Popolo and Via Sistina. Climb the Spanish Steps for a dazzling view over the Centro Storico to St Peter’s, and tick all the tourist boxes with trips to the Colosseum, the Forum and the Vatican. Break away from the madding crowd and visit the cool waters of Lake Bracciano (www.lakebracciano.com), a scenic reservoir about half an hour’s drive outside Rome.

Local restaurants

Dine among actors, artists, models and politicians at Dal Bolognese, one of the city’s most fashionable restaurants, at 1–2 piazza del Popolo. Begin with the misto di pasta – a starter of four different pasta on one plate, each with its own sauce, then follow with a traditional classic such as tagliatelli with bolognese, lasagne verde or veal cutlets topped with cheese. Head to the Canova Tadolini museum at Via del Babuino (+39 06 3211 0702), once home to four generations of the Tadolini dynasty of stone and metal sculptors. Eat in the restaurant, Canova Tadolini Ristorante, in a dining room scattered with plaster busts and statues. Join the well-heeled locals and dine at Al Moro, a family-run restaurant behind the Trevi fountain, at 13 vicolo delle Bollette (+39 06 678 3495). Delectable dishes at this traditional trattoria include roast goat with rosemary, crispy artichokes, and house spaghetti (egg, bacon and red peppers). There’s an impressive wine list, too.

Local bars


Local cafés

La Buvette, on Via Vittoria (+39 06 679 0383) is a fabulous old-school café/bar/restaurant – equally good for a quick cappuccino or a light but flavoursome lunch. Pastificio, at 8 via della Croce, is a pasta shop selling home-made tagliatelle, conchiglie, penne and the rest – but those in the know head here around lunchtime, stake out the tiny marble table in the centre of the room, and request a simple bowl of the shop’s finest. Take a break from shopping with a pitstop at Rome’s famous coffee bar, the elegant Antico Caffè Greco, at 84 via Condotti (+39 06 679 1700). The marble-topped tables, dramatic paintings and antique mirrors add up to a decadent space fit for the illustrious – Keats, Goethe, Stendhal and Byron are just some who have sipped here.

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Vibrant Via Condotti

Mario de' Fiori 37

Via Mario de' Fiori 37/B, Rome, Lazio, 00187

Planes

Rome Flumicino airport is 22km from the hotel (www.adr.it).

Trains

Termini train station is 2km away. Freccia Rossa (www.freccia-rossa.it) runs regular services, connecting Rome to Florence, Naples, Milan and Venice.

Automobiles

Florence is a three-and-a-half hour drive away. The hotel doesn’t have parking, so if you bring your car, you will have to brave the city’s carparks.

Reviews

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Mario De' Fiori 37 hotel – Rome – Italy

Anonymous review

by Rufus Purdy , Word wizard

Mrs Smith and I like to think of ourselves as seasoned city-breakers – we’ve seen the sights and quaffed the cocktails of most glamorous European hotspots, and this is both of our second time in Rome. Miss Smith, our 10-month-old companion, is less well-travelled – and as our taxi drives through the outskirts of the Eternal City at dusk, towards our hotel Mario de’ Fiori 37…
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Mario de' Fiori 37

Anonymous review by Rufus Purdy, Word wizard

Mrs Smith and I like to think of ourselves as seasoned city-breakers – we’ve seen the sights and quaffed the cocktails of most glamorous European hotspots, and this is both of our second time in Rome. Miss Smith, our 10-month-old companion, is less well-travelled – and as our taxi drives through the outskirts of the Eternal City at dusk, towards our hotel Mario de’ Fiori 37, she’s getting her first glimpse of foreign soil. She lets out an excited screech as our car slows in traffic on the cobbled Appian Way.

Our driver doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, during the journey, he’s spent more time winking and waving to Miss Smith in his rear-view mirror than watching the road. This bodes well. The main reason we’ve chosen to come to Italy on our first foreign break as parents – it’s our honeymoon in fact – is that former Naples-dwelling Mrs Smith assures me ‘Italians love children’. By the time our car stops outside the honey-hued exterior of Mario de’ Fiori 37, just around the corner from the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti, Miss Smith has charmed her first Roman. Our driver has repeated the word ‘bella’ so often that it sounds as though he’s singing the refrain to ‘Tell Me More’ from Grease.

Mario de’ Fiori 37 is not a hotel in the traditional sense of the word. It describes itself as ‘luxury suites’ and, as such, concentrates on providing cool, cutting-edge accommodation rather than trying to sell itself on the basis of its bar, restaurant or in-house spa. The advantage of such places is that you get to stay in the sort of room you’d normally only dream about. But the flipside is that there’s little else there. There’s no cocktail-mixing or canapé-munching going on in this hotel lobby – just a desk, a comfy-looking sofa and chairs, and a low glass table strewn with Bulgari brochures.

The success of a hip hotel such as this depends entirely on the quality of its rooms and, happily, those at Mario de’ Fiori 37 hit all the right notes. Our first-floor corner suite – which overlooks both Via Mario de’ Fiori and Via della Croce – is decorated in elegant whites, creams and browns, with the occasional flash of light wood and subtly lustrous copper to liven things up. Furnishings are plush and suitably expensive-looking, and the huge bed, surrounded by a velvety purple banquette, is as expansive as a gladiatorial arena.

The bathroom, with its enormous toffee-coloured marble bath, giant shower cubicle and separate lighting system, is equally impressive. I’m particularly taken by the dual sinks – which, after years of getting ready for bed alongside someone who never fails to flick their contact lenses towards the plughole at the exact moment I rinse my toothbrush, represents the epitome of luxury – until Mrs Smith ruins the moment by emptying a bag of baby bottles into it.

On previous breaks, it would have been about now that Mrs Smith and I headed out into the city for our first drink of the holiday. But, even though there’s no bar or restaurant at Mario de’ Fiori 37, we’re hotel bound thanks to the small matter of the baby monitor’s range. It’s a dilemma I can’t picture the great Roman philosophers ever wrestled with – though Plotinus and his mates probably weren’t big on babymooning. Armed with a few useful Italian phrases, courtesy of the helpful concierge, I dash around the buzzing bars and restaurants on Via della Croce, and return with a chilled bottle of prosecco and two take-out pizzas. Twenty minutes later, we’re sitting on that sofa in the lobby enjoying an unorthodox yet surprisingly romantic meal.

The next morning, after our earliest-ever city-break night, we get up at 6am, and take the Metro to the Vatican. Even at this ungodly hour, the queues to get into St Peter’s Basilica are longer than the Pope’s Easter blessing, and we decide to leave the holy delights within to the troops of backpack-sporting priests, who stream into the colonnaded square by the coachload. As we make our way towards the Vatican-flanking Borgo district, Miss Smith careers after some pigeons and straight into the arms of a nun, who’s so ancient that she looks as though she may have actually been a contemporary of Jesus. Various ‘bellas’, blessings and some very un-protestant exuberance follow, while our slightly bewildered toddler wipes rusk-smeared hands across her wimple.

Miss Smith’s place in heaven assured, we wander around Borgo looking at cheap papal tat: Benedict XVI tea towels, John Paul II rugs – we even toy with the idea of buying a ‘Sexy Priests 2010’ calendar in which 12 David Miliband lookalikes in dog collars smoulder in various black-and-white poses. Then it’s time for lunch. We find a table outside a restaurant on Borgo Sant’ Angelo and attempt to feed Miss Smith while we sip cold, crisp glasses of Lazio white and await our plates of spaghetti alla carbonara.

When our pasta arrives, Miss Smith abandons interest in her own mush and points eagerly. The resulting blonde, blue-eyed baby slurping up spaghetti is too much for the Italians milling around our table, and we spend the rest of our meal surrounded by hand-clapping waiters, camera-toting tourists and yet more excitable nuns. If you’d asked me years ago, this wouldn’t have been quite how I’d have pictured a highlight from my honeymoon.

In the afternoon, we wander the gloriously atmospheric alleys and piazzas of Rome’s Centro Storico, coming across crumbling palazzos, beautiful classical statues and centuries-old remains at every corner-turn. We see Raphaels and Caravaggios that still hang in the churches for which they were originally commissioned, we eat ice-cream in the shadow of obelisks that once towered over Cleopatra and we peer excitedly into the window of the official AS Roma store on Piazza Colonna, where lank-haired Italian footballing icon Francesco Totti is signing autographs.

By the time we return to Mario de’ Fiori 37, our feet are every bit as overawed as our senses, and a lie-down on that enormous bed beckons. By virtue of her age, Miss Smith has bagsied our stylish suite for the next couple of hours, so we plan to make do with that sofa downstairs again. No matter. It’s Mrs Smith’s turn to nip out and get the prosecco...

The Guestbook

Reviews of Mario de' Fiori 37 from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Our junior suite was stylish but also very comfy and surprising spacious for central Rome. The staff were excellent. Very friendly helpful - nothing was too much trouble. And the location was perfect for sightseeing (Vatican, Colliseum, Forum, Trevi Fountain) shopping (via Condotti and Corso) bars and restaurants (Piazza Navona Campo de Fiori) All within easy walking distance.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the location; room cleanliness; reception staff; breakfast recommendation.

Don’t expect

Restaurant recommendations were for touristy places and the food was not great.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Beautiful room and great location. Nice guestbook with suggestions.

Don’t expect

Staff could be friendlier and more helpful, in my opinion.

Rating: 6/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location was perfect for exploring. Rooms were well decorated and reception service was great. The sister hotel's bar was brilliant.

Don’t expect

I thought the room was fairly small considering the price and a breakfast room would have been nice on site.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location, right in the middle of Rome could not have been better, with its calm and quietness once you were in the room.

Don’t expect

I expected a bit more space in the room given it was a suite.

Rating: 8/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The central location of the hotel is great for exploring all that Rome has to offer on foot.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The room was small, but very clean and nice. The hotel is in a very convenient location, close to the Spanish Steps.

 

Don’t expect

The bath was difficult to get out of, and I would have liked a fixed shower head. Free bottled water in the room would be good, and it would be better if the free welcome drink could be served in the hotel (instead of sister hotel Babuino a few blocks away).

Rating: 7/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The room was warm, cozy and perfectly formed. There was a great shower and comfy bed and it was in the ideal location.

Don’t expect

Everything was lovely; I can't think of what I'd improve.

Rating: 8/10 stars