Bridgett Walters, our South East Asia editor, was in Rome recently and found this place, which she liked very much: a pale lemon townhouse dating from 1658, just one block from the Via Condotti and Spanish steps. It's typically Roman both outside and in, but in two quite different ways: the exterior is a traditional, stone façade with shutters whilst the interior relies on slick, modern Italian style.
  Bridgett found the seven suites 'very well done up'. Each has neutral white walls but is full of bold design: stylised vases, colourful fabrics, rich purple bed frames and minimalist canopies. The bathrooms are just as sleek and contemporary but bring in a touch of classicism: mosaic tiles and marble tubs or showers. There's air conditioning in all rooms. This is a quieter spot than most, but traffic hum should still be expected.
  There's no dining area, so a continental breakfast is brought to your room. It's good, but comes at a steep price: 20 euros. Luckily there are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby.