It was once a typical private Rome apartment, but with a no-expense spared conversion it has been transformed into a stylish, cocooning five-room guesthouse occupying the third floor of a 19thC town house. Its location is arguably its best feature: it’s a short walk from the Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps and the riverside. Conveniently, the Metro stop is on the doorstep, so there’s a direct link to Termini train station.
We like the absence of a sign outside the building - there’s just a discreet brass plaque on the door. A charmingly old-fashioned wood-and-brass lift whisks you up to the smart, welcoming reception area-cum-sitting room, with comfy chairs and a chic black-and-cream colour scheme.
Of the five rooms, we think the best is the junior suite on the corner of the building. Tall windows allow outstanding views over the Piazza del Popolo and up to Trinità dei Monti. The smallest room has a little terrace to make up for its modest size. Each is decorated in shades of moody grey and browns with white paintwork and the odd splash of colour - lime green or perhaps fuchsia pink - while custom-made cabinets cleverly hide minibars and safes.
Breakfast is ordered the night before and served in your room when you’re ready for it. Our experienced reporter particularly enjoyed the fresh pastries, and noted the reasonable prices for such a central location.