Our inspector was full of enthusiasm after her visit to Villa del Parco, a mellow, 1910 villa situated in a little oasis of calm off the busy Via Nomentana and a 20-minute bus ride from the centre of Rome. It was worth the journey: she had found a delightful hotel with a truly warm welcome and very reasonable prices.
The pretty walled gardens to either side (where breakfast is served in summer) only partially protect against traffic noise, but once inside, all is peaceful and elegant. The reception lobby emanates a cosy glow with deep yellow sofas and armchairs grouped around a coffee table laden with magazines. An old grandfather clock, some fine oil portraits and a collection of covetable antiques add to the feeling of well-being. From here, steps lead down to a series of sunny rooms: a bar, two breakfast rooms and a sitting area. The ambience, here too, is both restful and tasteful; more antiques, green fabrics, plants and a mass of nicely-framed pictures. Bedrooms vary in size: some are quite small, others larger but all have touches of elegance. Six attic rooms were added a few years ago, and they are charmingly decorated in fresh greens and cream. Excellent value.