Five-star service with family charm and the elegance of a vintage palazzo – the best of all worlds in central Rome. This boutique hotel, run by gentle Paolo and his niece Carlotta, is steps from Largo di Torre Argentina’s ruined temples and the spot where Julius Caesar met his fate, an easy walk from the Campo de’ Fiori fruit and veg market, the glorious Pantheon and Rome’s backstreet art galleries. Ring the bell at the imposing doorway and ascend the pale marble stairs to the warm red reception. Gilt-framed mirrors and chandeliers give a taste of what’s to come in palatial bedrooms: wallpapers of pale green willow or rose-pink, king-size beds and parquet floors, antique tables, long draped curtains and gleaming windows. Bathrooms are shiny-new and modern. All is refined and restful, a grand hideaway for a special stay. Fresh pastries, fruit and Italian coffee arrive on a breakfast trolley; no bar/lounge, but you can take a drink out to the little terrace overlooking Rome’s rooftops. Paolo and Carlotta are like your personal concierge (but much more friendly!), arranging transport, guides, opera tickets and more.