Old World elegance and park views in Rome
179 Rooms / 24 Suites
It could be for its beautiful, opulent interior design or for its royal rock-star treatment of guests, Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa in Rome should be marked in bold in your little black book of travel hot spots. Located next to Villa Borghese Park, the hotel is close enough to the city’s historic center to enjoy a taste of Roman chaos and culture, and far enough to attract those looking to travel with a lower profile and a sense of calm. Its classic Old World charm permeates every inch of the property, from the elegant rooms to the stately lobby to the renowned restaurant that overlooks a lovely Italian garden.
Real estate is a deciding factor for many who stay at the Principi. Its location, on the edge of park Villa Borghese, is ideal for those looking for a little green, a great workout and a leisurely afternoon in the sun. It is literally a walk in the park to Rome’s centro storico, the historic center, where you can find popular sites, including Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps shopping square), the Pantheon and Campo de’ Fiori, along with several museums both in the park and in the city.
There are reasons to hole up in the Rome hotel, too. Namely, the 21,500-square-foot Prince Spa. This heavenly wellness area includes an indoor pool, a well-equipped fitness area, treatment rooms and a wet area with a sauna, steam room and experience showers. In the summertime, hit the 5,800-square-foot outdoor pool and garden area where you may or may not spot an undercover celebrity.
Principi’s 155 rooms and 24 suites are elegantly decorated with an embrace of luxury from decades and centuries past. The luxury hotel’s opulent atmosphere is heightened by the lobby with its rich marbles, antique furniture, paintings and sculpture — a decorative scheme that carries through all the rooms in beautiful combinations of colored fabric brocades, luxury fabrics, gilded stucco, wood paneling, more antique furniture and sumptuous marble bathrooms. Whether in need of the 3,770-square-foot Royal Suite or a more intimate Double Deluxe, you will want to ask for a park-facing room on the fourth floor and above so that you can watch the sun set behind the Roman pines and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Dining at Principi is an event that can last from morning to late night if you let it. Options abound: sumptuous buffet breakfasts, a poolside grill and lounge eatery, an indoor lounge and bar area straight out of the 1920s, and the hotel’s famous restaurant Pauline Borghese. Named after Napoleon’s illustrious sister, the garden-facing space is a place for fine dining with a seasonal menu of Italian cuisine and a well-curated wine list. Its Sunday brunch, a prix fixe affair, is a destination for many in-the-know Romans and those looking to avoid the kitchen during the holidays.