A villa turned mod boutique hotel with gorgeous design and a Michelin-starred restaurant, all a short walk from the Colosseum
Set in the secretly trendy San Saba neighborhood, the Corner Townhouse has converted an Art Nouveau villa into 11 stylish rooms. Pops of color and bold patterns dominate the décor, which also includes details unique to each room like sleek black claw foot tubs or marble fireplaces. The penthouse suite is particularly impressive, but be prepared to huff up every flight because there is no elevator at this boutique hotel. The iPad controls for the lights and heating will please technophiles, while foodies can chow down at the Michelin-starred garden restaurant on the first floor. Many of the rooms have balconies, but there is also a chic rooftop lounge that serves excellent cocktails.
Neighborhood: Until recently, San Saba was a fairly underwhelming residential neighborhood. Now, the still subdued area now boasts trendy bars and Brazilian sushi lounges. A large United Nations office down the street gives the district a young and international vibe, but ancient Roman ruins are never far off. Circus Maximus is mere minutes away, and the Colosseum can be reached in about 10 minutes on foot.
Giardino degli Aranci: For a sunset walk through an orange grove high above the river
Queen Makeda: For a happy hour buffet and Italian craft beer
Il Gelato: For quirky ice cream flavors that include everything for jalapeño to ricotta
Time Out tip: Don’t pass up the chance to relax with a drink next to the Superman statue on the rooftop bar, but go ahead and help yourself to the room’s minibar as well—it’s free.
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Via Borgo Pio, 163/166