PALAZZO MANFREDI is an oasis of modern-day chic that literally sits in the shadow of ancient Rome, just steps away from the magnificent Colosseum and its Ludus Magnus gladiator training school. Today this hip neighborhood, known as Monti, resonates with energy of a different kind, home to up-and-coming galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. And Palazzo Manfredi is the best spot from which to experience it. Occupying an elegant 17th-century villa, the hotel was the vision of Count Goffredo Manfredi, one of Italy’s most famous entrepreneurs and construction magnates. In 2002 Manfredi refurbished the palazzo into a five-star luxury hotel that extends his family’s tradition of warm hospitality to every guest who crosses the threshold of its front door. Some of the most notable names in contemporary design—including Igno Maurer, Van Egmond, Giorgia Dennerlein,
Martin Margiela, and Philippe Starck—were brought in to customize the hotel’s fourteen rooms and suites.
Rich colors, exquisite textures, and the finest materials all impart an air of elegance and luxury. Few places in the city feature such intimate views of the Colosseum and the magnificent Oppian Hill gardens. Fewer still offer such exclusive amenities as those found in the hotel’s most posh suite, whose luxurious bathroom is outfitted with a shower, steam room, chromotherapy sauna, whirlpool bath, and mini-gym. The hotel’s restaurant, Aroma, is equally indulgent. Of course, its views of the Colosseum are unmatched—from sunup with morning coffee to sundown with an evening aperitif, they never fail to thrill—but you don’t earn a 5 Star Diamond and Michelin star without also having demonstrated some serious culinary chops. This is the kind of restaurant where people fall in love, get engaged, celebrate major life events, and enjoy some of the most exquisite cuisine currently being served in the city.