Glorious in Rome ????
We started a two week trip to Rome in the Raphael. It is a Relais & Châteaux resort so it meets high standards to begin with and it does not disappoint. We arranged a car to pick us up from the airport through the hotel. Without that because of jet lag, the start would not be good.
Our check-in was standard and our room glorious. In particular, our bed was quite comfortable and we enjoyed a great terrace. Even as a non-smoker, we enjoyed the latter, but smokers would also enjoy it.
The hotel is well located near the Place Navona and walking distance to the pantheon, Spanish steps, Trevi fountain and great shopping. It is also surrounded by good restaurants in safe areas but you can quietly retreat to your room for rest.
The rooftop restaurant is Michelin starred, but vegetarian. We tried it the first night and were quite pleased to my surprise. The views are spectacular as well. Breakfast is on the ground floor.
The next two nights we tried other restaurants suggested by the hotel, within walking distance, since they know not everyone eats vegetarian. We were pleased with our choice from many suggestions from the hotel. Since this area is a maze of streets, google map helps.
Be prepared for crowds of tour groups, but this is a great base for exploring Rome. We also had Raphael arrange for Vatican tickets, which made that visit easy.
This is the area to stay, just take a cab to see the coliseum and forum. Enjoy!