The doorway of the Portrait Roma is one of a growing number of blink-and-you-miss-it boutique hotel entrances behind which contemporary luxuries await. Tucked behind an unassuming facade on a side street off the busy rome?context=keyword&keyword_text=condotti&location_text=rome">Via dei Condotti, the Portrait Roma is part of the Lungarno Collection, a small group of boutique hotels owned by the Ferragamo fashion house. Opened in 2006, the property prides itself on customized service, and each of the rooms comes with a Lifestyle Manager, or 24-hour concierge, who provides personalized holiday management throughout the stay based partly on the guest questionnaire completed before arrival.
All 14 rooms are suites, and each is classically decorated and designed to mirror the prestige of the Ferragamo brand. Rooms are accented with linen, leather, and cashmere, as well as artwork that evokes the beauty and spirit of Ferragamo. Weather permitting, the rooftop terrace hosts food and drink service and offers views of the historic center.
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Located just off the Via dei Condotti, the central artery of Rome’s most prestigious shopping district, the area is known for its high-end designer boutiques, posh cafés, and luxury hotels. The hotel sits midway between Piazza del Popolo and the Trevi Fountain and just a few blocks from the Spanish Steps. Due west, the Augustan Altar of Peace (also called the Ara Pacis) is a splendid example of ancient art and is housed in a striking travertine limestone and glass building designed by American architect Richard Meier.
Owing to the density of clothing shops and the popularity of the Spanish Steps, the area can be overwhelmingly crowded during high season. For some respite, retreat to the leafy Villa Borghese park, a popular destination for joggers and home to the Galleria Borghese and Villa Giulia Etruscan Museum, two world-class collections.
Need to Know
Rooms: 14 suites. From $455. Check-in: flexible; check-out: flexible. Dining options: While there is no full-service restaurant, each room has a kitchenette stocked with snacks and drinks. A continental breakfast is served in the room or in the panoramic rooftop lounge. Spa and gym details: All rooms have mini Technogym equipment, including weights and mats. The Penthouse Trinità dei Monti suite also has a small fitness area, including a stationary bike. Other fitness equipment and personal training is available upon request
Who’s it for: Luxury travelers and avid shoppers who value personalized hands-on hotel stays and demand impeccable design. Our favorite rooms: The 860-square-foot Penthouse Trinità dei Monti suite has spectacular views, as well as an en-suite spa and fitness area. Shopping perk:Guests receive a 10-percent discount at the Ferragamo shop on the ground floor of the building.