The mile-long Via del Corso was, and remains, among Rome’s most prestigious addresses. The modern street follows an ancient triumphal route and is trimmed by palaces built by popes and noble families. The San Carlo Suite, named for a nearby church, consists exclusively of suites, most set on the third floor of one such palace.
The suites and common areas are meant to feel intimate and homey, although the rooms that feature a tub beside the bed may be taking it a step too far—or not far enough, depending on your preferences. Rooms are decorated in earth tones with splashes of color, and the furnishings embrace clean lines and minimalist design.
Although the San Carlo Suite has on-site staff, the reception and concierge areas are in a sister property, Giglio d’Oro Suite, near Piazza Navona. Guests at the San Carlo Suite can contact a virtual concierge via Skype.
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The San Carlo Suite sits on the busy Via del Corso near the intersection with Via dei Condotti, Rome’s busiest shopping thoroughfare. It’s a short walk to Rome’s highest concentration of high-end shopping, designer boutiques, and tony cafés. Nearby, Piazza del Popolo is a large public square home to the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo and artwork by Caravaggio and Bernini. The adjacent park, the Villa Borghese, is among the largest parks in town. It is a popular destination for joggers, and it’s home to the Galleria Borghese and Villa Giulia Etruscan Museum, two world-class collections. Due west of the hotel, Richard Meier’s glass and limestone museum contains the 1st-century BC Augustan Altar of Peace (Ara Pacis), while the Spanish Steps are a few blocks east.
Need to Know
Rooms: 8 rooms. From $144. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: There is no on-site restaurant, but breakfast is served in the lounge, and there is a bar with self-service drinks and snacks open until 8 p.m. and free for guests. Spa and gym details: The suites offer neither spa nor gym.
Who’s it for: Families, luxury travelers, shoppers. Our favorite rooms: The Exclusive Suite, with its square Jacuzzi, is ideal for romantic getaways. Good to know: The San Carlo Executive Suite is located in a nearby building (Via del Corso 92) and has a full-service kitchen; it’s more like an apartment than a suite and can be booked by the month.