The St. George, opened in 2007, was recently purchased and renovated by Indigo, an international luxury hotel chain. The new owners have taken care to preserve the unique elements of the original structure, including an exterior of roughly hewn travertine. These white limestone blocks were laid in the 16th century by Bramante; Pope Julius II commissioned the architect to build the Palace of Justice on his newly laid Via Giulia. Bramante never completed the project, but part of the building has been adapted into the current structure. Inside, the surfaces are smooth-polished limestone punctuated with contemporary art. Throughout, the decor blends modern design with classic details, often in the form of art pieces inspired by the very Renaissance masters who once strolled the cobblestones outside, so many centuries ago.
After a day traversing the city, unwind Roman-style, in the St. George’s subterranean spa. Never mind that they call the spa facilities a Turkish bath; the hot and cold bathing ritual was perfected by the ancient Romans not far from the hotel itself. After indulging in spa treatments, head to the rooftop bar for drinks and views of the river to rome?context=keyword&keyword_text=trastevere&location_text=rome">Trastevere.
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Set on the 16th-century Via Giulia, a pin-straight street laid out by Pope Julius II, the St. George is surrounded by elite palaces, historic churches, art galleries, and artisan studios. The hotel is a short walk across the river to Trastevere, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Castel Sant’Angelo, while Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Navona are a short stroll away. The neighborhood is relatively quiet, thanks to its location within the city center’s limited traffic zone, not to mention that the area is very high-rent, with large apartments and a fairly sparse population.
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Rooms: 64 rooms, including 6 suites. From $243. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Sofa restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while the Wine Bar pours vino, craft beer, and classic cocktails. The Roof Top Bar & Restaurant is open throughout the summer. Spa and gym details: The subterranean St. George Spa offers a sauna, Turkish bath, and fitness center.
Who’s it for: Families and couples who value silence but want to be in the center of things. Our favorite rooms: The three 2-bedroom suites each measure 700 square feet and feature a living room and two bathrooms. Late-evening indulgence: The spa can be booked for private treatments after closing, between 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.