If you’re the type of traveler who goes to Rome and can’t get enough of the beautiful and historic sights, such as the Borghese Villa and Gardens, the Fountain of Trevi, the Spanish Steps, the great museums like the Museo Nationale, then Hotel Barocco could be for you. If you love the high-end fashion shopping or going to see a performance at Teatro dell’Opera, then Hotel Barocco could be for you. Whether you like to walk as much as possible or ride the great Metro to get around in a flash, or sightsee while bussing it between places, or even enjoy the luxury of quick cab service, then again, Hotel Barocco could be for you.
Hotel Barocco is located at Piazza Barberini, which is so very centrally located. Although I had been to Rome before many times, I never fully realized what an incredible location is Piazza Barberini. When we stayed there recently at the charming and elegant Hotel Barocco, we visited all the above-mentioned sights and more on foot. And yet there is also a Metro stop, a bus stop, and a taxi stand right in the piazza. You couldn’t get more centrally located!
Piazza Barberini is a busy, noisy and bustling place, and there are many hotels that flank it. Why Hotel Barocco you might ask? Whereas some of the many hotels are old, austere types with big chandeliered lobbies, and some are small pensiones, Hotel Barocco is a boutique 4-star hotel that prides itself on its cleanliness and extra-special services. There are 25 people serving 41 rooms! At the front desk there were always two or three friendly and helpful agents greeting you or helping you along your way.
Even though you are at one of the busiest places in Rome, inside all is comfy, still and serene, and you can’t hear a peep from the outdoors. Every corner of the hotel is pristine and artistic as well. On the first day you are treated to flowers and a large basket of fruit in the room. No two rooms are alike, and all are decorated with only the finest linens, drapes and luxury furnishings. The attention to detail makes a big difference.
Another point of pride for Hotel Barocco is the food. A full and glorious brunch is served daily until 10:30 AM as part of your stay. Besides eggs and meats, there is an abundance of fresh fruits and juices, homemade Italian pastries, great Roman bread, olives and marinated vegetables. We love olive oil and only buy the top brands. And the olive oil at Hotel Barocco is some of the very best we ever had! Massimo Argenziano, Resident Manager, personally travels to the farms in the Sabina area, the award-winning region famous for olive oil, often winning first place in the national competition. It is over 50 miles from Rome, and he enjoys going and picking out the best batch.
The breakfast rooms are small and personal, with white tablecloths and formal servers. What a great way to start your day—and keep you going until dinner! If you let them know in advance, they will make all the items gluten-free. And vegetarians—prepare to be delighted. Every day I was treated to the most delicious soy cappuccinos!
The building itself has gone through many restorations and renovations and is constantly being updated. It goes back to the 1600s when it was owned by one of the Barberinis or other of the few dominant rich families in Rome. Today Hotel Barocco is also expanding into the neighboring buildings as well. A few of the suites have terraces and there is a pool.
Another service Hotel Barocco prides itself on is the quick booking and no checkout lines as may be found in some of the bigger hotels. In the economic downturn of 2008-09, many of the competing hotels downsized their staffs. Meanwhile - Hotel Barocco kept improving and adding staff. (Some of them have worked there for decades.)
Double rooms range from $200 to $350 and $300-$500 for suites depending on the season. Peak season is spring and fall. Summer is a higher season. We traveled in December and found it to be a wonderful time of year. Off-season you feel more like a native and don’t have to rub elbows or compete with other tourists.
Some families have been returning since 1991, explained Signor Argenziano, “because Hotel Barocco is not just a stay, but an experience where they get special treatment.” He loves to surprise returning guests with gifts in their rooms. It is also attracts the business traveler, he said, “the high-end businessman, like a CEO.” Soon the owners of Hotel Barocco will be opening a grand resort on the beach on the Island of Sardinia.
The best thing about Hotel Barocco is that it is small and classy and inside you are treated like a royal family of Rome!
Georja Umano is an actress and animal advocate.
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