The mightiest trend in Rome? Tiny hotels with 15 rooms or less.
Dozens of micro hotels have sprouted up in Rome in recent years, giving guests an intimate experience that’s more like staying in a private apartment but with all the modern conveniences of a luxury urban hotel.
In the Via Condotti, the Ferragamo family built its Portrait Suites (rates from $514; Via Bocca di Leone 23, 800.337.4685) atop their flagship men’s store. To enter the 14-room townhouse, just ring the doorbell on a stoop between Ferragamo and Versace, and a butler traipses down the stairs to let you in. Guests help themselves to top-shelf liquors and wines at the rooftop honor bar overlooking the city. Pour yourself a drink, write down what you had (or as much as you remember) and sign your room number. Accommodations are small but posh, with an oversized photograph of a Ferragamo shoe hanging above the bed.