Ah bella Roma! It was so hard to leave you !
We added 4 days in Rome after to a trip to see friends further South to kick off our 30th wedding anniversary . Our last trip there was 10 years prior with our then younger sons, and while a wonderful vacation for a family , the thought a more romantic Rome experience ( and accommodation) called to us.
Certain we wanted to stay someplace that the accommodation was well located and well designed was important (my husband is an architect) and scale ( a place that offered a more intimate experience) seemed in order.
After reading posts on various sites, my first choice was Portrait Suites.
The truth is that we were not strangers to the Ferragamo touch as we had visited Il Boro , and sensed that this hotel would likely live up to its high internet marks.
After a few emails back and forth to confirm our accommodations, the information began to flow. I had mentioned wanting a special Valentine's Day dinner and soon received a 14 page list of dining suggestions from one of the staff members.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the warm and welcoming staff. Luggage was whisked away and we were offered a welcome treat and beverage.
Roberto , impeccable and knowledgeable - carefully noted what we hoped to accomplish on this visit. His in-depth knowledge provided us with off beat things to see and do that weren't typical to the guide books.
Example-My desire, as a serious cook, was to eat in restaurants where the food would be amazing. As any foodie knows, that does not always mean the most expensive restaurant or those with with a view - so commonly the destination of tourists on vacation. Our dinners were at the tables of the bright and sparkling new chefs who are invigorating the cuisine of Rome with excitement and innovation.
Roberto chose restaurants that had style, energy and inventive cuisine. He even planned which one would be best for St. Valentines day- aware that the walk back to Portrait would take us through a stunning park with broad views to the old city , and where lovers (young and old) walked or sat holding hands with the lights of Rome before them. Now this is a concierge who knows his city!
The hotel? In a word- impeccable. From entry to interior details, art , finishes and ambiance, its townhouse-like space provides intimacy and charm that larger hotels cannot.
At Portrait it was as if you were coming home to your own in- town flat where your 'staff' warmly greeted you anytime of day or night. From the stunning rooftop terrace with fireplace to sexy suite, no detail has been overlooked. Our gorgeous room was restful and generous. From the sumptuous bed to the many thoughtful touches like a nightly bottle of water at your bedside- along with your slippers , a cozy throw ( that I adored), incredible Ferragamo toiletries, massive dressing mirrors and a tiny (but well outfitted) kitchenette. Clearly not one single detail was overlooked in the design of this hotel.
Would we recommend Portrait Suites ? Si, si, si ! We plan to return to the wonderful place again knowing we have found friends in the warm and polished staff, and paradise in the modern yet inviting interior along with it's spectacular location.
Every morning and evening we enjoyed the roof terrace where the skyline of Roma - her arms wide open to lovers and travelers of all ages for centuries - as our home. This is more than a hotel. It is a place of history, of romance and where dreams do come true.
tThe Portrait suites simply sets a bar that other hotels should learn from and should strive to achieve.
A 10 on on 10 scale.
Grazie mille for providing us with rich memories and an amazing hotel experience in keeping with what was promised.
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- Also Known As:
- Portrait Hotel Rome
- Portrait Suites Rome