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“Great little oasis for exploring Rome”
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Portrait Roma
Ranked #2 of 1,271 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 25, 2014

I'm a year late in writing this review, but the hotel deserves a good review. We chose the hotel based on TA reviews and availability, and we weren't disappointed. While many of the finer details are now lost in memory, the experience was very memorable. The staff were very helpful, the location was prefect for (re)-exploring Rome on foot. The hotel is located at the epicenter of high-end shopping in Rome which was nice too. But best of all the room was incredibly comfortable. We weren't able to get one of the rooms with a view of the Spanish Steps (and I don't think its probably worth vying for those rooms as the roof deck gives a better view), but we did have a very nice room on the 3rd floor (I think) that looked out over the V.Condotti and V.Bocca di Leone. Noise was never a problem and the room was very inviting and comfortable and extremely well appointed. We had a separate living area that was larger than the bedroom; the bathroom was slightly small but fine (and certainly large by European standards). If I recall it was a little pricey, but worth it. The rooftop deck and honor system bar is very relaxing and inviting. Service was excellent.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

This hotel is perfect in every way. From the moment of arriving where you are greeted on the first floor "living room" (more personalised service rather than just a normal reception check in area) by both Roberto and Thomas with a glass of sparkling champagne, to the entrance to a beautifully designed room, as the name of the Hotel suggests, filled with stunning portraits and an amazing marble bathroom.

The service is exceptional!! After getting settled in our room, Thomas took us to the private roof terrace where you overlook the Spanish Steps, Vatican City, Italian Parliament House, shopping district etc - whilst Roberto downstairs was arranging a beautiful local restaurant within 15 minute walk. They were only too happy to assist with any of our requests and has certainly made our stay in Rome memorable and one not to forget.

Absolutely 10/10 and the only place to stay on your next visit to Rome.

Trent

Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
3  Thank Trent N
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

We recently stayed at the Portrait Roma for three days.

All the staff was very helpful and I found everyone I met or talked to extremely friendly and professional, when we needed directions or restaurant suggestions we felt very cared for the whole time.

It was simply amazing to relax sipping a drink on the roof garden on the top floor after a long day spent walking and shopping. Breakfast was included in our rate and was served on the same roof garden every morning.

The room was big and extremely comfortable and the bathroom was huge and very luxurious. In our room we found a mini ipad prepared by the staff with all apps and other useful data where you can get get additional info on the restaurants and all the services that the concierge can arrange for you. But what really surprised us was that the mini ipad had a cellular connection and you could bring it with you while you visit the city. The device had the Skype app configured to call the concierge (in case you need or don't want to use your own phone) and personalized Maps app, where the staff added all the restaurants, boutiques, museums and monuments, and you're just one tap away from getting walking directions (in English) to any place in the city. Spectacular!

The hotel is extremely well located and it's just 5 minutes away from the Spanish Steps.

Fabulous!

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank David C
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GianlucaVallerotonda, Direttore at Portrait Roma, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2014

Dear Guest,

thank you for your review, we really appreciate each of your worlds.
Let me take this opportunity to describe shortly our new item we provide in two of our Master Suites.
This device with 3G connection is complimentary and completely at our guests disposal. Has been organized by the Portrait Roma Lifestyle Team with all the itineraries, restaurants and monuments suggested by them.
A privileged shopping experience map will help to find and enjoy each luxury boutique in the area and the section bookmark will easily guide them through the most important sightseeing spots of Rome.
A Skype connection allow our guests to keep in contact 24 hours with a Lifestyle or Assistant to have always a private and exclusive assistance in our amazing city.
Street Food, Restaurant, and the best Gelato in town won't be anymore a secret for any of our guests.
The Purpose of all this is to involve each of our guests in the local culture, to create a memorable experience and unforgettable memories.

Thank you again, and please do not forget to contact me in the future to became our repeater guest.


Best Regards,
Gianluca Vallerotonda
Hotel Manager
g.vallerotonda@lungarnocollection.com

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Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Portrait Roma exceeded expectations. The deluxe suite was huge for inner-city Europe with a nice separate sitting room and large comfy bed. The service was outstanding. The rooftop deck has glorious views and is a great respite from the crowds.

Room Tip: Room 215 has a balcony on Via dei Condotti with a view of the Spanish Steps.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

To begin with, the location is unbeatable. Centrally located in a beautiful part of Rome, there isn't any area that would be better. The rooms are huge by european standards and beautifully appointed. Although the hotel doesn't have a restaurant (although you can get breakfast), the rooftop terrance, which is only for hotel guests, is perfect for enjoying a negroni in the late afternoon. But all that aside, the service, the service, the service. I cannot say enough about the service. They will bend over backwards with a smile to fulfill your requests. In fact, my wife and I were so impressed with the Portrait Roma that we changed our hotel reservations in Florence to the Portrait hotel there.

Room Tip: A/C is great. Ask for Room 324 or equivalent.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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GianlucaVallerotonda, Direttore at Portrait Roma, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2014

Dear Jared L,

your words are very important for all of us. We wish you had a memorable stay with us. The Portrait Team will be very pleased to receive your feedback, they make the difference every single day doing their best to change a "standard "stay in a memorable experience.

Thank you very much, we really appreciate the time you have dedicated to us to post this review.

Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future for any assistance you may need.

Your Portrait Profile is now in our database togheter with with all your preferences. We are waitng for your future stay to personalize again your visit in Rome.

Sincerely,
Gianluca Vallerotonda
Hotel Manager
g.vallerotonda@lungarnocollection.com

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Reviewed June 8, 2014

After staying at chain hotels in other cities during our vacation, the Portrait Roma was completely different - very boutique, small, and intimate. We rarely saw another guest the whole time we were there. Streets are a little tight in this area, so our cab from the airport dropped us off a couple of blocks away and told us how to walk there. It's so discreet that we almost walked right by it!

The "front desk" is really just a room that's been converted to an office. Since the hotel is in the fashion district, it's right in the middle of Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Armani, etc. Not my thing, but other people at the hotel seemed excited! The staff offered drinks and snacks as we were checking in and provided us with an iPad pre-loaded with suggested restaurants and other attractions. They were also incredibly helpful during our stay securing tickets to The Vatican museum and the Coliseum/Forum (with no wait either place because we had "reserved" tickets). However, they could not exchange money, which put a little cramp in our plans.

The room itself was spacious with two closets, a seating area, desk, and separate bedroom with TV/DVD player. For the light packers, the bathroom also came with all toiletries (Ferragamo to keep with the fashion theme), cotton pads/Q-tips, hair dryer, and flat iron. They also provided fruit each night and bottled water sporadically.

Perhaps the best part is the rooftop terrace where breakfast is served, along with a bar and snacks in the evenings. We thought the bar was free, but we found out we were wrong when we checked out - oops. The terrace has a view of all of Rome, including the Spanish Steps (which are only a couple of blocks away) and the entrance to the Forum. We had breakfast there each morning, which included pastries, fruit, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, etc. and the staff would make any sort of coffee you wanted.

The location is great and within easy walking distance to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Pantheon and only a mile or so walk to The Forum and Coliseum, which seemed easy walking straight down the Via del Corso. There are also tons of restaurants, gelato places, etc. all around the hotel. It's obviously not anywhere close to the airport, but we were able to arrange that online when we booked, and our driver meant business! We got there in about 35-40 minutes.

Room Tip: Our mattress was pretty hard, but the room itself was quiet... I don't think you can go wrong wh...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

Thank you Portrait Roma for making our family’s first trip to Rome a memorable one. During our 9-day stay you delivered outstanding personalized services- from always greeting us by name to superb dinner recommendations and reservations (including gelato and macaron shops), always seemingly securing the best table in the establishment. Your rooms are amazingly sophisticated but comfortable with many of the items from the Farragamo/Lungarno line and daily fresh fruit treats left in the room. However, what truly makes Portrait Roma so special is the staff, who treated us like we were the only guests at your fabulous establishment. You also made our 25th Wedding Anniversary a special one with champagne and white chocolate covered strawberries (our daughter’s favorite). We will definitely be returning and recommending to all of our friends. When in Rome, this is the place to stay!

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Address: Via Bocca di Leone, 23, 00187 Rome, Italy (Formerly Portrait Suites)
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Campo Marzio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#2 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#2 Family Hotel in Rome
#9 Business Hotel in Rome
Price Range: $526 - $968 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Portrait Roma 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hospitality is an art and Portrait Roma has made it a masterpiece. In a new concept of bespoke tourism, we have transformed uniform luxury into spontaneous personalisation. Live a private mansion with the services of a 5 star hotel built around a city, a suite tailored to you and experiences crafted to your lifestyle. Let us make your stay in Rome a portrait of you. And let us make it better than perfect. ... more   less 
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