Radisson Blu es. Hotel Rome, Rome
Tel: 39 06 444 841
Tel: 800 333 3333 (toll-free)
Concierge.com's insider take:
When it opened in 2003, this 273-room glass tower was the city's most radical hotel design statement. After becoming part of the Radisson group, room rates dropped and reviews remained mainly positive, even though the relentless design approach is beginning to show its age. Reception and concierge desks are housed in cool white pods, most standard rooms have the bed and shower on the same wooden platform, and much of the furniture is custom-made by Cappellini. Fashionistas still love it, and the hotel's Zest Bar attracts plenty of hip Romans. The large rooftop pool (open June–September) and little touches like free Wi-Fi access give the Radisson a decided edge. However, its location—handy for Rome's main Termini train station but in the rather sleazy Esquilino neighborhood—won't please everyone. Grand Tour types should steer clear, but for those who want a taste of la città moderna, complete with a ringside view of the tracks, the Radisson is still a hot ticket.