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Casa Howard, Rome

Editor's Pick
Ostia, Italy, Europe
18 Via Capo le Case
149 Via Sistina
Tel: 39 06 6992 4555's insider take:

If you don't happen to have stylish Roman friends who can put you up in their apartment, Casa Howard is the next best thing. This tasteful, upmarket B&B has two locations, both near the Spanish Steps, and each room has a theme—everything from Chinese to flowers—with wallpaper and furniture to match. The Via Capo le Case location is more feminine; go for the Pink Room here, for its en suite bathroom and larger size. The more design-y Via Sistina branch (opt for the Zebra suite) was designed by Tommaso Ziffer, the architect behind the far pricier Hotel de Russie. All of Via Sistina's rooms have Wi-Fi and en suite bathrooms. Most rooms are tiny, but we love the breakfasts of fresh cornetti and honey from Tuscany, and the hammam bathrooms (there's one for your steaming pleasure at each property). Book early, though: The secret's out (149 Via Sistina).

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