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Gladiatori Palazzo Manfredi, Rome

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
125 Via Labicana
Italy 00184
Tel: 39 06 7759 1380's insider take:

This pretty pink palazzo, with its foundations in the Ludus Magnus (ancient Rome's gladiator training school), is about as close as you can sleep to the Colosseum. In fact, deluxe rooms have an unimpeded view of that iconic monument. More prosaically speaking, this 16-room five-star endears itself to travelers who prize a central location and boutique comforts (coffee-makers, a mini gym, in-room massages, and contemporary-classic decor) despite the thundering traffic (even soundproofed windows don't muffle it entirely). Five luxuriously appointed apartments, all with full hotel services but without the Colosseum view, allow groups of up to five travelers to opt for a self-catering stay. A big selling point is the view from the rooftop bar and restaurant, which is, quite simply, stunning.—Lee Marshall

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