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Villa Laetitia 

22/23 Lungoteverde delle Armi
Tel: 39 06 322 6776
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

Anna Fendi (of the Fendi fashion empire) acquired a fabulous Art Nouveau mansion along the Tiber River with a foresteria, or guest villa, behind it, and has transformed the latter into Villa Laetitia, a 15-room hotel. (There are plans to open seven suites in the main mansion.) Set far back from the street in the meandering gardens and eclectically decorated by Anna and two of her daughters, the compact rooms mix modernism with design pieces from the '30s and '40s, ranging from Hoffman-style woodwork to bold black-and-white checkerboard fabrics and antique tiles. Each has a kitchenette, and most have direct access to the garden. Ground-floor public rooms are beautifully restored, with faux marble pillars, ceiling flourishes of stucco angels, and intricate wrought iron balustrades on the grand marble staircase. There are flamboyant chandeliers on every level and glass archways in the Victorian conservatory at the back of the main mansion facing the garden. In keeping with the residential atmosphere, staff are friendly but few. Still, fashion mavens will love the style and the tranquil location, just a 15-minute walk from Piazza del Popolo.

—2008 Hot List

When to go: Rome always has interesting reasons to visit, but July and August are generally too hot for touring.

Which room to book: The spacious Gold Suite has a nineteenth-century bed, vintage leather chairs, a Murano chandelier, and a private garden.

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