From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:This restored seventeenth-century convent in Trastevere was designed by one of the great Baroque architects, Francesco Borromini, and has all the play of convex and concave shapes for which the architect is celebrated: soaring archways decorated in bas-relief in the bar area and a refectory complete with a lofty coffered ceiling, dark boiserie, and a pulpit where matins were read. The 78 rooms are soberly done (although the beds are sumptuous), with many of the convent's antiques and Baroque architectural flourishes. The garden cloister, with its magnolia tree, camellias, jasmine, rooftop terrace, and smaller Cloister of the Angel, provides outdoor space where guests can enjoy the monastic tranquillity. What saves the property from too much gravitas is the hospitality of the exceptional staff.2009 Hot List
When to go: Anytime but mid-August, when locals traditionally vacation and many shops and restaurants close.
Which room to book: Room 202 has a balcony with a view, and the Imperial Suite has a huge terrace and a rose window in the bathroom.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›