Rome is full of vacation rentals and luxury hotels. But it’s not always easy to find a dependable, mid-tier hotel in the heart of the city. DoubleTree is helping to change that equation with its newest hotel in the cool Monti neighborhood.
DoubleTree by Hilton Rome Monti, a 133-room hotel that opened in April, is the first DoubleTree property in Rome. It is much chicer than most of the brand’s other hotels, thanks to delightful attention to design and, well, the location.
Monti is a vibrant residential district on the Esquiline Hill, known for its hip boutiques, restaurants, and bars. It is within easy walking distance to both Termini train station and the Colosseum. The Doubletree is discreetly wedged into the northeast edge of the neighborhood, just behind Santa Maria Maggiore. The terrace of its rooftop bar Mùn has views of the basilica and over the neighborhood.
Given the great real estate, DoubleTree could have just phoned in the decor. Instead, they hired award-winning London firm THDP, whose designers found inspiration in Rome’s colors and ancient mosaics and Monti’s bohemian sensibilities.
The light-filled atrium lobby, arrayed with tall plants, rattan chairs, and velvet couches, evokes a luxe Roman courtyard. Meanwhile, the minimalist rooms and suites are decorated with herringbone wood floors, eclectic mirrors, and industrial accents—a nod to the neighborhood’s alternative, urban vibe. I’m especially keen on the specially designed, mosaic-style rugs and tile insets that tie the whole aesthetic together in a soothing palette of deep green, taupe, terracotta, and grey.
The Monti hotel will fly the DoubleTree banner but it will be managed by HNH Hospitality Group, one of Italy’s leading hotel operators. The Venice-based HNH also operates DoubleTree by Hilton Trieste and several other 4- and 5-star hotels in Italy.