Hotel Lord Byron Rome, Italy
In Rome’s exclusive Parioli quarter and just steps away from the prestigious Villa Borghese lies one of the most impressive members of the elite “Small Hotels of the World,” Hotel Lord Byron. Once a patrician villa, Hotel Lord Byron sits atop a small hill in a charming, peaceful neighborhood where embassies and modern manors overlook the Eternal City.
As we ascended the steps to enter this elegant, five-story White House, replete with spectacular terraces and rooms that open to awning-covered balconies, we sensed that we were about to experience old-world hospitality in a delightfully placid atmosphere. After receiving a pleasant welcome and hotel introduction from the friendly staff, we noticed the comfortable book-lined waiting area behind the counter where stunning portrait paintings decorated the walls.
Once in the room, however, we were treated to a Thirties-style art-deco design that featured portraits of famous actresses adorning our walls. The dark wood furnishings here are highly lacquered, gleaming with round or rounded surfaces, round knobs, and thin cylindrical legs. Glossy, one-foot-high dark-wood base-moulding surrounded our room met by a magenta carpet that gave the room a regal feeling. These rich colors were tastefully complimented by an upholstered magenta headboard where the stylized HLB monogram appeared above our pillows. The walls were covered with cushiony fabric, matched by floor-to-ceiling drapes of the same material, and accented by magenta drapery. An off-white coffered ceiling, with indirect lighting provided a comfortable, soothing radiance from above. Our room offered a walk-in closet with a sensor-activated ceiling light. This area also featured a hotel safe for our use. Behind a gleaming, lacquered pocket door, our bathroom offered a spacious yet convenient arrangement of all the essentials, including an extra-large square-shaped shower head over the bath tub.
Here we lounged in a truly elegant place, unwinding from a busy day in a beautiful setting. Throughout the hotel we found numerous instances of attention to detail, ranging from crisp linens and luxurious towels throughout our suite, to a tasty tray of assorted candies in our room upon our welcome, to the elegant flower arrangements throughout the hotel and dining areas. Our room came equipped with a large-screen wall-mounted satellite television, writing desk with wi-fi capability and electric-powered window blinds. Our suite opened onto two balconies, affording us a magnificent view of cypress and orange trees nearby along with views of some of the villas in the surrounding neighborhood.
After a very peaceful evening of rest in our super comfortable king-size bed, we awoke to a sumptuous buffet breakfast served in the incomparable Sapori del Lord Byron Florence