Americans drive SUVs and motorcycles. Romans get around in Smart Cars and Vespas. Americans eat spaghetti. Romans dine on pasta. Americans like staying at huge US chain hotels like Marriott, Hilton and Westin when traveling in Rome. But my family prefers a charming 23-room boutique called Hotel Modigliani.
Owners Marco and Giulia and their friendly, cheerful staff offered us:
• A comfortable triple room with adequate closet space, heating, A/C, and a TV with Italian and English channels.
• A roomy bathroom with a steam-heated towel warmer!
• A host of knowledgeable concierges who recommended local restaurants within easy walking distance, information about tours, and directions to get there via taxis or the Metro.
• A wonderfully central location near the Spanish Steps that was easy walking distance to nearby popular sites, including the Via Veneto, the Borghese Gallery, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Colosseo, the Forum, and more.
• And a complimentary daily breakfast with everything from croissants, muffins, toast, brioches, cereal, yogurt, juice, coffee, capuccino, latte, tea and hot chocolate.
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced boutique hotel with great service, a free breakfast, and clean rooms, say “Buon Giorno” to Hotel Modigliani.
A: 42 via della Purificazione (off Via Veneto)
And check their site’s Offers page for special Last Minute special rates, discounted by the season.