The Travel Cocktail

Rooms with Views: Hotel Vilon

A chic boutique hotel in the heart of Rome’s most fashionable neighbourhood…

Not far from Rome’s premier fashion house Fendi and down a very small residential street you will find Hotel Vilon. A recent addition to the Rome hotel scene this small stylish establishment has quickly gained a loyal following. A formal residence, the entrance is a discreet door leading into a polished corridor befitting of a grand Roman home where you are immediately welcomed by friendly beautiful people.

The decor of the Vilon is very editorial chic, you can imagine it used for Vogue Italia photo shoots and trending on influencers’ feeds, yet while glamorous people of the design world stay here it is not off putting to those who want to just enjoy the place.

Indeed it is a residential oasis to relax in. The public areas while small do a lot with the space they have and give off an almost regal experience with warm coloured chairs and geometric accents. The chic bar serves up innovative cocktails and the mixology talent behind the bar is open to creating something bespoke for you to drink. Just ask them they are happy to do it. The restaurant Adelaide while small is like jewel box of culinary delights serving local cuisine in a very upmarket way along with the chef’s own creative dishes. The Roman pasta menu is not to be missed. Definitely one of the better restaurants I have had the pleasure of eating at in Rome. In warmer months they have candlelit tables in a small garden courtyard which is a perfect place to linger over glasses of wine.

The custom rooms have contemporary design, handsome and on trend. Many rooms look out over private Borghese gardens, and the suites have sizable terraces overlooking the gardens which really make it worth the splurge. I stayed in one of the suites and I must say I adored sitting on the floral vine terrace sipping a cool beverage so much it was often hard for me to motivate. And of course breakfast in the Roman morning sunshine was the perfect way to leisurely start my day. My bathroom was huge and I always love when there is a water closet type private space for the toilet. Unfortunately there was no bathtub which seems to be the way for new hotels these days but the marble shower was large, not one of those tiny spaces you squeeze into, and had a soothing rain shower. The suite included a small separate seating area with TV and a walk in wardrobe and the bed was extremely comfortable.

Right in the middle of Rome this sophisticated boutique hotel is a delight. The difficult part is leaving to go out into the hot sun when it is so easy to lounge at the hotel and still capture the feel of Rome. The service is warm and charming as you would expect while always effortlessly going that extra mile. You are always made to feel at home. When you do step outside, Rome is at your feet! From the shopping of Via del Condotti and the Spanish Steps, to the quieter banks of the river a short walk away. The Vilon is a chic Roman home away from home to indulge in the Dolce Far Niente…

Please note I paid for my own stay, and this review is based on my own personal experience staying at the hotel.

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