Your luxury retreat in the heart of Rome
Something that can really add value to your trip is picking the perfect option among the best hotels in Rome. We have spent a fantastic evening and night stay at the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, an elegant 5-star boutique hotel in central Rome and we decided to write a full review to help future Rome travelers make the right choice.
Because this property falls under the Sofitel brand, part of the Accor umbrella of hospitality structures, you will always feel a French touch. With a classic yet modern design, a chic lounge restaurant, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and breathtaking views of the city, at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese the French flair gracefully meets the Italian style.
Our hotel review will provide you also with practical info on how to reach the hotel, how to book your room, what are the facilities as well as our personal experience.
Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese Luxury Boutique Hotel – Review + Our Experience
Location + How To Reach
The hotel’s location in Via Lombardia, a quiet street some 5 minutes walk from Via Veneto, is hard to beat. Even though one of the top hotels in Rome city center, the area is pretty quiet and the immediate proximity of Villa Borghese park makes the surroundings relaxing and green. If your room is on the top floor, you will know what I mean. If not, just climb to the in-house Settimo Restaurant on the 7th floor to enjoy the greenery of Villa Borghese park and a spectacular view of the city.
Whether you are traveling for work, sightseeing, nightlife, or eating, this is one of the best places to stay in Rome. Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, in fact, is within an easy walking reach from important landmarks such as the Trevi Fountain (10 to 12 minutes), the Spanish Steps (10 minutes), Via del Corso (12 minutes), Villa Borghese (5 minutes), Termini Station (30 minutes).
Address: Via Lombardia 47.
How to reach: Metro A (Barberini station) and some 10-15 minutes’ walk through Via Emilia (with the stairs) or Via Leonida Bissolati. Bus: 53, 61, 160, 590 (Veneto/Sardegna stop).
Design and Style
Sofitel Villa Borghese hotel is set in a former 19th-century palace and has been fully redesigned by French architect and interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel in July 2019. The interior is in classic Italian style with a nod to the French art of living.
When you step through the large glass sliding door, you are greeted in the elegant lobby spruced up with checkered and colorful mosaics floors. A scenic black-and-white staircase connects the seven floors of the Sofitel Villa Borghese hotel. If you don’t feel like taking the stairs, a garden-themed elevator will take you to your accommodation.
One of the best 5-star hotels in Rome, the rooms are decorated in a classic style with wooden floors and white and pastel hues. The images and prints hanging on the walls give the rooms an artsy look, while the paintings on the ceiling show their Baroque side. Blending Italian and French styles, the hotel gives a homey feel in all its areas, including the common meeting hall, the fitness center equipped with Technogym machines, as well as the rooms.
Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese features 78 rooms of three types, Classic, Deluxe, and Suite. We stayed in a Deluxe and it was an extremely cozy and comfortable haven, perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing.
Our room featured a comfy double bed with four large pillows and soft linens, a well-equipped bathroom with a wide shower, and Hermès toiletries. We watched some CNN world news on the flat-screen TV while sipping on a delicious cup of tea from the large selection of the minibar. This includes also coffee options and sweeteners such as white and brown sugar as well fructose. We also had a kettle and a coffee espresso machine. For some munching and before-dinner private aperitif, there were savory and sweet snacks as well as soft drinks and mineral water.
We absolutely loved the lights of the room as we could adjust as high or low as we wanted. The bed lights on each side were small and easy to move so that I could read while my husband was already sleeping.
Speaking of total adjustment, the TV had speakers in both the room AND the toilet, also adjustable with a separate button! The TV had a large selection of international and Italian channels. If you don’t feel like watching TV? You can definitely enjoy your tea or coffee staring at the beautiful view of the city.
Other room facilities include a laptop-size safe, a closet with hangers and drawers, a hairdryer, shoe bags and laundry service. If you wish to have breakfast or dinner in, the hotel provides room service. You will find the menu close to the bed.
This time, our baby was with his grandpas so we just had a double room. But the hotel is family-friendly as they have interconnecting rooms and provide cribs or cots for free and extra beds also free for children up to 12 years old.
Food, Restaurant And Our Dinner
One of the hotel’s reasons for pride is the Settimo rooftop lounge restaurant on the top floor. Its garden-themed decoration recalls the nearby Villa Borghese park and its settings offer some of the best views of the city with a skyline that includes St. Peter’s dome and the monuments of the historic center.
Here, we had dinner and breakfast, both of them on the outdoor terrace as the weather still allowed. Serving the traditional Roman dishes with a contemporary personal twist using high-quality locally-sourced ingredients is the signature of executive chef Giuseppe D’Alessio.
Our dinner began in style with a dainty amuse-bouche of porcini mushroom mousse served with a crust of Italian Parmigiano cheese. The starters of Roman supplì made with rice and the three types of meat (beef, pork and chicken) topped with a Pecorino cheese cream and carpaccio of salted cod with citrus fruits and sour cherries vinegar followed introducing us to the meal.
Our two first courses were stuffed tortelli pasta in a cacio e pepe style on a pumpkin cream and risotto on a sauce of porcini mushrooms and almonds. The main dishes comprised of veal medallion served as saltimbocca alla romana and sauteed squids with courgettes accompanied by stuffed zucchini flowers.
The whole meal was paired with Primitivo red wine, possibly my favorite red wine, and ended with a sour cherries tart, also a favorite of the Roman cuisine. In the end, we were also offered a selection of coffee and herbal teas, but we had really eaten so much that we just needed chamomile in the coziness of our room.
The day after we showed up for breakfast around 8 am and the choice on the menu included savory options such as eggs, grilled veggies, bread, cheese, salmon and cold cuts, as well as sweet foods such as pancakes, jams, croissants, cakes, yogurt, fresh fruits and more. All of this paired with a drink of your choice from coffee, cappuccino, fresh juices, and all you can think of. The restaurant is open for breakfast every day from 7 to 11 am and on the warm season, you can enjoy the first meal of the day on the panoramic terrace as we did.
After remaining closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, Settimo restaurant is set to reopen on October 1st every day also in the evening from 5 pm to serve aperitif, lounge bar, and dinner.
Facilities and Services
These are the facilities you will find at the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese. For a more complete hotel review, we are also mentioning the few that are missing.