RO­MAN HOL­I­DAY

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET ROME - CE­LESTE MITCHELL

While hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions wax and wane in pop­u­lar­ity, all roads, it seems, still lead to Rome. Book­ing.com spokesman Luke Wil­son be­lieves the Ital­ian cap­i­tal – once the ca­put mundi (cap­i­tal of the world) – will al­ways be a clas­sic Euro­pean choice.

“It’s the city that com­bines the past and present with its rich ta­pes­try of his­tor­i­cal build­ings and for­ward-think­ing mind­set,” he says. When it comes to book­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, any­where near a Metro sta­tion is great but with some ex­pert in­tel, you can hone in on a par­tic­u­lar neigh­bour­hood to nar­row your search. “Prati is great for shop­ping ad­dicts and food­ies,” Luke says. “The Cen­tro Storico is great for its prox­im­ity to his­tor­i­cal must-see des­ti­na­tions such as Pi­azza Navona, the iconic Pan­theon and Tri­dente.”

First or­der of busi­ness once you ar­rive? “Get lost in the old cob­bled streets, grab­bing an Aperol spritz in one of the fa­mous squares,” Luke says. “Fresh Ro­man ar­ti­choke and car­bonara is a must!”

*RATES QUOTED ARE FOR JUNE 20, 2018, AS AT MAY 3, 2018, AND SUB­JECT TO CHANGE

AF­FORD­ABLE HO­TEL MONTECARLO OVERNIGHT RATE $188 (SU­PE­RIOR DOU­BLE ROOM)

Base your­self in the heart of the city – this 46-room bolt­hole de­liv­ers cosy com­fort for an af­ford­able price. Start your day with a cap­puc­cino and com­pli­men­tary con­ti­nen­tal buf­fet break­fast on the rooftop (weather de­pen­dent) and tap into the free Wi-Fi to plot your itin­er­ary. With Ter­mini sta­tion a five-minute walk away, you can eas­ily reach all of the city’s heavy hit­ters. The Span­ish Steps and Trevi Foun­tain are within a 25-minute walk and you’re 400m from Cas­tro Pre­to­rio Metro Stop, with a di­rect line to the Colos­seum. You’ll find the rooms to clas­sic tastes, keep­ing to a tex­tu­ral colour theme – ruby, sap­phire or gold – with bro­cade cur­tains and pat­terned wall­pa­per. Tap into the friendly staff at re­cep­tion, manned 24 hours a day, for help­ful sug­ges­tions. BOOK­ING.COM

MID-RANGE TWENTY ONE HO­TEL OVERNIGHT RATE $353 (DELUXE DOU­BLE ROOM)

Guard your wal­let; check­ing in to Twenty One Ho­tel on Via Cola di Rienzo could lead to a shop­ping spree on Rome’s most fa­mous re­tail strip. Mod­ern min­i­mal­ism is the ethos here, with dark walls, sparse stor­age and pops of colour from the art­works above large dou­ble beds. Book a deluxe dou­ble room and play I-spy with the city’s fa­mous mon­u­ments from your pri­vate ter­race on the fifth floor. Lo­cated be­tween the his­toric cen­tre and Vat­i­can City, you can reach St Peter’s Basil­ica within a 20-minute walk or cross the Tiber River and be at the foot of the Span­ish Steps in around the same time. Once you’ve pounded the cob­ble­stones and ogled the ru­ins, set­tle into la dolce vita with a ne­groni and salami dur­ing happy hour at Bistro 21. Break­fast is included in the rate. BOOK­ING.COM

TOP END LIFE­STYLE SUITES ROME OVERNIGHT RATE $818 (JU­NIOR SUITE WITH BAL­CONY)

Dat­ing back to 1440, this noble palace-turned de­sign ho­tel is an as­sault to the senses, matched only by the vi­brancy of life out­side this un­beat­able lo­ca­tion. Each suite is in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed – from the frothy cap­puc­cino to the cerulean pomp of Oggetti. Throw open your cur­tains and see the splen­dour of Pi­azza Navona. From a daybed on the sunny rooftop, soak in views of the Eter­nal City with the Basil­ica of Sant’Ag­nese in Agone and the Four Rivers’ Foun­tain in the fore­ground. Then, af­ter walk­ing un­til your feet won’t carry you fur­ther, set the light­ing, tem­per­a­ture, mu­sic and mood in your room with the au­to­ma­tion sys­tem and treat your­self to an “emo­tional shower” with colour ther­apy, rain­fall and wa­ter­fall set­tings, and mist. En­joy com­pli­men­tary break­fast with fresh-baked pas­tries. BOOK­ING.COM

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