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The Hotel Fontanella Borghese is included in the following prestigious guides: KAREN BROWN,  DOVE, MICHELIN and GAMBERO ROSSO.

Read some reviews about our hotel.



Close to the Spanish Steps in the exact heart of Rome, this hotel surprisingly remains relatively undiscovered. Much renovated and improved, it has been installed on the third and fourth floor of a palace dating from the end of the 18th century. The building once belonged to the princes of the Borghese family, and the little hotel looks out onto the Borghese Palace. It lies within walking distance of the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Piazza Navona. The location is also close to Piazza Augusto and the Ara Pacis. In the midsize bedrooms, plain wooden furniture rests on parquet floors, and everything is in a classical tradition, comfortably modernized for today’s travellers. Half of the bathrooms come with tubs, the rest with showers. The staff of the front desk is one of the most helpful in central Rome.



Pas facile de trouver cet établissement très discret, au deuxième étage d’un immeuble du cinquecente (qu’on appelle ici immodestement ) appartemant aux Borghese, en plein centre ville. Une petite plaque sur la façade c’est tout. Raffiné, discret, lumineux; eccellente adresse.



Just a few minutes walk from the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona and just around the corner from the designer shopping district, this newly restored hotel is located on the second floor of a historic villa, which once belonged to the Borghese Princes.
Walk through the archway into the courtyard with its honey-coloured walls, and you will immediately feel the atmosphere of this elegant and very tastefull small hotel. The owner has spared no expense in the renovations, using the best of materials, from beautiful marble for the floors to the exquisite curving wrought iron staircase, winding upwards from the foyer. Even the walls accommodate the lovely water colours of a local roman painter.
We can honestly say that this is a pearl amongst Roman hotels and we are thrilled that our clients also like it and constantly compliment FONTANELLA BORGHSE on the friendliness of its staff.


Er ist der berühmtesten Adelspaläste Roms. 1580 erbaut, diente er der mächtigen Familie Borghese über Jahrhunderte hinweg als Stadtresidenz. Im ehemaligen Gästehaus der Familie gleich vis-à-vis liegt unser Hotel. Der Eingang befindet sich versteckt im Hinterhof, flankiert von Palmen und einer Marmor-Diana. Im zweiten Stock des 500 Jahre alten Hauses tut sich dann enie großbürgerliche Zimmerflucht auf. Cinzia Pighini – eine lebhafte, löwenmähnige Römerin wie aus dem Bilderbuch – hat auf zwei Etagen ein kleines Hotel eingerichtet und umsorgt ihre Gäste mit fröhlicher Anteilnahme, herzlichen Umarmungen und perfekten Englischkenntnissen. Eine eiserne Wendeltreppe verbindet die beiden Stockwerke miteinander; sonnengelbe Stoffe, Türrahmen aus altem, gemaltem Marmor-Imitat, Kristallüster und Wandteppiche strahlen Wärme und E leganz aus. Die Zimmer sind eher klein, aber mit Stil und schönen Stoffen gestaltet. Entzückend ist die Nr 205, ein Eckzimmer mit Grand Lit und einer Fensterbank, auf der man sitzen und das Treiben in der Gasse beobachten kann.


The reasonably priced Fontanella Borghese is a secluded hotel in the heart of the most glamorous and romantic part of Rome. Ring the doorbell and you will be ushered into a small courtyard, complete with statue, where a tiny lift whisks you up to reception. The rooms are a decent size, its furnishing still look new and the bathrooms gleam. Within a 10 minutes-walk lie the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Campo de’ Fiori. And, of course, Via Condotti, where the shoppers at Prada, Gucci and Fendi are as fascinating as the objects on sale. The area is also full of atmospheric restaurants serving up delectable Roman food. The hotel meets three vital romance requirements; huge, sublimely comfortable beds; breakfast in your room at no extra cost; and a fully stocked mini-bar. The courtyard rooms are breezy and quiet, and the very cool, friendly desk staff – who don’t flicker an eyebrow if you emerge from your room at 1pm – make excellent recommendations for restaurants and places to visit.



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From Tripadvisor, some reviews from our kind guests:


Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
I choose this hotel for my 1st trip to Rome based on price & location & am so HAPPY that I did. I spent 6 nights. Staff was always helpful with directions/recommendations. Most major sites are between a 10-30 minute walk. I felt safe walking to/from the hotel at night alone. Lots of great cafes nearby. I always recommend bringing earplugs when staying in city hotels as rooms are usually not sound proof. I could hear neighbors & street noise (I like to keep windows open), but nothing too loud that kept me awake. I thought the breakfast selection was good & kept me full until early afternoon. I was able to store some drinks in minibar. The price, location & support from hotel staff really made this a great vaca!! I would recommend taking taxi from Termini station to hotel on day of arrival until you get your bearings on the area.5 of 5 starsReviewed 22 May 2014“Awesome value, location & staff!”

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
I truly enjoyed my stay at the Hotel Fontanella Borghese. Khaled, one of the concierges, was very hospitable, especially since my luggage did not arrive for two days. The staff was very helpful with giving directions and in drawing maps for my son and I. We received great recommendations for a barber, hairstylist, restaurants, and jewelry stores. The rooms were clean and the location was perfect for our stay. Breakfast was simple, yet perfect. I am looking forward to staying there again when I visit with my husband.5 of 5 starsReviewed 24 June 2014“Wonderful hotel”

Me and my boyfriend were amazed to discover this hidden hotel in the center of Rome. Inside a building we found this charming small hotel! 5 mins walk from Spanish steps and 10 from piazza Navona this treasure offer very good services, helpful and friendly staff and a always - smiling - dynamic owner (Cinzia). She is the star of the hotel. Amazing woman and always organiséd and ready to help you. Thanks for the restaurant tips. My boyfriend loved it. And also the other guests of the hotel were nice. All family and cute couple from around the world. Congratulation for the good work! We'll come back soon.
What a unique experience! ! 5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago“Charming and exclusive hotel in the heart of Rome!!!”

Some tourist tips: We enjoyed re-visiting 'old haunts' but we were delighted to discover new places: Ostia (reception staff brilliant at advising on how to reach Ostia via bus and train and showed a real passion for the history and culture); Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini (grazie to Cinzia for this advice and for booking our place - places are limited); and the 'Ponte' district (we found a wonderful guided tour via the cultural association called l'Asino d'Oro). We bought a Roma Pass (worth it for the ease of hopping on and off buses) and we downloaded a really good App called 'Moovit' which helped us to work out routes by bus. (Just don’t be surprised if the bus leaves early .. they drive fast!! Also note that 'feriale' means weekdays, 'ferie' means holidays and non-working days - helps when checking bus times!)
3) Comfortable ambiance: natural light throughout, very comfortable beds, instantly accessible wifi, plenty of electric points in the room, several 'lounges' where you can sit comfortably 
2) Excellent staff: superb advice and support from the owner and reception staff who all speak exceptionally good English and for whom nothing is too much trouble (phoning to find out about and reserve attractions, printing out documents etc.); rooms spotless; breakfast fresh and served with a smile; delicious chocolates at reception
1) Outstanding location : very central and yet very quiet. You really do feel as though you are staying in your own 'pied-à-terre'. If you are likely to be late after the opera / a concert, you can get night buses 'home' to very close bus stops or you can choose to walk. Close proximity to mini supermarket and a variety of restaurants. Post office 5 minutes' walk away up the Via della Scrofa (btw, 85 cents to send a postcard to UK - press the 'P' button for a ticket to wait in the queue!)
We were not at all disappointed, and we would have no hesitation in strongly recommending this hotel. Here are our reasons:
To be honest, we do not always have a very clear memory of hotels where we stay, but this was an exception and when we decided to come back to Rome after 7 years away, we knew that we wanted to stay at this hotel where we had been made to feel so comfortable and 'at home' previously.5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago NEW“Friendly, elegant and convenient”

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Largo Fontanella Borghese, 84
00186 Roma
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