REVIEW

Hotel Coppede

A commanding art nouveau palazzo in the equally elegant, residential neighborhood of Parioli.

By Barbie Latza Nadeau, Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008, 1:10 PM

Hotel Coppede

About this Hotel

Price From $131

'Hood Parioli, an elegant, off-the-beaten-path residential district, with a sizeable expat community and gay-friendly restaurants. Nearby Piazza Mincio's whimsical 1920s architecture is the work of the hotel's namesake, Gino Coppedè.

First Impression It's a commanding art nouveau palazzo with an air of opulence—in a part of the city that tourists rarely see.

Rooms The 12 clubby rooms have dark carpets, striped upholstery in rich shades of green and gold, plush furnishings, and sound-proof, wood-paneled walls. If this hotel were in the city center, it would easily command twice its rates.

Plus The hotel is close to modern attractions like the Parco della Musica—designed by Renzo Piano and inaugurated in 2002—which hosts a variety of cultural events, and the Foro Italico, Rome's main venue for concerts and soccer games. Each is about a 15-minute bus ride from the hotel.

Minus To get into the center of Rome, you'll have to contend with the city's public transportation system or take expensive taxis. Rent a car, though, and the hotel's location proves convenient for getting on and off major highways.

Free Wi-Fi? No; Free Internet access is available at a computer in the lobby.

Credit Cards Accepted Amex, MC, Visa.

Details Double with bath from $131 (€100), including breakfast.

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