Having been in the same family for well over a decade, the Hotel Donatello is one the rarer city properties where you feel the warmth of a home away from home upon entering its door. Huddled in the side streets of Esquilino, away from the hustle and bustle but somehow still within a stones throw of it, the Donatello is a classical Roman hotel. Its interior is simplistic, dark oak panel hallways are lit from above by Art Deco chandeliers, the colours muted and pastel versions of the Italian flag with rich plums, creams and vibrant emerald scattered through the rooms. Marble bathrooms with gold leaf accents, shower or bath are en suite to every room.
After a continental breakfast of fruit, pastries and pancakes, you can head into the centre of Rome either on foot - with the likes of the Colosseum 15 minutes away- or by taking the Metro via the Porta Maggiore Station which is linked to the main Termini and allows you to access the city in its entirety. Whether you want to see the classic sights such as the Opera House and many Basilicas or the up and coming district of Pigneto which is home to some of the most fashionable and creative bars and restaurants Rome has to offer. Restaurant Pigneto 1870 for example opens at 6.30pm and offers you a place to rest your feet and enjoy one of their many culinary wonders as you watch the world go by on the Via del Pigneto Piazza.