The Hotel de Russie now has to share the spotlight with a fabulous new sister property, the Hotel de la Ville which opened last year. We are torn between which we prefer, both are pretty damn perfect.

Sitting on top of the Spanish Steps (watch out Hassler), her location is unbeatable especially if you nab one of the suites on the higher floors. As always Olga Polizzi has waived her magic wand and created stunning interiors, as well as some pretty fabulous exteriors; the sunny, pale pink courtyard where Romans sip their morning cappuccino as they glance over their copy of La Republicca to see if anyone interesting is in residence (normally they are). On the top floor you’ll find the cherry on the cake, the Cielo Bar where Bellini Belles are rumoured to head for an aperitivo and play ‘name the dome’ over a negroni as the sun sets gently behind the Eternal City. After dinner, either in the hotel at Da Sistina or for a bowl of penne all’arrabiata at nearby Nino, it’s time for a night cap at the Vermouth Bar. Yes, that’s an entire bar dedicated solely to Vermouth.

In our opinion, the deluxe doubles with views are a sound option if your pockets aren’t quite deep enough for the top floor suites. As with the De Russie, lower category rooms can be on the small side, but as you’re likely to be out and about most of the day then the large comfy bed to rest your tired feet from all those cobbles and ample wardrobe space to store your shopping spoils from nearby via Condotti is all one really needs. And talking of shopping, once you’ve dropped off your bags head to Irene Forte’s spa which we love so much we even send non guests there.

So, welcome to Rome Hotel de La Ville and thank you for giving us a very good reason to come back.