This little hotel has absolutely won our Roman hearts. Set in sweet, sleepy, but oh so cool Monti, one of our favourite rioni of the city, the Fifteen Keys Hotel was until recently a rather sad gloomy government office albeit in a very pretty building. However after being restored to within an inch of its life, the building has been lovingly moulded into a perfectly formed 15-room hotel by young Romans Sara and Vincenzo. The hotel has buckets of style, striking the right balance between classic stucco work, vintage pieces and contemporary, clean lines. The rooms are bright and incredibly comfortable with our favourite being the top floor suite with its long Juliet balcony overlooking the rooftops and its very generous sitting room.
Breakfast is taken in the little courtyard or the very chic bar that is reminiscent of many a European capital if it weren’t for the cappuccini e cornetti which are spot on, plus the occasional glimpse of a vespa whizzing by on the cobbled street outside. The icing on the cake must surely be the bank of powder blue Brompton bicycles that guests are welcome to use to explore the neighbourhood and wind their way down to the centro storico for a long lunch at Al Moro.