It seems the Hotel Locarno in Rome is under a big renovation.  I booked it last minute when another hotel fell through so I don’t know a lot about it but from what I did see it could be one of the more beautful options for a cool place to stay in the real shopping district of Rome.  It almost feels like what a “design-concious boutique hotel” would have felt like if it were opened in 1910.


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  1. With Or Without Shoes

    July 16, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Looks nice!

    Kisses from

  2. Juanita

    July 16, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Looks simply perfect to me and what a fabulous bath! xx

  3. keith

    July 16, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    one of the lovely hidden spots in rome near piazza de popolo. hope the renovation retains the charm of it. and don’t mess with the birdcage elevator!

  4. Geraldine

    July 16, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Wish I saw this post earlier, I was just in Rome!

  5. Blog Alto Estilo

    July 16, 2015 at 10:17 pm

  6. Liz

    July 16, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    this hotel is gorgeous

    giveaway on my blog

  7. ~ carmen ~

    July 17, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Well, I’ve got to say the Hotel Locarno has some fantastic carpets. :]

    // â–˛ â–˛

  8. taimemode

    July 17, 2015 at 2:41 am

    It is so ROMATIC ;) ;) and it looks so italian, so elegant and Renaissance style :)

  9. YV

    July 17, 2015 at 3:18 am

    So beautiful and extremely well put-together.

  10. irene laura

    July 17, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Looks wonderful!! That bathtub is amazing :)

  11. Maurizio

    July 17, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Been there lot of times: absolute charm, super location…Great choice, Scott!

  12. dario fattore

    July 17, 2015 at 6:28 am

    architettura ed arredamento italiano sempre i migliori

    dario fattore –

  13. me pica la etiqueta

    July 17, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Muy bonito, ideal: las fotos fantásticas

  14. antela

    July 17, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Love this! :)

  15. Lis

    July 17, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I can almost hear someone playing piano….Carlo Zecchi….

    Roma…@—>— =)

  16. Javier

    July 17, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Would highly recommend the Aldrovandi near Villa Borghese.
    We stayed there last summer and it is great !

  17. Patrick

    July 17, 2015 at 11:07 am

    The Locarno has long been in a huge decline, so this is welcome news for the Campo Marzio. Let’s hope it doesn’t end up as glitzy as its neighbor across the Corso, the Hotel de Russie, or the Indigo-St. George on the via Giulia, or as tastefully modern but dull, the Palazzo Navona near Sant’Ivo. For years I’ve stayed at the Raphael, a stone’s throw from Piazza Navona, but the increasingly carnival-like atmosphere of the piazza leads me to look for alternatives in the area.

  18. Lisa

    July 17, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I am loving your hotel tips. Loving the lifestyle aspect of your blog!

  19. Gugi

    July 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    It’s a lovely hotel, that is also visited by locals for apĂ©ro. We last stayed there in November and the lounge had a beautiful open fire place all day long. I’m looking forward to coming back soon.

  20. CBC

    July 18, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Amazing style… i hope to stay….

  21. Midi Laros

    July 19, 2015 at 11:39 am

    If you have not visited the “La Mirande” in Avignon – you should. It is an incredible place – a living piece of art.

  22. L

    July 21, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I have been there and enjoyed it, even though I am not fashionable in the least.

  23. Max

    July 22, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Hi Scott,
    We have stayed in Locarno once in the past and the only thing which let us down was the lack of working ac, but most likely they will get that issue sorted out in the renovation. Awesome decor & friendly staff, cant wait to give it another go.

    Ps. It was a great pleasure to ran in to you accidently yesterday here in Firenze at Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

    Br. Max Ekman

  24. Rachael

    July 24, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I’ll be staying here mid-August! Can’t wait. Thanks for the heads up

  25. liz from Paris

    July 29, 2015 at 7:31 am

    stayed there quite a few years ago, the atmosphere was JUST perfect, hope they are not going to mess it up with the renovations

    let’s keep fingers crosse
    enjoy your stay!

    liz from Paris

  26. G

    August 3, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    The perfect honeymoon hotel.
    10 years ago Hotel Locarno provided the spot for the most perfect honeymoon.
    10th anniversary we wanted to return but had to settle for Claridges instead.

  27. Sara

    August 4, 2015 at 6:33 am

    I’ve been inside the Locarno once, maybe a year and a half ago, for an aperitivo in the enclosed garden space, and my impression was that the whole place had a feeling of very faded opulence to it – and somehow, the fact that it was a bit frayed around the edges almost added to its charm.

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