Staycation: Dreaming of Gourmet Night

by Danilo Brunetti

The hotel and restaurant industries have joined forces to try to survive in an exceedingly difficult time for both sectors. Their plan: offering Romans a magical moment they’ve likely never experienced before: the beauty of feeling like a tourist in your own city. The so-called “Staycation” is a wonderful opportunity to take a mini-break while never leaving town, a way to get away from it all at a time when restrictions limit your range of motion. The Staycation offered in several of Rome’s luxury hotels includes an urban stay and a gourmet dinner. In this way, the hotel  restaurants, which would ordinarily have had to close at 6pm, can now stay open to serve anyone who’s decided to stay the night. Many hotels offer special, personalized packages combining top-notch accomodation and unbeatable prices. Here are our picks for Rome’s best Staycations:

Hotel Vilòn 

Located inside Palazzo Borghese, this luxury hotel is an urban oasis with 18 rooms. Here the Staycation takes place between the suite with balcony and the Turkish bath overlooking the gardens, the buffet breakfast, a perfectly mixed cocktail, the appetizers served in the salon and finally the deliciou dinner in the Adelaide restaurant. hotelvilon.com

Rome Cavalieri

This starry Staycation  includes dinner at La Pergola, Rome’s only three-star Michelin restaurant, led by Chef Heinz Beck, and an overnight stay at a special price in one of the hotel’s rooms or suites. Escape from city life at this luxury hotel perched on the top Monte Mario, savoring exquisite Italian cuisine, indulging in spa treatments at the Cavalieri Grand Spa, relaxing in the indoor pool, and sipping champagne with an incomparable view of Rome. In short, it’s an experience of absolute well-being. romecavalieri.com

Hotel Aldrovandi 

This exclusive retreat just a few steps from Villa Borghese is the ideal place for urban relaxation, enhanced by aperitivo at the Garden Bar, by pampering face and body treatments at the Mytha Spa, and above all by an outstanding dinner at the Assaje restaurant. With its Mediterranean flavors and lush garden, an unforgettable culinary experience is guaranteed, followed by a relaxing overnight stay. aldrovandi.com

The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel

Terrace of the Pantheon Iconic Hotel

Take advantage of a similar proposal from Idylio, the Michelin-starred restaurant inside this new hotel, which invites Romans to spend a special evening with the opportunity to dine and stay overnight at a special rate. thepantheonhotel.com

The First Roma Arte

In this spectacular location with stunning views over the rooftops of Rome, you can explore the Eternal City with your eyes: Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo, and the Pantheon are all on the horizon. Stay overnight in the Jacuzzi suite with a panoramic view after taking a fascinating culinary journey at the Acquolina restaurant. pavilionshotels.com

Eden Hotel

The restaurant at hotel Eden

This hotel has launched what they call the “Perfect Stay,” a Staycation that includes a drink at Il Giardino Bar and dinner at the Giardino Ristorante, open until midnight exclusively for overnight guests, a delightful way to rediscover the pleasures of an aperitivo or dinner out in the city. dorchestercollection.com

Sofitel Hotel

Sofitel’s Staycation includes a one-night stay in a superior room and a four-course dinner at Settimo, a gourmet restaurant located on the hotel’s rooftop, offering a unique view of the Roman skyline. The chef has created an entirely new and sophisticated menu just for the occasion. accor.com

Hotel Splendide Royal

Mirabelle at the Splendid Royal Hotel

The Mirabelle, a panoramic restaurant inside this exclusive hotel, is offering an exclusive package reserved for Roman residents: a tasting dinner and overnight stay in one of their panoramic rooms. splendideroyal.com

Palazzo Manfredi

Aroma, the restaurant on the rooftop of this splendid hotel, offers a breathtaking view of the Colosseum, so close you can almost reach out and touch it. After dinner,  stay the night in one of the wonderful rooms with a jacuzzi overlooking the Rome of the gladiators. palazzomanfredi.com

DOM Hotel

This former monastery, transformed into a five-star luxury hotel, is located between the Pantheon, Piazza Farnese, and the Jewish quarter. At the hotel’s Verve restaurant and bar, open from aperitivo to after dinner, you can sip drinks and enjoy a fantastic dinner. The panoramic terrace boasts views over Roman rooftops, Baroque churches, and the Janiculum Hill. After dinner, kick back in your comfortable room and dream about a sweet morning awakening. domhotelroma.com

Villa Spalletti Trivelli

A villa built in the early 20th century and overlooking an Italian garden, this hotel invites guests into a setting of timeless luxury, with antique furnishings from the family’s private collection in the relaxing atmosphere of an ancient noble house. The generous Staycation package includes breakfast, a three-course dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, a relaxing 50-minute massage for each guest, and two hours of exclusive use of the jacuzzi on the covered terrace with a bottle of prosecco and hors d’oeuvres. villaspalletti.it

View from Eitch Borromini Hotel

Eitch BorrominiThis ancient historic residence designed by Borromini has only recently opened up to guests, making it a truly unique place to stay for the lucky few. Get up close and personal with history at this Staycation by sleeping in the company of seventeenth-century frescoes and having breakfast in front of Bernini’s fountain of the Four Rivers to the tolling of bells from Sant’Agnese in Agone church. The various views from the rooms overlook Piazza Navona, Roman rooftops, the Pantheon, and St. Peter’s dome, embracing the entire Roman horizon, which appears as if by magic after the romantic dinner in the Terrazza Borromini restaurant. eitchborromini.com