Lord Byron… fit for a princess
My trip to Rome this year took me to the top of Villa Borghese to the Lord Byron Hotel, aka LBH. I eagerly anticipated strolling through the beautiful gardens in the mornings and afternoons of shopping and sightseeing. I traveled with my mother, which was great, she loved the hotel and area; however, bringing your boyfriend or husband would be even better. Here’s why:
Romantic & Charming
The Romance begins as you drive past the beautiful Villa Borghese gardens, up a narrow cobble stone street and arrive at the most charming white Patrician villa. In the courtyard you find orange and lemon trees hanging over marble benches, a perfect retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. Inside it is perfectly cozy and romantic for a warm winter holiday with a fireplace in the lounge and lavish art deco interiors. Of course, the hotel is stylish and timeless year round. I mean really, when do well-designed haute art deco interiors ever go out of fashion?
Convenience & Local’s perspective
The location is perfect. You are basically inside the Borghese gardens (only one block away) with all of the city’s best modern art galleries at your doorstep including Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi Museo Nazionale. Only a 15mins stroll and you will find yourselfin the city centre at the top of the main shopping district and walking distance to all of the sights including the Vatican, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, the Tiber river, the list goes on… The Coliseum is a bit further South but easy to get to by tram, bus or metro. Enjoy all of this with your lover, and if you’re not packing one yourself, eligible suitors come in great numbers and a lot of grit. ‘Bellissima’ and ‘Ciao Bella’ seem to be the two most common words in the Italian male dictionary.
I realized that if I were to live in Rome, this is where it would be. The surrounding neighbourhood was filled with charming winding narrow streets with lush gardens, beautiful rod iron gates, and white Patrician villas. The high street has everything you need and you are located right beside the Villa Borghese for morning jogs or a leisurely walk into the city for work. My thoughts are confirmed when I discovered that this area is in fact one of the most sought-after areas to live in the City. Seriously, this is the neighbourhood you want to be strolling through with your lover… maybe even for inspiration for your future home?
Proper Service, Luxe Rooms & Timeless Style
Unlike most Italian, or European service for that matter, by proper I mean friendly, courteous, prompt and in Butler style. Even the hotel owner, the charming Mr. Ottaviani was in the hotel on a Thursday morning ensuring his guests were happy. Combine the friendly staff with the appealing Villa (that was once a home) and the delightful neighbourhood you know it is not just a catchy sales pitch when they say ‘you have found your home away from home’ at the Lord Byron.
Feeling like a proper aristocrat now, or maybe even royalty, enjoy all of the thoughtful touches by the staff including: a welcome gift, fresh fruit and bottled water and having your room turned down for you in the evening.
Staying Fit in Italy
Wake up in the mornings to complimentary fresh fruit and bottled water in your excessive but fabulously large room and walk or jog the beautiful gardens, which now act as a modern day Central Park, then enjoy a beautiful complimentary breakfast at the hotel – fresh fruit, bio yogurt, granola, divine cheeses, croissants, eggs, etc… they serve it all. Alternatively you can wake have breakfast then walk it off through the gardens to the city centre to start your now now guilt-free day in Rome.
All in all it was a fabulous stay and I cannot wait to return to my new home away from home in the Eternal City.
Senior Writer: Michelle Adamick