April 20, 2008

Home away from home in Rome

When in Rome ... I like to stay at Portrait Suites. I've never had a favorite hotel in Rome, as the nice ones were always too expensive and full of fanfare. I don't need that. But I do like a good location, good design and friendly service. I get that and more at Portrait. It's part of the Florentine Lungarno Hotel line – owned and operated by the Ferragamo Family. In fact it seems as if Portrait is dedicated to Salavatore Ferragamo's early design days. The hotels are designed by Michele Bonan. I like his fresh, simple, liveable style with panache. Neutral color scheme, crisp white lenins, black and white photos ... I just never want to leave. It's small and intimate and with a small kitchen inside (even somewhat hidden) it feels like home.

Located on Bocca di Leone, 23, it's located over the Ferragamo shop on Via dei Condotti, just a stone's throw from the Spanish Steps. As they say, "if the shoe fits, wear it." This one fits me to a tee.

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