Enjoyable hotel accommodation is tough to find in the historical and fashion hub of old Rome, but Alberto Moncada di Paternò has been working wonders in the last couple of years to change all that by re-creating three distinct historical boutique palazzo residences at Via Margutta, Via Mario de’ Fiori and Via Babuino.
This is in keeping with the activities of Alberto’s great grandfather, the Marquis Francesco Patrizi, who built a palazzo on Via Margutta 54 in 1855 and provided studios for artists to live and work. In the early 1900s, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky and Giacomo Puccini, among others, created here.
They also no doubt enjoyed la dolce vita in this exclusive neighborhood now known as an artists’ quarter, and dripping with luxury boutiques, cafes and astounding history. Within strolling distance are the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese museum and the Mausoleum of Augustus and countless other historical wonders.
In July 2009, Moncada di Paternò opened the first of his three properties, Via Margutta 54, a bright yellow historical villa housing four luxurious suites with added comforts such as a butler. Fabrizio and Andrea Magnaghi, young local architects specializing in hotels, created the ultra-chic, modern Italian décor enlivened with Oriental accents.
This was followed by Mario de’ Fiori 37, seven luxurious rooms including three suites in a historical townhouse dating back to 1658.
Most recently, Alberto Moncada di Paternò opened Babuino 181, 14 suites in a three-story nineteenth-century renovated palazzo on Via Babuino. All of the images in this post are of Babuino 181 where a roof-top terrace will also open in summer 2010 for taking a break from the rigors of window shopping on Via Condotti and from the overload of history and beauty all around.