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Recommended accommodations in Rome

Hotel Eden, Via Ludovisi 49, 00187
Everyone who's anyone -- from Hemingway to Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman -- has stayed at the Eden.
The location near the top of the Spanish Steps is fantastic; there are great views of the city from nearly every room. Service is superb, but not stuffy. And the decor and amenities are exceptional. A $20 million renovation in the mid 1990s put the icing on the cake. This is a great, albeit expensive, hotel. Reservations are also available through Leading Hotels of the World.
Phone:  06.478.121
Fax:  06.482.15.84
Doubles from:   645EUR

Hotel Scalinata di Spagna, Piazza Trinita dei Monti 17, 00187
For those who want to stay near the top of the Spanish Steps but don't want to pay for the Eden or the Hassler, this is a great choice. The views here are just as good. But with just 16 rooms, this outstanding pensione is much more intimate. The property was extensively renovated in 1998. You'll need to book this one as far in advance as possible.
Phone:  066.994.0896
Fax:  066.994.05.98
Doubles from:   160EUR

Lord Byron Hotel, Via G. de Notaris 5, 00197
Located next to the Villa Borghese, the Lord Byron is one of the most stylish properties in town. Set in a hilltop art deco villa with great views, the hotel offers an oasis of calm a short cab ride from the city center. With fewer than 40 rooms, its intimate and inviting.
Phone:  063.220.404
Fax:  063.220.405
Doubles from:   305EUR

Teatro de Pompeo, Largo del Pallaro 8, 00186
Julius Caesar was assassinated at the Theater of Pompey, and this charming pensione is built on the theater's ruins. Its 13 rooms are beautifully decorated with hand-painted tiles and many have architectural details dating from the Renaissance. Some of the rooms are on the smallish side, but all are in demand -- so reserve early.
Phone:  066.830.01.70
Fax:  066.880.55.31
Doubles from:   170EUR

The Excelsior, Via Vittorio Veneto 125, 00187
It's grand. It's expensive. But it does have a certain panache that separates it from Rome's other grand hotels.
Phone:  064.70.81
Fax:  064.826.205
Doubles from:   524EUR