The lowdown A fantasy worthy of filmmaker Federico Fellini.
Best for Mid-century lovers who like a bit of rough-luxe with the smooth.
The crumbling frescoes and façades of 17th-century Rome feel ever-present in the spaces of G-Rough, sister hotel to the Starck-tastic PalazzinaG in Venice. Designed by Emanuele Garosci and Gabriele Salini, it has taken the shell of a baroque building, with its timber ceilings, acres of parquet and plastered walls, and shaken things up with pieces by Italy’s design royalty from the Thirties through to the Fifties. Run your fingers along the sheeny-shiny brass, glass or velvet outlines by greats such as Ico Parisi, Giò Ponti, Paolo Venini and Giani Seguso, all within an artfully dilapidated framework. It’s on the doorstep of Piazza Navona, the finest place for an evening passiagata, and the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain are also both within strolling distance.
Book it Double rooms from £290 (designhotels.com).