Spring and autumn are in my opinion the best seasons to visit Rome. When I was there in spring I managed to find a perfectly located design hotel. The Corner Townhouse is a small, intimate boutique hotel that is only steps away from the Colloseum. It is, as the name already suggests, located on a corner in a Roman townhouse. It is an early 1900s palazzo, with high ceilings, gorgeous stuccos and marble details. The rooms are all unique, not one is decorated the same. I stayed in a room on the upper floor with dark green walls. The yellow leather headboard of the bed and the white cocktail chairs balanced out the otherwise dark interior. The contemporary white marble bathroom is a woman’s dream. Cutting edge technology makes everything in the room operational via an iPad.
The Corner Townhouse is only a short walk to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Baths of Caracalla, and the Testaccio neighborhood. There is a metro stop nearby (Circus Massimo), and the tram line to Trastevere is opposite the hotel. The neighbourhood has several local shops, restaurants and coffeebars to try where you are likely to be surrounded by locals. For me a welcome alternative to the tourist packed restaurants elsewhere.
The downstairs restaurant is a Michelin star restaurant with a beautiful interior design. Surrounded by plants you can indulge in culinary delights presented as pieces of art.