Italy consistently ranks as one of the top 10 tourist destinations world and Rome, the "Eternal City," is part of the reason why. While many tourists are happy to stay at large, multi-floor hotels, some want something more intimate, with higher touch service and ambiances that make each stay something special.
Here are five boutique hotels in Rome that also happen to value the importance of partnering with travel advisors, rewarding advisors with commissions, discounts on personal stays, and extra amenities for clients.
(Travel Market Report has not been to any of these properties. Inclusions are based on travel advisor recommendations, TripAdvisor reviews and the travel advisor-friendliness of the properties.)
1. Chapter Roma
Why Your Clients Will Love It: A little bit urban, a little bit artsy, this 42-room boutique hotel will be most popular with the trendy, fashion-forward client. Housed in a turn-of-the-century palazzo located just on the edge of Rome's historic Jewish quarter, it's within walking distance of Campo de Fiori, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, Roman Forum and Spanish Steps. Amenities include free Wi-Fi and an Instagram-worthy rooftop bar.
Why You'll Love It: As a member of the Design Hotels family, Chapter Roma offers a full slate of travel advisor perks and rewards. Commissions start at 10% but can be as high as 15% during special promotions. Advisors can book personal stays for up to 50% off through the Design Hotels travel advisor portal. There's also a Design Hotels Pro Academy where advisors can learn more about the hotels in the portfolio, including Chapter Roma.
2. Margutta 19
Why Your Clients Will Love It: Advisor-recommended Margutta 19 is located in the heart of Rome's historic city center, within walking distance of the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Borghese Gardens, and more. Art lovers in particular will love the location of this 16-suite hotel on the quiet Via Margutta, which has long been known as an "artists' street," having been home to such noted artists, composers and filmmakers as Pablo Picasso, Stravinsky, Debussy, Puccini and Fellini. Amenities include king-sized beds, complimentary breakfast, an in-room minibar, Nespresso coffee maker and designer toiletries.
Why You'll Love It: As a Hyatt member, travel agencies get all the same perks they do for any Hyatt property including a minimum commission of 10% on eligible stays (use chain code HY in the GDS), up to 50% off rates for personal stays, and extra amenities for clients, like free Wi-Fi. Alternatively, advisors can earn a 10% commission if booking through SLH (use code LX in your GDS). When booking directly with SLH, advisors' clients will also receive all INVITED perks including 10% off the going rate.
3. Palm Suite
Why Your Clients Will Love It: This intimate boutique property has only five luxurious and spacious suites, each with its own unique – and sometimes quirky – décor. Located in an 18th-century palazzo, the Palm Suites is within walking distance of the Colosseum, Capitoline Hill, the Pantheon and the Forum. In fact, the Court Mixology Bar is situated next to the Colosseum for evening views that are unrivaled. Prices include daily breakfast and Wi-Fi.
Why You'll Love It: Palm Suites, a Manfredi Fine Hotels property, and member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, offers a standard 10% commission to travel advisors (whether booked via Manfredi, a GDS or SLH). The hotel also offers season-specific travel advisor pricing for personal stays (season specific), but advisors should email ahead of time to get pricing and make arrangements. Agencies that register with the Manfredi Fine Hotels Travel Agency Programme can also get preferred terms of sale, special offers at exclusive rates, a VIP welcome for personal travel, and a welcome offer exclusively for agency clients. Alternatively, advisors can earn a 10% commission if booking through SLH (use code LX in your GDS). When booking directly with SLH, advisors' clients will also receive all INVITED perks including 10% off the going rate.