Vibe: Interwar modernism meets glamour and history.
Area: Roma Termini, the city’s vast central station
The DNA: Completed at the height of WWII for the World Expo (which never happened), the Mediterraneo is a showcase of fascist architecture, yet with strong New York Art Deco and ocean liner influences. Furniture designed by Gio Ponti and Gustavo Pulitzer Finale are set off by the busts of Roman Emperors and mosaics depicting the story of Ulysses. Operated by a Roman family business, the building is dominated by an austere grid, finished in Roman travertine and punctuated by square windows. At 11 stories, the hotel is one of the tallest structures in the Italian capital (and being on top the Esquilino hill), the rooftop restaurant and terrace offers breathtaking views.
Suite-Me-Up: Suites are located on the 10th floor and fuse Art Deco with Italian flair. Wooden floors, marble, classical furniture, antique gold patina, high ceilings set a courtly scene.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 242 rooms & suites (16-45m2) (172-484 sq ft) • hotel opened: 1942 • architecture: Mario Loreti • on-site parking (charged) • pets allowed on request, no charges • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible