Near Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, this charming little hotel is a hidden pearl. It’s a small place with only five tastefully decorated rooms, but the cracking location, friendly welcome, and dinky garden terrace make it a great choice.
Squeezing a lot of character into a small space, Villa della Fonte is proof that size isn’t everything. Housed in a renovated 17th-century palazzo built over ancient ruins, it whispers understated elegance. Rooms reveal a monastic look with white walls, earth-coloured floor tiles and a delightful lack of annoying bric-a-brac. Bathrooms are clean and modern with welcome power showers.
The tight corridors are lined with photos of cheeky street urchins and the picturesque garden terrace provides a wonderful siesta spot. The English-speaking staff are very helpful and can supply plenty of spot-on recommendations for Trastevere and beyond. Despite its location, close to Piazza Santa Maria – and the consequent late-night noise – this is a low-key hotel better suited to couples than raucous party animals.