Former Pope’s Residence Opens to Guests in Rome

By Paul Joseph

A palatial building in Rome that was once home to Pope Innocent X has opened its doors to the public as a luxury hotel.

Transformed by hoteliers Stefano and Giorgia Barbini and their design team FM Architettura d'Interni, the Holy Deer San Lorenzo City Lodge features a mix of old-world charm and modern-day luxury.

The 350 square metre space is adorned with an array of original features, including Francesco Allegrini frescoes and red Verona marble doorways originally built by the legendary Italian architect Francesco Borromini.

Contemporary additions such as handblown Murano chandeliers, cashmere textiles, and contemporary furniture in velvet, leather, and silk have been made to the décor.

The renovated baroque apartment also boasts a chef’s kitchen clad in green marble, a hot tub lined with more than 300,000 handmade tiles, a music room and a library filled with fashion tomes.

Meanwhile 26-foot-high ceilings and a balcony overlooking Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s most picturesque squares, add to the residence's character and charm.

A stay at the Holy Deer San Lorenzo City Lodge costs $11,560 per night.

By Paul Joseph