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You Can Now Spend the Night Inside an Art Gallery in Rome

Aug. 17, 2019
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You Can Now Spend the Night Inside an Art Gallery in Rome
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In case you need another reason to visit Rome, we have some good news: An apartment-hotel just opened inside of an art gallery.

According to Travel + Leisure, Palazzo Rhinoceros just opened the "The Rooms of Rome," a project that took almost two decades to complete. The gallery also houses the Fondazione Alda Fendi Esperimenti. In fact, Aldi Fendi, of the eponymous luxury fashion house, partnered with French architect Jean Nouvel to create the space.

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Think, "Night at the Museum" meets contemporary art with luxury Italian style.

The 24 individually-designed apartments (ranging from studios to two-bedroom spaces and everything in between) in the Rooms of Rome have designer L'Occitane toiletries, Bang & Olufsen televisions and kitchens. Part of the boutique Room Mate hotel group, every space is an eclectic mix of old and new, contemporary and classic. Recovered tiles give way to poured concrete, and polished steel contrasts with stucco or exposed brick, with pops of color and ultra-modern lines introduced by designer furniture.

Guests will also have access to free private tours at Fondazione Alda Fendi Esperimenti and Caviar Kaspia, an Italian outpost of a cult-favorite Parisian restaurant. The property is centrally located, too, about a 15-minute walk to the Colosseum and 10-minute walk to Piazza Venezia.

Travelers who book a stay at the Rooms of Rome shouldn't expect the traditional hotel experience. There's no formal lobby, for example. Instead, if you summon a staff member, he or she will appear at reception to help. Of course, it has the unmistakable atmosphere of an art museum too, with video art projected onto the walls and rotating gallery exhibitions. The suites are also available to visiting artists and long-term guests.

Before booking your trip to the Eternal City, be sure to check out our tips on how to get to Italy on points and miles (so you can save all your leftover cash for pasta and gelato). And whether you bed down at Rooms of Rome or another property, make sure you're using a credit card that earns you bonus points on hotel stays, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x points).

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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  • Annual Fee

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  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

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    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases