Classical modernism? Modern classic? Hard to know. The Rose Garden Palace Hotel is definitely old, which is demonstrated by the high ceilings, the stucco in the rooms and the marble columns, which were built for eternity as the old Romans did. The furnishing, however: W-Lan, SkyTV and a fitness centre, thus anything but staid. The flower garden is particularly beautiful, offering the scent of fresh espresso and Italian specialities next to that of roses. A welcome retreat, since the heart of Rome with its busy cafés, the Spanish Steps and baroque churches is right past the front door. By the way: While smokers are run into the streets in the north, non-smoking rooms are thin on the ground here. They are available, but almost a secret. Doubles starting at 300,- Euro per night.