R – The Hotel Raffaello in the Atmospheric Area of ‘Monti’

Welcome to the #AtoZ Blog Challenge and a Tour of Hotels & Inns


Step out the door of the hotel to wander through the Monti District in Rome

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After a morning of research on line looking for the perfect hotel in the right neighborhood in Rome for my purposes, I settled on the Hotel Raffaello to write about in my second novel, Facing East. I had a wonderful time making this decision. The joke was on me when it was all said and done. A few hours after finishing this research I checked my Facebook page. There in the right column were ads for hotels in Rome including THE one I picked. How did it know? I began to laugh. Thank goodness I had not been researching topless beaches!

th-1The Hotel Raffaello is ideally located in the elegant city centre named Monti. an ancient Roman quarter only a few minutes walk from the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Rome Termini Railway Station. Monti, is now one of Rome’s most fashionable residential, shopping and eating out districts. The abundance of antiquities within comfortable walking distance of the Hotel is possible. The hotel is housed in a beautifully refurbished 19th century ‘palazzo.’ Entering the lobby, behind the front desk stands an old printing press (a hotel remnant from before its restructure) representing the School of Atene di Raffaello and a black and white mural of Raphael’s masterpiece La Scuola di Atene. Upstairs are five floors of well-sized, traditionally decorated guest rooms. I will probably never get to stay at the Raffaello, but the main character in the novel, Katherine White, did. I envy her experience.

Raffaelio Hotel in Monti, Italy

Raffaelio Hotel in Monti, Italy

It was late afternoon by the time she ventured out the door (of the Hotel Raffaello) to stand and look around at the signs of the Roman, Medieval, Baroque and Renaissance buildings along the street. It amazed Katherine to think that all it had taken was a plane ride to find herself standing where she was, a place that normally seemed far away. Checking her map, she headed off in the direction of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to give thanks for her safe travel, and to ask for clarity in these next few days. After her prayers she walked the streets listening to an Italian surround-sound that emanated from a kind of high quality Bose radio. If wagging a cautionary finger in Robert’s face ruined the spell these sounds had put him under, she would never forgive herself.  From the novel, Facing East.


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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10 Responses to R – The Hotel Raffaello in the Atmospheric Area of ‘Monti’

  1. HangryFork says:

    What a beautiful hotel! What a great location too! I can only imagine what the price per night must be.

    Shelly @ http://hangryfork.com

  2. M Denise C says:

    Looks beautiful. Thank you!

  3. I love your theme! The Raffaelio looks amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  4. Another beautiful hotel. Thanks for stopping by my blog – and it’s okay if you’re behind on visiting it. I try to visit as many as I can as well. ~Meg

  5. noelleg44 says:

    Is it close to affordable? It looks magnificent!

  6. That’s a fancy hotel! I would love to see the mural of Raphael’s work. Like you, I have fallen behind on blog visits 😦 I’m hoping to catch up on some during the last week when I have 3 days off of work.

  7. Such a lovely hotel to use as part of your settings for your novel. What a joy it would be to be able to stay in such a place so close to all of the sights. And isn’t it pesky how Facebook does that to you when you’re searching for something online. Those google searches intermingle so well with Facebook analytics lol. 🙂

  8. Such a lovely snippet of what’s obviously a lovely place.

    Aneeta from
    How to Tell a Great Story

    • I have not visited the Raffaelio, but as I mentioned in the post, I found the hotel during research for my second novel. I found the location in Rome I wanted to use and then looked for the hotel. Isn’t this lovely. With my imagination, I was there!

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