Sleep in the Pope’s room – Could this be Rome’s most exclusive stay?

Rome in all its grandeur is a cultural and historic landmark of sorts. For centuries, it has hosted royalty from across the globe and their eloquent taste has evidently rubbed off the city walls. One such structure that speaks volumes of the Roman ethnic is the Holy Deer San Lorenzo City Lodge, a palatia building that was once home to Pope Innocent X.

Famed to have been Pope Innocent and his hidden mistress- Maidalchini’s love abode, the Holy Deer San Lorenzo Lodge, as it is known today, displays a culmination of old-world charm and modern-day luxury at its best. The 350-m2 space has been transformed by hoteliers Stefano and Giorgia Barbini into a plush $11,560-per-night retreat, with amenities galore. Francesco Allegrini frescoes and red Verona marble doorways (originally built by the genius architect Francesco Borromini) still adorn the place, with additions of handblown Murano chandeliers, cashmere textiles, and contemporary furniture in velvet, leather, and silk being made to the décor.

The renovated baroque apartment also boasts of 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. With 26-foot-high ceilings and a balcony overlooking Piazza Navona, the Holy Deer San Lorenzo Lodge welcomes you to experience love, heritage and a renewed papal vibe. However, would you beckon visiting it for $11,560-per-night?

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