How Sina Bernini Bristol Combines History, Art & Modern Comfort

Situated in front of Fontana del Tritone in the heart of Rome, the smart and elegant, Sina Bernini Bristol Hotel, makes an an ideal base for exploring the Eternal City. Having hosted sophisticated guests since 1874, Sina Bernini Bristol offers the ideal blend of classical art, history and modern comforts which visitors seek when traveling through the Italian capital.

The hotel’s history at this iconic location at Piazza Barberini starts in 1874 when the first property was inaugurated, back then as The Bristol, named after the First Baronet of Bristol. From the very beginning, the hotel hosted famous, illustrious figures, which included the likes of Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and even the Queen of England. It was demolished in 1942 to make room for the Universal Exposition of Rome and was completely rebuilt as Italy’s most modern hotel. The name was also changed in order to also include Bernini, after Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the renowned Baroque artist who made the Fontana del Tritone which sits in front of the hotel.

Baroque artworks Sina Bernini Bristol
Baroque artworks. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Bold modern decor Sina Bernini Bristol
Bold modern decor. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Baroque art is a big part of the hotel’s identity, as an homage to Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who was also known as the Master of Fountains. The Fontana del Tritone is Bernini’s most celebrated fountain, as the architectural way the basin was built and the beautiful sculpture adorning it is a Baroque masterpiece. Sina Bernini Bristol maintains its close ties to the Baroque period and the artist after which the property is named through the many gorgeous artworks placed throughout the hotel. At every turn, you’ll find majestic marble busts and exquisite fresco wall paintings, that will really put you in the mood for exploring more of Rome’s rich artistic tradition.

Mix of modern and Baroque art
Mix of modern and Baroque art. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Sina Bernini Bristol
Fresco wall paintings. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Lobby common areas
Lobby common areas. PHOTO NADIA CHO

The guest rooms and suites at Sina Bernini Bristol are the height of quintessential understated elegance. Calming tones of beige, gray and slate blue on black floors create an ambience which is wholly modern and tranquil. The décor of the rooms proves that less is more when it comes to classy, as the subtle touches like velvet upholstered furniture and plush neutral-colored carpets elevate both the aesthetic and functionality. Even the Superior rooms come with sleek floor-to-ceiling shelves for hanging and storing your things.

Elegant modern rooms Sina Bernini Bristol
Elegant modern rooms. PHOTO NADIA CHO

It wouldn’t be a proper hotel room in Rome without an espresso machine. In the rooms, you’ll have a machine that gives you the option to make your espresso corto or lungo, in true Italian fashion. Plus, the minibar is stacked with chianti and high-end snacks, so that you can enjoy your own aperitivo right in the room. If you’re lucky enough to snag a room with a terrace, you’ll get to enjoy fantastic views of the Eternal City. The terraces on the side of the building look out west to the rooftops of Rome and the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Signature superior room with terrace
Signature superior room with terrace. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Modern functionalfurnishings
Modern functional furnishings. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Superior room terrace
Superior room terrace. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Terrace views
Terrace views. PHOTO NADIA CHO