Boscolo Exedra Roma, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Near the metro and the main train station, and an easy walk to top landmarks and some of Rome's best neighborhoods
- Gigantic rooftop terrace, complete with blue mosaic-tiled swimming pool (open late spring to early fall), with smashing views, nightly cocktails and a seafood restaurant
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $4 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- This is one of Rome’s larger hotels, and on one of its more heavily trafficked piazzas, so if you’re after an out-of-the-way boutique hotel, it may not be for you
- Breakfast is not included, and the hotel’s morning meal, while copious, costs an extra $45
- The spa and gym are quite petite. Plans are in place for a major expansion
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Neoclassical grandeur. Housed in a dramatically curved 19th-century travertine edifice overlooking central Rome’s circular Piazza della Repubblica, the Exedra welcomes guests through its front arcade and a pair of revolving doors. Inside, a soaring cream-colored lobby showcases intricate plaster moldings and a white grand piano. Up the brass-doored elevators, the 238 guestrooms are classically decorated in warm shades of brown, cream and gold; some of them are in a 15th-century annex, where exposed wooden ceiling beams and a terra-cotta-tile roof suggest its history as a papal granary.
Bed and Bath
Heavily carved, darkly stained wooden doors mark the entry to each room. They open onto an ample closet area, with the bedroom beyond. A pair of chairs, a desk and a kingsize bed sit on plush café au lait–colored carpeting, the bed emerging from an embossed crocodile leather headboard. On the walls, thick striped wallpaper surrounds large windows; a huge mirror, heavily framed in ornate gold, seems to double the room’s size. The marble bathrooms feature twin sinks, separate showers and tubs, and Etro amenities. Deluxe and Superior Rooms are nearly identical in size, layout and amenities; the difference is the view. Deluxe Rooms overlook the Piazza della Repubblica, the adjacent Via Nazionale, or the Diocletian Baths; Superior Rooms peer over an internal courtyard.
On the ground floor, a series of warmly lit, dark wood–paneled rooms and cozy alcoves house the lobby bar, Tazio restaurant and Champagnerie Tazio, which spills out into the hotel’s arcade, with tables and chairs overlooking the piazza. In the warmer months the rooftop pool, terrace bar and restaurant offer big city views, a sunset aperitivo scene, light bites and seafood-focused meals. There’s a small spa and fitness area on the fourth floor, and a black-and-white Italian cinema–themed breakfast room on the first. Even if you’re not in town for work, it’s worth taking yourself on a tour of the basement-level meeting room spaces, where a glass floor reveals some of the ruins of the baths of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
In the Area
The hotel’s position on the Piazza della Repubblica puts it within a five- to 10-minute walk of sights including the Diocletian Baths and the cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore, as well as the city’s main train station. In addition, it’s right on one of Rome’s two metro lines, which makes the Spanish Steps, Vatican, Colosseum and Forum all easy trips. Also nearby is the relatively untouristed but beautiful neighborhood of Monti, where many students, writers and other creative types live. Here, there’s a great local aperitivo scene in the area’s main square, the Piazza Madonna dei Monti, and at neighborhood wine bars Al Vino al Vino and Ai Tre Scalini; Taverna dei Fori Imperiali is a good restaurant to book for dinner nearby.
How to Get There
I was in Rome with my boyfriend for two days (one night) for my birthday, and Palazzi Naiadi was the best base for us! Stunning hotel, excellent service and balcony views to remember forever.
LOCATION - The hotel is located fairly centrally in Rome. We arrived to Rome Termini train station and walked a short, easy five minutes to the hotel. During our stay, we walked to all of the major tourist sights without using any taxis or public transport. It’s close to some lovely restaurants, and an easy walk to the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Spanish Steps. It took us a little longer to get to the Colosseum, Vatican and lovely Trastevere neighbourhood on the other side of the river, but Rome is so beautiful, that walking anywhere is always pretty, with plenty of surprise sights, alleyways and cafes and bars along the way.
ROOM- We were upgraded to a huge room on the top floor of the hotel, with a gorgeous balcony overlooking the busy Piazza Della Republicca. Unfortunately during our stay the huge central fountain was empty, but the big windows and balcony were still lovely. To be honest I think I most enjoyed the wide-spanning arced building façade of the hotel anyway – very photogenic and we loved sipping champagne on our balcony taking the evening sun in and freshly brewed espresso as the sun came up! The room itself was spacious with large mirrors and plenty of wardrobe space, the bed was plush, the double sink marble bathroom was lovely. The room was pristine clean, nice and cool with excellent air con, black out curtains, no noise, and strong wifi! A VERY comfortable space and place to relax. Amazing place to wake up on my birthday!
FACILITIES- One of the major drawcards for us was the rooftop pool. Rome gets unbelievably hot in the peak of summer, and it was amazing to be able to pop back to the hotel in the heat of the day and have a dip. The layout is a little odd, with restaurant tables surrounding the pool, and the sunbeds located around the corner, but we enjoyed the terrace very much. The rooftop restaurant seems to be managed by a third party restaurant group rather than directly managed by the hotel. The food and drinks on the “Posh terrace” as it is called, are expensive (like any up-market rooftop bar in any major city), but presented well. We had a few minor hiccups with a forgotten order and bad bread, but the senior hotel managers were extremely apologetic and quick to rectify it! The gym in the hotel is a decent size and very high end, with all the equipment necessary and stunning balcony views similar to our room. We didn’t have a chance to use the spa (next to the gym), but it looked gorgeous and if we had had more time I would have loved to have tried it!
FOOD – The breakfast was fantastic! Absolutely endless choices at the buffet, coffees and other food to order, all served in an air-conditioned, relaxed environment. We filled up several plates of savoury breakfast dishes, fruit, and best of all cake. The sour cherry and baked ricotta cake was HEAVENLY. I would return to the Palazzo Naiadi for that alone! After eating so much at the buffet, I was also surprised with a very sweet birthday cake and candle by the breakfast room manager which was nice too! A lot of cake all up, but very good!
SERVICE- Overall we found the service to be extraordinary. It was lovely that the staff all acknowledged my birthday, but I am sure that regardless of special occasions, these hosts are always on top of everything! From the check in staff who called us as soon as our room was ready for early check in (we arrived at 10am!), to the restaurant recommendations, and general friendliness and warmth, it was top quality!
We stayed at this same hotel a couple of years ago and there was no doubt that it was a 5 star hotel. How times have changed. I am not sure if ownership has changed, but we were truly disappointed with our recent stay. The air conditioning was not working in our room. The carpet in our room was pretty dirty. The front desk and concierge were completely annoyed when we asked for directions or recommendations.
We stayed here in April and it was the best, my partner still talks about it. The moment we checked in everyone was so friendly to us! It has a beautiful interior and exterior design with a very historical building. The location was perfect for us to travel another cities by train. We highly recommend staying here. 5 stars!
First of all, I am quite surprised to see the responses of Hotel Management to many of these reviews. Let me say, as a senior executive in the luxury hotel business, being defensive and telling people that their observations are incorrect is not the right answer.
That said, we were super excited to be visiting Rome for the first time, and to stay in a five-star property is the way to experience that.
-Location. Central to many great shopping, restaurants and historical areas.
-Lobby is nice.
-Room was comfortable, if a little small.
-Bed was comfortable as well.
-Doormen were very friendly and engaging.
-Everyone we encountered spoke English quite well.
-Pool is tiny, unheated and sun loungers are on a separate deck, away from pool
-First visit to pool bar, waiter spilled his tray on us. They did reimburse us for cleaning.
-Exorbitant pricing on mixed cocktails in both bars.
-No offer of turndown on 2 of 4 nights. We did NOT have privacy sign on door.
-Weird meal in Tazio on our final night.
A few details.
Bar cocktail pricing. We ordered a gin & tonic, with half tonic/half soda. In every bar previously visited, a cocktail like this is one price. However, here you pay 17 Euros for the gin and 10 Euros each for the tonic and the soda. So your cocktail ends up costing 37 Euros...that is $42.00 US for a drink served in a plastic glass! I certainly could not afford to drink very much here, thank goodness there are other bars close by.
AC was not very effective, so we shut it off and opened the window. Unfortunately street noise, mechanical equipment noise from all the rooftops etc did not make for a restful sleep.
The dish I ordered in Tazio sounded great on the menu, a pasta carbonara with shrimp. However, the shrimp was completely raw. I mean, utterly uncooked. I'm not sure if that's how it was described on the menu...if it was, I apologize, however, thinking back, it was odd - and I am an avid sushi eater.
There was only one other table occupied in the restaurant.
On our first night, someone knocked on the door at 9:00pm. We were already in bed. I went to the door and it was housekeeping asking if we wanted turndown service. I declined, since we were already in bed. They did not come back on night 2 or night 3. On night 4, we arrived back after dinner to find turndown had been done. Very strange!
The hotel needs some staff training and some procedural changes to address issues like this. While minor, they add up, and each one of these are a teachable moment to improve engagement with the guest.
I hope you will take this feedback as intended, to improve service and to truly bring the property to a five-star level.
Do not hesitate to book this hotel while in Rome. We stayed 3 nights and had 2 rooms. Both rooms were upgraded without asking because I am a Marriott member. The breakfast buffet was included in the price of the room which I did not know until I got there. The buffet was great. Lots of options. The rooftop pool and bar is great. We had a great stay with no problems. The hotel is beautiful inside and out!