What We Love
- The personal “lifestyle butler” assigned to each guest, who helps create a bespoke travel experience, like design tutorials with a teacher at the Academy of Costume and Fashion
- Exclusive, insider tours of Rome
- The work on display by local artists and designers in the hotel’s café-bar
What To Know
- The penthouse suite overlooks the Sant’Agnese dome in the Piazza Navona
- There’s no spa, but the staff can send a masseuse or even a hairdresser to your room
- There’s no restaurant or public space besides the bar
- The hotel offers educational city experiences designed for kids, including “Young Gladiators” and “Myths and Legends”
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
G-Rough displays its cool credentials immediately: rather than line up at a reception desk, someone will check you in at the bar with a coffee or cocktail. The staff can also book you a tasting tour of the city, or rent you a Vespa to zip around on. Upstairs, ten suites (just two per floor) have an incomplete look that shows off the building’s handsome 17th-century features like patina walls, angled ceilings, and parquet floors, but each one is inspired by a 20th-century Italian designer like Giò Ponti, Paolo Venini, and Archimede Seguso complete with statement-making furnishings such as the Gino Sarfatti “Sputnik” chandeliers to match. Though there’s no restaurant on the premises, continental breakfast is served in the rooms and includes strong Italian coffee that will give you energy to explore. The central location is ideal for checking out both the must-see tourist spots and the neighborhood’s delightful array of wine bars and chic restaurants.
In the Area
With a convenient setting in the center of Rome, G-Rough is within walking distance of a number of important sights including the Piazza Pasquino (home to the famous “talking statues”), the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican. Strolling around some of Rome’s most iconic squares, including the Piazza Navona, the Piazza Venezia, and Campo de’ Fiori (particularly the morning market) is mandatory in good weather, when all of Rome comes out to play. For a roasted-on-site espresso in a classic Roman atmosphere, head to the nearby Caffè Sant’Eustachio, which has retained its considerable charm since the 1930s; then, later in the day, sample Italian wines by the glass at Mimì e Cocò before heading to dinner at the tiny enoteca Cul de Sac, which serves up fabulous pasta and house-made paté close to home.
How to Get There
Been here twice now on our holiday in Rome. Small bar area which has many mirrors to give appearance of being much bigger. Very stylish though and comfortable. You feel like you are in a club rather than a noisy uncomfortable bar. Reasonable range of drinks (e.g. only 3 red wines by the glass) and quick service. It is on the pricy side with an aperol spritz at €15. Have enjoyed our visits and will be back.
Just spent five nights here. Originally planned to spend only three but we were so happy we stayed longer. Great location for sightseeing, eating and drinking. Super luxurious (but comfortable) in every way, especially the bed linens and toiletries . Really terrific staff, led by charming Stefano. They couldn’t do enough for us to make our stay wonderful. Excellent omelette for breakfast. Definitely would love to return and to visit their sister hotel in Puglia.
Location cannot be beat but everything else was a major failure. The property markets itself as a luxury boutique but it's really a 3-star property selling at 5-star prices, think more like a nice hostel. Take a look at the wood and green wardrobe, see how the drawers do not close? That should have been my first warning. A/C was horrible and could not maintain a set temperature, swinging about +/- 5 F. The TV's built-in Netflix app couldn't hold wifi well enough to actually stream a whole show. The tiny desk with backless seat is unusable but worse is the octopus of power cords hanging from adapters, a true fire hazard. The shower was a miserable experience with low pressure and extreme temperature swings despite time of day. Bathroom amenities were never restocked despite multiple requests. Talk about cheap, even the toilet paper was extra thin!
Service was a mixed bag. Marco did go out of his way to help us get tickets for an event which we greatly appreciated. Check-in was friendly but the rep never followed up with the list of restaurant recommendations he offered. The morning guard would interrogate us every day as to our room NAME (not number, how quaint) and demanded us to explicitly decline paid breakfast every morning before he would unlock the front door for us to exit, very irritating. Housekeeping never replaced used glasses, I would have to bring them to the bar myself to get clean ones. At check-out I asked them to email me my folio and it took multiple follow-ups and over 10 days to finally get a skewed and poorly scanned copy with no apology for the delay.
I would absolutely NOT recommend this property at the prices asked, perhaps if it was under 200 euros a night in which case the location makes it worth it. But don't expect anything greater than 3-star accommodations or service.