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
A sanctuary on a surprisingly animated Piazza
The hotel is certainly the right place to start your journey through Rome. So staying there is a prerequisite. When you finished your excellent breakfast in preparation for that very mission through history, you have left the hotel behind you, looking at the Pasquino statue. An important monument in many ways. At any rate, certainly Rough.
When later you are in your room to fully absorb the Grande Bellezza, you might notice how easy it goes there. First, the walls have retained the rough finish, though elegantly. Then there is the selection of original furniture. Historical too, though not so antique as the trillion cultural artifacts in Rome. Still, it leaves a baroque impression. Very sophisticated.
Next you can sit downstairs and having an interesting conversation leaning over the golden bar. You learn everything you cannot find on Wikipedia. And you learn to smile too, while having a good Negroni.
We only stopped in for drinks because the place looked nice.
Comfy seating, a nice crowd. Didnt realise there is a hotel attached.
The service was odd..... the only server/bartender seemed in over his head, but once we finally managed to get a drink, we were comfortable.
This is the perfect small hotel: tucked behind an adorable cafe/wine bar in a great location (central and walkable from most desirable areas, just off a bustling street), the hotel is highly designed but relaxed and incredibly comfortable (it definitely has the feel of a super chic friend’s apartment), small but not at all cramped (our suite was spacious with lots of light and gorgeous high ceilings), incredible service (warm and friendly, everyone—was quick to help and offer fantastic advice on where to go to eat and drink like locals). Stefano and Andrea were especially helpful and welcomed us like old friends. Breakfast was decadent with a spread of cheese, meats, yogurt, fresh squeezed juice and delicious savory and sweet homemade pastries. Lastly, while it’s in a lively area, close to tons of great cafes, bars and restaurants (and even a fantastic spot for Thai massage right around the corner Sunee Thai Massage Center - the perfect relief after two days of nonstop walking!), the room was fairly quiet even on Saturday night. We will be back!