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
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.
I happened to find the bar of the hotel by chance, but it is truly amazing and Marco and Stefano whom I happened to meet are two gems.
I am in the hospitality business so I know great hospitality when I see it and this bar both in ambience and hospitality is not be missed !
I booked this using points via my Marriott membership, and would have been even more disappointed if I had actually paid full price. Beautiful building, large room with separate sitting area, good sized bathroom, stylishly appointed, fantastic location. But staff not especially helpful/friendly. Not inexpensive. A lot of foot traffic noise from the room above. And absolutely no Marriott perks, not even breakfast. Disappointed.
For those of you who want a fantastic place to stay near the Piazza Navona look NO further. We travel the world and have stayed in many too many luxurious hotels, but unsure one quite on par with this. No word better fitting then avant-garde. We had a suite with windows facing out on the bustling street. A clever mix of beautiful furniture in the living space, a gorgeous bedroom, the single most eclectic tub and shower we have ever seen, truly out of something you would see in a modern architectural digest. The staff was super accommodating and walked us through the space and left no question unanswered. A cool little elevator, only one other guest on our floor, and a 5 minute walk to the best parts of Roma. If you want to do Roma in a cool way, STAY HERE, you will not regret it.
This place looks classy, but unless others that pretend, it actually acts classy. Top quality service, ingredients and presentation. It all comes at a price well worth it.
Reminds me a bit of bars in Dubai, but the product takes it a step up.
Ps: cocktails are great recommend Chinese Mule.