Gigli d’Oro Suite
What We Love
- The small bar offers full bottles of wine, various spirits and snacks
- Personalized service from the staff
- WiFi is free throughout the property, and each suite is equipped with a laptop
- The meticulous blend of ancient and modern in the rooms is possible only in a city like Rome
What To Know
- Just six rooms
- The small breakfast room can be a tight squeeze
- Soundproofing is great between floors and rooms, but noise from the staircase leaks through the doors
- The check-in desk is staffed between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; if you’re arriving outside those hours, call ahead to make arrangements
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Geographically, the Gigli d’Oro is in the thick of where you want to be in Rome: Tucked behind Piazza Navona, it’s a three-minute walk from the Tiber, eight from the Pantheon and 10 from Via del Corso, Rome’s main shopping street and the gateway to Via Condotti and the Spanish Steps. Mentally, though, it’s a world away from the well-trodden tourist trail. Partly this is due to its location, but mostly it’s the property itself. From the moment you step through its narrow oak doorway, the meticulous blend of ancient, modern and everything in between is clear. Brick and stone fittings poke out from walls painted a startling white; the tiny check-in desk sits in front of a vast Baroque canvas; even the original stone staircase has been extended to the suites under the eaves and lovingly restored — right down to its centuries-old paint flecks.
Bed and Bath
Each of the six suites is different in design, but all have underlit beds that seem to float, sanded-down floorboards, rainfall showers and modern white furniture, along with antique touches like flouncy gilt mirrors, stone fireplaces and exposed beams in the top-floor rooms. It’s a tricky combination but one the Gigli d’Oro pulls off perfectly; where a defiantly modern room can feel stark and a traditional one oppressive, these are chic yet cozy. They’re also fiercely individual. The Junior Suite Superior has a sexy Latin motto carved into the fireplace, the remains of an ancient stone doorway next to the shower, and a basin that has been custom-designed to fit the narrow bathroom.
A pervasive calm floods the bright property, which was until recently owned by a Roman aristocrat. The attentive staff is so discreet you feel as though you’re being attended in your own private residence. And that’s definitely the feeling you get at night, when the door is locked, reception is unmanned, and the guests have the run of the place. It may be mere steps from the tourist draw of Piazza Navona, but the Gigli d’Oro is a world apart from your typical Rome hotel. Right down to the informal common area, which operates an open bar between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.; help yourself to free tea, coffee, prosecco, spirits, savory snacks and traditional Italian cakes.
In the Area
Possibly Rome’s most famous piazza after St Peter’s, the vast Piazza Navona is just out the door of the hotel. Stroll around it, get a feel for its shape — it was a racing circuit in ancient times — and check out the Baroque fountain by Bernini in its center. A few minutes upstream from the hotel, on the edge of the Tiber, is one of ancient Rome’s lesser-known (but most beautiful) monuments: the Ara Pacis. Built to celebrate the emperor Augustus’s triumphal return from Gaul in 13 BC, it’s a deliciously sculpted monumental marble box clad in a modern glass overcoat designed by Richard Meier. Below the Vatican, on the other side of the river, is Trastevere, the working-class neighborhood that’s still the place to go for a night out with real Romans. The bars and restaurants around Piazza Santa Maria di Trastevere are your best bets.
How to Get There
My review is based on our stay 12 months ago (so sorry) but it prompted me to write the review as we are about to check in again. Our 3 night stay was lovely, with the staff being very friendly and hospitable. Simple breakfast and cosy rooms made us feel comfortable. The bed was a little too hard for my liking but I feel all the hotel beds in Italy are like that (at least in my experience). The location was great, as well as the price and for these reasons, it is why we have chosen to stay at Gigli again.
This hotel was a little hard to find when we first arrived in Rome, but once we found it was very easy to move around. The location is perfect and walking distance to the vatican and many other sights. Room was VERY spacious and loved the style and decoration. It had a big spa like shower had lights that changed different colors.
Breakfast is pretty simple not many options, but there is a happy hour every day that offers chips and peanuts as well as other liquors which is a nice break to long walking days. We would definitely return to this hotel when in rome again.
This was our third time staying Gigli d'Oro Suite, and once again the staff was terrific, the hotel is clean, and the location is walking distance to the main sights of Rome.
The staff is always friendly and helpful. They have great recommendations for dinner and very helpful with directions. We have stayed in two different rooms now, and both were of good size with adequate closet space and clean bathrooms. The location is about a 30-minute walk from the Vatican and the Coliseum.
If we are fortunate enough to go back to Rome, we will happily stay at Gigli d'Oro Suite again.
This hotel is situated in a very old building that were all remodeled. The rooms are very comfortable and cozy. The bathroom has marble walls and floor. The breakfast place is quite small but very nice. The hotel is very close to Piaza Navona which is very good.
Super close to Piazza Navona, one of our favorite spots in Rome. Hotel is charming combo of modern and old. We would have liked cooler AC - was a bit humid when we were there. Good breakfast including eggs upon request. Staff was very friendly and helpful.