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
From Singapore, we stayed 9 nights in this establishment in October. The location was excellent, just 3 minutes' walk to the popular Piazza Navona with a taxi stand right outside. It was surrounded by great restaurants, bars and cafes. Hotel staff were courteous, helpful and professional. And the price was reasonable. But there were some downsides. First, the hotel Wi-Fi was unstable. It auto-disconnected from time to time, and I had to re-logon again. Second, housekeeping service was wanting. Hand soaps, toilet papers, etc were not adequately replenished. Third, the term "suites" was a bit stretched. Ours was just a bigger double-bed room with an additional table and two chairs. Fourth, hotel staff were only on duty from 8:00am to 8:00pm. After 8:00pm, guests would have no services whatsoever. If you can put up with these minor shortcomings. then this is a good hotel to stay.
Beautiful place, wonderful, friendly and happy staff, doing everything to make the guests happy. The location of this hotel is fantastic, rooms are nice and breakfast is a true Roman treat. I simply loved it here. Thank you Giulio and Daniele to make my stay here so nice.
I honestly want d to give this hotel five stars, but I just couldn't based on my experience there. It wasn't terrible, but with a botique hotel you expect high quality service. For the record, the hotel's website is TERRIBLE with a lack of information and unrealistic claims.
1) Breakfast is included. Great! This was not mentioned on the website. They really pushed the breakfast room service on us when we checked in. That's because a place that has 6 suites only has four tables that seat 2 people max for breakfast. The breakfast room was tinier than our room. The first morning we went to the continental breakfast and it took an hour. There is one staff member managing both the breakfast room and breakfast room service. Ordering espresso took 20 minutes. Waiting for juice or yogurt took 20 minutes. Ordering eggs took 30 minutes. The second morning we went to another hotel to have a better breakfast.
2) The room we had also had a fireplace. A decorative fireplace that did not work. Which was not mentioned on the website. In the US, this would be considered false advertising. The sink in the bathroom sprayed water everywhere unless it was just dripping. Multiple faucets in the bathroom didn't work properly. Housekeeping did not empty the trash (only one tiny can in the bathroom for the entire suite). They did not refresh the vanity kits. Just provided new towels. We only had a shower and no bathtub, but that wasn't clear on the website either. Our "City view" was the wall of the building across the street. The noise all three nights was terrible, even with the windows shut. The air conditioner only went down to 19° C. The wifi was so bad as to be considered unusable. I couldn't even check email. Ended up using data the whole time.
3) The staff was friendly and helpful. We did have to wait over an hour when a staff member was supposed to be at the front desk between 8 am and 8 pm and no one was there. We did get charged for wanting an extra key to our room. The default is one key per room. A lot of the amenities mentioned with the hotel have to be requested and aren't just available, such as bathrobes and slippers, etc.
This may be a bit of a ranting review but I only got 12 hours of sleep over 3 days due to the noise outside our room.
Lovely looking hotel and good location, but I would not book again or recommend to anyone else.