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
We loved staying at this hotel, sleeping under the skylight and the wood beams (15th or 16th century, as i recall?) and the staff was so helpful and friendly. We were only in Rome for a few brief stays coming and going from Malta, but I liked this hotel very much. We were in a suite - The room is small, the shower/bath is in the same room as the room, and there are steps to get there, so if that is an issue for you, know ahead of time that you will have some stairs to go up. The staff carried our luggage, thank goodness, which was a big help, as my husband was recovering from a herniated disc. We enjoyed the breakfast, we did not get a chance to join the happy hour - but there is no onsite dining. (La Ciambella is within walking distance, I recommend it if you are trying to find something not catering to the tour busses). Taxis have difficulty getting directly in front of this particular location - some will drop you off at the square and ask you to walk the rest of the way - it isn't very far at all and shouldn't be a deal breaker unless you have trouble walking. The wifi is a bit weak, but hopefully you are not in Rome to spend your time on the internet.
Excellent location, two blocks from beautiful Piazza Navona. Very clean. Very friendly and polite staff, obviously the management policy is to greet all clients by hand shake and remember them by their first name, which makes it hard to say anything bad afterwards, the people are really great. Breakfast is simple but enough to get you going, they can bring it to your room but only between 8-10am and they are fast, polite and accomodating. Other than that, this is a guest house which I had not properly noticed when I booked. This means there is no reception desk after 8pm, no restaurant on premises, no way to order anything other than breakfast and only during designated hours and then various little things that might or might not make a difference to someone, such as no umbrella when it was pouring down with rain (however the extremely nice gentleman at the reception lented us his own!), no big bottles of water available etc. However the biggest issue we faced was wifi. The wifi reception is unacceptable. We were logged off more than half the time and even when it was working it supported only the simplest smart phone functions, there is no way you can for instance watch a movie. Other than that, we probably stayed at what must have been the smallest room, I saw another room on the same floor and it was almost double, with a fireplace etc. Judging from our room, the closet space was very small, there were no drawers, no shelves whatsoever in the closet. The light system in the bathtub was not working and the bathroom is prοbably in need of some minor renovations, it presented some "tired" details, chopped paint in the corners, signs of mold in the bathrub conrners, metallic details undone etc. Nothing important and overall this is a very nice place if one is looking for a guest house. Room was dark all day, but this is only normal as the streets of Rome are very narrow and don't allow for sun light to filter through. Overall, if it was not for the wifi (which really made our life difficult as we were there on business and ended up using all our data and having to buy additional data storage) I would have given this property 4 stars.
The hotel was in a fantastic location, walking distance to all the important monuments. The room was clean, spacious and very nicely decorated. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I would definitely go back.
The staff - Stefano, Daniele, as our concierge's and the others we dealt with were "A" class, the best!
Superb location in the heart of ancient Rome with proximity to sites being all walk-able at steady pace, with plenty to see along the way...
Our room was superbly appointed - truly brilliant...
A special mention of the way the "Gigli" works the mini-bar - they do NOT load the drinks' prices like the big names do, which is an absolute disgrace; therefore a very big thank-you to "Gigli" for a sensational weekend in all manner of speaking, especially Stefano and Daniele!!
We stayed in a classic suite for 4 nights during the beginning of October and I cannot say enough great things about this hotel. This is truly a gem. The room was more than spacious enough: queen sized bed, two chairs, table, desk, and a decent sized bathroom. It was very clean and modern and had quite a bit of charm. There are quite a few stairs, BUT there is an elevator, so this really shouldn't be a problem from anyone.
The hotel provides a nice breakfast of yogurt, cereal, fruit, pastries, meats, and cheeses as well as coffee drinks. We truthfully didn't wake up early enough to eat breakfast most mornings (served from 8-10) but the two times we did eat, it was fantastic.
Additionally, there is a complimentary happy hour from 4:30-7 that we did enjoy most afternoons.
This hotel is in the perfect location. It is located around the corner from the Piazza Navona, which is full of good restaurants and entertainment. It is about a 5 minutes walk to the Trevi Fountain, 10 minutes to the Spanish Steps, and about 15 minutes from the Vatican. It is truly an ideal location for sightseeing.
As if all of this isn't enough, the staff is AMAZING. We truly enjoyed chatting with Stefano and the rest of the staff were very friendly. We were recommended to a few restaurants by them and they were all fantastic.
I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about this hotel. When we come back to Rome, we will definitely be staying here again.