What We Love
- A four-star hotel in Rome's city center, with breakfast, a welcome drink and a dining discountEnjoying a discount on gourmet, Michelin-starred fare in Pipero al Rex
- Sunning yourself or enjoying breakfast on the hotel’s tranquil roof terrace
- The hotel's great location in Rome's cultural hub
What To Know
- The hotel is located within walking distance of the Termini train station and many of Rome's historic sites
- Decent free WiFi
- Breakfast is served on the fourth floor outdoor terrace
Rome boasts an astonishing artistic heritage, and it’s positively brimming with UNSECO World Heritage Site, shops, restaurants and bars galore. Nestled in the culture-rich Monti district, which is packed with quirky shops and cutting-edge boutiques, the intimate Hotel Rex offers a four-star stay with personality. Housed in a period villa, it features a stylish grey lobby, with a white, marble floor and an oversized wall-mounted alarm clock. Elsewhere, gaze up an elegant, balustraded spiral staircase to a glinting glass skylight high above.
For a city hotel, it’s surprisingly full of cozy corners where you can kick back and relax. After a day of sightseeing, catch up on some reading in the inviting lounge library, or pop up to the tranquil Solerex roof terrace, and soak up some rays on a lounger while listening to the soft music. There’s even a small fitness room with Wii Sports and punching bags, where you can let off some steam. Pleasant evenings can be spent quaffing fine, vintage wine in the bar.
The absolute highlight of the hotel, though, has to be its popular restaurant, Pipero al Rex. This Michelin-starred dining destination serves exquisitely presented creative cuisine under the expert guidance of head chef Luciano Monosilio. After your gourmet feasts, your spacious room is a relaxing and welcoming space where you can recharge your batteries and wake up ready to do it all again.
Spacious Superior rooms are painted soothing dove grey, taupe or ocher, with polished wooden headboards. En-suite bathrooms come with walk-in shower and marble sink.
The refined Pipero al Rex restaurant boasts one Michelin star – and with good reason. Its spaghetti carbonara is legendary, and other standout dishes are duck breast tartare and squab with figs and polenta. Just make sure you reserve a table well in advance.
Hote Rex sits steps from Rome’s main Terminus train station, which has direct links to the airport. This is the city’s culture hub, so you can visit the Opera House, National Museum and National Art Gallery, all of which are close by. People-watch in the Plaza de Repubblica, also nearby. The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps are about a 20-minute walk from the hotel.
How to Get There
We have three boys, 9,11,13 years and had a very large and clean 2 bedroom suite on second floor. Great help and info at front desk, walk to recommended fantastic local pizzeria/restaurant was great or kids, walk to hop on hop off bus a short few blocks away gave us access to all of Rome easily. Quiet, safe neighborhood location. Don’t pay more to be in tourist trap hotels and those congested must see areas you’ll easily get to and leave as quickly anyway! When in Rome, live and eat as the Romans do!
The hotel itself was a little run-down but clean
The receptionists ranged from great to miserable
Although we quite liked it - it certainly had a lot of potential
The breakfast was clean and you either ate inside or on the rooftop (frequented by pigeons - but if you don't like it you can move inside)
I liked the fact they offered a huge range of free DVD's for the evening (I like to unwind by watching a film late at night, although we never actually managed to get the PS2 to play them as there was a problem with the connection at the rear of the TV - an example of how things really need tweaking.
Great location, near restaurants (not expensive) and 10mins from the Colosseum
Would recommend if you're not overly fussy
Hotel Rex is ideally located walking distance to train and other sites. The staff is extremely helpful, arranging taxis, car from airport and with recommendations for events and restaurants. Rooms are large and clean. Breakfast is also very nice on their terrace. Only complaint would be that hotel could use a bit of an update. That’s a small negative to an overall really nice stay.
Stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in April, prior to joining a cruise and found it to be a great experience. The hotel is centrally situated for the usual attractions, and about a steady 10 minutes’ walk from the main Termini railway station. The Rome Opera house is within a few hundred yards and there are several restaurants and bars within a few minutes’ walk.
The hotel itself appears to have originally been separate buildings now joined together to make one larger one. Our room was of reasonable size, very clean and tidy with a comfortable bed. Tea and coffee making facilities are in the room.
We stayed on a B&B basis – meals being served on an upper floor, with the option of eating either inside, or on the outside terrace. We invariably opted for the terrace but if you do this don’t leave food unguarded otherwise the pigeons and sea gulls will have it before you do! The hotel does have its own restaurant; however it didn’t appear to be open whilst we were there, no doubt as they were still in the “quiet season”.
Staff at the place were superb, very friendly and went out of their way to help. On our last mornings breakfast my wife had some fruit to start. On going back in for croissants, she found there were only the fruit filled ones left, which she wasn't keen on. She communicated with one the waiters, (bearing in mind that she doesn’t speak any Italian and vice versa), if any more plain croissants would be coming out, and he indicated that as it was late, no more would be coming out. She communicated that it was no problem. While waiting for me to finish my breakfast, to our surprise the other waiter/cook came out with three newly cooked, hot croissants for her.
My husband and I stayed here for one night while we were visiting Rome. It was very close to the train station and in pretty close walking distance to all the local attractions. The staff was very nice and accommodating. They even let us leave our luggage there after check out so we could explore the area. We would for sure tell our family and friends about this hotel. Thank you again!