Kolbe Hotel Rome
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast, a welcome drink and a $13 voucher for the restaurant (for a minimum of two people)
- Lemon trees scent the garden courtyard during alfresco breakfasts and cocktail hours
- On the grounds of a former Franciscan convent, the property exudes a contemplative air
- History buffs will enjoy the 15th-century brickwork and proximity to ancient sites
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $4 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- This is a quiet property suited to families and those looking for history and culture rather than nightlife
- The minimalist design of the public spaces, from the bar to the lobby, doesn’t foster spontaneous lounging or socializing
- No air conditioning in winter can mean stuffy rooms on unseasonably warm days
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Postmodern meets post-medieval. Rooms feature soaring 15th-century arches and exposed brick walls, but the overall interior design — from the airy bilevel suites to the mod leather couches and plasma TVs in the lobby — tips the balance toward a decidedly contemporary vibe. Both public and private spaces inspire a sense of relaxation and reflection, fitting for a location next door to a working Franciscan friary.
Bed and Bath
Expect surprising touches of innovative style in the atmospheric brick-clad guestrooms, such as circular beds bedecked in rich scarlet fabrics and sconces that illuminate the original masonry. Befitting the Franciscan tradition of simplicity, there is nothing superfluous here, although the admittedly luxurious Jacuzzi bathtubs and double showerheads provide a welcome indulgence after days spent pounding Rome’s cobblestone lanes.
Perfect for quiet dinners away from Rome’s buzzing trattorias, the on-site restaurant, Il Giardino Degli Aranci (the garden of the oranges), serves seasonal Roman dishes as well as alfresco wine and barbecue feasts in the courtyard on temperate evenings. Bountiful breakfasts, served buffet-style, cater to American and English guests (think scrambled eggs and sausages, with unlimited coffee), but there’s also traditional continental fare. There’s no spa, but Acquamadre Hammam, a traditional Hellenic-Roman bathhouse, is a 15-minute walk away.