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.
How to Get There
We enjoyed our visit to Rome and Kolbe hotel’s great location and style was a good part of that. Good family rooms, decent garden for kids to run around in and proximity to Forum and Circus Maximus. Staff tried very hard, and Rome is of course amazing at every age. Forum, Vatican, ice cream pizza.. happy kids
Part of Roman charm is of course a rather different approach than UK or US guests might take for granted: hairdryer only works for 5 min at a time due to safety feature, shower sprays cold smelly water at you though jacuzzi nozzles if you knock it slightly out of position and the room door lock was pretty shaky. But if this type of Roman charm bothers you, best visit Switzerland instead I suppose..
It took us several days to figure out local restaurants and supermarkets/ sandwich shops. There are several within a few hundred metres not on Tripadvisor. And the hotel has more food on offer than brief room service menu suggests.
Top tip: book Vatican and Colosseum before you arrive to avoid queues
Really enjoyed our stay - was there 6 nights in total. Very close to major attractions & restaurants & staff were very nice & helpful.
Would recommend to others travelling for business or pleasure....
We stayed here for 4 nights with 2 adults & 2 children. The rooms was lovely with an amazing high ceiling and feature wall. The location is fantastic our room overlooked palatine hill and was 7 mins to the colosseum. Garden was lovely to have an evening drink in. Breakfast was ok fairly basic. Would definitely stay and recommend the hotel to others.