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What We Love

  • Panoramic views and fantastic martinis on the roof terrace
  • Melt-in-your-mouth caramel panacotta at Vicolo 88
  • Nearby Triangolo della Pace: a favorite hangout for Roman hipsters
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • A tourist tax per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
  • Bring your Prada sunglasses—the well-heeled Roman clientele will expect you to look the part
  • Rooms can be small, and the minimalist bare brick and concrete walls will not be to everyone’s taste

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Restaurant
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Bedroom Hip property Suite living room home

Overview

Bold design, stark décor, and a gourmet restaurant combine at this hipster hangout in Rome’s historic heart

The Lowdown

Rumor has it this 17th-century townhouse was once a holding facility for the enemies of the Catholic church. But all that dark and dusty history has been well and truly zapped thanks to the hotel’s bold design, stark décor, and hip hangouts. Thankfully, all this no-frills minimalism perfectly balances the dip and sway of the ancient cobbled streets around picture-perfect Piazza Navona. In guest rooms, distressed concrete and bare brick walls are complemented by rich, dark wood paneling, timber flooring, and ingenious recessed lighting. Details such as zebra-skin easy chairs and spot reading lamps reinforce the relaxed elegance, while the views across the Tiber to Ponte Umberto scream pure Roman romance. Stark white walls, black leather benches, and red velvet curtains are the order of the day at Vicolo 88, the hotel’s small but perfectly formed restaurant whose menu includes several nods to the continent (coq au vin; Catalan salmon carpaccio) and is uniformly excellent, but the real showstoppers are the homemade desserts—the caramel panacotta knocks the proverbial socks off. After dinner, take a glass-fronted elevator to the roof terrace, where local hipsters sip eclectic cocktails and drink in the panoramic views of the city.

How to Get There

Relais Orso
Via dell'Orso 88
Rome, 00186 Italy

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 464 Reviews
Absolutely beautiful hotel in a great location
Reviewed 2 months ago

Great hotel, 5 minutes away from the Spanish Steps with attractions round every corner. Fabulous contemporary design with a beautiful roof terrace. Staff couldn't have been more helpful. We were in Rome to celebrate our wedding anniversary & the hotel really made it. Lots of lovely cafes & restaurants along the street with a tabac, wine shop & bakery at the end. Great base for exploring. Thanks to Maxine & all the team for making it so special.

STUNNING!!!
Reviewed 3 months ago

It was absolutely perfect!!! The location great!!!!! It’s in the very center of Rome, close to all the best attractions of the city. The hotel very beautiful, clean and efficient. Personnel extremely polied, they helped us a lot with many advice!!!!
Next time in Rome, for sure back to Relais Orso!!!

amazing stay!!
Reviewed 3 months ago

I’ve spent my vacation in Rome staying in this awesome hotel. Rooms were very clean, amazing stuff and great location to get to the principal and most famous stuff to visit in the city.
Priceless location, priceless hotel!!!!!

Great Hotel
Reviewed 5 months ago

Great hotel, clean and comfortable . Unique rooms with cool vibe. We read about thin walls in other reviews but we never heard any noise, the street is quiet too. Location is the main pro, everything is walking distance. The rooftop is perfect for cocktail hour and not too crowded. Will go there again.

Great roof and service, rooms lacking important details
Reviewed 6 months ago

Great little boutique hotel in the heart of Rome at the end of an amazingly quaint medieval lane. When it is warm the rooftop with a small bar is open in the evening and is an amazing amenity.

There is no restaurant or room service. These details are wrong on Google and other sites. But the bar does have very very light bar snacks. There are lots of great restaurants within a 1-2 minute walk.

The worst part of the stay would be the room maintenance and small bathroom. The shower and bathtub were in the bedroom for some reason in our room and the light on that side of the room never stayed on, even though we complained a few times. Which made it tough to see to use the shower. Also, there was never any hot water. Kind of a big issue. The bathroom itself was tiny with ZERO space to put any of your toiletries. Or hand towels or anything. And for some reason the tiny sink was just far enough off the wall so that you could easily lose a bar of soap or a toothbrush really easily.

If not for the rooftop and the location, I would have to go down to 2 or 3 stars. The annoyances in the room were a big pain. But everything else was great. Including the small hotel staff. They just need to make some updates to their plumbing, electrical and maybe a freakin shelf in the bathroom.