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
- Free WiFi
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
The staff at Relais Orso were amazing, anything that we needed they were more than willing to help (also provided recommendations in the area). I highly recommend the location too. About 15 mins walking distance from all of the sights. Note: The walls are VERY thin.
Our taxi driver did not drop us off outside the front of the hotel so we were confused on where to find the hotel- we had to look up images on what the hotel looks like from the outside to locate it because we couldn’t find a name on the building. Once we did find it you couldn’t miss it. It was in a great location and would probably stay here again based on the location alone. We booked the terrace for 3 nights and loved it. Used the spa everyday. Needed to call reception on how to fill up the spa because no instructions were provided. Staff were very helpful and friendly- except for the first morning we were there when room attendants were extremely loud and woke us up very early. Hotel itself is just missing a few things which I was expecting to find for the price we paid for the room- no bench space in the bathroom that I had to put my toiletries outside the bathroom, No tissues, No shower soap just shampoo, No moisturiser, didn’t replace shower caps for hair that I used. Fridge/ cooler didn’t work. Air conditioner wasn’t very good. The roof top bar over looked our terrace so there was a bit of privacy issue there, especially when the bar was in use and people were looking down and in at the terrace. These were only minor things.
Amazing little hotel with a roof top terrace. Nice rooms friendly staff. Fantastic location no more than 10 mins from more of the must see sights of Roma.
Couldn’t ask for more for the price. Highly recommended
We loved this hotel! Stayed there early June and has such a pleasant time. The hotel is small but perfect for a short stay. The rooftop was open so we had some drinks and chilled out there at the end of the day, it was beautiful. I have already recommend this hotel to all my friends!
Wonderful place in the center. We spent 3 nights in May and the weather was very nice. We had the opportunity to enjoy the awesome terrace and had delicious cocktails (I recommend Spritz and Hugo).
The room is not very big but has everything you need. I read some comments about the lack of closets but I found hanging space available in the room no problem. The room and the rest of the hotel is meticulously clean and that was the most important thing for us.
I would recommend this place.