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
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 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.
Excellent location for checking out Rome, Rooms were nice, but a touch on the small side. Staff very helpful and friendly. Rooms could be a little cleaner lots of dust etc also as mentioned in other reviews the walls are thin!
Spent 3 days here and we loved the place.
The room was a little dark but the hotel has great attention to detail and is pretty hip and trendy. Great roof top bar as well but it’s only open at 6pm which is a bit of a pity.
Fantastically friendly staff. Always laughing and helpful
Great location with lots of awesome restaurants nearby.
Would not hesitate to return
Just perfect. Perfect city. Perfect location. Perfect staff. Perfect room (we got a superior room with jacuzzi). The cherry on top of the cake was the superb cocktail on the rooftop. I would recommend Relais Orso to anyone looking for a touch of modern in the center of world's eternal city.