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.
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Loved Hotel Orso for my last night in Rome, when I was solo and wanted to pay a bit less. Rooftop has gorgeous views and is barely known (though savvy Rome travelers should add it as a lowkey scenic aperitivo spot). Room was v small, with shower / bathtub in the bedroom and toilet/sink separated in the bathroom. But didn't bother me at all - who wants to be in the room when you're in Rome anyhow?! And the great service, whimsical room names (I was in Disney) with exposed brick walls and inspirational quotes more than make up for cozy spaces.
Didn't know what to expect (being our first time in Rome!) but we were very happy with the location of our hotel and the hotel itself. Décor is outstanding, hotel is clean, staff is Very friendly and helpful. We visited the roof top bar for wine every night. Bartender was very nice, view was AMAZING! Air conditioning is great. The ONLY thing I wasn't happy about was that there was only two small drawers for your clothes, no counter space in bathroom and no luggage racks. If you're travelling with much more than a carry on it's not great. Location was so perfect. We walked just about everywhere. The Pantheon is only a 5 minute walk. Piazza Navona was a 2 minute walk. Everything is close. Best gelato, amazing restaurants, shopping everywhere. LOVE it!
Hotel was lovely and in a great location. It was about 25 minute walk from the Vatican, Colosseum and the main station. The receptionist was super friendly! The room was modern and clean. We were looking forward to using the roof terrace but the lift was broken throughout our two night stay. We also had three pillows for 2 of us and when we asked for an extra one they said that they’d run out - we thought this was a bit odd for a hotel. Other than this we loved it.