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What We Love

  • Good position between Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso and the Tiber
  • Excellent on-site restaurant with inventive international dishes from chef Rodolfo Chieroni
  • The 17th-century frescoed chapel, restored in August 2011, which can be rented out for weddings and other events
  • The inner courtyard, with its gazebo, sofas and bar
  • Snazzy American bar is great for predinner drinks and people watching

What To Know

  • A city tax of approximately $2.60 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout on Jetsetter
  • Suitable for couples and business types
  • Be sure to book one of the recently renovated rooms
  • Artworks by Italian masters Arnoldo Pomodoro and African artifacts are on show in the public areas
  • There’s no spa on property
  • WiFi is available for around $13 per day

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

Once home to a handful of Italian celebrities, including Italy’s very own former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the Residenza di Ripetta – originally converted into a hotel in the 1970s – revamped itself into a four-star hotel three years ago after a change in ownership. Climbing the steps to the entrance I easily understood its charms. Warm hues, oversized canvases and the odd modern sculpture decorate the lobby, and you can also glimpse the odd architectural hangover from its 1970s heyday.

That’s not to say the property has forgotten its roots. Located in a 17th century convent, it still bears its original layout, including the inner cloister and a stunning chapel – commissioned by Pope Innocent XI and designed by an apprentice of Bernini – which is rented out for events as well as weddings.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/2263/prop-37304-1326213687-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”The gazebo in the internal courtyard is where the beautiful Romans come to drink aperitivi.”}

Throughout the warm months (and in Rome that can often be well into December), glam locals show up for an aperitivo in the cloister’s courtyard, which is filled with a gazebo containing rattan seating, a bar and faux ivy climbing up the walls. There’s even a small herb patch filled with lavender, rosemary, potted palms and other Mediterranean plants.

Lunch and dinner are served in the courtyard bar as well as in the Cafè di Ripetta American Bar & Restaurant, which combines a clubby feel with chef Rodolfo Chieroni’s inventive menu — expect fresh fish and dishes that range from traditional Italian to Indian to Moroccan.

Upstairs in the guestrooms, the decor is slightly more anonymous and, despite a renovation of Royal Rooms in August 2011, they could do with a bit more verve (the bright colors won’t be to everyone’s taste, either). They are, though, comfy and spacious, and peppered with antiques and great views over the courtyard. However, the public areas of the hotel more than make up for the bedrooms, especially in the theatrical bar area where I sat on a leather stool for pre-prandial drinks and an essential dose of people watching.

How to Get There

Residenza di Ripetta
Via di Ripetta 231
Rome, 00186 Italy

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 726 Reviews
There are Better Places to Stay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I’m sure this hotel was a gem at one point but frankly, it’s just an old, worn and tired relic now.

Our check-in was less than friendly, our room was filthy, wi-fi didn’t work, missing pillows and other basics. The staff looked embarrassed as they had to bring us numerous items.

When I asked about wi-fi problems, the front desk shrugged at me. When we needed ice for my mom’s knee, we were told it was too late yet the bar was still open. I went down and got it myself.

There is a nice courtyard and our breakfast was pretty good. The gal at check-out was very nice and helpful after our car service did a no-show. Good location.

However, the hotel desperately needs an updating and a thorough cleaning.

Great spot, and that’s about it
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As I lay here sweating on the 3rd night of our visit I felt the need to send this e mail. We have been in Europe for 2 week’s and this easily is the worst “4 Star Hotel” we have stayed at. The amenities are nice. However, the WiFi never worked in our room (it did however, throughout the hotel, and neither did the couple who stayed next to us work). The room needs a tremendous amount of updating. The tub is small (just make it a shower only please). So much so as to when you take a shower the flimsy shower curtain sticks to you when you shower. Very gross. But the worst part was the AC. It NEVER got the room cool, and there is black mold around the AC cabinet.

To summarize- the hotel itself is nice but the rooms need some serious updating and lipstick. There is no way this is a 4 Star Hotel.

great location - needs some small updates
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location for getting to all the main attractions in the city. It was wonderful to be able to dump our bags and walk everywhere in the true European style.

Front desk service was hit or miss depending on who was working and the restaurant recommendations were average at best. Our favorite meals in Rome actually came from places that we researched ourselves.

The breakfast option was a great feature of the hotel especially as you could sit in the courtyard and enjoy the scenery before heading out for the day. plenty of options for both the meat eaters and vegetarian in the group and the teenager loved the fact that she could go back and refill her plate

The courtyard was a great setting for a late evening coffee when returning for dinner and the bar staff out there were very helpful

Couple of down sides in the room which was a superior suite. The shower curtain seemed very static so stuck to you as you were showering. With no light over the shower the lighting was horrible when showering as any light was then blocked by the shower curtain. The room needed some new paint to freshen up but that added to the character

3 Star Hotel by Municipa region
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice inexpensive hotel within walking distance to many attractions, Coluseum, Panthem, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and tons of shopping, literally in each back lane for famous branded products!

Perfect location to roam around Rome..
Reviewed 1 month ago

Stayed here and used it as a base to see the top attractions Rome has to offer. Great location.. walking distance to the Vatican, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain.. and many other local attractions. Also close to restaurants, cafes, shops, transport etc..
Rooms are very large.. our room offered small lounge / dining area, bar fridge, kettle, small cooktop. Our aircon was ok (better with curtains open as it’s located under window). Wifi was also ok.. a little intermittent at times.. but never a real issue. Breakfast buffet offered plenty of variety.. And staff were always pleasant and helpful..
I wouldn’t hesitate to return..