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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

Great place to stay!
linneawp

Me and my family stayed for 3 nights and we were very pleased! The breakfast was amazing and the surroundings too. The rooms were pretty good. The hotel was in the middle of the city and we didn’t have to walk a long way to get to thing. Although it was in the venter of Rome the hotel was quiet and calm. We are very happy about our stay!

4 days in Rome
Safari736024

Stayed here for 4 days with my two ten she daughters and husband. Beautiful traditional Italian style hotel with lots of flair and charm. When we arrived we were given our room keys immediately, however key was metal and bulky and a bit of a pain to carry. Corridors are a bit confusing and very dark. However, our room could not be any better! The living room / second bedroom was spacious and filled with light, with good facilities for cooking. Working television and a large spacious bathroom with a bath. Double bed in master bedroom and two three quarter double beds for the girls which they loved. On my husbands birthday, they sent a bottle of Prosecco and biscuits for kids, lovely touch!

We had breakfast included and were not disappointed ! Large choice and opportunity to sit inside a lovely room outside, both hot and cold food available. All staff were courteous and welcoming, and the service was impeccable. One of the highlights of this hotel is its courtyard bar, a gorgeous sun trap with romantic feels, perfect for afternoon chilling. Rooftop bar but did not attend.

The location is good for walkers, 15 minutes walk to trevi fountain then further to Vatican or collesseum. On the doorstep of the fashionable neighbourhood surrounding the Spanish steps, lovely attraction and lots of designer shops (Gucci etc). Lots of restaurants and bars on the doorstep and a taxi rank 2 mins walk away.

Overalls, couldn’t recommend this hotel more, amazing staff with the Italian feel we wanted, will definitely be back!

Great location, tired rooms
JaniceM1356

We booked a "Superior Suite" at this hotel to celebrate my nieces 21st birthday. Check in process was good, all staff very friendly. The hotel had also provided a complimentary bottle of Prosecco in the room which was a lovely touch.
We stayed in room 116. This room had stained carpets throughout, stains on lampshades in the bedroom, very tired fixtures and fittings, chipped worktops in kitchenette area, bathroom units warped at the bottom, a very basic hairdryer unit that could only be used for minutes at a time due to it becoming too hot to hold. The sofa bed had covers on it that were again very stained to the point that my sister and I had to put a towel on it first before we even sat down. One of the reasons we booked this hotel was that it has a roof terrace. When we asked about this at the hotel, we were told it was only for private functions and that we couldn't even see it as there was a private function on...this was at 08.45 in the morning.
This hotel has a great location, we walked everywhere..30 minutes in one direction to the Colosseum, 30 minutes in the other direction to Vatican etc.
However, based on the room we stayed in, we would not stay here again..we expected far more from a "Superior Suite"..very disappointed.