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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 685 Reviews
Classic hotel in a great location
Reviewed 5 days ago

I was in Rome for business and stayed here for two nights. The biggest plus was the outstanding location. You are right by the Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens, where I was able to run in the morning basically right out of the hotel door. My room had two floors and was spacious. The hotel itself is older and in need of updating, but it was clean and well taken care of, so I didn't mind too much. Breakfast in the morning was excellent.

Great location
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a warm friendly welcome when we arrived and were taken to our suite by the porter, the suite was a duplex with a kitchen area, and lots of wardrobe space the only thing was it was very tired and in need of an update, the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was clean but again in need of an update, unfortunately the shower was over the bath with a shower curtain which is a pet hate of mine, so I decided to try out the Jacuzzi bath, which when I was in it didn’t work, and then the bath started to leak, I assume the leak was from the jacuzzi jets. You had the choice to breakfast inside or outside in the courtyard which was pleasant, the breakfast itself was average but the coffee was good, again excellent staff. On the whole the hotel is average and needing TLC but in a great location with lots of good restaurants nearby.

Excellent hoteel and service
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything about this hotel was wonderful. All the staff were very welcoming, friendly, and helpful. They made you feel like family. The hotel itself is beautiful with a lovely courtyard in the center. Our suite was very nice with plenty of room and the bed was very comfortable. The buffet breakfast was amazing and everything was delicious. The hotel was conveniently located and we were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go.

The place to stay in Rome
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good hotel.
Front desk staff welcomed us with a smile and after the check in,they assigned a porter to accompany us to our room(which was upgraded to a suite for no cost as it was my wife’s birthday which the receptionist found out from the passport ).
The room was clean,spacious and had a very comfortable bed.
The breakfast was extremely good with a variety of options for vegetarians too.
I would definitely recommend this hotel.

Lovely Place to Stay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here with my wife & sister in law on 23rd April and really liked the place. The hotel has great character, our suite was excellent. Staff are all helpfull and friendly. We really liked the breakfasts. The garden is lovely and we sat there every evening enjoying a drink after our busy days. Will come back to Rome and stay here again