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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 771 Reviews
Rome weekend
leonyoung379

Really nice hotel, clean and tidy with really great and friendly staff. Amazing breakfast in a lovely courtyard feeding the tiny sparrows. The only issue was the aircon that you couldn't turn down. Very noisy and at night not very restful.

Kind and considerate staff
Ann H

How wonderful to be here on our 25th wedding anniversary. Champagne in a beautiful room. Giacomo made us a lovely surprise at dinner. The hotel is a tranquil oasis in Rome. The inner courtyard is a beautiful place for dining.

I disagree with recent reviewers
Colin K

Our experience in mid-July '19 was disappointing. While quiet, with a lovely courtyard, and helpful, friendly staff, we found the hotel to be very lacking and over-priced for what we received. Overall beyond the grand entrance, our room was "tired"--dirty (dusty and needing a good vacuuming), I caught a flea on my leg, and there was a tear on the carpet.
Breakfast was very expensive (about 20 Euros) with far better values found nearby on smaller side streets where locals dined.
It may be geographically central in greater Rome but a considerable walk to get to many of the area attractions.
In-room safe and iron/board available. Issues with TV working consistently (apparently a signal issue, not in-house). Small fridge (no minibar) and hotplate but no utensils or plates, etc.
Overall not a good experience and poor ROI, we expected more, at best it deserves a "FAIR" rating (not available on this system), cannot recommend.