The Fifteen Keys Hotel
What We Love
- Cozy, casually elegant interiors
- Complimentary vintage-style bikes to explore Rome’s hidden corners
- A buffet breakfast of market fruits, fresh pastries, and Italian hams and cheeses served on a leafy courtyard, at no extra charge.
- Feeling like a local in this under-the-radar neighborhood’s hip cafés, restaurants, and independent shops.
- An inviting lobby living room with plush sofas next to soaring French windows
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The elevator is only 20 inches wide
- There’s no restaurant, but a small bar on the ground floor offers snacks and a variety of beverages- including wine and coffee- around the clock.
- In-room massage treatments can be arranged
- Groups or families should book Classic Light Rooms on the fourth floor, which connect through a private terrace upon request
- Free WiFi
Housed in a remodeled townhouse on a quiet street in bohemian yet upscale Monti, the Fifteen Keys has the feel of a private residence. Its name alludes to 15 individually designed rooms spread over four floors, all flooded with sunlight and offering views of either a courtyard or the neighborhood’s eclectic rooftops. Deluxe Blue Rooms (decently sized at 320 square feet) stand out for their ocean-blue walls set against old exposed bricks; they also feature walk-in closets, snug balconies, and the hotel’s signature padded headboards upholstered in neutral fabrics. The ample ground level is divided into a series of cozy spaces, including a bar with an oversized tufted sofa, cerulean paneling, a wall-to-wall beveled mirror, and modern brass pendants. It’s a nice spot to unwind after traipsing all over the Eternal City, with wines, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks available at all hours. Staffers are young and friendly and more than happy to offer insider tips.
In the Area
Monti is a centrally located residential neighborhood of cobblestone streets and historic buildings, along with a growing stable of trendy boutiques and eateries. Start your tour of the area by fueling up at La Casetta, a café on the ground floor of a 15th-century ivy-covered residence. Then, head north to Via del Boschetto, a picturesque street that’s becoming a destination for alternative fashion, to check out shops like Mikiwa, which stocks a collection of European labels. Some of Rome’s most important landmarks are within walking distance of the hotel, including the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, the Roman Forum, and the Colosseum. Before turning in for the night, pop by Urbana 47, a retro-chic restaurant and cocktail bar with a preference for organic, locally sourced ingredients.
How to Get There
This was my first trip to Rome and I could have not asked for a lovelier hotel to stay at. The staff was warm and welcoming and incredibly helpful to this "first-timer." We were served great cappuccino in the courtyard upon arrival. The room was spacious and well-appointed (check out the photograph throughout the hotel -- really cool). We had cocktails in the intimate lobby before heading out for dinner. All in all, a great place! We will be back!
If there is a magic formula for the perfect city break hotel, the Fifteen Keys has it. Large, clean and well-appointed rooms, comfortable beds (hard but good), friendly and helpful staff, and a splendid location to top it all. Would definitely return.
I arrived at the hotel near midnight due to flight delay, however the front desk reception was so accommodating and pleasant. He even offered us a drink before we headed up to our room. The room itself was large, beautifully decorated and well appointed. Breakfast in the courtyard was relaxing. Breakfast offerings were plentiful. Check out was easy and again, the front desk very helpful and nice. I would definitely stay here again.