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
we stayed at the hotel for three nights. we had received a special room rate offer, which was fantastic for this hotel level. the staff are extremely friendly and forthcoming. they do a fantastic job. the rooms are spacious, very clean, modern and in very good shape. the rooms are generally quiet, we didn’t hear any street noise. but funnily we had a neighbor with high pitch voice that we could hear - maybe over the aircon.
the breakfast is basic but all you need. there is a little bar for drinks in the evening. only thing they could improve is to over softer cushions. each we had two hard and flat cushions that were not comfortable.
i would definitely come back.
Fifteen Keys was the absolute perfect location for our stay in Rome. A few blocks away from the Roma Termini train station, our stay here let us explore multiple cities during our trip in Italy all while providing a very comfortable home base.
The breakfast option each day was very good and filling with lots of options depending on your mood. The staff was very friendly and our room was a very comfortable size with all the amenities we could think to ask for, including a nice balcony with table and chairs to enjoy the outdoors.
The vibe of this hotel is very much like you are staying with the friend of a friend; you're made to feel welcome and a part of the family. If that's something you look for in a hotel, then this is likely a great fit for you. When staff was asked for assistance with respect to recommendations, they were happy to offer suggestions and were always very welcoming. We were only at the hotel to eat, sleep, and shower, but during out time there we enjoyed our stay.
Fifteen Keys is a small, stylish and comfortable boutique hotel in the great Monti neighborhoo; away from the tourist center but close to plenty of restaurants, cool shops and bars to keep you busy. And only a 20-25 minute stroll to get to most of the central attractions. The hotel staff are great and helpful, the breakfast is generous (and includes hot food), and you can get a proper cocktail any time of the day or night upon request. The rooms have all the mod-cons including good a/c - we were in the master suite on the top floor which was a spacious suite with a large bath, plenty of storage, and a cute balcony that overlooked the street. It was our first time in Rome and we highly recommend for value and comfort and location!