The small bar offers full bottles of wine, various spirits and snacks
Personalized service from the staff
WiFi is free throughout the property, and each suite is equipped with a laptop
The meticulous blend of ancient and modern in the rooms is possible only in a city like Rome
What To Know
Just six rooms
The small breakfast room can be a tight squeeze
Soundproofing is great between floors and rooms, but noise from the staircase leaks through the doors
The check-in desk is staffed between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; if you’re arriving outside those hours, call ahead to make arrangements
Parking on site
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Aristocratic residence turned six-suite boutique with a killer location right behind Piazza Navona
Geographically, the Gigli d’Oro is in the thick of where you want to be in Rome: Tucked behind Piazza Navona, it’s a three-minute walk from the Tiber, eight from the Pantheon and 10 from Via del Corso, Rome’s main shopping street and the gateway to Via Condotti and the Spanish Steps. Mentally, though, it’s a world away from the well-trodden tourist trail. Partly this is due to its location, but mostly it’s the property itself. From the moment you step through its narrow oak doorway, the meticulous blend of ancient, modern and everything in between is clear. Brick and stone fittings poke out from walls painted a startling white; the tiny check-in desk sits in front of a vast Baroque canvas; even the original stone staircase has been extended to the suites under the eaves and lovingly restored — right down to its centuries-old paint flecks.
Bed and Bath
Each of the six suites is different in design, but all have underlit beds that seem to float, sanded-down floorboards, rainfall showers and modern white furniture, along with antique touches like flouncy gilt mirrors, stone fireplaces and exposed beams in the top-floor rooms. It’s a tricky combination but one the Gigli d'Oro pulls off perfectly; where a defiantly modern room can feel stark and a traditional one oppressive, these are chic yet cozy. They’re also fiercely individual. The Junior Suite Superior has a sexy Latin motto carved into the fireplace, the remains of an ancient stone doorway next to the shower, and a basin that has been custom-designed to fit the narrow bathroom.
A pervasive calm floods the bright property, which was until recently owned by a Roman aristocrat. The attentive staff is so discreet you feel as though you're being attended in your own private residence. And that’s definitely the feeling you get at night, when the door is locked, reception is unmanned, and the guests have the run of the place. It may be mere steps from the tourist draw of Piazza Navona, but the Gigli d’Oro is a world apart from your typical Rome hotel. Right down to the informal common area, which operates an open bar between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.; help yourself to free tea, coffee, prosecco, spirits, savory snacks and traditional Italian cakes.
In the Area
Possibly Rome’s most famous piazza after St Peter’s, the vast Piazza Navona is just out the door of the hotel. Stroll around it, get a feel for its shape — it was a racing circuit in ancient times — and check out the Baroque fountain by Bernini in its center. A few minutes upstream from the hotel, on the edge of the Tiber, is one of ancient Rome’s lesser-known (but most beautiful) monuments: the Ara Pacis. Built to celebrate the emperor Augustus’s triumphal return from Gaul in 13 BC, it’s a deliciously sculpted monumental marble box clad in a modern glass overcoat designed by Richard Meier. Below the Vatican, on the other side of the river, is Trastevere, the working-class neighborhood that’s still the place to go for a night out with real Romans. The bars and restaurants around Piazza Santa Maria di Trastevere are your best bets.