I’ve stayed or at least seen a number of Rome’s best hotels. From a room with a view (of the Colosseum) at the Palazzo Manfredi, to the fashionable and modern Portrait Suites, to the grand Hotel de Russie (with that incredible garden). And then suddenly, JK Place Roma (which opened mid-2013) caught my eye, the third to join the JK properties (others being in Capri and Florence). On Instagram and in travel magazines it looked bright and contemporary, and very chic. And so during my recent visit to Rome, I checked it out.
JK Place is my kind of hotel. Despite the large and beautiful building it’s in (an old university building), it’s small, with only 33 rooms. It’s grand but homely. I could easily curl up with a book in their divine cream coloured library. Their ‘lobby’ is more like a seriously over-sized sitting room, with the light pouring in from above, and a mixture of greys and blacks and creams, contemporary furniture and quirky art. It may not be to everyone’s tastes (my father didn’t like it), but I was very happy sitting there, sipping a delicious espresso.
The bedrooms vary in size, and if you want a fourposter bed (of course you do), go for the Superior rooms and up. Their beds really are to die for, with engraved pillowcases and the crispest linen. My favourite room was the Deluxe, spacious with wonderful green walls. The bathrooms tend to be quite small and lack bathtubs, but you can expect a lot of beautiful Italian marble and mega power-showers, so there’s no room for complaint.
Their New York style Bistro ‘JK Cafe’, is worth having lunch or dinner at. I loved their use of rich colours and textures, lots of bold greens and yellows, combined with velvet and polished wood. They offer a weekend brunch to non-guests, and for EUR 50 per person you can eat as much as you want. They also serve a laid back dinner, with burgers and such like.
The staff were utterly charming, and Marina doubles up as concierge and booked us Taverna Trilussa for dinner. An excellent recommendation (blog to follow soon).
In short, I highly recommend this beautiful hotel in the heart of Rome (literally around the corner from the Spanish Steps).
Via di Monte d’Oro, 30