Rome isn’t known for it’s hotels. It doesn’t have a George V equivalent. There are no Mandarin Orientals or Amans But what Rome is good at, is its boutique hotels. I love JK Place, Palazzo Manfredi and the newest (and most modern) G Rough. Relais Rione Ponte is one I came across most recently, and had the absolute pleasure at staying at.
It’s not really a hotel, it’s a guest house. It doesn’t boast many facilities or a restaurant, but Relais Rione Ponte is perfect as a base to explore Rome. So here is what it does have:
Couldn’t be better, a stone’s throw from Piazza Navona and all the other historical centre sights. We in fact woke up at 6am and walked through Rome as it was waking up, a magical experience and highly recommended. While Relais Rione Ponte is so central, it was very quiet in the rooms and we were not disturbed by late party animals.
As there isn’t much of a ‘central’ area it’s important that the rooms are good, and spacious. Which they really are. The beds are super comfortable and massive, the sheets crisp and we had a very good sleep here. The attention to detail was fantastic: the art on the walls, the Bose sound system, a Nespresso machine in the public area, very good wifi. The bathroom was beautifully designed, with a huge walk in shower and lovely Nuxe bath products.
Our initial experience was not great. We arrived very late so understandably the host had gone home, and the man on night duty for the whole building was a little odd to say the least. However, once we got to our room we were greeted by a bottle of bubbles which was more than welcome. The lady at reception the following morning was nothing but friendly, as was the lady who served us breakfast. We had a nice but not spectacular breakfast (but excellent coffee, of course) but you could tell that they really cared about their guests, and have city maps at the ready should you want some tips on what to do and see in Rome.
Value for money
Rome is no Venice, but it’s not cheap either. Finding accommodation this central, where the standard is this high, is difficult. With small touches like a complimentary glass of prosecco every evening, Nespresso when you want it, good wifi and excellent bath products, it’s really good value for money.
Double rooms from £120 per night
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Photo Credit: Relais Rione Ponte