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Rome hotspots: these hotels, restaurants, and bars are worth a visit

23 March 2024
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No city has as many hotspots as Rome. After a day filled with sightseeing, there’s nothing better than ‘coming home’ to a nice hotel, enjoying a cocktail (or high-quality Italian wine) in a bar with a stunning view, or dining classically Italian in one of the many excellent restaurants that the Italian capital has to offer. It’s time for an overview of the best Rome hotspots.

Rome Hotspots

Finding the best Rome hotspots can be quite a challenge. Few cities are as touristy as the Italian capital. Before you know it, you might accidentally find yourself in an Italian version of Amsterdam’s Leidsestraat or Rembrandtplein – the last thing you want when seeking an authentic Italian experience. To ensure a successful next city trip, it’s a good idea to visit the Rome hotspots listed below. It’s time for an overview of Rome’s most beautiful hotels, restaurants, cafes, and bars.

The Hoxton, Rome

Staying at The Hoxton feels like coming home. The hotel is in a pleasant neighborhood of the Italian capital, not far from the Borghese Gallery. The hotel offers 192 beautifully decorated rooms, a lovely terrace, and staff that ensures your stay is perfect.

The Hoxton, Rome, L.go Benedetto Marcello, 220

Seu Pizza Illuminati

You can enjoy excellent Neapolitan pizza at Seu Pizza Illuminati; it’s as simple as that. Pizza chef Pier Daniele Seu and his wife and partner Valeria Zuppardo run the restaurant daily and have been drawing full crowds for years with their exceptional creations.

Seu Pizza Illuminati, Via Angelo Bargoni, 10

Elio Restaurant

As part of The Hoxton, Rome, there’s Elio, a fine dining restaurant offering Italian classics, perhaps some of the best in the city. Elio’s menu includes stuffed zucchini, tagliatelle with ragout, and spaghettini al pomodoro. And if you don’t have time for a traditional dinner, their brunch is just as excellent. Without a doubt, it is one of our favorite Rome hotspots.

Elio Restaurant, The Hoxton, Rome, L.go Benedetto Marcello, 220

Tram Depot

Tram Depot offers Italian cozy charm in the heart of Rome. You order drinks at the bar, which is located in an old tram, and take a seat on the rustic terrace among the locals. The neighborhood where Tram Depot is located, Testaccio, is also worth a visit: it’s bursting with charming hotspots.

Tram Depot, Via Marmorata, 13

The Court Rooftop

If you’re looking for an elegant place for a meal and drinks, then The Court in Rome is the place to be. You won’t find a better view anywhere else, as you overlook the Colosseum from here. Booking a dinner reservation is a must, as the restaurant has a Michelin star.

The Court Rooftop Bar. Palazzo Manfredi, Via Labicana, 125

Hotel Maalot

Hotel Maalot is more than just chic; it exudes an understated elegance without feeling stiff. This hotel belongs to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and it shows. The service is personalized, and the atmosphere feels cozy.

Hotel Maalot, Via delle Muratte, 78

Agustarello a Testaccio

Near the Tiber, you’ll find the Roman restaurant Agusterello a Testaccio. It’s the right place for Italian classics and Roman conviviality. It’s a favorite spot where even locals enjoy dining – a good sign.

Agustarello a Testaccio, Via Giovanni Branca, 98

Soho House rome

Those who are members of Soho House know that visiting an international house immediately brings a sense of familiarity. The same goes for Soho House Rome, located in the center of the San Lorenzo neighborhood (a charming area, by the way). This cozy hotel and member’s club features a rooftop pool and a large terrace that is part of Cecconi’s concept.

Soho House Rome, Via Cesare de Lollis, 14

J.K. Place Roma

J.K. Place Roma, like Maalot, is part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and here, too, the atmosphere is cozy, the rooms are chic, and the staff is welcoming. A visit to this hotel feels like coming home to a (very upscale) distant friend, where your every need is taken care of.

J.K. Place Roma, Via di Monte d’Oro, 30

Pergamino Caffè

This café is a typical Italian coffee spot where old men enjoy their morning espresso at the bar. But there’s more to it, as they are also excellent at specialty coffee, and that’s not something you find everywhere in the Italian capital.

Pergamino Caffè, Piazza del Risorgimento, 7

Osteria Chiana

Osteria Chiana is a delicatessen and traditional osteria. The buffalo mozzarella is beyond comparison (unlike anything we know in the Netherlands), and the tomatoes with anchovies are also worth tasting.

Osteria Chiana, Via Agri, 25

Hotel de la Ville

Hotel de la Ville offers ultimate luxury in Rome. Without a doubt, one of the chicest Rome hotspots. The hotel features an extensive wellness center, a large terrace, and everything else your heart desires. Even in terms of location, we couldn’t have wished for better: at the foot of Villa Borghese park.

Hotel de la Ville, Via Sistina, 69

Jerry Thomas Speakeasy

Take a look at Jerry Thomas’ Instagram page, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised: a funny mix of ‘undercover’ images from the secret bar, which is becoming more popular by the day. You can enjoy cocktails of the highest quality and the necessary entertainment there. Reserving a table is a must.

Jerry Thomas, Vicolo Cellini, 30

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