Chapter Roma is a privately owned 42-room design hotel offering outstanding value. It opened in an extensively remodelled nineteenth century building in May 2019 bringing a bold, fresh and cool style to the ancient Italian capital, showcasing industrial-chic and contemporary art with a self-professed aim to be “glamorous and gritty”.
The unbeatable central location and comfortable, elegant bedrooms coupled with warm Italian service and winning price point should ensure Chapter Roma is a modern Roman success story.
Where is it?
The location is top grade. Chapter Roma is on a narrow cobbled street between Rome’s Regola district and the historic Jewish Quarter, five minutes on foot from Campo de’Fiori. The city’s main highlights are all within easy striking distance, the Forum and Colosseum to the east, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona to the north and the intimate enotecas and bars of Trastevere across the river.
Art galleries, antique shops and of course wonderful leather shops crammed with a colourful array of bags and shoes are on hand along with the open-air restaurants of the Jewish Quarter. Don’t miss the legendary fried artichokes.
Owner Marco Cilia cut his teeth in his family’s Tuscan hotel before becoming GM at Blakes in London and then moving to Hôtel Americano in New York’s art-world centre of Chelsea. Chapter Roma, a member of Design Hotels, is the first of several planned Chapter Italia hotels where Marco aims to inject some of London and Manhattan’s international style to the famously traditional Italian capital.
He commissioned Studio A designer Tristan du Plessis who has employed local artisans and both established and emerging artists. There’s mid-century Italian furniture, Tom Dixon lighting, exposed brickwork and a dark and moody colour scheme enlivened by large velvet sofas along with plenty of brass, copper and bronze accents. The result is inspiring, a deliciously stylish yet unpretentious addition to Roman hotels.
Chapter Roma has no gym but most visitors to Rome will get all the exercise they need pounding the streets of this open-air museum. Instead most of the hotel’s ground floor is given over to the bar where guests spread out on large, comfortable sofas surrounded by exposed brickwork, large arches and a herringbone wood floor. The bar serves breakfast every morning and bar snacks throughout the day.
The rooftop above the fourth floor is planned to open in summer 2020, an out-door space with views over the Jewish Quarter taking in the Synagogue and Temple.
Immediately outside lies one of Europe’s most enigmatic and most photographed cities, loaded with monumental fountains and statues under a green canopy of umbrella pines.
Turn right to discover the atmospheric Jewish Quarter and then the Forum and the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built. Head north to the flower and food stalls of Campo de’Fiori with some of the best gelato in the city. Continue to the Pantheon, built 2,000 years ago and still the largest unsupported dome in the world or head west to the Vatican and St Peter’s Basilica, the most significant of Rome’s 900 churches.
For more up to date architecture look to The Auditorium Parco della Musica designed by Renzo Piano or Zaha Hadid’s Museum of 21st Century Arts – MAAXI.
Food & drink:
A good buffet breakfast is laid out in the bar area with hot dishes on request. Next door and directly linked to the hotel, Market is an informal all-day restaurant serving organic salads and smoothies with a wide range of choice. In a city dedicated to the delights of pizza and pasta, Market deserves to do well as a worthy alternative, serving fresh healthy fast food made on-site to eat in or takeaway.
A second restaurant is planned to open in spring 2020 within the hotel serving an international menu.
Bedrooms are calm and sophisticated with velvet chairs and headboards in muted colours. Crittall-style metal doors to the bathrooms and open metal wardrobes reinforce the ground floor’s industrial design. Beds are all large and comfortable, linen is all good quality and WiFi is excellent.
Five room categories range from Solo Pad up to Loft and Suite rooms, with the main difference being the size of the room. 303 is a good choice, a Baby Double corner room, the entry level for double rooms with king-size beds representing great value while also being light and airy.
Guests stay on average for two to three nights and are mostly couples but families can easily be accommodated. Anyone who wants to experience the best of Rome from a city centre location and appreciates great service, interesting style and good value will approve of Chapter Roma.
Double rooms from €219 a night including breakfast