It may come as a shock that up until last year W Hotels had no presence in Italy. But in December the company finally made its debut in the country with the highly anticipated W Rome. Located on the quiet Via Liguria, it offers a sense of seclusion while simultaneously being just a stone’s throw away from the famed Spanish Steps.
The property spans across two adjacent 19th-century palazzos, connected by the lobby, and offers 162 accommodations. But what sets this particular hotel apart from many other W properties is its incredible design led by Meyer Davis Studio. While the company is based out of New York City, they’ve managed to honor the buildings’ traditional architecture and pay homage to Italian aesthetics while infusing the playful spirit that’s intrinsic to W’s DNA. The public spaces are a prime example of this, where stone walls, sculptural statues, and marble flooring are juxtaposed with reflective surfaces and furniture in a variety of colors and graphic patterns. In the reception area you’ll find a mural depicting Roman gardens painted by Italian artist Costanza Alvarez de Castro, but the greenery really comes alive in the Giardino Clandestino. An open-air interior courtyard that draws inspiration from one of Francesco Borromini’s churches, it’s decorated with fountains, benches, and plenty of foliage.
Once you step into your sleeping quarters, you’ll find that the accommodations are just as bold. Characterized by leather wingback headboards, ruby-hued velvet curtains, pink and navy furnishings, and herringbone-patterned wooden floors, it’s a lesson in contrasting colors and textures. Guests will also be pleasantly surprised by the sumptuous marble bathrooms, which are stocked with luxurious amenities like Dyson hairdryers and Davines toiletries. Many of the rooms are also outfitted with balconies, but for those who are in search of the utmost space with the best view, the Extreme Wow suite measures over 1,000 square feet and boasts an even larger terrace that’s fully furnished and overlooks neighboring Istituto Svizzero.
Throughout your stay you’ll have access to a 24-hour gym with fitness classes curated by athlete Pietro Boselli and a small rooftop pool when you’re in need of some rest and relaxation after roaming around the Eternal City. And when it comes to dining, there’s no shortage of options at the W Rome. At Otto Rooftop, one of Rome’s few sky-high bars, you’ll find drinks and a pizzeria that’s accompanied by live DJ sets. On the ground floor Zucchero x Fabrizio Fiorani offers decadent pastries and gelato; the aforementioned Giardino Clandestino serves as the perfect location for a relaxed aperitivo or light bites; and while the W Lounge Bar is open throughout the day, it’s particularly lively in the evenings when fueled by live music followed by a DJ. But whatever you do, make sure to stop at Giano Restaurant, where chef Ciccio Sultano spotlights Sicilian ingredients and transforms them in a modern way.
For more information, visit W Rome’s website.