Rough-Luxe Designer Playpen
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What it is
A ten-room boutique for Monocle readers.
What it isn't
Exhaustively equipped: There’s no restaurant or spa, and the bartender is also your concierge.
What we think
Occupying a 17th-century townhouse just off Piazza Navona, G-Rough juxtaposes designer furniture and art with distressed walls and antiqued floors. Not content to attract design-heads with a Gio Ponti chair or Venini vase, the hotel sets them alongside stripped frescoed walls or period wood beams, the better to showcase their modernity. Conversations between pieces spark in every corner, from a flaking gilded arch-frame used as a headboard for modern white bedding, to night-vision shots of nocturnal foxes overlooking a Belle Epoque daybed. The patina gives rooms a warm luster while the furnishings lend them an ineffable chic. Outside the rooms, the hotel offers a vibrant array of city tours curated by art historian Filippo Cosmeli: “Strokes of Caravaggio” offers a first-hand look into the dark life of the chiaroscuro artist.
You're here because
You know your Seletti from your Seguso and want an intimate hotel that recognizes your design connoisseurship.
Checking into your suite, you don’t know where to look first: the roughly patinaed walls, the Gio Ponti bar, the parquet flooring, the midnight blue velvet chair. It’s riotous but harmonious at the same time. You instantly love it.
Restaurants & Bars
G-Bar - Open 7 a.m. - 12 a.m. Contemporary wine gallery and performance space, offering a wide choice of wine labels from niche cellars.
Right in Rome’s centro storico, two minutes from Piazza Navona and five from the Pantheon. Fiumicino is 50 minutes by car.