Opened in 2013 in a building that previously housed the University of Rome’s architecture department, JK Place is one of the newer additions to Rome’s growing number of high-end luxury boutique hotels. It is located near the intersection of Via Del Corso and Via dei Condotti, Rome’s most chaotic shopping nexus, but it is just far enough away from the action to maintain an air of seclusion, a rarity for the zone.
Behind the hotel’s unassuming doorway, classrooms and offices have been transformed into an effortlessly cool retreat. Like its siblings in Florence and Capri, the JK Place Rome is eclectically decorated and packed with artwork. Rooms feature canopied beds, sculptures, and sleek bathrooms decked out in Italian marble. The JK Café Bistro and bar attract well-heeled locals, giving the hotel a more down-to-earth vibe than its boutique neighbors, without sacrificing its unquestionable elegance.
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The JK Place resides just a block off the busy Via del Corso and Via dei Condotti, Rome’s busiest shopping thoroughfares, but its location on a side street provides rare quiet and seclusion. It is a short walk to Rome’s highest concentration of high-end shopping, designer boutiques, and tony cafés. It sits near Piazza del Popolo, a square home to the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo and art by Caravaggio and Bernini. The works of these 17th-century masters are also displayed in the nearby Galleria Borghese; the surrounding park, the Villa Borghese, is among the largest in town. Due north of the hotel, Richard Meier’s glass and limestone museum contains the 1st-century BC Augustan Altar of Peace (Ara Pacis), while the Spanish Steps are a short walk east.
Need to Know
Rooms: 30 rooms. From $433. Check-in: 4 p.m., check-out: noon. Dining options: The JK Café Bistro serves updated Roman classics, while the cocktail bar pours classic and inspired cocktails. Spa and gym details: There is no spa, but a gym is under construction and is expected to open in late 2015.
Who’s it for: Hip and design-oriented travelers and families. Our favorite rooms: The master rooms are the largest and most comfortable, with walk-in closets. For sweet tooths: Save room for dessert when dining at the JK Café Bistro. The new “Mix & Match” menu lets guests create their own desserts using inspiration and ingredients from the standard menu.