Why we love it: the hotel prides itself on “grit and glamour,” capturing the true essence of Rome
- A coworking space/cocktail bar
- Deluxe hospitality at an accessible price
- An industrial-luxe aesthetic within a short stroll of the Eternal City’s showstopping attractions
The review: The hip Hotel Chapter Roma occupies a turn-of-the-century palazzo on an unassuming side street in Regola, a tiny historical quarter on the Tiber’s eastern bank. Poised between the Campo de' Fiori and Roman Forum, it’s central, but less-choked with crowds than its better-known neighbors like Trastevere. Local owner Marco Cilia and South African interior designer Tristan du Plessis couldn’t have picked a better place to celebrate the contradictory, glorious and grungy snarl that is 21st-century Rome.
The 42 generously sized rooms (for Rome) continue this mix of classic and cutting-edge. They pair wooden flooring with marbles, velvets and brass fittings, including dramatic open wardrobes. All have smart TVs, Marshall Bluetooth speakers and Organic L:A Bruket toiletries, alongside designer furniture from companies like Diesel and Tom Dixon. Traveling en famille? Plump for a midcentury-modern suite with a king bed, private bar and view of the city or courtyard.
The hotel’s art collection mixes contemporary pieces with graffiti to showcase the area’s vibrancy. Expect pieces by Warios, Cyrcle, Drew Merrit and Willy Verginer, an artist from Italy’s Dolomite Mountains who daringly mixes artisanal traditions with polychromatic sculpture. The public-space architecture compliments this streetwise approach perfectly with exposed brick arches and raw steel framing, softened by velvet sofas, green granite floors and cheeky pop-art Seletti rugs. Among is highlight is the Chapter Lobby Bar, which pairs drinking and dining with a coworking table with ample power and USB sockets. The menu runs on the lighter side — a welcome break after multi-course restaurant meals often heavy on carbs — and features salads, sandwiches and fresh, organic juices, alongside a morning continental buffet.