The newest addition to Rome’s growing number of boutique luxury accommodations opened in central Rome in March 2015 on a square just off the exuberantly Baroque Piazza Navona. The suites-only hotel is the work of hoteliers Emanuele Garosci and Gabriele Salini, who blend mirrored and distressed surfaces with modern design elements and Venetian artwork—a nod to G-Rough’s sister, PalazzinaG in Venice. The only things remotely “rough” about the place are the walls, which have been artfully stripped down to reveal textured strata of centuries-old paper and paint.
The G-Rough is composed of 10 suites spread over all five floors of a 16th-century palace. Half of the rooms in this former noble residence offer views of the pretty and intermittently noisy square, while the others face a quiet internal courtyard. Each floor is inspired by the work of a different Italian designer, including Giò Ponti and Ico Parisi, and rooms feature design pieces by contemporary artists.
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Located near Piazza Navona, one of the city’s largest public squares, the G-Rough is in the heart of Rome’s historic center. It’s a short walk to Renaissance piazzas like Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Farnese, and historic monuments like the Pantheon. The neighborhood is known for its Baroque churches, including San Luigi dei Francesi, Santa Maria della Pace, and Sant’Agnese in Agone. The adjacent Via del Governo Vecchio meanders toward the Tiber and Castel Sant’Angelo, with artisan shops and wine bars its entire length.
Need to Know
Rooms: 10 suites. From $500. Check-in: 2:30 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Continental breakfast is served in the room for an $11 service charge. The ground-floor G-Bar serves coffee, tea, and wine. Cocktails are served from 7 p.m. Spa and gym details: There is no gym nor spa, but basic beauty treatments can be provided in the room or arranged off-site.
Who’s it for: Honeymooners, couples, and families looking for a central location and a contemporary boutique hotel experience. Our favorite rooms: The Penthouse Luxury Apartment with its Venetian furnishings, two bedrooms, terrace, and 1,300 square feet of space. Museum cuppa: Skip the pricey breakfast and instead head to the café in the neighboring Palazzo Braschi for a caffè and a cornetto (pastry).