I visit a lot of hotels in Rome, but I rarely stay overnight since I live here. But last summer when we really just needed a break from our poorly air-conditioned apartment, we crashed a friend’s booking and stayed two nights at the Roma Luxus Hotel in Monti.
The hotel is fairly new by Rome standards and I was always curious about its design. I suspected it would be something special because I absolutely love the look of Madre, which is located on the ground floor of the hotel.
And it is true – the hotel has a great design. The dark look with pops of bright jewel hues has a sultry effect overall. The sexy look makes it even harder to believe the building is a former convent.
Roma Luxus Hotel sits right on the edge of Monti, between Via Nazionale and Trajan’s Market. It is about a 10-minute walk downhill to the Cavour metro stop and a 10-minute walk to the entrance of the Roman Forum.
Monti is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Rome, and Roma Luxus is on the border of it. That means that it is easy to quickly walk to the center of the neighborhood, but you don’t get much noise from people going about their day or night- the Forum makes for a pretty quiet neighbor.
Roma Luxus Hotel is small, with the rooms spread out over just two floors. The first floor is brighter, with higher ceilings and more spacious suites. The patterns in the common areas are bold without being overwhelming. It is the kind of design that makes you think “I wish I could pull this off at home.”
We stayed on the top floor of the Roma Luxus, which embraced moody tones in the hallways but had lots of natural light in the rooms themselves. Since the hotel is built inside an old convent building, each of the rooms is unique to fit the existing space that was there.
The top floor of the hotel was likely once an attic so the ceilings are lower, but I loved the character in our standard room.
I also could not get over the view we had from our window:
We looked directly out at the Angelicum, and the beautiful (closed to the public) church which is a part of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas.
The building in the bottom right corner of the photo above is the Roma Luxus (as seen from Villa Aldobrandini). The last window on the top floor was our room and it was incredible to watch the light change over the facade of the church during the day.
Inside the room, we had a flat screen TV at the end of the bed, a kettle for tea and coffee and a small mini bar. The bathroom was gorgeous and outfitted with completely modern fixtures.
The one tiny drawback for us (since we had an 8-month-old baby with us) was that there was no bathtub in the room. The black marble shower was great for adults, though, and the hotel otherwise did everything they could to make sure our family was comfortable.
The hotel’s design feels boutique-y but we were never made to feel unwelcome with the baby. In fact, it was the opposite – the staff was incredibly kind and helpful. Roma Luxus provided a baby cot free of charge, and the elevator made it easy to get in and out of the hotel with a stroller.
We also had breakfast included in the room rate and went down to a full spread every morning. The coffee was terrible, but the food was good and included eggs made to order, cheese, meats, fresh fruit, pastries and yogurt.
Naturally, they also had fette biscottate available. That was a hard pass for me, but Giacomo seemed pretty into it.
All in all, I thought that the Roma Luxus Hotel was beautiful and an amazing price for both the high-end design and the location. Rates are variable based on the season, but they range from an average of €80-€150 for a standard room, placing this solidly in the midrange category for Rome even though it feels more luxurious.
I have seen a few reviews comment on noise from the restaurant below, but this was not our experience at all. We didn’t hear anything from outside (which might be another perk of staying on the top floor).
Largo Angelicum, 4
Rome, Italy (Monti)
+39 06 32091281
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