In keeping with Rome’s general glacial pace of change (even in a globalized world, don’t really expect to eat anything but Italian food there), the city’s adaptation to the contemporary boutique hotel culture has been, well…slow.
Still, we were genuinely excited by the arrival in 2018 of the elegantly cool Elizabeth Unique Hotel nearby to the Tridente. And this spring has just seen the opening of the gorgeous new Chapter Roma, (a member of Design Hotels), located in the historic Regola district – a quick zip to the glorious flower market at Campo dei Fiori.
Fitted into a late 19th Century Neo-Classical building, it is the veritable aesthetic antithesis of Elizabeth Unique’s minimalist understatement. Indeed, Chapter Roma is dark, enigmatic, and palpably sensual, its dramatically brick-walled, vaulted-ceilinged interior accented with copper, brass and raw steel elements (courtesy of Tristan Du Plessis of South Africa’s Studio A), giving it the sort of industrial-chic intensity you might expect to find in Hamburg or Rotterdam.
And in a city of cramped accommodation, the generously proportioned rooms feature refined but muted orange and green color schemes, with cascading pendant lamps, dramatic drapery and handsome parquet flooring. Some also boast brick walls – and most offer captivatingly intimate views of the surrounding historic architecture.
Downstairs, the seductive, moodily-lit bar is dotted with plush couches and provocative illustrations. For summer people watching, it also opens onto the cobblestoned Via di S. Maria de’ Calderari. And who doesn’t love a good Roma street scene with their Negroni?
Sitting as it is just across the Tiber from the hip nightlife of Trastevere, it’s surely the ideal hotel for nocturnal sorts. Though the area’s plentiful art galleries make for no small amount of daytime cultural diversion. Either way, we very much expect this to be our new go-to hotel in the Eternal City.