Hotel Review: W Rome, Rome in Italy

Last December, W Hotels debuted in Italy. Part of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, W Rome is part of an exciting expansion of stylish properties, celebrating each guest’s desire to experience the destination through a lens that is distinctly “W”. Delivering dynamic and invigorating experiences to all customers who walk through their doors, the W brand is rapidly spreading its wings across Europe, including making its Algarve debut in Portugal this summer.

Housed in two adjoining 19th-century palaces, the W Rome is a luxurious 162-room hotel located in the city that “lives forever” as the Romans believed. Contemporary in its nature while tied to local touchpoints that embody the city’s heritage, the W Rome has a fun and thoughtful design rooted in the city’s history and culture. A juxtaposed mix of past and present, the city’s traditional architecture contrasts with a glamorous demeanor that is essentially ‘W’.


The city’s traditional architecture contrasts with a glamorous demeanor that is essentially “W”

This, for example, includes an eclectic mix of colorful leather furniture set against stone walls that echo the building’s age, while reflective surfaces add sparkle and excitement to the new Town Hall. . With each corner of the property revealing surprises along the way, discover a hidden bathroom door leading to a secret garden inspired by one of Borromini’s churches. Here are traditional Italian stone features with kissing benches, lush foliage, topiary, and water fountains.

The heart of the W Rome is its W Lounge. Featuring a skylight and a patterned glass window to allow the sun to saturate the space, my first impression of the hotel is that it’s a place where the past meets present, from the sculptures and art that surround the modern seating areas, to the beautiful hand-painted mural that wraps the walls during your check-in. Painted by Italian artist Costanza Alvarez de Castro, the mural is inspired by Roman gardens and tells the story of this captivating destination.

Meanwhile on its roof is the colorful terrace. Home to the ‘WET Deck’ with a refreshing pool surrounded by loungers and an alfresco bar, it’s a welcome space of tranquility in the center of town, with sweeping views of the peaks of the old buildings that have remained motionless for centuries.


Room W Rome
Romantic hotel offers an urban apartment feel among rooms

The romantic hotel offers an urban apartment feel among the rooms, many of which include private balconies and terraces and iconic views of the city. On one side of W Rome, this includes the magnificent local landmark of the Istituto Svizzero (the Swiss Institute) considered a gem of turn-of-the-century Roman architecture which our room gracefully overlooks.

Each room is centered around the brand’s signature W Bed, which every time I visit a new W hotel, I look forward to diving into. While wine red velvet curtains and herringbone wood floors offer a classic touch of sophistication with elegant marble bathrooms.

The hotel’s overall design concept is informed by Rome’s past, present and future. Bold blocks of color that line interior hallways and graphic prints that fuel the buildings’ unmistakable new W personality. This includes the WOW Presidential Suite with its large terrace. Here, private outdoor and indoor space, which is rare for the bustling city, can be enjoyed. This includes decor of historic Roman architectural elements fused with in-room technology and beautiful custom-designed furnishings.

Food and drink

Food W Rome
The W Rome takes inspiration from Sicily in its signature restaurant Giano

The W Rome takes inspiration from Sicily in its signature restaurant Giano. Woven with Roman culture (just like the hotel itself), Michelin-starred chef Ciccio Sultano has created a contemporary and imaginative interpretation, held back by tradition. With dishes built on Sicilian cooking methods, there’s a playful use of authentic Italian flavors and ingredients native to Sicily. Dining here will introduce you to an interesting Italian fusion of Sicilian cuisine with Roman culture. This includes all-day Italian-style meals with sharing plates and fresh homemade pasta.

At the center of the building is W Rome’s open-air courtyard, a serene space where we enjoyed breakfast each morning, sipping Italian coffee or a pre-dinner aperitif that warmed our taste buds in true style. Italian with Sicilian street-food specialties. Meanwhile, celebrity pastry chef Fabrizio Fiorani is the master behind Zucchero x Fabrizio Fiorani – a place to get your hands on all things sweet. This includes freshly baked pastries and carefully prepared homemade ice cream. Those who dine at Giano also receive coins for the candy machine that’s full of handmade chocolates — another surprise the hotel offers guests.

In a word

Square outside the W Rome
A fun new hotel that lets modern travelers enjoy Rome in style and comfort

The global W Hotel group injects its international energy into the ancient streets of Rome, bringing the ancient city back to the present day. With the W Lounge at its center which comes alive at night with live DJ sets and exceptional mixology; here’s a fun new hotel that lets modern travelers enjoy Rome in style and comfort.


Address: 26/36, Via Liguria, 00187 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Call: +39 06 894121

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