Last December marked the Italian debut for W Hotels. Part of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, the W Rome is part of an exciting expansion of stylish hotels that celebrate each guest’s desire to discover the destination through a distinct “W” lens. Offering dynamic and invigorating experiences to all guests that walk through its doors, the W brand is quickly spreading its wings across Europe, notably making its debut in the Portuguese Algarve this summer.
The W Rome is a 162-room luxury hotel spanning two adjacent 19th-century palaces in the city that Romans believed “lives on forever.” Contemporary in style intertwined with local touchpoints that embody the city’s heritage, W Rome offers fun, thoughtful design rooted in the city’s history and culture. The city’s traditional architecture, a blend of past and present, contrasts with a glamorous demeanor that is ‘W’ through and through.
These include an eclectic mix of colorful leather furniture set against stone walls that reflect the building’s age, while reflective surfaces add sparkle and excitement to the new city hotel. There are surprises to be found in every corner of the property, and discover a hidden bathroom door that leads to a secret garden inspired by one of Borromini’s churches. Here you will find traditional Italian stone with kissing benches, lush foliage, topiary and water fountains.
The heart of the W Rome is the W Lounge. With a skylight and patterned glass windows that allow the sun to flood the space, my first impression of the hotel is that it’s a place where the past meets the present, from the sculptures and artworks that surround the modern seating areas right through to the beautiful, handcrafted painted mural that covers the walls when you check in. Painted by Italian artist Costanza Alvarez de Castro, the mural is inspired by Roman gardens and tells the story of the fascinating destination.
The colorful terrace is on the roof. The ‘WET Deck’, with a cooling plunge pool surrounded by sun loungers and an open-air bar, is a welcome haven of tranquility in the center of town with sweeping views over the tops of old buildings that have stood still for centuries.
The romantic hotel offers an urban apartment feel among the rooms, many of which have private balconies and patios and some have iconic city views. Notably, on one side of the W Rome is the impressive local landmark of the Istituto Svizzero (the Swiss Institute), considered a jewel of early-century Roman architecture, which gracefully overlooks our room.
Each room is arranged around the brand’s signature W Bed, which I can’t wait to immerse myself in every time I visit a new W hotel. While red velvet drapes and herringbone-patterned hardwood floors add a classy touch of sophistication with sleek marble bathrooms.
The hotel’s overall design concept is based on Rome’s past, present and future. From bold blocks of color lining interior corridors to graphic prints that feed into the buildings’ distinctive new W personality. This includes the WOW Presidential Suite with its large terrace. A private outdoor and indoor space can be enjoyed here, which is unusual for the busy city. This includes a decor of historical Roman architectural elements fused with room technology and beautiful, custom-made furniture.
to eat and drink
W Rome takes inspiration from Sicily in its signature Giano restaurant. Interwoven 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 based on Sicilian cooking methods, authentic Italian flavors and local ingredients from Sicily are used in a playful way. Dining here is an interesting Italian fusion of Sicilian cuisine with Roman culture. These include all-day Italian-style dining with sharing plates and fresh homemade pasta.
At the center of the building is the W Rome’s open-air courtyard, a tranquil spot where we ate breakfast every morning, sipped Italian coffee, or enjoyed pre-dinner “aperitivos” that tickled our taste buds in true Italian style with Sicilian street food -Specialties warmed. Meanwhile, renowned pastry chef Fabrizio Fiorani is the master behind Zucchero x Fabrizio Fiorani – a place to get your hands on all things sweet. These include freshly made pastries and homemade gelato, expertly curated. Those who dine at the Giano also get coins for the sweet vending machine filled with handmade chocolates – another surprise the hotel offers its guests.
The global W hotel group brings its international energy to the ancient streets of Rome, bringing the ancient city into the present. With the W Lounge at its heart, which comes alive at night with live DJ sets and exceptional mixology; Here’s a fun new hotel that allows modern travelers to enjoy Rome in style and comfort.
Address: 26/36, Via Liguria, 00187 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Phone: +39 06 894121