Red-velvet rope slung between polished brass orbs marks the entrance, and very much sets the tone, for the discreetly sophisticated Hotel De'Ricci. Being tucked away from central Rome’s tourist throngs also adds to the repurposed palazzo’s air of exclusivity – a flute of vintage spumante proffered at check-in elevates it further. And it’s wine that truly defines and distinguishes this boutique hideaway. From your personal sommelier to a cellar that is home to an astonishing 1,500 different labels, it’s enough to dazzle the most demanding of oenophiles. So take a seat, bid salute and sip – the Eternal City can wait a bit longer.
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A cocktail each upon arrival and a bottle of prosecco in your room
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £365.81 (€427), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €6.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include a continental breakfast. Champagne breakfast (€60 a person), vegetarian breakfast (€30 a person) and an à la carte breakfast menu are also offered.
If you love the hotel’s aesthetics, pop into nearby Chez Dedè store whose owners oversaw De'Ricci's interiors.
At the hotel
Free high-speed WiFi, dedicated concierge, bar, wine cellar, baggage storage, charged laundry service. In rooms: pre-stocked wine cooler, Apple TV, Marshall Bluetooth speaker, pod coffee machine, Maison Francis Kurkdjian bath products.
Our favourite rooms
With their evocative mid-century design, original frescos and luxe detailing, each of the eight individually styled suites is a beauty. But if we had to choose one, it has to be the balcony suite – it’s more a fully furnished terrace where you can wine and dine (from the excellent room service menu) overlooking a typical Rome courtyard.
Plump for the Supergas over the stilettos – Rome’s best bits are within walking distance. You don’t want to be too wobbly after all that wine, either.
Guests can get a guided tour of the property’s extensive wine cellar, and the staff are happy to organise private wine tastings, too.
A private dinner on your balcony, if you have one.
The hotel has no restaurant, but there are excellent room service and bar menus offering an all-day service. The concierge also has a veritable Rolodex of local dining recommendations and can reserve you a table before you can say subito.
A heavy blue-velvet curtain pulls back to reveal the entrance to what feels like the inner sanctum of the hotel – the Charade Bar. The mood is glamorous Forties’ nostalgia, with plenty of plush velvet and polished brass. Instead of a long counter, a mobile bar set-up is wheeled directly to your table so you can watch your negroni be whipped up under your nose. A pared-back menu of gourmet bar food is also to hand.
They make up for the lack of a restaurant with an excellent room service menu that delivers breakfast, lunch and dinner to your door. From antipasti like scallops carpaccio to baked sea bass for secundi platti, you can eat well without leaving your suite.
Hotel De’Ricci is tucked away in the largely residential Regola neighbourhood, which lies along the banks of the Tiber River on the fringes of central Rome.
Fiumicino Airport, the city’s main international hub, is 30 kilometres away and Ciampino Airport is closer at around 17 kilometres. Drive time from both airports is around 25 minutes without traffic (and this is Rome). The hotel offers a transfer service from either (€100 for a Mercedes and €130 for a minivan).
Rome’s main train station, Termini, has connections to Milan, Venice, Naples and Florence and is about four kilometres away. Hop on the 40 bus and it takes you within a few minutes’ stroll of the hotel. Alternatively, they can arrange a private transfer for €70.
Navigating Rome’s notoriously chaotic traffic is not for the faint of heart, so hiring a car is not recommended. If you must, you’ll find parking a couple of blocks away at Parking Via Giulia, which charges €30 per day. Also bear in mind that some roads into Rome charge tolls.
Worth getting out of bed for
The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum…there’s a roll-call of iconic Roman sights within a mere 20-minutes stroll. On the other side of the river, even the Vatican and Sistine Chapel are within easy walking distance for most constitutions. Join the locals for an after-dinner passeggiata to nearby Piazza Navona, with its exquisite rose marble fountains, spectacular Baroque architecture and gelato bars. Looking for something a little edgier? jump in a cab to the Murali di Tor Marancia, where a whole suburban neighbourhood has been transformed by colourful street art.
Just around the corner is one of Rome’s best known and best loved seafood restaurants – Pierluigi. It also happens to be owned by the very same Lorenzo Lisi behind Hotel De'Ricci. Diners rave about the lobster pasta. You don’t have to wander far for Michelin-level dining either. Nearby Per Me has earned the coveted gastro-gong with its innovative take on traditional Italian cuisine. For top-notch piazza-front dining, book a terrace table at Ar Galletto – their seasonal menus deep delve into Roman cooking.
Among Rome’s most historic coffee shops, Caffè Perù was given an artsy reboot and today attracts much of the neighbourhood’s creative talent, as well as hosting regular exhibitions of their artwork. Nearby Barnum Roma is a popular brunch spot with a hip New-Yorksy feel and excellent cold-brew coffee.
If you’ve got yourself a taste for the pseudo-prohibition thing, then head to nearby Jerry Thomas Speakeasy for top-notch cocktails in a roaring-Twenties-themed setting. More wine? Vinaietto is an old winery-turned-bar where you can slurp Italian vinos with locals who spill out onto the cobblestones. Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame once downed a few glasses here.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this wine-centric hotel in residential Regola and unpacked their bottle of Barolo and papal socks, a full account of their Eternal City break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel De'Ricci in Central Rome…
As you buzz the doorbell and await entry outside Hotel De’Ricci’s inscrutably smart Italian art deco façade, you’ll find there’s more than a whiff of the private members’ club about this boutique townhouse. It’s set down a quiet cobbled lane, too, within easy striking distance of most of Rome’s essential sights, but tucked well away from the city’s formidable footfall. Boasting one of the city’s finest cellars, wine is front and centre here, though with a tone pitched more at epicurean indulgence than bacchanalian abandon.
At least two-to-one staff-to-guest ratio means service is unwaveringly accommodating and many who work here are experts in all things vino, too. Having just eight suites also adds to the bijou intimacy of it all. What’s more, only hotel guests and ‘select’ people have access to the hotel’s speakeasy-style bar. So a stay here does feel like instant membership to one of Rome’s most exclusive urban hideaways.