Rome, Italy

JK Place Roma

Rates from (ex tax)$492.72

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR500.01), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Modernist masterpiece

Setting

Centro storico

There could hardly be a more fitting setting than Rome’s former school of architecture for boutique hotel JK Place Roma. Minutes from Rome’s shopping streets and historic sights, classrooms have made way for bold modernist bedrooms – further proof, if needed, that designer Michele Bönan is recrafting casual Italian style with a masterful blend of mid-century furniture, dramatic marble and bright splashes of colour.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

30, including seven suites.

Check–Out

12 noon. Check-in, 4pm, but both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $493.99 (€455), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €7.00 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR500.01), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include the buffet breakfast of breads, pastries, home-made cakes, cheeses, fruit and jams, hot dishes and the chef’s surprise ‘buongiorno’ of the day. Guests can help themselves to their minibar’s free soft drinks and snacks.

Also

JK Place regulars may recognise Michele Bönan’s signature look – he’s the man behind Roma’s JK sisters in Capri and Florence, as well as glamorous projects running the gamut from designer shops to luxurious yachts.

At the hotel

Lounge, library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, air-conditioning, minibar, free soft drinks, bottled water and snacks, Bottega dell’Albergo toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Pick your palette: rooms come either in gentle greys, ivories and golds, or jewel-box petrol-greens and clarets. Rosewood four-poster beds, striped Italian-marble bathrooms and Massimo Listri photography add a dose of glamour. JK Master Rooms have separate living rooms and bedrooms, with space for extra guests; room 12 has a beautiful marble fireplace and shelves lined with must-read hardbacks. The bathroom in Junior Suite 32 is dramatic: it’s almost as big as the bedroom, with a vast walk-in shower and lashings of polished marble and teak.

Packing tips

Don’t forget your glasses: specs to peruse the glossy art books in the library and fashionista shades to strut down the street in style.

Also

Smokers will need to step out to light up. Two of the rooms are equipped for disabled access.

Pet‐friendly

Small pets up to 10kg are welcome. You'll need to bring your own food, though. See more pet-friendly hotels in Rome.

Children

JK Place Roma is more suited to adults, but under-13s can stay free in cots or extra beds. Older children are charged €180 a night. Babysitting is available for €30 an hour. Under-10s eat free at brunch, if accompanied by a paying adult.

Food and Drink

Photos JK Place Roma food and drink

Top Table

Make like Don Draper and take up residence at the bar; if you get peckish, you can always sidle over to one of the tables and plush armchairs nearby.

Dress Code

Don’t hold back on colour; vintage Pucci prints and sharp tailoring should stand you in good stead.

Hotel restaurant

With chartreuse and saffron taffeta on the walls and a Sixties sputnik chandelier hanging from the ceiling, JK Place Café doesn’t shy away from making a statement. But it’s also a casual and informal setting for a meal: grab one of the rust-red leather chairs or green velvet banquettes to sample chef Antonio Martucci’s specialties, such as gnocchi with local pecorino, black pepper and smoked cardamom powder, and a carbonara made the Roman way (that’s with cheek lard and yet more pecorino). If you order one thing, make it the signature JK burger, a home-made brioche bun cradling Piedmont Fassone beef, Tuscan bacon and a good chunk of cheddar. The hotel's hearty brunch, with home-made breads and cakes, pastries, sandwiches, pies, regional meats and cheeses, traditional pasta dishes, burgers and tiramisu is an experience that calls for seconds.

Hotel bar

The wood-panelled bar stands at one end of the restaurant, flanked by round brass tables, Fifties photography and abstract onyx sculptures. Try a glass of Petit Verdot from Lazio or a JK sour, a house cocktail of Amaretto, passion fruit and lemon as unexpected as the playlist (Frank Sinatra one minute, Dizzee Rascal the next).

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7.30-10.30 am, brunch from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. A full menu is available from 12 noon to midnight.

Room service

Guests can order from JK Place Café’s menu during opening hours, after which light snacks such as sandwiches and lasagne can be ordered round the clock.

Location

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Address
JK Place Roma
30 Via di Monte d’Oro
00186
Rome
Italy

Planes

Rome Fiumicino airport is a 40-minute drive from the hotel, with good connections to many European and international destinations. A taxi straight from the airport costs €40 plus €1 per bag. Low-cost airlines land at Ciampino Airport, a 30-minute drive from the hotel.

Trains

JK Place Roma is close to the Spagna metro stop. From here, it is only three stops (line A) to Termini, Rome’s main station, which is served by many lines to other regions of Italy; see Trenitalia for details.

Automobiles

On-site valet parking in the hotel’s garage starts at €50 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

You could certainly spend hours in the hotel’s library, curled up in a linen armchair, within easy reach of the delectable collection of art, design, fashion and photography books. Flick through glossy photos of Audrey Hepburn from the Fifties and Sixties or do some quick revision on Renaissance art before you hit the town. Once you step out the door, strike out on foot in any direction to sample a smorgasbord of Rome’s must-see sights: the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Medici Villa are all within a 10-minute walk. Nearby, Via Condotti houses a who’s who of Italian fashion; stock up on all things logoed and monogrammed at Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo and Bulgari. The Borghese Gardens are landscaped in the English style, with cooling lakes and shaded benches perfect for resting shopping-weary feet; when you’ve recovered, meander up the gravel paths to glorious art-filled Renaissance villas.

Local restaurants

Fans of Balthazar in London or New York might do a double-take when they come across Baccano (+39 06 69 941 166), a Roman doppelganger of the celebrated brasserie. Take your time touring Italy’s lip-smacking vintages: the wine list is eight pages long, and there’s an enticing menu featuring oysters, truffled tagliolini and ossobuco. A local favourite, laid-back Dilla’ (+39 06 69 797 778) dishes up fantastic pasta in a lofty timber-and-bricks space just by the Spanish steps. Look out for artichoke lasagna and a spinach mille-feuilles on the daily-changing menu. A five-minute walk away on Via Borgognona, Nino’s busy eatery has been popular with local since the 1930s (+39 06 679 5676). Book ahead for a simple but tasty lunch of Florentine classics such as ribollita, home-made gnocchi and a delicious chestnut cake.

Local cafés

La Buvette (+39 06 679 0383) on Via Vittoria is a fabulous old-school café/bar/restaurant – equally good for a quick cappuccino or a light but flavoursome lunch. If you find yourself across the river, grab a seat on Cristalli di Zucchero’s shaded patio (+39 06 69 920 945). Take your pick from the rows of glossy cakes and dainty pastries, or make a meal of it with a sandwich and savoury snacks.

Local bars

Linger in the shade of white parasols on the terrace of Stravinskij Bar at Smith favourite Hotel de Russie (+39 06 328 881), a 10-minute walk away. Its courtyard and terraces are framed by lush gardens: the perfect setting for an afternoon coffee or cocktail. Make a pit-stop at Cavour 313 (+39 06 678 5496), a traditional enoteca near the Roman Forum. Sample wines by the glass or order nibbles at the mahogany bar; if you’re in need of an even more restorative treat, the home-made desserts are worth a calorific splurge.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

If you’ve ever been to the Eternal City, then you know that it can be described as pure magic. We’ve never been disappointed by this dreamy destination: food, architecture, beautiful people, food, fashion, history, countryside, food, art, sunshine, and more food. Its stand-out feature? How to decide? It is all just so wonderful – with one exception: its hotels. I’ve never stayed in a hotel in Rome that is worth a recommendation (even the fancy places are disappointing and the inexpensive ones are ‘you get what you pay for’). Until now: JK Place Roma is not only the best hotel I’ve had the pleasure of staying at in Rome, but, maybe, anywhere. It is spectacular.

Crazy, hectic, lots of yelling, screaming and getting lost – our taxi journey from the airport on the way to JK Place was quintessential Rome. And, of course, we had the most endearing of Italian nonni driving our car who misinterpreted our poor Italian words directing us down each incorrect but lovely mediaeval street. Once we finally found the right direction, the approach to JK Place is as unassuming and understated as the hotel itself.

Occupying a stately 17th-century palazzo, we eventually found our destination tucked neatly down a tiny passage walking distance from the Spanish Steps, away from the tourists and all their commotion. A simple entrance transitions from charming cobblestones into a sumptuous lobby. The decor strikes a balance of modern restraint and traditional luxury it’s a gleaming example of less is more. Think of your favorite feature in the current issue of Architectural Digest, and that’s probably along the right lines.

Now, some perspective: my partner Andrew Goetz and I are the founders of MALIN+GOETZ. Our skincare brand is a modern interpretation of traditional apothecary ideas, aim being to make skincare easy, effective and a pleasure. May I be so bold as to suggest that, to us, JK Place is the hotel version of our philosophy? It is simple, modern, elegant, luxurious, and, every single detail is designed with a subtlety that, as a whole ­– like Rome itself – is overwhelmingly gorgeous. It is an all-encompassing experience of perfection.

The moment we stepped through the door, our charming (and handsome) host got up from his desk and walked over to greet us, escorting us into the main art-filled sitting room. Whisking away our bags, they processed our check-in somewhere out of sight, leaving us to relax with prosecco and olives – the perfect tonic, since our flight from Zurich had been cancelled due to a strike (in true Italian fashion) and what should have been a one-hour hop had turned into a tiring full day in transit.

Drinks and snacks downed amid this soothing space of art, antiques and fabulous fabrics, we were next gracefully ushered upstairs. Hidden behind a mirrored, paneled door in the corner of the art-directed living room, is the elevator. Now this was one of our favorite things: not only is the lift like a secret door for those in the know (because, who would dare interrupt this elegant decor with an unsightly commercial elevator?), it is also a cosy walnut-sheathed room in itself, complete with a plush grey-velvet sofa. Why bother with our bedroom at all?  Golden-touch designer Michele Bönan who is responsible for JK Place Roma’s glamorous siblings in Capri and Florence has taken this chic to the next level – literally.

Our suite on the fourth floor was at the end of a pristine white-plastered hallway. Adoor opened to a formal foyer and a walnut-wood passageway took us past closets and a bath (I’ll get to that in a moment) and into our light-filled bedroom – Dior Grey, of course, with intricate moldings and finishes. No detail is overlooked – an intimacy-insuring canopy on the rosewood four-poster, with crisp white linens on an overstuffed down bed. And, most importantly, French doors led to a private set-back terrace that offered a welcome breath of fresh air (did I mention that it was 60 degrees and sunny in mid-January?).

The most memorable part of our little apartment though was the striped-marble bathroom. Dressed floor to ceiling in shiny grey Carrera stone, it also opened to our second terrace (!) next to the bath. Having arrived in Europe days before from frigid New York and having head here via Zurich, I couldn’t resist toweling off on our private porch after a hot shower. As you can imagine, we love trying out competitors’ skincare and bath products and I was only too happy to test the Natura Bissé goodies generously supplied for our grooming needs. Rivalling the awe inspired by the elevator, we were next impressed by the secret hand-sized chrome door on the wall next to the toilet. When touched – hey presto – carta igienica (‘toilet paper’ sounds much better in Italian). Can life get more decadent?

Yes. Each morning, and one evening of three, we ate in the restaurant. When traveling, my partner and I are generally of the mindset that you need to spread your wings, leave the hotel, and explore. This is especially true for restaurants and even more so in Rome, the world’s food capital. However, business travel and exhaustion forced our first meal to be at JK Café. And for that we’re grateful. While dining in hotels never feels special, or, it feels like you are eating in a hotel, the opposite can be said of here. What a surprise and what a treat! Service was impeccable and dishes such as truffle fries and moreish sliders were an absolute delight. While we spent our time out of the hotel at delicious traditional local Roman trattorias, JK Place restaurant was the opposite. It is sophisticated fine dining in every Italian tradition.

Honestly? We could hardly make ourselves leave. The location, decor and service are divine. We cannot wait to go back – and we definitely have a hotel to recommend in Rome. In fact, it’s reason alone to travel to Italy. 

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in JK Place Roma’s Guestbook below.

We loved

On the top of all hotels we have ever stayed in. The service was incredible. For example, we arrived from the airport in a taxi and were not aware that no taxis take credit cards in Rome (FYI!). The hotel immediately paid the taxi for us in cash without us even asking. Incredible! The food (breakfast in particular) was amazing and the room beautiful. We were so impressed. We will never stay anywhere else in Rome. The restaurant across the street is delicious for typical Roman food for either lunch or dinner. The location of the hotel is perfect for sightseeing in Rome.

Don’t expect

Nothing. We loved, loved loved JK Place Roma. Everything is here.

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Stayed on 29 Sep 2016

We loved

The attentive staff, the beautiful room and the balcony. Breakfast was wonderful. Amazing location - easy to walk everywhere.

Don’t expect

Silence - the downside of being in the heart of it all.

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Stayed on 19 Sep 2016

We loved

Location, service, decor-- one of our all time faves. Great oasis in the city

Don’t expect

A lively bar scene

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Stayed on 3 Sep 2016

We loved

This hotel delivered perfectly; exceptional service, stunning interiors and architecture. Large, beautiful suite with everything you need. Perfectly located to enjoy all that Rome has to offer. The staff went out of their way to ensure our stay was perfect and it was. We can't wait to return!

Don’t expect

It's an intimate boutique hotel - no pool or gym.

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Stayed on 23 Jul 2016

We loved

The room, the wonderful staff and service, the breakfast, the lobby and bar areas, and the fantastic decor! Have lunch at Poldo e Gianni, just a couple of blocks from the hotel. Vicolo Rosini 6. The carbonara is a must.

Don’t expect

A budget stay

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Stayed on 8 Jul 2016

We loved

Beautiful rooms and public areas. Terrific team throughout the property. A must visit is the new restaurant Emma - 15 minutes walk through the old town from the hotel

Don’t expect

A spa or a gym...

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Stayed on 15 May 2016

We loved

All of it - the building, the staff, the interior design, the bedrooms, the staff, the coffee (the COFFEE!!!), the cocktails, the breakfast, did I mention the staff (particularly Antonio). It's central, it's supremely comfortable, it's surprisingly buzzy.

Don’t expect

People wandering around in bath robes, any hotel based activities.

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Stayed on 29 Apr 2016

We loved

The location - perfect for all the attractions of Rome. The staff are excellent - friendly and efficient. The design is stylish and luxurious. Great for relaxing after sightseeing! The restaurant called Life in the Via della Vite was lovely - modern Italian cuisine.

Don’t expect

Cheap prices in the bar/restaurant, which is expensive.

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Stayed on 24 Apr 2016

We loved

The luxury of the hotel, the architecture and the staff were all fantastic. Great location as well, very close to great shops, restaurants and key sites. If you like food I highly recommend the Eating Italy Rome Tour in Trastevere. It was a highlight of our trip in Rome.

Don’t expect

Everything we needed was provided, I can't think of anything missing.

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Stayed on 27 Feb 2016

We loved

The service we received. 8/10

Don’t expect

The hotel to be very helpful as far as tours are concerned before you get there, but once you get there all is fine.

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Stayed on 22 Feb 2016

We loved

Friendliest staff ever, and the coffee cake! Fantastic rooms too - I enjoyed it all. Restaurant Dilla was amazing. 

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Stayed on 21 Feb 2016

We loved

The decor, the location, the staff, the weekend brunch, the bed and linens, and the vibe!

Don’t expect

To want to leave!

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Stayed on 15 Feb 2016

We loved

Chic modern and clever decor, superbly appointed room. Great situation for sightseeing, very helpful staff

Don’t expect

Big city hotel

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Stayed on 27 Jan 2016

We loved

The hotel team, they were so friendly and attentive. The quality and beauty of the interior design and the accommodation. The intimate feeling of the hotel. The central location.

Don’t expect

It's not easy to find by car, so take good directions.

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Stayed on 3 Oct 2015

We loved

The stylish interior, the great location and above all, th fantastic and personal service. The shower was spacious, powerful and very stylish.

Don’t expect

A bath.

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Stayed on 26 Sep 2015

We loved

This hotel is literally incredible, from the moment we arrived we felt utterly special, with a delicious refreshing welcome drink served to us. The lift is amazing - I won't spoil the surprise but it's the coolest lift we've ever seen. Every detail about this hotel is exceptional. The bed was one of the comfiest I have ever slept in and the show was incredible. The toiletries are the best I have ever had in a hotel and the complimentary mini bar is lovely. Breakfast was superb, with a vast array of options and lovely cakes and fruit. The staff are just so lovely as well, really warm and welcoming and very knowledgeable. We were made to feel so special from the moment we arrived.

Don’t expect

The only thing that would have made our room even more amazing would have been a bath, but I'm just being picky now!

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Stayed on 5 Sep 2015

We loved

The spacious bathroom.

Don’t expect

A loud or lively restaurant.

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Stayed on 22 Aug 2015

We loved

Excellent service, beautiful bathrooms and bed linen and they catered for my dietary requirements with ease. Non alcoholic drinks in the minibar and snacks are included. It is pricey but a very smart city hotel.

Don’t expect

It is expensive and there isn't a outside terrace which would have been nice although I think that this will be forthcoming.

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Stayed on 29 Jun 2015

We loved

My fiancé and I stayed at JK for three nights at the end of June 2015. All we can say is, 'perfect' Everything from arrival to departure was just so special. With 30 rooms the staff made us feel apart of the JK family. The manager Marco went above and beyond the call of duty and really made every moment in Rome great for us. The room was well appointed, bathroom had a touch of architecture luxury, the breakfast was nearly a highlight every morning and the lobby was a great place to relax and plan our day or even drop back in the arvo for an espresso and gather our thoughts. One of the best places I have stayed in years. Perfect for couples and even a group of 4-6 would love this place! We will be adding this to our regular place to stay in Rome for sure!

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Stayed on 28 Jun 2015