Hotel Raphael

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Entrance
The hotel entrance is simply bursting with greenery, from the plane trees of the beautiful terrace of the neighbouring restaurant, the torrent of creepers cascading down the façade to the small palm trees lining the short canopied hotel entrance; such an unexpected oasis in the heart of the city. The doors open onto the large open plan lounges which lead to the reception desk and access to the floors on the right and, to the left, a lounge library and the breakfast room.

White walls, modern lighting, tiles with miniscule fragments of grey marble, the soft forms of the velvet sofas, shades of brown and rust, many works of arts, paintings, sculptures and the impressive twisted details of the baroque furniture create an atmosphere which successfully combines formality and exuberance with restraint and conviviality. A chessboard is set out on one table, magazines on another, guests relax with a coffee, all in vibrant surroundings where there is a place for everyone and everything.

The rooms
The rooms upstairs are very different, depending on when they were renovated.

The first, refurbished early 1995, have a cosy, classic charm. The décor incorporates carpets in shades of burgundy or green, painted walls in a straw colour, copper light fittings, columns, wood panelling and Renaissance tapestries above the bed. Although well-maintained, particularly the paintwork, these rooms may seem a bit old-fashioned in comparison with the more modern ones.

A second phase of renovation early 2000 created an interesting mix of classic and modern. Parquet flooring, wood panelling and copper light fittings lend a fairly sober, classic feel whilst the very clean lines of the Fendi furniture covered in anthracite and blue striped fabrics, introduce a modern touch to the room.

The architect Richard Meier put his name to a third renovation in 2005, creating an ultra-modern décor with the use of light wood and clear lines, parquet flooring and leather fittings, straw-coloured satin finish paintwork and technology. Although the clear lines and glazed walls may appear a trifle cold at times, when the morning sunshine filters into the room or the soft lighting sets off the warmth of the wood in the evening, the ambiance becomes one of magical softness.

The bathrooms in Meier’s signature rooms rank amongst the nicest in Rome, lined from floor to ceiling in Carrara marble. They have both bath and shower, indeed it is a double shower, and Bose speakers. Another little detail: the wooden partition separating them from the rooms is mobile so you can slide it back to let in more natural light or watch TV from the bathtub. Bulgari bath products are provided in all the rooms.

Each of the two top-floor suites, the Bramante and the Suite con Terrazza, have a beautiful terrace overlooking the cloister next door. These suites were included in the early 2000 renovation and can be combined to create the Presidential Suite which is ideal for a large family. The more classic Navona Suite has a separate living room with fold-down settee and can accommodate families of up to four.

Most rooms have large, flat screen televisions. They all look onto the exterior of the building, some of them over a small, narrower street bordered by the wall of the church next door. Although the streets surrounding the hotel are full of life, the rooms are well soundproofed.

Facilities & Services
Apart from a well-equipped gym, the hotel has a multi-level roof terrace where you can relax in the shade of a large parasol as you enjoy a meal from its gourmet “Relais Picasso” restaurant and the view over the domes and tiled roofs of the city.

Breakfast

A buffet breakfast is served in a lovely ground floor breakfast room. A huge table groans with a multitude of products including salamis, different cheeses, cherry tomatoes and small balls of mozzarella, cakes and pastries, different types of bread, carrot, banana, orange and pear juices, scrambled eggs and bacon, chopped fresh fruit and finally a wide selection of cereals and almonds.

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Comfort Rating
Room size 8 Rating : 8
Room amenities 8 Rating : 8
Breakfast 9 Rating : 9
Property amenities 9 Rating : 9
Global Rating 8.5 Global Rating : 8.5

Contacts & booking

Hotel Raphael

Piazza Navona , Largo Febo 2
00186

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