The wonderfully quirky four-star hotel Ripa is located on the brinks of Rome’s historic Trastevere district. And while Trastevere is known for its smaller buildings and narrow streets that instantly work as a time-traveling device, Ripa is of a different kind. Despite its location, this is an overtly modern hotel. Its 8-story building is a perfect example of what was way ahead of its time back in the early seventies when the hotel was built. Now, it presents a charming retro-futuristic accommodation for everyone in search of something distinctive in the Eternal City.
Hotel Ripa Roma is a perfect mix of business and pleasure. The hotel is close to the Old Jewish Ghetto, and the lush Gianicolo hill, while Piazza Venezia, the Pantheon, the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain are also within walking distance.
Creative interior design makes you feel like you’re going into a spaceship!
This hotel is defying traditional accommodations with its striking designs and concepts to tempt even the most jaded world traveler. Ripa is modern, sleek and most of all cool. At the hotel’s very entrance, a large Mickey Mouse figure offers the welcome to its guests, accompanied by the enormous French Bulldog on the right side. As we entered its premises, the hotel tried its best to surprise us with lovely quirkiness on almost every corner. Its design can only be described as a creative combination of pop-art, nautical and especially in rooms, NASA-inspired! Hotel Ripa presents a well realized, decidedly unusual vision that customers recognize and enjoy. The common areas are pleasant and full of spaces to relax.
Ripa is a large hotel, boasting 199 bright and fully equipped rooms, some of them featuring astonishing views on the city. All rooms are designed as space capsules and the ultra clean and clinical interior has guests thinking they’ve walked into a sci-fi film. They are very spacious, starting at 28 sqm and most have a private balcony. Some elements of our Executive room looked like they belong directly on USS Discovery One from Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey.” A slick combination of monochromatic tones and futuristic materials made us feel quite different than we used to in Roman hotels, but very pleasant, nevertheless.
The white palettes are soothing, bright and welcome relaxation. The furniture and appliances blend seamlessly with everything else in the room. We loved the many different lighting features.
Hotel Ripa additionally offers a place for romantic dining in the Eternal City. Its restaurant, named Ripa Place, is up-to-date, but at the same time typical Italian ristorante, where one can relax and enjoy in both traditional and modern takes on Italian and international cuisine. To truly understand Roman cuisine, you should order “Rigatoni all’Amatriciana” and “Lasagne della casa.” A wide, varied and sometimes surprising wine and champagne list will satisfy the most exquisite tastes. We thoroughly enjoyed sipping drinks on Ripa Place’s terrace, a perfect spot for intimate meetings in the urban setting.
Restaurant Ripa Place
When it comes to sport activities, the hotel Ripa boasts a nice gym, equipped with free weights and Technogym treadmills. For those too much involved with spaghetti and pizzas, there is a personal trainer available on request, who can help burning those carb-induced calories.
Like we mentioned before, the hotel Ripa is located close to some of the really beautiful and important landmarks of the city, but not one has left such a huge impression on us than famous Gianicolo hill. In endless walks to the hill and back, we enjoyed the scenery and spectacular views over this historical city, as well as a habitual glass of Prosecco at its top.
Address: Via degli Orti di Trastevere, 3
00153 Roma RM, Italy
Tel: +39 06 58 611
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