Located near the Palazzo Borghese, just a few minutes from Piazza di Spagna, the Pantheon, JK Place Roma is the secret address for charm in the heart of the Eternal City. For a gourmet and cultural weekend or while spending Christmas Eve and end-of-year festivities in music, Maria Strati, manager and host of this extraordinary establishment, member of Leading Hotels of the World, is the definitive guide to making Rome live like the Romans in Italian fashion.
A hotel like home
“It’s a home, not a hotel,” says Maria Strati, “no gym, no spa, but the cozy warmth and luxury of the reception as if you were visiting friends.” You have to ring the doorbell to enter the world of JK Place Roma. The hotel welcomes its clients in a classic building that houses the School of Rome’s architecture, in the Campo Marzo district. The hall that welcomes the guests is decorated and equipped like the entrance to a family home. And in the large living room, in winter’s lush greenery, guests sip a glass of champagne on soft sofas while waiting to be fitted into the bedroom, under a glass ceiling that gently drips with daylight. You access the rooms by elevator, which is set up like a boudoir with lovely gray velvet seats, lined with large mirrors.
Comfortable rooms are all different
All 27 rooms are different but all equally comfortable, some with a four-poster bed, adorned with gleaming woodwork, architectural portraits by Massimo Listri, marble statuary, reminiscent of old-school architecture, and gray pearl-marble bathrooms. Some rooms on the third floor have the luxury of having a balcony overlooking the city’s rooftops, where breakfasts or romantic dinners are organized in complete privacy: la dolce vita as one can imagine. In two years, apartments of 150 square meters with butler service will complete the personal show, located 150 meters from the hotel.
Dedicated moments at JK Place Roma
The lounge library on the ground floor is ideal for sipping tea by the fire or having an aperitif, while sampling house cocktails such as JK Photo Based on amaretto, lemon and passion fruit before heading to the restaurant JK Cafe Where secret, dimly lit alcoves provide a cozy atmosphere for a gourmet Italian dinner, created by new chef Giordano Gianforschetti who also serves family Sunday brunch, with house-sharing roasts. And to end the evening, the JK Barnear the restaurant serving with signature cocktail menu, evenings with live jazz music.
Italian style city tour
And the next morning, JK ebikes from Imago Artis e-bikes are waiting outside to explore the city on unique routes, a ride through Rome’s history and legends ending with designated picnic boxes for either lunch or champagne in the magnificent Villa Borghese gardens. Or try new outdoor experiences, like the “ArcheoRunning” circuits, and discover Rome’s most exotic spots. Or opt instead for exclusive fashion shows and galleries that benefit the personal shopper in synergy with fashion houses like Fendi or Valentino or fine jewelry like Bulgari and experience the magic of Italian fashion.
Maria Strati’s titles make Rome live in The The great Belisa
Roman titles contain no secrets for a young woman. A gold mine for pointing out pretty shops, off the beaten path: the perfect pastry for finding the Easter dove or the best trattoria frequented by the Romans, good advice for avoiding the line at museums, or getting a privileged welcome, Maria Strati created her own newsletter as a premium guide in the city, In collaboration with journalist Loredena Tartaglia.
Since this year, hotel guests and a select few guests can get monthly TipsAnd news, news, and other discoveries from the new restaurant-advising duo this month Sarcos By Chef Umberto Vezzoli, near the Coliseum or a cocktail bar like Falcheto Where to taste Darth Finnl or head of the month making a good birthday gift idea in jewelry or watch boxes to personalize with custom bronze initials in Signalvia Gregoriana.
Pier Luigi Foundation since 1938
During our stay Maria makes us discover Pier Luigi a gourmet table around seafood products, since 1938 the first fish and seafood restaurant in Rome, an institution. Dinner here consists of langoustines with garlic and olives, crispy fried baby octopus, very fresh sashimi, and fish of the day accompanied by artichokes. Ala Jeuda To participate, choose a regional wine from the beautiful list that has been awarded the Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence four times since 2018. In summer, the restaurant spills out on its large terrace on the cobblestones of quiet Piazza de ‘Ricci.
Our charming guide can also unlock the prestigious State Rooms at the Fendi Palace, dating back to the 17th century, where the woodwork of the “La Coupole” room, and the gleaming parquet floors recovered from a villa on Via Appia provide a wonderfully welcoming daybed by Gio Ponti, master Italian design, where in private salons and dressing rooms everything is luxurious, calm and sensual. The seven Fendi suites above are also opulent, more modern, framed in Carrara marble, adorned in velvet, and filled with custom artwork for VIP clients.
In Rome, do like the Romans
Lunch at La Matricianella, a typical restaurant in Rome, which has been around since 1957, where local specialties such as Homemade Gnocchi Infoltino Alla Romana, hors d’oeuvres are washed down with Corithus Lazio rosso on immaculate white tablecloths that pair with the waiters’ impeccable aprons with old ties; before going to the design fair Roma mix, recommended by Maria, whose artwork and other unique furnishings adorn the hotel’s galleries, passing through charming Vittoria. Italian charm in all its immensity.
JK Piazza Roma Via di Monte d’Oro, 30 00186 Rome
Report and photos by Capucine Gougenheim Geagea-Plume Voyage
For info: Safrans du Monde offers a 4-day tour + accommodation package at JK Place from €3,740 including tax per person.