Right next to the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin – famous for the stone mask known as ‘la Bocca della Verità’, or ‘the mouth of truth’ – the hotel is on a busy road, and therefore not for those who want to walk out of the door straight into the lanes and piazzas of old Rome. But it’s well placed for visits to the [node:168807] and the Capitoline Museums, for a stroll across the Tiber Island to Trastevere, and for buses to most centro storico locations. It’s also handy for business travellers who are planning to get around the city by taxi. The downside of this easy road access is the noise and the traffic fumes from the busy thoroughfare outside – though the double glazing works pretty well.
Done out in tones of cream, beige, brown and auburn, with warm parquet floors, the 59 guest rooms are relaxing cocoons to come home to after a hard day’s sightseeing or a round of meetings. All are spacious – even the entry-level classic doubles.
Ground floor areas include a library, lounge and a bar area that spills out into an inner courtyard – a pleasant venue for aperitivi.
Eating and drinking
The hotel’s Giano restaurant serves a light Mediterranean menu based on carefully sourced produce – Tuscan olive oil, homemade pasta, fresh fish from local markets. In summer, the same menu can be enjoyed at the Circus bar on the roof terrace.
There’s a decent-sized gym and a Turkish steam bath – though if you’re planning to use this you’ll need to give them a few hours’ warning to get it up and running.
Efficient and friendly. They’re especially good with children in here: the restaurant does a special ‘Baby Menu’, and you can even download a kids’ guide to Rome (in English) from the hotel website.
Who stays there
Fortyseven attracts more business travellers than most centro storico hotels, but they’re good with families and leisure clients too.
This isn’t one of those Rome hotels with a huge seasonal variation in room prices, even at the busiest times.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
Pros & Cons
- Spacious rooms and common areas
- Good value for a four-star with these facilities in such a central location
- Good restaurant
- Busy road outside
- Surrounding area a little empty at night