The Hoxton, which has hotels across Europe and America, has opened its newest outpost in the Italian capital. The open-house ambience will appeal to solo travelers and digital nomads as well as those simply keen to rediscover the Eternal City.
Though now a 10-strong chain, Hoxton’s hotels are inspired by their neighborhood. This hotel retains some original features from the Beverly Hills Hotel which used to be on the same site, including restored chandeliers.
Set in the affluent and largely residential Parioli neighborhood, the hotel is close to the Villa Borghese and is a short journey or enjoyable stroll from tourist must-sees such as the Colosseum.
In addition to the capital’s ancient buildings, you’ll find an abundance of green spaces – Rome being Europe’s greenest capital city. The hotel is midway between the elegant Villa Borghese and the lovely Villa Ada Savoia, one of the biggest parks in the city.
The Hoxton is chic, but still pulls off a laid-back vibe. The lobby is the lively gathering point, all plush sofas, emerald tones and coffee tables – with all-important charging points hidden in corners. The nods to 70s Italian style, which lend a Fellini feeling, are a nice touch.
During the day, a steady stream of guests populate the space, some holding meetings. In the evening, it’s a lively spot for an aperitivo.
The 192 rooms range from “Shoebox” to “Biggy Terrace” via “Cosy” and rooms with balconies and terraces. Twenty rooms are designed for guests with access requirements.
All rooms contain good-sized bathrooms, though you’ll find spacious showers rather than baths. Some have the statement headboards that are becoming a Hoxton signature. Design is simple and pared back, with fun, squiggly clothing rails rather than wardrobes.
Rooms can also be interconnected for families and friends.
Food and drink
The menu at the Beverly restaurant is a joint labor of love. Sara Levi from the American Academy in Rome’s Sustainable Food Project – which prides itself on providing seasonal, responsibly-sourced food for the Academy’s community – has been enlisted to develop the menu; head chef Alessandro Stefoni helps bring her ideas to life.
The all-American fare has an Italian twist. The streusel-topped deep dish apple pie with ice cream and salted caramel is worth saving room for. I also enjoyed the bacon-wrapped monkfish soft tacos with crunchy salad and onion chutney.
On-site bakery Cugino serves wonderful Italian pastries, smoothies, coffee and brunch.
You may be asked for your Covid-19 travel pass while socialising in the lobby.
what to do
Book a guided Vespa tour of the city with Scooteroma. The scooters can access corners of Rome that cars can’t. Annie Oljie’s tours will make you fall in love with the city just as she did when she moved to Italy from the US. Her gang of Vespa enthusiasts (called Vespisti) drive visitors around at a gentle pace. The tours start from around £135 per person and there are tailored options for foodies, street art enthusiasts and cinephiles.
I particularly enjoyed our stop off at Mercato di Testaccio (Testaccio market) in Gestaco, an area with working-class origins which has now become a bit of a foodie destination. The pizza at the CasaManco food stand was so delicious, it converted me to the idea of potato on pizza. The food outlet prides itself on leaving their pizza dough to rise for 100 hours.
Outside the market, on a small side street, was a powerful piece created by world-renowned street artist Alice Pasquini in November 2017, which highlights the issue of domestic violence and urges women to stay strong.
The Contemporary Cluster is a creative hub in Palazzo Brancaccio that was curated by husband-and-wife duo Giorgia Cerulli and Giacomo Guidi. There are exhibitions for fans of digital art, contemporary art and furniture which are free to enter.
“Visit the Gianicolo terrace for one of the best views of the city, spanning from Monte Mario to the Colosseum, and on a clear day, to the hills that frame Rome.”
Worth writing home about
After some drinks, our party renamed ourselves the Spice Girls and headed down to the photobooth to create a memento of our stay.
The Hoxton, Largo Benedetto Marcello, Rome, Italy (+39 06 9450 2700).
Rates for a Cozy room start at €149. A tax of up to €7 per person, per night, is charged for up to 10 nights. It does not apply to children under 10.
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