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JK Place Rome hotel review

Italy is renowned for its art and design, with JK Place being an ode to the art of hospitality perfected since ancient Roman times.

Amidst the cobblestone streets lies a discreet haven of luxury: JK Place Rome. Despite its unassuming facade, this boutique hotel redefines sophistication and style, elevating Italian hospitality to new heights.

Traveller: Cathy Wagstaff
Room: JKDeluxe Balcony
Address: Via di Monte d’Oro 30, Rome, Italy
Date: December 2023
Best for: A discreet yet discerning stay in the heart of the Eternal City

The discreet entrance at JK Place Roma
The discreet entrance © JK Place Rome


Opened in 2013 and housed in Rome’s former school of architecture, you cannot help but be captivated by the subtle allure of JK Place Rome. Its unobtrusive facade stands out in a city adorned with grand architectural marvels. A passerby might overlook the unassuming entrance on a narrow street, unaware of the lavish sanctuary concealed within. There are no ostentatious displays or towering signs; a modest doorway invites the curious into a world of refined elegance.

The concept

On entering JK Place Rome, you are transported into a realm where luxury unfolds gracefully in true la dolce vita. Interior architect Michele Bönan blends classic Roman architecture – think neoclassical sculptures – and mid-century-inspired contemporary furniture (which Bönan’s company also creates) on Berber rugs under the glaze of a glass ceiling.

Soft hues and rich textures greet the eye, complemented by curated modern art pieces. Like a large painting by the Italian mid-century modernist Franco Ferrari in the salon. The ambience whispers of timeless sophistication, evoking a sense of tranquillity amidst the bustling city just metres from the door.

The design focused lobby at JK Place Rome
Design by interior architect Michele Bönan blends classic and modern style © JK Place Rome

The Signature factor

Housed in Rome’s former school of architecture, it’s not merely the opulent decor that sets JK Place Rome apart. On arrival, the staff offered me a drink of choice. Dressed in impeccable attire, they exude warmth and professionalism, embodying the essence of Italian hospitality. Whether arranging bespoke tours of Rome’s hidden gems, orchestrating private dining experiences in exclusive settings, or simply anticipating preferences in-room amenities, the staff’s dedication to ensuring a seamless stay is evident in every interaction.

If you have time, day trips to Tivoli, Positano, the Amalfi Coast, the island of Capri, Pompei, Hadrian Villa, or Villa d’Este can easily be arranged.

Interiors by Michele Bönan blend classic Roman architecture and mid-century-inspired modern furniture
Interiors by Michele Bönan blend classic Roman architecture and mid-century-inspired modern furniture © JK Place Rome

The rooms

Guest rooms are a testament to the refined style of JK Place Rome. Appointed with plush handmade furnishings, fine linens, and Massimo Listri photography integrated into the design. JKMaster Suite, one of the hotel’s most extensive, has a stately four-poster rosewood canopy king bed. Plus a lounge area with a small library of books on fashion and design centred by a stunning marble fireplace. All rooms come with Carrara marble bathrooms with walk-in rain showers, and some with deep bathtubs.

MyJKDeluxe Balcony room on the third floor also boasts a charming terrace overlooking a cobbled laneway and the Roman terracotta roofs with an inclusive mini-bar ripe for refreshment.

JK Place Rome twin room
Handmade furnishings and Massimo Listri photography integrated into the design © JK Place Rome

On my plate

Its restaurant, JK Cafe, celebrates the essence of Italian cuisine, showcasing the freshest local ingredients with an innovative twist on classic dishes. Pastas like Carbonara and Amatriciana, and a Caprese salad using the freshest buffalo mozzarella and datterino tomatoes are senational. Do save room for the Fragole e Cioccolato – a warm brownie layered with white chocolate namelaka, fresh strawberries and handmade gelato.

JK Place Rome Cafe
JK Cafe has a club lounge feel © JK Place Rome

Staying in

JK Place Rome offers a haven of luxury with suites large enough to while away a weekend without having to take off your bathrobe. Rooms come fully equipped with a latest-generation Smart TV with sport and movie channels, Bose Mini link sound system, complimentary Wi-Fi  and courtesy JK amenities.

While downstairs, JK Cafe has a club lounge feel. Think lacquered with turquoise walls and plush green-and-sapphire velvet or rust-coloured leather banquettes. Come later at night, it transforms into an intimate bar to savour a meticulously crafted cocktail or a glass of exquisite Italian wine.

Stepping out

Steps away is Via Condotti and Rome’s treasure trove of iconic landmarks await exploration. Piazza di Spagna offers a splendid vantage point to soak in the bustling street life and the Trinità dei Monti church. The awe-inspiring Trevi Fountain, where tossing a coin ensures a return to Rome, invites visitors to marvel at its Baroque grandeur. The historic Pantheon is a personal favourite and stands as a testament to the city’s architectural brilliance.

For those seeking more cultural immersion, the Villa Borghese gardens and gallery house a stunning collection of art and providing a serene escape from the city’s hustle.

Butler laying glasses in the dining area at JK Place Rome
© JK Place Rome

Top suite

The top suite – literally – is the JKMaster Balcony. Located on the third floor, with a canopy King bed and a separate living room with a Queen-sized sofa bed. It features a full Italian marble bathroom with both walk-in rain shower and bathtub, double sinks, and a walk-in closet.

Yet the highlight is its expansive terrace, providing an exclusive outdoor retreat amidst the bustling city. Here, guests can unwind while soaking in the breathtaking views of Rome’s enchanting skyline over the Emperor Augustus Square and the Dome of Saint Ambrogio.

Worth noting

2024 will see the arrival of the JK Residence Club within another palatial building nearby on Via dei Prefetti that will also include butlers and private chefs, plus a well-equipped gym, also available to JK Place Roma guests, cementing JK’s place in Rome for years to come.

Where to find JK Place Rome

JK Place Rome is an ode to the art of hospitality with a central location that is second to none in heart of the shopping district and close to the Spanish Steps. Behind its unassuming entrance lies a world where hospitality where sophistication meets warmth. And every moment is an indulgence in refined Italian living. 

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