Hotel Dè Ricci
Rome’s Premier Wine Hotel
A Boutique Hotel for Wine Lovers
Formerly a family home, Hotel Dè Ricci’s townhouse palazzo sits just steps from some of Rome’s iconic sites. Yet despite its proximity to Piazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori (among other must-see spots), Hotel Dè Ricci–nestled in the cobblestoned backstreets of Rome’s Regola neighborhood–is stunningly quiet and tranquil. Although the neighborhood is in the heart of Rome, it’s still inhabited by local Romans; it’s a place for breathing the true Roman spirit among non-touristy restaurants and small artisan shops. The boutique hotel, here since 2017, is perfect for those who want privacy while still being in the thick of the action.
A luxurious, comfortable, and chic hotel by any standard, Hotel Dè Ricci shines even stronger when it comes to wine. The first wine hotel in the center of a metropolis like Rome, Hotel Dè Ricci’s beverage offerings are second to none: their cellar hosts over 1,500 labels and more than 10,000 bottles. (Prestigious magazine Wine Spectator has declared their wine cellar the best in Rome for four years.) Guests are offered cellar tours and can buy bottles or cases straight from the collection. Each room, instead of the classic minibar, offers a private in-suite wine cellar with eight bottles–sparkling, white, and red. Of course, premier wines from Italy and France are available, as well as the best wines from all over the world. During booking, guests can choose the wines and flavor profiles they prefer, and in-house sommeliers will customize the cellar in their room. During check-in in the plush lobby-lounge, guests are offered a glass of sparkling wine–Franciacorta or Champagne–before heading to their room where they will find their bottles, the wine list, Riedel glasses and of course, a corkscrew. Guests can also request a private wine tasting, in their room or at the bar, at any time. Further, general manager and head sommelier Flavio Scannavino has a fantastic relationship with wineries around Lazio and Italy and is able to open their exclusive doors for private tours and tastings.
Each of the luminous eight rooms is an immaculately-designed suite. Elegant and reserved, the suites are dotted with fun vintage and retro touches, from velvet armchairs to wooden bar carts. Andrea Ferolla–famed Italian illustrator, creative director and professor–has painted custom frescoes of iconic scenes in Rome and of Roman life for the walls of Hotel Dè Ricci’s suites. In line with the hotel’s love for wine, room walls are additionally adorned with framed labels of Italy’s preeminent vintages and the floors are all wood-paneled. The spacious bathrooms are elegant with black tiles and retro sinks. We love the four suites with private terraces, perfect for the warmer months.
Another highlight is Charade, the tasteful hotel bar where you can find one of the few indoor cigar lounges in Rome. In total tranquility, guests can enjoy the private collection of excellent, high-end cigars accompanied by marvelous spirits. (Hotel Dè Ricci knows wine and cocktails: Charade’s artisanal cocktails are outstanding.) The cigar lounge is equipped with an excellent suction system so as not to cause any disturbance to non-smokers. The walls of the multifunctional space, where business meetings and small events can also be held, are a beautiful eggshell blue, complementing the chic maroon couches. With dark blue velvet curtains and wall frescoes of the 1940s period of Rome’s dolce vita, Charade has the appeal of a sophisticated, old-fashioned speakeasy. Also not to be missed is Hotel Dè Ricci’s Sunday brunch. The American-style menu of eggs, toasts, and pancakes is the perfect way to start a day of getting lost in the charming neighborhood.
For an elegant and comfortable stay, look no further than Hotel Dè Ricci: even without the comprehensive wine and cigar collections, Hotel Dè Ricci is a dream boutique hotel.
A few segreti (secrets) from head sommelier Flavio Scannavino:
1. Check out Via di Monserrato for an incredible selection of small artisan shops: Chez De De, Dylan Trip (a lovely florist), Dico ‘Gallery, Maison Halaby, Delfina Delettrez gioielli (handcrafted jewelry), and Giuliva Heritage.
2. Pierluigi is perfect for a summer night, sitting outside in one of Italy Segreta’s favorite hidden squares and eating the best fish in Rome. Even better at aperitivo time with a nice prosechin and a fritto misto.
3. Taverna Trilussa and Ar Galletto serve fantastic versions of the classic Roman pastas–carbonara, amatriciana, and cacio e pepe.