The location of Design & Art Pie couldn’t be better – very central, about 2 minutes from The Pantheon, and with all major sites within walking distance. The guesthouse, comprising four suites, a communal kitchen/bar area and reception area, is housed within a typical Roman townhouse. It is impeccably clean, ultra modern and if you like cooky, quirky design, this is your place.
The room we were allocated was very large for two people with the now-to-be-expected very comfy Italian bed – no complaints here! Furniture and fittings were all white, making the room very light & airy. And the bathroom – the real wow factor. Again, like the bedroom, it was very large – and this is unusual as most hotels we stay in, however nice the bathrooms are, are usually on the compact side of small. This one had an amazing walk-in shower. And, with powerful water pressure – bonus!
As well as the complimentary evening cocktail on offer, an honesty bar operates – the fridge is full of beers, wines and fizz and there are spirits & mixers a-plenty. The idea of an honesty bar is brilliant – you’d have to be a right sod to take advantage or to abuse and we liked that this set up just explained what Design & Art Pie is all about. Integrity.
Lighting is very ambient – and takes a bit getting used to – as you can control the colours and intensity. The bathroom light switches can also control the bedroom lighting, so you need to play around a bit to get the lighting levels you like.
As well as usual satellite channels, the rooms also benefit from Apple TV – although to be honest, with everything that Rome has to offer on our doorstep, we didn’t bother with this. Good wi-fi is only available in the public reception area – but as there are only four rooms, we were able to check emails etc in private, and in very comfortable surroundings, with drinks from the honesty bar. An excellent arrangement all round.
We also decided to take advantage of the transfer, arranged by Design & Art Pie, from Ciampino Airport. Although you can get a coach for around 4 euros, and the transfer was approximately 40 euros, so a lot more expensive, it was worth it, to be dropped right at the door of the hotel. We arrived fairly early – about 11.30am – and it was already hot, so it was great to arrive still feeling refreshed, rather than hot and sweating after dragging luggage across Rome.
So, would we recommend Design & Art Pie? Definitely. It’s not a hotel and it’s not a B&B. It’s something very different. It’s very cool – both design wise and temperature wise and there’s more a nod to Scandinavian style. And the curious name? We’re still none the wiser, although the street name may hold a clue…