(All photos courtesy of J.K. Place Roma)In the heart of the Eternal City, old-world style meets modern luxury at the new J.K. Place Roma. Nestled within the onetime architecture school of the Sapienza University of Rome—and within walking distance of posh Via Condotti and the Spanish Steps—the 30-room boutique is the brainchild of hotelier Ori Kafri and Florentine architect and interior designer Michele Bönan, who infused the space with glossy wood paneling and moody hues inspired by the masculine palette in Tom Ford’s A Single Man.
Equally stylish is the vintage and bespoke furniture commissioned by Bönan, including handmade fabric headboards and rosewood canopy beds, gilded mirror frames, and chairs and throw pillows upholstered in mod 60’s-style patterns. Not to be outdone, bathrooms are outfitted with sleek chrome fixtures, luxe marble, and contrasting wall moldings.
And, just like at J.K. Place's sister properties in Florence and Capri, guests can find touches of la dolce vita at every turn: in the restaurant, Roman specialties such as fried artichokes and spaghetti carbonara are prepared with ingredients found at the nearby farmer’s market; the lobby is filled with Italian-made sculptures and landscape paintings; and beginning next summer, the rooftop terrace bar will screen classics like Cinema Paradiso and, yes, the inevitable Fellini masterpiece.