Kolbe Hotel Rome
The Kolbe Hotel Rome is an elegant hotel located in the heart of the Eternal City, in the shadow of the Palatine Hill, where according to legend Romulus and Remus were nursed by the wolf. This prestigious property overlooks the enchanting scenery of the Imperial Forums and is based in a historic building recently renovated, preserving some original architectural elements, to give its guests the charm of ancient times combined with the most modern comforts.
The former monastery dedicated to Father Kolbe is today a hotel with ancient charm and its lovely position makes it perfect for those wishing to explore the heart of Rome such as the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Circus Maximus and the Colosseum, and for those who wish to celebrate special occasions in the magical atmosphere of the Italian Capital. In addition to the beauty of the interiors, the rooms of this hotel guarantee a truly special atmosphere with a view of the Palatine or on the charming internal garden full of flowers and citrus trees, in a quiet and relaxing environment, all in the heart of Rome.
All 72 rooms are a perfect blend of past and present offering you the chance to stay in an oasis of charme and peace right in the centre of Rome. In the rooms of the Kolbe Hotel Rome, your senses will be enchanted by the fascination of the past, surrounded by a timeless atmosphere with all modern comforts. All the rooms feature LCD TVs with satellite channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi and free newspapers.
The ‘Garden Restaurant Al Palatino’ is an elegant restaurant serving classic Roman cuisine alongside several international dishes. The stylish bar offers a wide selection of wines and cocktails and in warmer months guests can enjoy meals and drinks in the leafy hotel garden. Every morning, you will enjoy a gorgeous buffet breakfast to start your day in a great way and if you want to enjoy the delicious Italian food, there are also plenty of dining opportunities not far from the hotel.
Guests, during the summer, can relax in our charming green oasis, the cloistered garden of what used to be a convent, a beautiful internal garden with olive and citrus trees, the perfect setting for outdoor dining, romantic weddings and for unforgettable events.
The hotel also has a modern congress center consisting of 19 meeting rooms with a capacity ranging from 8 to 150 participants, among these the historical Kolbe Library deserves attention, ideal for any event, whether it is a conference, a business meeting, a special event, a convention or even an art exhibition.
At the Kolbe Hotel Rome, the past and the modernity come together in a new dimension of hospitality able to give guests a definitely captivating stay, far from the ordinary and absolutely exclusive. While enjoying a drink at sunset and a pleasant conversation, you will realize how much this hotel will have contributed to make your stay in Rome a memorable one.
A romantic stay in the heart of Rome, in front of the Palatine Hill awaits you at Kolbe Hotel Rome. Within just a 5-minute stroll, you’ll find Mouth of Truth and Circus Maximus. The area surrounding the iconic Colosseum and Roman Forum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring many monuments, relics and ruins of ancient Rome. Nearby places of interest include the Arch of Constantine, Palatine Hill, Trajan’s Market and numerous museums. Circo Massimo metro station is located in the vicinity, providing fast and easy access to other popular Rome destinations.
Garden Restaurant Al Palatino
Don’t miss the in- and outdoor spaces of Garden Restaurant Al Palatino, with its magnificently conserved brick groin vaults and unique architectural elements which reflect the perfect blend between past and present and creates an enchanting environment and a timeless atmosphere. However, the food remains the restaurant’s main focus. A place to taste the best delicacies and gourmet meals. For savouring a good glass of wine and a gourmet meal, or for gathering with friends and family, retreat to the private courtyard garden which reflects calmness, tranquility and peace. Guests can drink, dine or simply relax in this unique private sanctuary.
Value for Money
Double rooms are from just Euro 130,00 in low season; and from Euro 200,00 in high. These rates are per room and per day and include breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Kolbe Hotel Rome has two rooms with facilities for the disabled. The Restaurant, Bar and Garden are accessible as well.
Kolbe Hotel Rome has 8 triples and also 16 rooms for families, either on one or two levels. The central yet quiet location of the hotel makes it the perfect choice for families traveling with children.
The History of Kolbe Hotel Rome:
The building that hosts the Kolbe Hotel Rome was developed in different phases over the years: the first, inner core dates back to 1625, while the other parts were built later, between the mid and late 1800s. In 1912, the property passed into the hands of the Collegio Serafico di San Francesco dei Frati Minori Conventuali, before being converted in the 1960s into a hostel for visiting monks, apart from a small part which remains a monastery. The last, most radical metamorphosis took place between 2006 and 2007, with a meticulous renovation that gave the Hotel its current appearance, while retaining the original features.
The hall and bar/restaurant are located in the oldest part of the property, with characteristic ribbed arches dating back to the 17th century and brought back to their original splendour by removing the plaster from the original bricks. The vaulting has been skillfully lit, leading one’s gaze to the magnificent windows facing onto the peaceful cloistered garden.
Why Kolbe Hotel?
The Hotel is named after Father Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish priest who lived and studied here when it was the International College of the Order of Minor Conventual Friars. After his studies in philosophy and theology, Father Kolbe founded the Milizia dell’Immacolata, a work of devotion to the Virgin. Having returned to Poland, he was deported to Auschwitz during the Nazi invasion, where he gave up his own life in exchange for that of another prisoner who had been condemned to death. For this heroic act, he was awarded sainthood in 1982 by Pope John Paul II. A chapel and a small museum in the Hotel are dedicated to Father Kolbe.
Mrs. Bernice A. King at Kolbe Hotel
They had the pleasure and the honor of hosting at Kolbe Hotel Rome Mrs. Bernice King, daughter of the well-known Martin Luther King, today to embody the spirit of that famous speech:
“The message my father left us was that we must learn to live on Earth. A world without racism and without violence”, this is the message that Bernice King, Baptist pastor, and daughter of the most famous leader of the civil rights battles of blacks in the United States, Martin Luther King, wanted to transmit to young people during a seminar in Bologna.
55 years after the famous speech by the great man Martin Luther King, his message, his dream, which was then valid for the United States, is now valid worldwide for the current epochal period that we live for the immigration flows taking place in Worldwide.
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The Insider Tip: Piazza di Spagna in Rome
The beauties that the city of Rome is able to offer to the visitors are really manifold: from the Colosseum to the Vatican Museums, from the Roman Forum to the treasures of the Underground Rome. The city also offers extraordinary panoramic views from the top of terraces, but also fountains and squares that nowadays are symbols of the Italian capital in the world. One of these priceless artistic jewels is certainly Piazza di Spagna, the absolute protagonist of the city thanks to its elegant scenic backdrop, the stairway of Trinità dei Monti. Not by chance, and because of its breathtaking beauty, the square has been chosen by many film directors as movie set and surely the most famous of all is definitely “Roman Holiday” by William Wyler.
The first curiosity that can be told is linked to the origin of the name. The square is in fact called so because here is the palace of the Embassy of Spain in Holy See. The building dates back to 1647 and is located on the south side of the square, right in front of the Immaculate Conception Column, built on 8 December 1857. It seems that for the inauguration ceremony, the embassy facade was covered by a structure in wood, with the erection of a special stage, used by Pope Pius IX to give the blessing. The column, however, found in 1778 during some excavations in the Campo Marzio, has very ancient origins, dates back to Roman times and has on the top the bronze statue that depicts the “Virgin Mary”, by Giuseppe Obici, while on the base, four bronze statues representing Moses, David, Ezekiel and Isaiah. The column is not only a decorative element, but becomes an absolute protagonist every December 8, feast of the Immaculate Conception, when a team of firefighters work with a crane to pay homage to a wreath of flowers, in the presence of the Pope who blesses the statue and all those present, remembering the gesture on the day of its inauguration.
What in a Roman square cannot miss is obviously a fountain. And so that also Piazza di Spagna presents to the visitor his work, the famous Barcaccia. Built in the early 1600s at the behest of Pope Urban VIII Barberini, it was built by Pietro Bernini, father of the most famous Gian Lorenzo. Bernini designed an absolutely new fountain compared to the works he had done in Rome up until then: he was inspired, in fact, by a real boat. This unique fountain recalls the ships of ancient Rome and collects the water that comes out of two large suns and the one that comes out from the small central basin. The overflowing water from the sides, made in such a way as to give the impression that it is sinking, is collected in an underlying basin, in which also the jets coming from mouths of false gunboats placed outside the bow and stern, on the sides of the great papal coats of arms in which bees stand out, the heraldic symbol of the Barberini family.
The uncommon Rome
What’s better than a nice weekend in Rome to admire “The Great Beauty“? But I do not want to recommend the usual places, the most tourist and inflated, this time I will try to tell you and make you know those places that remain hidden and secrets even to the Romans themselves, but that certainly contribute to make the city of Rome so famous around the world . If your passions are art and modern architecture, certainly a walk in the Coppedè district or a guided tour of the Museo della Casina delle Civette (Museum of the House of Owls) will be right for you. These are two fantastic places of extraordinary splendor, a real dip in the Art Nouveau style.
The Coppedè district, which takes its name from the architect who designed it entirely between 1915 and 1927, will amaze you with its architecture made of turrets, small villas, fountains and monumental arches. You will almost seem to be “spied on” by fairies, mythological beings and knights. The Palazzo del Ragno, Fontana della Rane, Palazzi degli Ambasciatori, Villino delle Fate…in short, an architectural treasure that will take your breath away, a set of turrets, courtyards and loggias that will immediately catapult you into a real own fantastic kingdom!
Always in this enchanted world you will find yourself admiring the beautiful and colorful windows of the La Casina delle Civette. A villa inside the park of Villa Torlonia strongly desired at the beginning of the ‘900 by Prince Giovanni who followed and actively participated in its construction by architects, such as Vincenzo Fasolo, Venuto Venuti and Enrico Gennari. This Torlonia man loved solitude, study and the arts. He surrounded himself in his home with decorated salons that depict roses, swallows, ivy and vine shoots. But above all owls! They are everywhere: on the windows, on the wallpaper in the bedroom, on chandeliers and other furniture…a real obsession! The enchantment and wonder will accompany the visit while you will discover all the secrets contained within this architectural gem, often hidden from the same inhabitants of Rome.
How to explore Rome
Rome is one of the largest cities in the world, but with so much to see and do, it can prove quite arduous for the visitor on his first visit. Some would say that chaos is part of its charm, but it can also be a big inconvenience for all those who want to see as much as possible in the shortest time. But first of all, you have to book an accommodation in Rome and you have to keep in mind that you have to choose the perfect starting point for your daily capitals discoveries, so which one?
I suggest you to buy the Roma Pass. The city’s official tourist and cultural card will help you save time and money by offering full access to public transport and free entry to the various attractions of Rome. Moreover, the pass helps avoid long queues at the ticket offices. Now, you are ready to explore Rome. From walking to cycling around its main monuments and attractions passing by hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, there are several ways to explore Rome. Choose one or combine them to use in the best way your time in the Eternal City.
Walking is by far the best way to explore the fascinating center of Rome and it is completely free. Taking a walk in the Old Town, which includes the Pantheon, the Jewish Ghetto and some of the city’s most beautiful historical squares, Piazza Campo de ‘Fiori and Piazza Navona, is simply magnificent. If visiting the ancient sites of Rome is what you have in mind, head to the Colosseum district in the heart of ancient Rome, where there are the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. From the center of Rome head north to the area called Tridente, where you can do shopping in Via del Corso and enjoy the atmosphere on the famous Spanish Steps.
Rome may not be suitable for bikes like other big European capitals such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen or London, but there are many interesting itineraries and bike hire shops at reasonable prices that will encourage you to cycle through the Eternal city. If you decide to rent your bike, do not miss the spectacular Via Appia Antica, a 2.300-year-old Roman cobblestone road, dotted with ruins and aqueducts that connected the city with the rest of Italy.
Special City Guide: Rome
Once it ruled the Western World, and even the partial, scattered ruins of that awesome empire, of which Rome was the capital, are today among the most overpowering sights on earth. To walk the Roman Forum, to view the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Appian Way, these are among the most memorable, instructive, and illuminating experiences in all of travel. To see evidence of a once-great civilization that no longer exists is a humbling experience that everyone should have. Thrilling, too, are the sights of Christian Rome, which speak to the long and complex domination by this city of one of the world’s major religions. As a visitor to Rome, you will be constantly reminded of this extraordinary history.
But it’s important to remember that Rome is not just a place of the past, but one that lives and breathes and buzzes with Vespas in the here and now. So take the time to get away from the tourist hordes to explore the intimate piazzas and lesser basilicas in the backstreets of Trastevere and the centro storico. Indulge in eno-gastronomic pursuits and stuff your days with cappuccinos, pizza, trattorias, wine bars, and gelato. Have a picnic in Villa Borghese, take a vigorous walk along the Gianicolo, or nap in the grass against a fallen granite column at the Baths of Caracalla. Rome is so compact, that without even planning too much, you’ll end up enjoying both its monuments and its simpler pleasures.
Rome’s ancient monuments, whether time-blackened or gleaming in the wake of a recent restoration, are a constant reminder that Rome was one of the greatest centers of Western civilization. In the heyday of the Empire, all roads led to Rome, with good reason. It was one of the first cosmopolitan cities, importing slaves, gladiators, great art, and even citizens from the far corners of the world. Despite its carnage, brutality, and corruption, Rome left a legacy of law, a heritage of art, architecture, and engineering; and a canny lesson in how to conquer enemies by absorbing their cultures.
But ancient Rome is only part of the spectacle. The Vatican has had a tremendous influence on making the city a tourism center. Although Vatican architects stripped down much of the city’s ancient glory during the Renaissance, looting ancient ruins for their precious marble, they created more treasures and even occasionally incorporated the old into the new, as Michelangelo did when turning Diocletian’s Baths complex into a church. And in the years that followed, Bernini adorned the city with the wonders of the baroque, especially his glorious fountains.