The Dinner Party
From the moment you arrived in Rome, this place felt less like a hotel than like a rough-luxe private residence within this unspeakably beautiful city. You put on a Chet Baker record and begin to cut thick slices of pecorino and Calabrian sausage as friends arrive. Wine is poured; dinner stretches on for hours. There is laughter, dancing, and debate deep into the early morning. By the time you fall deliriously into bed, the room is filling with a gauzy first light, and this place is feeling more and more like home.
Housed in a 17th-century palazzo mere steps from the famous Pallaza Navona, G-Rough offers a stark contrast to Rome’s landscape of traditional grand hotels. You enter not into a lobby but a wine bar—and many of the building’s imperfections have been intentionally preserved: unrestored floor tiles and frescoes showing centuries of wear, walls sanded down to reveal layers of history. This curated dishevelment contrasts with glamorous details like dark-mirrored tiles and brass-fitted cast-iron tubs, as well as iconic Italian design pieces—spider-limbed Sputnik chandeliers by Gino Sarfatti, parchment beds by Guglielmo Ulrich, a bar trolley by Giò Ponti—resulting in an effortlessly unconventional rough-luxury aesthetic.
G-Rough is the creation of two ninth-generation Romans—the late racecar driver and bon vivant, Emanuele Garosci, famous for bringing Italy its first Philippe Starck-designed hotel, and Gabriele Salini, whose family resided for generations in the neighborhood that is now home to G-Rough. Having grown up here, Salini is able to share with his guests the best the neighborhood has to offer, including a list of his personal recommendations that awaits guests in every suite, and the kind of insider access only a true local can offer. He won’t just send you to his family’s favorite local trattoria—he’ll reserve you their special table.
Gabriele Salini Owner of G-Rough