Radisson Blu es
After being taken over by the Rezidor group, this is one of the hotels in Rome which has cultivated a more corporate feel, and has thrived under the franchise. The concept is industrial chic, which goes rather well with the down-at-heel location, overlooking the train tracks.
Rooms are pared down, with a slate-grey palette and techno features such as DVD players and plasma screens and a multifunctional control for curtains, lighting and appliances. A glass screen separates the low platform beds from the bathroom. With all that monotone the multicoloured neon lighting under the windows at night is a welcome respite.
The hotel’s two restaurants Sette and Zest are both located on the seventh floor, overlooking the pool and the city’s rooftops. Sette serves grown-up traditional Italian cuisine while Zest has a more innovative, and often lighter, menu that is perfect for the less hungry.
The hotel comes into its own come summer when the Miami-style rooftop pool opens, while all year round the top floor bar is a lively affair with a mean line in punchy cocktails.