Palazzo Ripetta is one of the newest 5 star hotels in Rome and one of Rome’s most romantic hotels, with an exceptional gourmet restaurant.
This elegant restoration project in a former medieval century cloister near Piazza del Popolo had its soft opening in December 2022 when about 30 rooms were opened to the public. When the remaining 30-odd rooms open in the summer of 2023 the hotel will be able to house even more guests while remaining one of the most exclusive 5 star hotels in Rome.
Palazzo Ripetta has already presented its ambitious restaurant and bar project to the world, and even if you’re not staying in the hotel, San Baylon restaurant and cocktail bar is worth your time. This independent hotel has quickly become synonymous with class, style and discretion, maintaining a peaceful enclave which recalls its historic past.
Palazzo Ripetta restaurant, San Baylon
Palazzo Ripetta’s hotel restaurant, San Baylon, which is also open to the public, is an artful project with a lovely, restful vibe in an elegant dining room. Here, chef Marco Ciccotelli has crafted a romantic and modern menu which still which still stays true to its Italian roots and the seasonality of produce.
Palazzo Ripetta is further distinguished by its stylish bar, also called San Baylon, which is situated in a wing of the hotel towards the principal entrance of hotel Palazzo Ripetta. Here the experienced bar staff dazzle with excellent cocktails tells and the hotel’s impeccable wine list. Bar San Baylon was created in cooperation with the Jerry Thomas Project, Rome’s most famous speakeasy, and you’ll find cocktails with a slightly different twist from the norm plus artfully batched ingredients. While San Baylon bar serves indoors during the winter months, expect to take your aperitivo outside in a glorious internal courtyard once the summer rolls around.
San Baylon restaurant review
San Baylon restaurant meanwhile is an ideal spot for occasion dining, or just a special dinner near Piazza del Popolo. Palazzo Ripetta’s restaurant is open to both hotel guests and visitors from outside the establishment. Whether you prefer fish, meat or vegetarian dishes, there are ample options across the antipasti, first and second course menus.
Some of the most interesting dishes I tried included a delicate fish tartare dressed with a fruit punch cocktail created by the bar, which is drizzled over the fish at the table. I also tried fresh black truffle pasta and beef fillet cooked sous vide. Whatever your appetite, try to leave room for a dessert because the sweets at San Baylon restaurant are really worth your time. From Italian classics such as Mont Blanc, where creamed chestnuts are swirled into a meringue star on your plate, to international favourites such as passion fruit pavlova, you won’t be disappointed. San Baylon is ultimately one of the most romantic restaurants in Rome, with serene nooks and marble-topped tables that marry old and new.
Testaccina was a guest of Palazzo Ripetta & San Baylon