Palazzo Nainer Boutique Hotel - Rome

A boutique hotel where modernity meets history

The original building located in Via del Babuino in Rome's city centre was designed by Giuseppe Valadier back in the 19th century. One of its main features is the panoramic terrace looking out over the Italian capital
Ilenia Carlesimo
Vito Corvasce
THILE architettura & interior design
Erica Ceramiche
Year of completion

Originally inaugurated in 1821 in what is now the Campo Marzio neighbourhood in central Rome, Palazzo Nainer was built on the site of a former Augustinian monastery as part of a new urban and architectural plan drawn up by the famous architect and goldsmith Giuseppe Valadier. An important historical residence located in Via del Babuino, today it also houses a hotel named after the original building.
Inaugurated late last year following the completion of a meticulous renovation project, Palazzo Nainer is a four-star boutique hotel that blends past and present, tradition and innovation. The project, led by the Thile architecture & interior design practice of Ilenia Boccaletti and Thalia Carano, succeeded in maintaining and enhancing the building’s historical characteristics while creating well-appointed rooms with a modern ambience. “This was exactly what the owners were looking for,” explain the architects. “They wanted an elegant ambience that would be appropriate for the hotel’s unique location in a historic building, while combining a clean, modern look with the warmth and comfort necessary to make guests feel at home.”
With 27 rooms spread out over five floors, including several suites with small balconies overlooking Via del Babuino, the hotel also features a ground-floor bar and two other spaces which according to the architects “are two of the real highlights of the hotel: the splendid winter garden created by transforming a small cloister, and the fifth-floor terrace which formerly housed a small bar corner but is now one of the most beautiful and lively terraces in Rome”.
According to Ilenia Boccaletti and Thalia Carano, it is an “elegant and sophisticated design hotel”, where “the combination of materials makes a real difference”. One example of this successful choice of materials is the Aesthetica Hegel marble-effect dry-pressed porcelain tile collection from Ava Ceramiche, selected in a 160×320 cm lapped version for use on the bathroom walls and washbasins in the suites and for the coffee tables located in the various common areas and rooms. “We chose this collection to fulfil the client’s request for elegant and refined bathrooms with a natural marble look that is more onyx than “nuvolato”. The material also stands out for its highly realistic streaks and fits in perfectly with the overall style of the hotel.”

AVA, Aesthetica Hegel
160x320, 120x240 cm
Technical characteristics
Water absorpion (ISO 10545-3): conforme
Chemical resistance (ISO 10545-13): conforme
Resistance to deep abrasion (ISO 10545-6): conforme
Stain resistance (ISO 10545-14): conforme
Frost resistance (ISO 10545-12): conforme
Modulus of rupture and breaking strength (ISO 10545-4): conforme
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