Hamzeh Alfarahneh

The First Musica

  • Where:
  • Why:A Roman Holiday
  • When:Summer 2022
  • Who:Boo and I
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The First Musica Oh Hello! Just touched down in Roma and already making friends with the lovely team at The First Musica

Oh Hello! Just touched down in Roma and already making friends with the lovely team at The First Musica

The First Musica Love the decor. The hotel has a contemporary Roman style, which uses rich textures accentuated with hints of bronze and marble. The playlist complements it all nicely

Love the decor. The hotel has a contemporary Roman style, which uses rich textures accentuated with hints of bronze and marble. The playlist complements it all nicely

The First Musica The rooftop bar Alto is a vibe and has 180 degrees views of the Eternal City and the Tiber River

The rooftop bar Alto is a vibe and has 180 degrees views of the Eternal City and the Tiber River

The First Musica And let’s talk about this bonsai

And let’s talk about this bonsai

The First Musica After a 12-hour flight, this bed was the best thing that a boy could get

After a 12-hour flight, this bed was the best thing that a boy could get

The First Musica Etro amenities— which smell and feel as delicious as they look. But, I would love to one day see them in full-size refillable bottles to help reduce plastic waste

Etro amenities— which smell and feel as delicious as they look. But, I would love to one day see them in full-size refillable bottles to help reduce plastic waste

The First Musica Bronze meets Calacatta marble, the hotel is done up with great attention to detail

Bronze meets Calacatta marble, the hotel is done up with great attention to detail

The First Musica It’s bedtime. The First Musica gets an A++ for the bed and the bedding which is crisp, buttery, and done up by sandwiching flat sheets between the duvet. Brava!

It’s bedtime. The First Musica gets an A++ for the bed and the bedding which is crisp, buttery, and done up by sandwiching flat sheets between the duvet. Brava!

The First Musica The gym at the First Musica was under construction— the hotel is brand new. Still, the team made sure I had access to the gym at their sister property, The First Arte, which is a short walk across the river

The gym at the First Musica was under construction— the hotel is brand new. Still, the team made sure I had access to the gym at their sister property, The First Arte, which is a short walk across the river

The First Musica I know I look grumpy, too sad to leave bed this morning. But a full day of “Roman adventures” awaits

I know I look grumpy, too sad to leave bed this morning. But a full day of “Roman adventures” awaits

The First Musica But first, breakfast… Ah! What a breakfast

But first, breakfast… Ah! What a breakfast

The First Musica Views from breakfast at Oliva, the First Musica’s in-house restaurant

Views from breakfast at Oliva, the First Musica’s in-house restaurant

The First Musica Love The First group's efforts to eliminate single-use plastic. They provide glass water bottles which make for a great refillable water bottle to take while sightseeing or strolling around the city

Love The First group's efforts to eliminate single-use plastic. They provide glass water bottles which make for a great refillable water bottle to take while sightseeing or strolling around the city

The First Musica The First Musica’s bronze façade pays homage to Richard Meier’s iconic Museo dell’Ara Pacis… Until we meet again

The First Musica’s bronze façade pays homage to Richard Meier’s iconic Museo dell’Ara Pacis… Until we meet again

Highs & Lows

  • The First Musica is the latest hotel in The First Project, a collection of three urban hotels in Rome with the concept of “albergo diffuso” — an Italian business model that revitalizes old homes, often in small towns, offering choices for the guests in terms of style and location, paired with great service

  • The bed was amazing! Honestly, the most comfortable and innovative bedding style added a sense of novelty and is a great touch

  • Love the decor. The hotel has a contemporary Roman style, which uses rich textures accentuated with hints of bronze and marble. The playlist complements it all nicely

  • Lovely amenities, with sweet additions like a travel journal to write down your musings, and the hotel slippers were so comfortable and felt like butter

  • The cupboard space was on the small side

  • The hotel has recently opened, but the spa, pool, and gym are still under construction and are due to open soon. I wish I got to check out the pool and the spa, but the hotel team was super helpful and went above and beyond with my requests

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Lifestyle Hotel

  • Vibe

    La dolce vita meets contemporary Roman culture

  • Location

    Located in the upscale neighborhood of Prati, super central to all the main attractions

  • Rooms

    24 split between rooms and suites

  • Pre-Arrival Experience

    Super easy and seamless, my flight was delayed and the hotel was aware and very proactive in ensuring that my arrival was smooth

  • Future Forward

    Notable efforts to eliminate single-use plastics, reusable glass bottles, and a diverse team— I've got to speak Arabic with some members of the team, which was such an unexpected surprise

  • Music

    Curated to match the look, feel and vibe

  • Year Opened

    2022

  • Designed By

    Italian architecture and interior design firm Studio Marincola

  • Health & Wellness

    The spa, pool and gym were under construction, but I got the chance to check out The First Arte’s gym, which is just a 10-minute walk, and it had all the bells and whistles that you would expect

  • Food

    The restaurant Oliva offers a tasty Italian menu, has an outdoor and indoor area, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Rooftop bar Alto is super vibey and frequented by Rome’s glitteraties, especially for it’s stunning views

  • Minibar & Retail

    All the usual suspects in the mini bar, the illy coffee machine was much appreciated and fed my coffee addiction

  • Accessibility

    Some rooms accommodate wheelchair users

  • Pet Friendly

    Small-legged friends are most welcomed

  • Children

    Indeed

  • Price

    Expensive by worth every cent

  • Tel.

    +39 06 45617070

  • Website

    Visit website

The First Musica

The First Musica

The First Musica, Lungotevere dei Mellini, 26, 00186 Rome, Roma, Italy

L’Arcangelo Osteria

L’Arcangelo Osteria

L'Arcangelo, Via Giuseppe Gioachino Belli, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Gelateria Dei Gracchi

Gelateria Dei Gracchi

Gelateria dei Gracchi, Via dei Gracchi, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Vatican City

Vatican City

Vatican City

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