The OS Club, modern decadence, culture, design and a cool pool

os-club-aperitivo-300x136Everywhere we go we all have places we cherish and for me the OS club in Rome is one of them. The OS club you will probably miss out on unless you are taken there. In our case, crossing the southern slope of the Esquiline Hill from the Celio to the Monti neighbourhood, the sign of the OS club revealed itself. We could not resist a peek inside. The whole complex is a lot bigger than you would imagine from the outside. It is a modern construction built on the grounds of one of those former grand mansions and the delightful adjoining garden offers a high level of privacy. There is a separate area that hosts a temporary swimming pool.

According to what people told us the OS Club was created by some friends, including David and Catia Sulpizi, Frederick Bonesi and Antonio Borraccino, with the intention to create a contemporary, multipurpose space devoted to music, live events, exhibitions, book signings, lectures , film and video, art, wine, good food and history. Design lovers as we are we immediately noticed the architecture of the contemporary building and its interior design. The chairs of the OS 3107 Club were designed by the famous Danish designer Arne Jacobsen in 1955; in the lounge bar we’ll find chairs of Antonio Citterio, who also put his name on the interior design of restaurant Iolanda, one of the two restaurants on the premises.

Besides the casual Hostaria and the more chic, gourmet restaurant Iolanda the OS club offers a private, separate dining space the Sala dello Chef designed by Marcello Ziliani with just eight seats, where every guest will be pampered by the chef Davide Cianetti and sommelier Alessia Meli, voted “Best Sommelier of the Year” by the Guide “The Restaurants of Italy” 2009. Let’s admit that the location on top of the Oppian Hill of the former Thermae Traiani  / Trajan Baths, Rome’s first thermal baths, is hard to beat, even for those not interested in history.

The 4,000 square meters of parkland provided us with another surprise, one we only discovered after our second visit. On the right side of the entrance there is a separate area that hosts a temporary swimming pool. Taking a cooling dip in the warm summer months becomes great fun in this nice, 1.60 meter deep pool surrounded by pine and citrus trees. It’s not cheap, but worth the money. You get a sense decadence of Roman times so close to the old Trajan baths. Or, in other words, quoting one of our guests: ”you almost feel like an emperor yourself here on top of one of Rome’s famous seven hills; at the moment it can’t get much better.”  The OS Club opened on the 11 Th of November 2010.

OS Club
Via delle Terme di Traiano 4
Rome 00184
Tel. reservations 06 48 93 03 79
Web: http://www.osclub.it/

Hostaria: 20.00 – 00.30
Tea room: 16.00
Lounge Bar: 19.00
Brunch: every Sunday, 11.00 – 16.00
Closed: Monday