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15. April 2021
by Varun Sharma
With tourist attractions including the Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Pantheon, and the home of the Roman Catholic faith – the Vatican City, it is easy to see why Italy’s capital is one of the most visited in the world. Rome boasts a history that spans over 3,000 years and its first purpose-built hotel dates to the 15th century. Once the capital of the mighty Roman Empire, the city has hosted visitors from all over the world - so she knows how to please. The excellent cuisine, nightlife, culture, shopping, and hotels are just a few of the reasons why the phrase “la dolce vita” is synonymous with Roma.
The BusinessClass.com top ten finest hotels in the Eternal City
Hassler Roma - 9/10
Overlooking the glorious Spanish Steps, Hassler Roma is one of the Eternal City’s best-positioned luxury hotels. Hassler Roma has 87 guestrooms & suites packed with contemporary conveniences, while also retaining authentic classic touches. The hotel is over 125 years old and its reputation for flawless service is legendary. Hassler Roma boasts the Michelin-starred restaurant Imagò. Located on the sixth floor of the hotel, Imagò has been wowing Rome and her visitors for almost a decade with its Italian-fusion cuisine coupled with unbeatable panoramic views over the city. The hotel has an interesting mix of Art Deco and classic Italian design - both bold but pleasing on the eye. The Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and Villa Borghese are all within walking distance. The hotel is owned by its President and General Manager Roberto E. Wirth, fifth generation of the famous Swiss hotelier family who became co-owners of the hotel with the Hasslers in the 1920s. He is often seen in the hotel lobby, welcoming guests - as the family always has – with warmth and charm.
Villa Spalletti Trivelli - 9/10
In the early 1900s, the widow of Italy’s Count Spalletti, Gabrielle Rasponi, built this stunning villa as a Roman home for her family. Rasponi created one of the most inspired palazzos in Rome – filling it with antiques, books and nurturing a delightful garden. After a two-year conversion, in 2006, the property was opened as a 15-bedroom luxury hotel. Located close to the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Colosseum, the hotel is central. The guestrooms are tastefully decorated – classically designed but with contemporary amenities. Unusually, the minibar is complimentary. The hotel retains the Villa Spalletti Trivelli Wellness Centre – complete with hammam and fitness area. The rooftop is a sensation – and includes a bar, seating area and Jacuzzi. With so many award-winning restaurants in the area, the hotel does not focus on its cuisine, but delicious fare is served at Papier Peints and Sala del Camino. The Villa boasts its own winery in Perugia – where wonderful olive oil and wine is produced. Villa Spalletti Trivelli is famous for its superlative, flawless service – arguably the best in Rome.
Hotel de Russie – 9/10
There are three Rocco Forte properties in Rome – the hotels de Russie and de la Ville plus Rocco Forte House which features just five suites. de Russie is located close to the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo – the heart of Rome’s luxury district. This hotel is positioned close to all the high-end boutiques and is an ideal base for fashionistas. The property has 120 rooms including 34 suites. The 19th century building opened as a hotel in 2000 with its delightful design down to the brilliant Olga Polizzi, Forte’s sister. The rooms are palatial – well thought-out and comfortable. All have Roman views. Le Jardin de Russie restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine and boasts a terrace – romantic and wonderful in the Summer. The Stravinskij Bar is one of the most popular in the city. The spa features a saltwater hydrotherapy pool, sauna, hammam and six treatment rooms. Of the suites, the Picasso, Nijinskij and Valadier are the most sought after, as they are perfect in every way. The highlight of the hotel though is its secret garden – which could be renamed as the unforgettable garden as it is just that.
Hotel de la Ville - 9/10
Located on the via Sistina, close to the Trinita dei Monti, the de la Ville is the smaller sister of the Rocco Forte hotels – with 89 rooms and 15 suites. Again, designed by Ms Polizzi, the property is a delight to walk into, stay in and mention as your Rome address to taxi drivers! The look and the feel of the property is more contemporary than de Russie – attracting a more youthful, designer-set. Da Sistina restaurant offers contemporary Mediterranean dishes, while Mosacio offers Italian classics with an Eastern twist. Cielo Terrace & Bar is a must visit location on any Roman Holiday. With its panoramic and sensational views over the Eternal City – a flute of even the finest Champagne is secondary to the experience. The Sicilian-inspired de la Villa Spa is set over two floors – features 6 treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool and fitness centre.
St. Regis Rome - 9/10
Since 1894, the St. Regis Rome has been welcoming the rich and famous, royalty and well-travelled through its doors. Built by the legendary Swiss hotelier César Ritz, and originally called Le Grand Hotel, the property is one of Rome’s grande dame hotels. Following a multi-million Euro renovation by one of the world’s greatest hotel designers Pierre-Yves Rochon, the St. Regis is the flagship Marriott property in the Italian capital. Set over four floors, the hotel has 132 rooms and 29 individually designed suites – each complete with a butler. The hotel overlooks the Piazza della Repubblica and is situated close to the Diocletian Baths. The 19th century lift is still very much working – the oldest in the city and the winter garden is a triumph of Belle Époque and is completed by a sizeable, stunning Murano-glass chandelier. The hotel has a fitness centre, spa and superb cuisine and cocktails are served at the Lumen.
Hotel Eden – 9/10
Opened as a hotel in 1889, Hotel Eden is regarded as the original luxury hotel in Rome. In September 2013, the property became part of the Dorchester Collection but not before it had cemented its place as one of the finest properties in Europe. Hotel Eden was the first in Rome to retain a lift, electricity, heating, and hot water – and to this day it stays ahead of the competition with a mixture of excellent service and world-class facilities. It has 98 rooms including 33 suites – every room designed in beautiful fashion – comfortable contemporary is the best way to describe them. The hotel has a Michelin-starred restaurant – La Terrazza and more casual dining at Il Giardino. They are both situated on the rooftop and command superb views of the Eternal City. The ground floor La Libreria bar is a favourite meeting place for locals and lovers. Located on the via Ludovisi, it is within walking distance to the Villa Borghese and Villa Medici. The spa offers every treatment you would expect from one of Rome’s finest and the hotel gym is fitted out with state-of-the-art equipment.
Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá - 8/10
A former convent and located on the banks of the River Tiber, Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá is a refreshingly intimate 5-star hotel within walking distance of The Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. Service is immaculate and the sprawling property has an air of timelessness to it. An impressive art collection and flawless service make Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá one of the finest luxury hotels in the city. The property feels like a sophisticated luxury villa, with its enviable location in the heart of historic Rome affording it remarkable city views from classic Italian guest rooms. Visit in summer when the verdant gardens are at their greenest and the outdoor pool offers a cooling escape from the sun. Exceptional dining is to be had at signature restaurant Ossimoro while the hotel also offers the Spa My Blend by Clarins.
Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel - 8/10
The Cavalieri has one drawback - its located 8 kilometres from the centre of Rome. However, in season, there are hourly, complimentary shuttles into the centre of the Eternal City which is of some consolation to hotel guests. Apart from that issue, the hotel is truly remarkable in every way. Firstly, it boasts the only 3 Michelin-starred restaurant in Rome – La Pergola – which has been part of the masterchef Heinz Beck’s empire since 1994. Then there are hundreds of amazing works of art dotted around the property including the Tiepolo’s triptych at reception and the Dollar series by Andy Warhol. The 370 rooms and suites are fantastic. Although the main building itself is of the 1960s – the interiors could be from the Palace of Versailles. They are outrageous – gold & gilt adorned bedrooms and marble-clad bathrooms with Ferregamo toiletries. The hotel sits in 15 acres of lush garden and the Grand Spa Club is one of the finest in Italy. For a fee – even for hotel guests – you have use of 4 swimming pools – including one for children. There is a superb set of treatment rooms, a sizeable fitness centre and tennis courts. The Cavalieri is more a city resort than a hotel and for frequent visitors to Rome, ideal.
Fendi Private Suites - 8/10
Founded in 1925, in Rome, Fendi is one of the world’s most recognisable luxury fashion brands. Fendi’s flagship boutique in the Eternal City can be found on the via dei Condotti. On the third floor of the building are the seven amazing guestrooms that make up the Fendi Private Suites. The property is just five-minutes from the Spanish Steps but only slightly farther from the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. Designer Karl Lagerfeld was associated with Fendi from the 1960s until his passing in 2019. Lagerfeld’s reach can be felt in every aspect of this boutique hotel – from the staff uniforms to the superb décor in the bedrooms. Ensuite bathrooms feature Diptyque hair & body products and Marvis mouthwash and toothpaste. The Zuma Lounge on the building’s fifth floor serves breakfast and later in the day is where cocktails are supped by Rome’s beautiful people. Dress to impress. The reservation-only Zuma restaurant is on the fourth floor – serving delicious Japanese fare. If you are a follower of fashion or just love pretty things the Fendi Private Suites are for you.
J.K. Place Roma - 8/10
This central Rome boutique hotel is the coolest property in the city. It has 23 rooms and 7 suites - each perfectly formed - comfortable – comforting – beautiful. The bathrooms boast Bottega dell’Albergo toiletries and the minibar is complimentary. JK Place is located just off via dell’Arancio, just a few minutes walk from Ponte Valour – just one of the thirty bridges that cross the River Tiber, the Piazza/Palazzo Borghese, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. JK Place is a converted 17th century townhouse – does not have a spa or a Michelin-starred restaurant, but it oozes with style, class, sophistication, and is the epitome of la dolce vita. It does have an achingly-hip library and lounge. JK Café provides all-day dining – hearty comfort food and beverages including burgers and cocktails – ideal after a day of sightseeing, shopping, or walking about the city looking fabulous. JK Place has two other properties – in Capri and Paris – and is arguably the coolest boutique brand in Europe.
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