Review: Hassler Roma, Italy

Perched atop the Eternal City’s Spanish Steps you’ll find this little piece of heaven

Location: Perched atop the Eternal City’s Spanish Steps you’ll find this little piece of heaven. Hassler Roma is one of the city’s most iconic independently-owned properties – run by fifth-generation hotelier Roberto Wirth. It is in the heart of the city’s historic centre, making it an ideal base to take in Rome’s famous landmarks.

First impressions: I adored the hotel’s quintessentially classical decor and elegance, evident from the moment you walk through the front door. From the marble flooring and dark chocolate wood panelling to the artwork and statues, this place oozes class. Checking in was seamless; we didn’t even notice our cases being whisked away to our room while staff welcomed us like old friends coming to stay for the weekend.

The facts: Discretion has made the Hassler – a member of The Leading Hotels of the World – the preferred choice for royalty, politicians, musicians and celebrities since the property opened its doors in 1893. The list of famous faces who have stayed here include Robert De Niro, George Clooney, Princess Diana and Pablo Picasso, and there’s a strong chance of bumping into a famous guest at breakfast. Most of the 91 unique rooms and suites have had a facelift during the past five years. Even though I found my room slightly small, the generous marble bathroom with twin basins, a walk-in shower and a rather large bath made up for it. As did the view from the bedroom window, giving you front row seats to the Spanish Steps.

Explore: The hotel offers a private electric car service, transporting you to local sites or boutiques, but is within walking distance of many landmarks including Piazza Navona, Villa Borghese and the Trevi Fountain. The most enjoyable activity is just getting lost and stumbling across a cafe, taking a seat and watching as Italian life passes you by.

Wow: A food-lover’s dream – the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Imàgo, is just divine! Located on the sixth floor and boasting panoramic views of glittering domes across Rome’s skyline – this place is jaw-dropping. Chef and native Roman Andrea Antonini creates modern interpretations of classic dishes – the most mouthwatering Italian fare you’ll feast upon. Try the taster menu, you won’t be disappointed.

Book it: Rooms start from €810 per night based on two adults sharing on a B&B basis.

Flora Ioannou

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