Stayed for 4 nights in May, having dreamt of this experience for years.
As we’ve celebrated a day special to us I asked for a room with view of the Spanish Steps and the reservation dept. made it possible even with a small balcony. Enjoyed every second of the marvelous views all over Rome.
Details of the hotel
Due to delayed checkin (we had to wait at the counter for a couple of minutes – believe it or not! - till someone showed up to receive us) there was a bottle of spumante delivered to the room. So all ok .
The staff however lived up to all expectations after this initial faux pas.
rather smallish, we’ve had newly refurbished ones, all black velvet and nicely appointed bathrooms, combining old appliances with modern features.
Very comfortable beds, welcoming and giving the feeling of being pampered.
Not that much room for suitcases … but you don’t go to Rome to sit in the hotel room, although the Hassler would be the right place to materialize such stupid idea.
Haven’t had breakfast in the room rate, Rome is worth taking the ‘risk’ of no reserved breakfast and simply sipping the espresso somewhere around the next corner. M-M-Mh!
Bar in the back behind the reception area is new(ish) and strains the sense of ‘one style at a time’ in matters of interior deco … a bit. I liked the ‘art deco’ elements, didn’t like the stone basin (or what would you call that?) included in the design, would have expected more plants to make up for the sterile blue color … But then – we didn’t go to look only. The drinks were fine, the service was ok. Being late they immerged a tad too much in administration of the days’ bills and other papers behind the bar. Or maybe it was just an impression?!
IMAGO Restaurant at the top – we reserved it well in advance and had a table with a view. Very nice selection of courses certainly appealing to all and every taste and hunger, veg or not.
Staff very friendly, accommodating, English speaking, professional.
High standing ‘food architecture’ on the plates – appealing to ‘eye and palate’, great wines, all priced accordingly. Yet, considering all dining options in Rome (and Dennis’ vaste knowledge of it …) I wouldn’t return soon.
Didn’t check out the spa, we went to the market instead, and to many other places … and always returned half dead at night to rejuvenate in the tiled black bath and great beds.
What mattered most was the CONCIERGE!! We wrote in advance for dinner reservations every evening and Dennis (bless him!) supplied perfect locations matching our requests. He was of great help all during our stay in different matters.
Upon departure (late evening) we were given a supersmall single room to change and refresh before going to the airport, having had to vacate our rooms at noon. This one had not been refurbished yet, but had light hardwood floors, white marble bathroom and fair furniture.
I also liked it very much and it felt lighter than the black velvet surrounding in the new rooms. So – don’t fret about the rooms; all are fine.
Elevators - take your time with them, they do with you.
Getting there: by taxi from Roma Fiumicino airport (we payed 50 Euro and advised to be dropped off at the Spanish Steps, walking them up … and being rewarded with a memorable view).
Used the METRO for getting around Rome, the next stop is down the Spanish steps and around the first corner to the right. Easy.
Unbeatable location, the old-rose-flavour of bygone times, great staff make for perfect holidays – if this is the style you’re looking for. It’s the kind of ‘once in a lifetime’ thing to experience next to the Raffles in Singapore and maybe a couple of other great houses around the ball.
If you can afford it – go there, you won’t be sorry.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hassler Roma is the legendary five star Rome luxury hotel at the top of the Spanish Steps, residence of choice for a memorable experience in the Eternal City. In the heart of the city's historic center, the Hassler is one of the best hotels in Rome, minutes from Via Condotti as well as important monuments and landmarks, including the Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, the Coliseum, the Villa Borghese gardens and The Trevi Fountain. Owned by President and Managing Director Roberto E. Wirth, fifth generation of a famous Swiss dynasty of hoteliers, the Hassler Roma hotel offers 93 unique rooms and suites. Magnificent dining options within the hotel include the Michelin-starred Imàgo, the Salone Eva and Palm Court Restaurants and Hassler Bar, and Il Palazzetto Restaurant & Wine Bar nearby. Elegance, style, the highest quality service and discretion have made the Hassler Roma the very symbol of international hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hassler Hotel Rome