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Villa Spalletti Trivelli
Ranked #7 of 1,257 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

We stayed in Villa Spalletti Trivelli for four nights recently and are a slightly perplexed by the place. There is no doubt that it is a very beautiful hotel. The common areas are decorated with real style and gorgeous furniture. However, as a whole, the place just does not work.

There are twelve rooms in the hotel, so naturally it has a quieter, more intimate feel than other hotels. However, this does not translate into a more personalised experience. There always seemed to be different faces at reception, without anyone knowing you were a guest.

I have to agree with another reviewer who says that there is a sense throughout that you are an unwelcome guest in a stately home of someone you don't know.

I do not want to be overly critical, as there are a lot of positives - excellent breakfast, nice room (although nothing as impressive as the common areas) and perfect bathroom. The issue is perhaps best exemplified by the "turkish bath". On our last day, we wandered down to the turkish bath, which is in the basement of the property. The entire basement has been renovated to an extremely high standard to fit it with a smal gym, relaxation room, changing rooms and turkish bath. However, when we arrived, there was no body to meet us, nobody at reception and no body to tell us where to go and where not to go. We eventually worked our way through the warren of rooms, had a quick sauna (i.e. "turkish bath") and left - feeling like we were imposing throughout.

We have stayed in a number of expensive 5* hotels. We generally look for boutique hotels, with character, as opposed to huge chains with hundreds of rooms. We really wanted to love Hotel Villa Spalletti, but we just didn't.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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mgr68, Direttore at Villa Spalletti Trivelli, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time for reviewing our Property.
As stated from most reviews and in some of our earlier replies , Villa Spalletti Trivelli keeps the intimate feel of a private home and the kind of service we offer is not the usual one you would find in a hotel . Our concept is providing discretion and privacy with a home touch . Our staff is friendly ,very accommodating yet very professional with an eye to guests' expectation with a non-intrusive attitude which could be an added value for most people . Points of views are different from person to person and maybe not everyone may completely agree with our philosophy : this is an expression of democracy .
Regarding to the Turkish bath issue , which is exclusive for guests staying at the Villa who can also take advantage of Gym facilities and Relax room on a totally complimentary basis , there is a fully detailed notice at the Reception providing info about the use of turkish bath and inviting our valued guests to ask the Reception for any further assistance on the Wellness Centre : our staff is always ready to help our guests for any queries.
We are glad that you enjoyed some part of the stay and thank you for the nice words spent on our breakfast and our rooms.
kind regards
The Management
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

An astounding property in a beautiful neighborhood. I am joining those who have provided excellent reviews of this hotel. They are all "true". We stayed at one of the new garden suites - beautiful and tastefully decorated, spacious and homely. We had kitchen with an stocked refrigerator, an living area with a sofa bed, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. We also enjoyed the private garden suite terraces furnished for outside entertainment. For us, a family of 4 adults, it exceeded our expectations.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

We stayed 6 nights in Rome at two different hotels. (the Intercontinental does not rate a review) Make no mistake during high season Rome is very crowded, is always loud and rarely offers pure relaxation. This hotel makes the world melt away. The location, the beautiful rooms, the architecture, the spa, the grounds, gardens and roof top would qualify the Villa with a 5 star rating. But I must say that the service around the clock is the real reason to stay. Every question answered, every reservation made, every request satisfied, simply we never heard the word no...
The assistance we received via email prior to arrival was invaluable, we did not miss any of our top 10 must "do's" and we never waited in a line. Thank you very much, it was our first time in Rome.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

How many superlative words exist, because I must retrieve them all from my vocabulary bank to describe Villa Spalletti Trivelli. And in fact, I'm not sure how much I can add to the reviews that have already been written, that has not already been said - but, I will try! When you arrive, you will find a classic understated historical building, in a residential off-the-main-road neighborhood, with only a small bronze plaque to the outside of the front door identifying Villa Spalletti. You must ring the doorbell to be admitted. When your host answers your ring, you will be entering an historically significant building that has been completely redone - from what I read, it took the owners three years to restore and renovate the villa to transform it to the gem that it is today. The library, which is associated with the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture, is a beautiful and calm place to read, relax, absorb the classic ambiance. Stately, elegant, posh - historical yet modern - furnished with original antiques, period touches and pieces - the absolute perfect mix of historic authenticity with every modern convenience you could imagine, and many that you could not have dreamed of. The service is understated first class urbanity. There is no request too large or too small, though there is little to request, as they have thought of everything - from a gorgeous breakfast buffet, to a fully stocked and included in the fee mini-bar, to gratis cocktails in the evening in one of the several stunning first floor common areas, to a wine tasting from the vineyards owned by the estate, to towels of the plushest cotton and sheets of the finest linen. Beautiful original art adorns the walls; terrazzo tile and marble floors; grand Oriental rugs; original wood shutters at least 12 feet high that open up to the private gardens or to the outside street view. Our room, which was situated directly above the Villa entrance, had a private balcony - so lovely, to sit outside and watch the world below go by! Yes, this hotel personifies the term "boutique hotel", the standard against which all others must be judged.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 6, above the villa entrance, with a beautiful balcony that opens up to a view of t...
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Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

Like being a guest in a British friends stately home. Great sized rooms and decor, and excellent spa and gym. personal and attentive service with unasked for extras, very unusual today. We invited friends for pre dinner drinks and they were blown away and wanted to switch from their (5 star) hotel. Great base for walking around rome, all major sites are accessible on foot.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

Located in the heart of Roma, just a few minutes drive from the main train station, this grand villa is a fine example of boutique accommodation.
Our room was beautifully furnished, with the natural bath products and fully stocked minibar the stars of the show.
We happened to arrive the day the owner of the villa was holding a private wine tasting for guests... His Rossi was a fine drop! His family also produces a Bianco and olive oil.
Breakfast each morning was of the highest standard, with cooked eggs a complimentary addition... Other hotels please take note!
Location is very good... Walking distance to most of the main sites.
A gem in the heart of Roma.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

We chose this hotel because of other reviews on Trip Advisor and it lived up to and beyond our expectations.
As other reviews have said you feel like you are living in somebody's home here. Villa Spalletti Trivelli is just the ultimate in luxury, everywhere you go in the Villa it is just sensational.
The location is excellent and so close to all the main tourist attractions.
The service from the staff is absolutely brilliant.
Breakfast, especially having it out in the garden was divine.
Also an extremely nice touch is that drinks from the mini bar and in the lounge are included in the price. It is lovely to come back after dinner and have an after dinner drink in the lounge before going to bed.
Overall this place is absolute luxury in the middle of Rome and should not be missed.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa Spalletti Trivelli
Address: Via Piacenza 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Monti
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#4 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#22 Family Hotel in Rome
#110 Business Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Villa Spalletti Trivelli 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The urban Villa of the Spalletti Trivelli Counts rediscovers its vocation as host of business and leisure travelers, connoisseurs of art and wellbeing. In the heart of Rome, Villa Spalletti Trivelli is unique among the historic residences: a splendid Italian garden, elegant and refined environments furnished with genuine antiques, exclusive energy bar, sumptuous rooms with every comfort... ... more   less 
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