Since its founding in 1893, the Hassler has been a pillar of luxury accommodation in Rome. This five-star hotel is perched theatrically atop Trinità dei Monti, the hill at the apex of the Spanish Steps, providing dazzling vistas over Rome’s rooftop terraces and church domes. More than a century after opening, the hotel remains privately owned. Generations dedicated to carefully cultivating a loyal clientele have made the Hassler the destination of choice for many royal and celebrity visitors to Rome. Accordingly, the staff is well-equipped to fulfill every imaginable whim and desire, regardless of how outlandish.
The formal service and decor hark back to the last days of the Grand Tour when European and American elite converged on Rome for its cultural—and couture—offerings, a tradition that still thrives in places like this. The Hassler oozes Old World charm, and its nearly 100 rooms are clad in marble, embellished with antiques, and accented with gilded furnishings, a reminder of the city’s late 19th-century splendor. The common areas are similarly lavish and offer palatial settings for meetings, cocktails, and lounging.
Just across the Piazza Trinità dei Monti, the Hassler’s second property, Il Palazzetto, offers accommodations with a lot less gilding but no less class.
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Set atop Trinità dei Monti, the gateway to the Pincian Hill and the adjacent Villa Borghese, the Hassler’s surroundings are a combination of prestigious residential palaces, fashion brand headquarters, boutiques, and other luxury accommodations. For full-immersion luxury shopping, head down the Spanish Steps to the so-called Golden Mile for Italian and European designer brands. In addition to shopping, the neighborhood is home to historic cafés like Caffè Greco, Caffè Canova, and Ciampini, where Roman elite perch to sip coffee and to see and be seen. Due to the density of clothing shops and the popularity of the Spanish Steps, the area can be oppressively crowded during high season. For some respite, retreat to the leafy Villa Borghese park, a popular destination for joggers and home to the Galleria Borghese and Villa Giulia Etruscan Museum, two world-class collections.
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Rooms: 96 rooms, including 14 suites. From $403. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Imàgo, a Michelin-starred restaurant, serves contemporary Asian-Italian fusion in the 6th-floor restaurant with a side of stunning views. Salone Eva Restaurant & Bar serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea on the ground floor, while the Palm Court Restaurant & Bar, set in a garden courtyard, serves meals all day long, weather permitting. Spa and gym details: Amorvero SPA sits on the third floor of the hotel and offers massages, beauty treatments, a sauna, and a Turkish bath. The adjacent fitness area has full gym facilities. Personal trainers are available upon request.
Who’s it for: Well-to-do couples and families, travelers, celebrities, royalty, and diplomats after old-fashioned, gilded accommodations and views (though you will pay a premium for the latter). Our favorite rooms: The 4,000-square-foot 8th-floor Penthouse Suite has a private butler, four bathrooms, two panoramic terraces, and a full kitchen, not to mention sweeping views over Rome. One floor below, the Penthouse Villa Medici Suite is a great deal smaller—still 1,600 square feet—but with similar gilded decor and elegance. Good to know: Across Piazza Trinità dei Monti, sister property Il Palazzetto has a panoramic wine bar open from noon until late evening. The Hassler’s garden-view rooms do not have city views.