Once the private home of an aristocratic family, the grand Villa Spalletti Trivelli was renovated in 2004 and turned into a luxe-y 12 bedroom hotel. Historic grandeur and contemporary luxury aside, it still manages to somehow feel private enough to pad about and make like it’s your own majestic mansion in the very heart of Rome.
The living room showcases the family’s antiques collection, and there are floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the perfectly preened garden. There's a free bar with every drink you can think of, which you can step outside with and sip under one of the huge canopies. Come winter you can cosy up in the library and enjoy a nightcap, before heading to the luxurious bedrooms.
Most of the bedrooms are situated in the main building and are small but perfectly formed. Each is stocked with a complimentary mini bar, free WiFi and a flatscreen TV. The traditional design of the main areas is carried through to all the rooms - think polished parquet floors, walnut antique furnishings and heavy wooden shutters at the windows. For those with deep pockets, there’s also a two-bedroom apartment, which is accessed from the street rather than the main hotel entrance. It’s ideal for groups travelling to the city or for couples who want a bit of privacy as you're able to come and go as you please without being disturbed. While it’s less grand in décor than the other rooms, it more than makes up for that with its own kitchen, two luxurious bathrooms and a living room.
Come morning, you're presented with the most resplendent breakfast buffet selection you can imagine, and if you wish to order lunch or dinner for a special function or occasion, the hotel offer the service from its in-house chef, on request. Once you’re fully refuelled you can head downstairs to make the most of the fully functioning spa and gym (which is open 24 hours a day). You can enjoy a hammam scrub or float away in the salt bath. There’s also a long list of treatments to choose from - ranging from luxury massages and facials to manicures and waxing, meaning you can hit the streets of Rome looking every bit as well-groomed as one of the locals. For a special occasion, honeymoon or birthday getaway you’d be hard-pressed to find a more glamorous place to stay in the city.
- The discreet, unrivalled level of service
- It’s great any time of the year - whether relaxing in the gardens in summer with a gin and tonic or cosying up in the lavish living room and library in winter
- The breakfast selection is on another level
- The opulent surroundings
- The private gardens - perfect for languorous evening strolls
- It’s expensive, but well worth it for a special occasion
Need to Know: Villa Spalletti Trivelli
Number of rooms: 12
Check-in/check-out times: 2pm and 12pm (although this is flexible)
Room service: Yes
Swimming pool: No
Dogs welcome: No
Eating and drinking: There’s no lunch or dinner menu, unless you want to splash out on the delicious in-house chef service. Drinks-wise there’s a wonderful free bar to make the most of.
Near to? Villa Spalletti Trivelli couldn’t be more centrally located. The Trevi Fountain is around a five-minute walk away and it’s just a stone's throw from the Spanish Steps. There's also a regular bus service that goes to the Vatican.
Getting there: It's 30 minutes away from Rome’s Fiumicino airport, a short taxi (or Metro) ride from Rome Termini train station and a few minutes’ walk from the Barberini Fontana di Trevi metro station.