What We Love
- Upgrading our look with a cut and color at the highly rated in-house Rossano Ferretti Hair Salon
- Every hotel bathroom is different
- There are nice touches for the kids, from mini bathrobes to children’s city tours
- Gawping at the well-heeled locals lunching in the Palm Court courtyard
What To Know
- Prices don’t include breakfast
- Ask for a street-facing room on a high floor for the best views
- The gym is small and you might need to book a treadmill in advance
- Free WiFi
One of the few privately owned luxury hotels in Rome, the Hassler has an excellent pedigree: it’s run by a fifth-generation hotelier and its guest list includes Beckhams, Cruises, and Paltrows. The hotel has remained one of the city’s leading hotels for over a century, and its long history is apparent in the quirky mix of styles—a little Art Deco, a little contemporary, a little Belle Époque elegance. Guest rooms veer from classic wood and marble furniture to modern recessed lighting and fixtures in primary colors. The Hassler Bar, a small annex of red leather and gilded mirrors, retains its early 20th-century charm, though, and makes the perfect hideaway for a pre-dinner Campari before heading to the sixth floor Imàgo restaurant. The panoramic city views here take a backseat to the Michelin-starred food, which brings international influences to regional cuisine, like rigatoni slathered in shiso pesto, and a risotto with cacio cheese, pepper and sesame—book in advance to score a table with the best view. The concierge service is also second to none, so take advantage of it and ask for insider tips on where to shop and dine in the area.
In the Area
If this is your first time in Rome, the Hassler is well-placed for walking to the city’s landmark sights. The Colosseum and Trevi Fountain are less than 25 minutes’ walk from the hotel and the Piazza di Spagna, one of Rome’s most beautiful squares (packed with designer shops like Prada and Balenciaga), is just at the bottom of the Spanish Steps. The Vatican is a 1.5-mile stroll across the river, while the landscaped gardens of the Villa Borghese are just a few minutes away. Allow time here to visit a couple of the museums as well, particularly the Galleria Borghese with its impressive collection of classical antiquities. If you want to wander further afield, the Spagna metro stop is just down the street.
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I have fond memories of my past stays at the Hassler Roma, when it was operated as an InterContinental hotel. Cocktails on the balcony have always been the best feature of this property, and the main reason I've chosen to stay at this hotel during my travels. However, during my recent stay at the Hassler Roma - I was very disappointed that they closed down the balcony for private events during both nights of my stay. Also, they failed to open any alternate area for guests to enjoy cocktails on either night.
We didn't stay at this hotel, just stopped in for lunch. We sat in the outdoor patio area and had an amazing lunch. The wait staff was graceful, friendly and made very good recommendations. We had a wondering experience and cannot wait to go back.
The food on the tasting menu was fabulous
The service was attentive without overbearing -the staff were well trained and explained the complexity of the dishes and this added to the experience
The views across the city from the restaurant do make it a very special location
My wife and I splashed out on this stunner for our wedding stay and we didn’t regret it for a second. It’s got beautiful rooms with incredible views of the Vatican on the city side, a lovely bar and restaurant and lovely staff.
The location at the top of the Spanish steps is excellent and the place feels every bit the 5 star experience you’d expect from a hotel that hosted Tom Cruise during his wedding stay and frequent celebrities.
We had a 7 course meal in the restaurant the night after our wedding as a treat and it remains the finest dining experience I’ve ever had.
Having a lunch on their terrace with its picture postcard views of Rome is something everyone should do, even if your not staying at the hotel book a lunch and travel here, you’ll never forget it.
On our wedding day the staff made my wife feel like a princess and were super attentive prior to her departure for our church. We didn’t book the terrace for our reception but have no doubt it would be superb and would recommend it, those views!
Overall I would highly recommend this hotel, it’s old school luxury and beauty that has an outside terrace and restaurant that have views that are worth the trip alone.
We have stayed at many luxury hotels but oh my, nothing compares. We had 8 nights during Thanksgiving week with our daughters family. Where to begin. Eugene helped us at the reception desk and then showed us a couple of available rooms. We ended up with a lovely sunny room looking down over the Spanish steps. The food is absolutely superb and the service remarkable. The children were really catered to. We got stuck at the train station during a taxi strike after a day trip to Florence. They miraculously sent Transpotation to us in about 10 minutes after our frantic call! Be sure it have breakfasts in the hotel. All in all a memorable stay.