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.
How to Get There
The Hassler is the perfectly located residence and one of the best places to stay in Rome’s city centre. The front desk team in particular were excellent and gave us some fantastic (traditional) restaurant recommendations. Will happily revisit next time in Rome
My wife and I spent six nights at the Hassler in September. In thinking about what to say in this review, we kept coming back to how excellent the service provided by the Hotel's staff was from beginning to end.
With the staff at the Concierge Desk, you knew why they were wearing their crossed keys. They were extremely knowledgeable and went out of their way to be helpful. Then when you returned to the Hotel, they wanted to know how everything went.
The Hotel's buffet breakfast was excellent with a wide array of high quality food. Here again the staff added to your enjoyment. They were friendly and efficient. They remembered from day to day what juice you wanted and how you wanted your coffee/tea. Plus there were little touches that heightened your enjoyment. We were there on the first day of Autumn and on the foam of my wife's capuccino was the message "Happy Autumn".
Our room was recently renovated and was large with a beautiful, large green marble bathroom. Our room looked out over the top of the Spanish Steps. If there was any drawback with the room, it was that the decor was generic. There was nothing about the room that said "Rome". The prior week we were in Venice and our room at the Hotel Danieli could only have been in Venice with the Murano chandelier and wall sconces.
Our future stays in Rome will be at the Hassler
The Hassler provided a wonderful experience from reservation to check out.
When I made the reservation, I told them that we were arriving in Rome via a Regent Cruise. No problem, transportation would be provided from the port to the hotel. They were very friendly and efficient.
We arrived and the hotel has a great location at the top of The Spanish Steps. The lobby is nice. The front desk staff is attentive and polite. We had arrived early so they apologized there would be a delay getting to our room.
We got to the room which was large with a king size bed that was very comfortable and a huge marble bathroom.
We have stayed in 5 star hotels all over the world and I’d place Hotel Hassler in the top 3. We have stayed in many other hotels in Rome but in the future Hotel Hassler will be our Rome destination.