Piazza di Spagna 9
What We Love
- Continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The setting, on the third floor of a 15th-century palazzo on the north side of Piazza di Spagna, within sight of the Spanish Steps
- The style, a contemporary mix of white walls and floors with avant-garde furniture and accessories, all selected by the interior designer owner
- WiFi is free
What To Know
- All the cutting-edge furniture and art is for sale
- There's a small by-appointment Turkish-style spa with a massage table and steam room
- The hotel is staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; outside those hours guests let themselves in and out. (There's a number to call in case of emergency.)
- Check-in time is from 3pm to 8pm but late check-in (until 11pm) can be requested for $40
- A city tax of $5 (€3.50) per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
Conceived by interior designer and owner Stefania Grippo, PiazzadiSpagna9 doesn’t just have the look and feel of a contemporary art gallery, it actually is one. All the cutting-edge furniture (upholstered in fabrics from high-end Italian fashion houses) and the art on the walls is for sale; Grippo considers the place a showroom not only for her decorating skills but also for the talents of her favorite Italian furniture designers and artists. The space is compact but open-plan, which makes it feel much larger than it is. The all-white reception area and petite lobby are punctuated by velvet chairs and dramatic, surreal photo-paintings; these give way to a light-filled lounge and breakfast room and a long hallway displaying more art.
Bed and Bath
Owner Stefania Grippo has individually decorated each of the rooms, which feature queensize steel four-poster or upholstered platform beds topped with crisp white cotton sheets from Tuscany and comforters and blankets from Society, a top-flight Italian textile company with a cult-like following. High ceilings, bare floors and white or colorful polished plaster walls are the order of the day; every room also has an artfully designed console table or desk (many are custom-made), lounge chairs and copious closet space. Most of the big, modern bathrooms come with glassed-in showers, and all rooms have large windows (some with French doors that open onto small step-out balconies). There’s also a little flat-screen TV and a Nespresso coffee machine in each room.
The copious free continental breakfast features a mix of fresh fruit, flaky pastries, cereal, yogurt, salume, cheese and smoked salmon, plus coffee, tea and just-squeezed orange juice. You name the time you’d like it ready, and it’ll be waiting for you at a little table in the light-flooded lounge overlooking the Piazza. There’s also a small by-appointment-only Turkish-style spa, with a stone massage table, like one you’d find in a hammam, plus a steam room and a whirlpool soaking tub. The gallery exhibitions change frequently, and the owner plans to host periodic performances, pop-ups and fashion and design trunk shows.
In the Area
There’s hardly anything that isn’t in the area, so centrally located is the hotel. Most notably, you’ll have the eponymous piazza and adjacent Spanish Steps as your front yard, with the high-end shopping mecca that is Via dei Condotti heading west just off it, and the more local boutiques of Via Babuino and Via Margutta running north. Just past those is the Piazza del Popolo and the Villa Borghese, the largest park in central Rome, which also houses several museums. The Pantheon is a 10- to 15-minute walk away, with the Piazza Navona a bit farther on. Although they’re not so far that you couldn’t walk — and Rome really is a walking city — the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Forum can be reached in no time via the metro, which has a station right in Piazza di Spagna.
How to Get There
I have stayed with my wife and my parents-in-law at Piazza di Spagna 9, an amazing little hotel packed with art and design, located very close to Piazza di Spagna, at a quiet corner. Fine taste in the furniture, in the books and magazines at the library, in the snacks offered. Graceful service by a caring staff. A nice touch of class: we would have to leave the hotel very, very early in the morning, so the hotel brought us at the night before a fantastic selection of goumandise so that we could amuse ourselves and have breakfast at a train trip. Memorable stay. Definitely, it is now our hotel of choice in Rome.
We have stayed in this area last few times in Rome but this was our first time in this hotel. Overall it's a good hotel very well located. Rooms are on the small size but make good use of space with a small balcony. Given the price for the room, it was ridiculous that they charge €2 for a Nespresso pod especially when they advertise the Nespresso machine as part of the room. They provide one Nespresso pod each for your stay. There's a Nespresso shop down the street where you can buy a sleeve of pods for roughly the same price.
What a beautiful place. Genuinely lovely setting with a fantastic view of Piazza di Spagna. A tranquil and peaceful hotel combined with the unusual feature of also being an art gallery (for guests only I think) and with beautiful pieces on display. Literally a few seconds away from all the action but still a relaxing haven. We had a superb junior suite with lovely furnishings and art on the walls. The walk-in shower was lovely too. The friendly and welcoming staff gave the impression that they were genuinely pleased to see us and could not have been more helpful. Our only regret was not being able to stay longer.Room amenities are good - perhaps more coat hangers may have been useful - and the only thing that could have been improved about the bathroom would have been two rainfall shower heads - the shower is huge!
This hotel is in a brilliant location. The decor is simply stunning. The rooms are luxurious & comfy. Staff are friendly, polite & helpful. This is one of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed in. The staff were very accommodating & nothing was too much trouble.
This “secret art gallery” which is located on the 3 floor of a private building is located in one of the best places to stay in Rome. Overlooking the Piazza with rooms decorated in art. The stuff is super friendly, the lady owner is charming and you can also purchase the art exhibited in the walls. Breakfast was served in most days in the nice La Buvette coffee which is 2 min walk in a lovely small street of the old city.
One thing which always annoy me at hotels is the fact that they, for some unknown reason, elect to give you free bottles on water in the first night but after that they don’t care anymore. A bottle of water costs nothing and having a fresh one every day when you come back to a room is a great welcome apart for the chocolate and good night lovely note.
Another annoying issue is the air conditioning. For some reason every time we left the room it stopped working though it was hot. Air condition in such a fancy place should work all the time if so wishes the guest.
The shower water needed a lot of time to adjust which is unclear in a modern refurbished place like this.
We stayed in the Breath room which has a balcony. However balcony is located inside the building and you see nothing so there actually no need for it.
So we did have a great time, it’s, in our eyes, not a place for families unless you may want to book the entire 6 rooms.