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
Art Deco meets Belle Époque at this iconic hotel perched above the Spanish Steps, with a destination restaurant and old-school charm in spades
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.