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The Hotel Hassler Roma, Rome

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Not only is the Hotel Hassler Roma one of the most prestigious residences in Europe, it is also one of the most dynamic and stylish hotels in the world.

Walking through its stately communal spaces, you will feel as though you are gliding through the interiors of a three-dimensional Renaissance painting, and it undoubtedly provides an irresistible draw for anyone seeking a idyllic respite after wandering around the heat-soaked streets of this most cosmopolitan of locations. This living, breathing work of art, owned and managed by the legendary Roberto E Wirth, has also been described as one of the most romantic hotels in Rome and it is the setting for delectable gastronomic adventures and delicately designed rooms that could have been painted by Raphael himself, albeit with a delightfully modern twist.

The location
This iconic hotel is situated at the top of Rome's renowned Spanish Steps, right next to the Trinita dei Monti church and Keats-Shelley Museum, and a stone's throw away from the compelling buzz of Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo.

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You can walk to the Trevi Fountain in 10 minutes, while another few minutes will take you to the classical splendour of the Pantheon and the Piazza Navona, a square with Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers at its centre. Round the corner, you will find the Quirinal Palace, one of three official residences of the President of the Italian Republic. Positioned in what is arguably one of the most enviable locations in Rome, the Hotel Hassler Roma gives you easy access to all manner of exhilarating shopping districts, including Via Condotti, Via Frattina, Via Borgognona and Via del Babuino. Fiumicino airport is just 45 minutes away by car, and in a quarter of an hour you can drive to Roma Termini train station.

The highlight
The Hotel Hassler Roma offers a veritable abundance of visual delights, but one of its highlights is undoubtedly its panoramic restaurant, Imàgo. Against the pulsing backdrop of the Eternal City, you'll be indulged in a sensory collision of sights and culinary revelations, producing an overwhelmingly memorable dining experience.

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As you gaze over the city from this staggering sixth-floor vantage point, flanked on all sides by wraparound windows, the staff will point out the various city landmarks before showing you to a table swathed in soft music and dimmed lights. Created by hotel president Roberto E Wirth, the illustrious Imàgo - whose names derives from the Latin word for vision and imagination - brings you a dizzyingly creative menu of traditional and contemporary flavours conjured up by inventive chef Francesco Apreda and imbibed with unexpected taste fusions and sublime fragrances. Formerly known as the Roof Restaurant, this heady eatery has been visited by such distinguished clientele as John F Kennedy, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Federico Fellini and has received the prestigious 'two forks' award by the Gambero Rosso guide.

The style
Even without the allure of its sensational surroundings, the Hotel Hassler Roma with its opulent interiors offers something seriously special: it is not just a hotel but a persuasive conveyor of mood designed to beguile you with room after room of picture-perfect artistry and romanticism, marking it out as an icon of international hospitality. Amidst its pillars of umber and judiciously positioned ferns are jade marble tables held upright on solidified eruptions of gold detail, as well as burnished sienna, cream and ochre furnishings and soft-tinted terraces featuring giant black masks staring out across the panoply of Rome.

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Each of the 96 individually designed rooms from Single to Grand Deluxe has a distinct personality and style of its own, featuring such delicate touches as Limoges porcelain, Venetian lamps and velvet headboards. The luminous Grand Deluxe rooms offer breathtaking displays of the city, while the Singles, with their marble bathrooms and work desks, have delightful garden-side or courtyard views.

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Alongside its distinguished furnishings and antiques are modern accents and amenities such as WiFi access and high-speed internet connections, elegantly fusing the classic with the contemporary. The suites are similarly individual and highly distinctive, ranging from the Grande Deluxe with its walls of golden silk to the Presidential Trinita Dei Monti, with its dining area studded with Swarovski crystals, and the sumptuous seventh-floor Penthouse Villa Medici Suite with its enormous terrace views of the city. 

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The Hotel Hassler Roma is a spellbinding blend of historical privilege and forward-thinking acuity.

The service
You will find the staff at the Hotel Hassler Roma to be courteous, highly efficient and dedicated to providing the highest standards of customer care. The doorman will greet you with a smile and the concierge will cheerfully take care of reservations as well as tours around Rome and the Vatican City.

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All of your queries and needs will be met with satisfaction, from chauffeur-driven limos to airport assistance. The drivers and guides are extremely knowledgable and capable of customising tours based on your individual requirements, while the hotel housekeeping is impeccable. Above all this, manager Roberto E Wirth, the fifth-generation of a Swiss dynasty of hoteliers, will make you feel like you're staying at the home of a trusted and longstanding friend.

TOP 8 REASONS TO STAY AT THE HOTEL HASSLER ROMA

Michelin-starred restaurant
The panoramic views from the picture-frame windows of Imàgo are seconded only by its mouthwatering interpretations of regional cuisine, blending seasonal signatures with a global flourish. Its Sake-glazed black cod and purple baby vegetables, Parmesan cheese ravioli in tuna broth, double malt and seven spices, and pink cheesecake sour blend are popular favourites for exquisite dining amidst the spectacle of the Pantheon and Aventine Hills.

Open-air courtyard
Basking in the hotel's delightfully romantic Palm Court Garden, surrounded by ancient stone walls, flowers and ivy, you are guaranteed sanctuary from the drama-driven spectacle of local Italian sights.

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This charming garden restaurant and bar, which borders the popular Villa Borghese gardens, is the ideal spot to recharge with a coffee and cornetti while enjoying the refrains of the hotel pianist.

Unforgettable drinks
This hotel's cocktail bar is redolent of 1940s glamour, with its deep wood panelling and blood-red furnishings, and it is an enchanting venue in which to unwind with a flavoursome cocktail; indeed, it is said Princess Diana confessed to having the world's best Bellini within these ornate surrounds. There is also the Salone Eva for an intimate afternoon tea and the Sala Vietri Lobby Bar for an uplifting aperitivo.

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Indulgent body treatments
Rejuvenation for body and soul is assured with the Hotel Hassler Roma's exclusive beauty treatments and massages, as well as steam baths and sauna with a window overlooking the Church of Trinità dei Monti, and an indulgent pampering package complete with champagne on the terrace.

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If you're looking to be truly seduced by the romance of this extraordinary location, why not treat yourself to some of the hotelier's own Amovero perfumes, sprays and bath products, with sensual notes of Tuberose, Damask Rome, Bergamot and Sandalwood?

Exclusive fitness centre
Offering cardio fitness machines, a weight room and other training facilities, Hotel Hassler Roma's fitness centre is the place to go if you wish to keep in shape during your stay. There's even a personal fitness instructor on hand if you'd like a more customised programme. Like the spa, this centre affords stunning views of the city with a private terrace so you have somewhere to rest up with a fruit juice after your workout.

Hair stylist to the stars

Celebrity hairdresser Rossano Ferretti, who has styled coiffures for the likes of Salma Hayek and Reese Witherspoon, has chosen the Hotel Hassler Roma as the location for his only hair salon in Rome. Metodo Rossano Ferretti, located on the Mezzanine floor, brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'cutting edge', with uniquely conceived styles tailored to your hair's texture and your own personality and individuality.

Exceptional private event space

Il Palazzetto, a charming 16th-century residence owned by the Hotel Hassler Roma, is the ideal venue for birthdays, dinners and cocktail parties.

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There are three function rooms, Salone Medici, Sala Capre and Sala Sistina, plus beautiful terraces designed to host countless events. Whether you're after a private party, an impromptu press conference or a fairytale wedding, this venue bespokes quality and excellence.

Exquisite antiques and aesthetics
One of Hotel Hassler Roma's most striking and alluring facets is its collection of rare antique works of art.

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In the Penthouse Suite, for example, you'll find a desk from the late 18th century, along with Louis XV chairs and expansive Venetian mirrors, and there are also original paintings by pupils of the schools of Tintoretto and Caravaggio. Meanwhile, the Salone Eva houses a distinguished collection of books from the 18th and 19th centuries. Wherever you look, you are sure to spot spectacular artistic flourishes designed to match the refined indulgence of this hotel piece by fascinating piece.

 

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