- Style Wine-lovers' world
- Setting A stagger from the Spanish Steps
Only a handful of metres from Rome's Spanish Steps, the surprisingly peaceful hotel Palazetto offers postcard-perfect views of that 18th-century landmark from its terrace. A bastion of tranquillity in the heart of the city's tourist centre, this sumptuous stay has high-ceilinged rooms with king-size beds draped in rich fabrics and marble bathrooms that are somewhat less buttoned-up than they seem at first glance.
Need to know
- Rooms Four.
- Rates Double rooms from $302.51 (€220), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.
- More details Breakfast isn't included in room rates. Served at the nearby Hassler Hotel, Continental breakfast (coffee, tea, juice, croissants and pastries) is €29 a person; a cooked buffet with eggs, meats, cheeses, home-made cakes and fresh fruit is €36 a person.
- Facilities All rooms have plasma televisions with satellite and 24-hour high-speed internet connection, and the minibar has an extensive selection of wines.
- Check–out 11am. Check-in from 2pm.
Children An extra bed can be provided if necessary.
- Also Check-in is at sister hotel, the Hassler on Piazza Trinita dei Monti, a two-minute walk away. No pets.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The Black Room at the top of the hotel. Three of the four rooms at this boutique hotel in Rome come with a view of the Spanish Steps.
- Packing tips Rosary beads; a pick and shovel to unearth ancient artefacts a few metres down (the reason Rome's metro has never been completed).
- Also The Wine Academy at Il Palazzetto runs wine courses and private wine tastings as well as guided tours to Italian vineyards. All must be booked in advance. Hotel guests have free entry to the Amorvero Spa – in the Hassler Hotel, a five-minute walk away – which has a sauna, steam room and solarium, a small gym and a range of traditional Oriental massages and treatments.
Food and drink at Il Palazzetto
- Hotel restaurant There's no restaurant at Il Palazzetto itself, but guests are shepherded to try the fare at nearby Hotel Hassler at mealtimes.
- Dress code Informal, but zhuzh up for dinner.
- Top table In the summer, grab a place on the terrace.
- Last orders 9.45pm. Restaurant closed Monday.
- Room service Not officially available.
- Hotel bar The bar is only available for private functions; Palazzetto guests gravitate to Hotel Hassler next door when it's time for aperitivi.