Classic refinement in the heart of Rome
15 Rooms / 5 Suites
If there’s one thing that a visit to Rome’s Villa Spalletti Trivelli proves, it’s that hospitality runs through this family’s veins. Starting back in the early 1900s when Gabriella Rasponi, the widow of Count Venceslao Spalletti Trivelli, bought land across from the Quirinal Palace and had the villa erected, the address has welcomed everyone from politicians to Nobel Prize winners. Though a private residence throughout the 20th century, Villa Spalletti Trivelli occasionally opened its hand-carved doors to Italian film crews in need of an opulent backdrop for commercials and movies in the 1990s. So, it was to no one’s surprise that the itch to accommodate others would hit the family at the turn of the century. In 2006, Villa Spalletti Trivelli officially said hello to the public as a world-class hotel with the coziest and most refined of sensibilities.
It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting Italy’s capital city for quick business or a long break, Villa Spalletti Trivelli is situated in such a way that it makes an ideal spot for your stay. Just across from the property’s front entrance is the Quirinale Gardens, a green space that’s a smart stop for resting your feet between tours or a great place for a picture in front of the statue of horseback-riding Sardinia king Charles Albert. If you walk 10 minutes to the right of the Rome hotel (and pass four spectacular fountains at the corners of Via del Quirinale and the Via del Quattro Fontane), you’ll run into Piazza Barberini, an area brimming with patisseries, boutiques and the Barberini Metro station. Should you venture a few minutes to the left of the gardens, you’ll bump into a herd of other tourists at Trevi Fountain. And when you trek behind the hotel for 15 minutes or so, you’ll pass more quaint shops before coming face to face with the Colosseum.
When you check in — the initial greeting feels more like a return home from a long voyage thanks to the warm smile and welcome you’re offered at the front door by the receptionist — you’ll instantly feel the warmth that Rasponi and her descendants have worked so diligently to create; fine tapestries hanging on the walls, heirloom furnishings in the common areas and family portraits sprinkled about the estate all bring about a sense of calm. That feeling of comfort transfers seamlessly to the individual rooms. Units are spacious (from 269-square-foot double rooms to a 1,291-square-foot apartment with a full kitchen), sharply decorated (antique prints, marble bathroom) and so thoughtfully equipped (universal charging stations, gratis mini-bar that’s replenished daily) you’d think your grandmother was the innkeeper. Additionally, some of the rooms offer views of the private terrace while others provide looks onto Quirinale Gardens.
Villa Spalletti Trivelli’s garden is great for gawking but it’s even better for eating. The luxury hotel’s kitchen isn’t open at all hours, but it makes up for that with an exceptional daily breakfast. Enjoy your organic buffalo mozzarella, housemade pastries and orange juice in the dining room or at a table between the garden's manicured bushes. When the mood calls for something a bit stronger than OJ, head to the parlor to make yourself a drink at the complimentary bar that never runs out of fine rum, scotch and whiskey.
Just through the next threshold is a lair that’s so far beyond a traditional hotel library that the den of more than 1,000 rare books has earned recognition from the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture. And downstairs you’ll find a wellness center that underwent a transformation in fall 2015. While the treatment rooms and 24-hour fitness area still flaunt hardwoods and cream hues, a state-of-the-art bio sauna has replaced the hammam.