When it comes to million-dollar views, this exclusive hotel atop the Spanish Steps has the best seats in the house, so it’s no surprise that generations of fans, many rich and famous (Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Gwenyth Paltrow, and the Beckhams included), are willing to pay top dollar to stay here. While the exterior is relatively bland, the hotel—first opened in the late-1800s and run by a fifth-generation hotelier, making it one of Rome's very few luxury properties to remain in private hands—hits you with elegance, history, and refined service as soon as you enter. Guest rooms are among Rome’s most lavishly (and sometimes whimsically) decorated. One penthouse claims the largest terrace in town (and a €7,000-a-night price tag), while the other goes one better with two terraces, not to mention butler's service (€15,000 per night). More standard rooms at the back will spare you and your wallet the VIP prices. The Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant, Imàgo, is world famous
for its view (and gets top marks for a menu that creatively blends Italian and Asian influences), while the Palm Court, which becomes the hotel bar in summer, overflows with flowers; the iconic "hidden" Hassler Bar, tucked off the lobby, is just made for illicit meetings. There's also a small spa, gymnasium and salon on-site.