Valadier. In the heart of the centro, just steps away from the prominent Piazza del Popolo and a few minutes' walk from the Spanish Steps, is this luxury hotel—known for comfortable rooms with marble and travertine bathrooms and a superb location—that has captured the hearts of elite travelers over the years. Once a convent, later a house of ill repute, this palazzo has seen it all, though not a trace of either incarnation remains. As for decor, it's traditional hotel luxe, with a lot of polished surfaces, mirrors, and shiny lights, so don't expect any time-burnished patina. However, the view from the rooftop terrace restaurant, complete with a panorama of domes and cupolas, is enchanting. There's also a swanky piano bar.
Jun 1, 2007
We arrived late (around 1am) because our flight was cancelled and we ended up staying in an airport for 14 hours, but that's another story. So needless to say, by the time we got to the hotel, the last thing we needed was a snooty attitude, which was in abundance. When we saw the room, I was appalled. My smallish pantry kitchen is bigger than this room. I went to take a shower and the shower didn't work. It took them 24 hours to fix that, and it still
didn't work. I have never felt so cramped in all my life... and put off by the staff. It was small, dirty, and oh-so-gaudy... we're talking mirrors on the ceiling. We checked out after two nights of listening to the bar crowd downstairs. Never again!!!!