Fodor's Expert Review Il Palazzetto
Vicolo del Bottino 8, Rome, Latium, 00187, Italy See on Map Fodor's Choice
This 15th-century house, once a retreat for one of Rome's richest noble families, is one of the most intimate and luxurious hotels in Rome, with two gorgeous terraces where you can watch the never-ending theater of the Scalinatella. Even the Hassler, Il Palazzetto's legendary sister hotel atop the steps, can't make this claim. Beyond the tiny reception, enormous red salons welcome you to the piano nobile, which now houses the red-on-red bar and restaurant of the International Wine Academy.
Guests can enjoy breakfast at the Hassler for an enormous spread of regional and international dishes.
The four tranquil guest rooms are outfitted in soothing beige and cream colors in luxurious velvet and satin. Whisper thin curtains hand in swoops across the huge windows. With blonde wood and soft gray furniture, everything has a relaxing vibe in a location above it all. All rooms enjoy full use of the facilities at the Hassler. Without the 24-hour attention of the Hassler, and with their sense of privacy and independence, Il Palazzetto's rooms feel more like small, luxury apartments than a hotel, a major perk for guests who value privacy above all else. There's also satellite TV, a cocktail bar, tea service and Wi-Fi.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While three of the rooms overlook the Spanish Steps, one overlooks the Vicolo del Bottino, also an incredible view, but not quite as mythic.
Bathrooms are spacious and elegantly gold-toned, with a large marble bath and shower. There's also a full assortment of Amorvero toiletries, and plush bathrobes and slippers.
The entrance to the hotel is quiet and assuming, but breathes luxury the moment you enter, from the high ceilings to the beautiful stucco details.
Il Palazzetto wine bar is a great place to grab a drink and enjoy the sunset on the terrace overlooking the Spanish Steps. Drink prices are exorbitant as you are paying for the view.
The hotel is in prime location in centro storico. You can walk to multiple major attractions and the Spagna Metro is just at the bottom of the Spanish Steps. A taxi stand outside of the hotel has a line of cars ready to whisk you away at all hours of the day and night.
If you’re looking for a top-notch charcuterie board, the staff at Il Sorpasso (9-minute drive) are artisans in crafting cheese and meats from regions all around Italy. Pierluigi (13-minute drive) is an upscale restaurant that draws in a well-heeled foreign crowd for amazing seafood entrees.
At Cavour 313 (14-minute drive) you can call ahead to arrange a wine tasting, truly a special experience at one of the city’s top wine bars. Bar del Fico (19-minute walk) has an amazing aperitivo special. Buy a drink and enjoy the free buffet spread you can enjoy outdoors on the piazza.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The hotel provides all of the luxury of the Hassler, with even more privacy, and without the notorious snootiness of the sister property. From its location to its decor, to the helpful staff, it's a five-star experience all around. You'll feel like you have your own private apartment on one of Rome's most exclusive streets. But most importantly, you'll wake up to one of the best views in the city.
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