Looking out at the wondrous view of Rome from the rooftop restaurant while at breakfast, it was hard to imagine that at one time the Hotel was the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force after World War II. The Hassler offered a combination of excellent business and tourism location with outstanding views of the Eternal City, a see-and-be-seen reputation, in-room Internet access, a well appointed, if small, room, and choice of rooftop restaurant or cozy indoor gourmet dining at the Palazzetto, a hotel owned property across the street.
Concierge Nino Maffezzoni
Handicapped Access Although two of the rooms had handicapped bathrooms, there were steps in various places. The hotel suggested handicapped guests contact them prior to booking for details.
Internet Connectivity The hotel offered high speed Internet cable access for 20 euros per day from guest rooms and business center.
Length Of Stay Two nights
Location At the top of the Spanish Steps and within walking distance of the famous Via Condotti in the heart of Rome
Owned And Managed Roberto E. Wirth, a fifth generation hotelier, who was winner of the “Independent Hotelier of the World 2005” award by Hotels magazine.
Pets Allowed No
Size There were 86 rooms, 10 deluxe suites, three presidential suites and 140 employees working in the eight story building.
Year Opened-Renovated Opened as a hotel in 1895 by Alberto Hassler and designed by German architect Karsh. In 1939, it was demolished almost entirely by Oscar Wirth and rebuilt. The most recent renovation was in April 2005; the renovation of the seventh floor of the hotel (changed the paintings, fabrics, and added wood floors to the rooms).
At the other end there was a red carpeted stairway, flanked by typical Roman mosaic walls. These were decorated with antique fabric panels. The adjacent Palm Court Garden was veiled by high, creeper-covered walls. Antique marble statues and relics uncovered at the hotel site in 1800s adorned the recesses. The theatre-like drapes and gurgling sound of fountains enhanced the ambiance of the indoor garden.
The center of the room was occupied by two single beds covered with a luxurious feather duvet and black, white and red cushions leaning against a black velvet headboard. There were night tables on either side of the bed. One table had a black and white crystal lamp, vanity table and stool and the other had a Tenovis phone and mirror above it. There was also a small grey table next to the balcony entrance and a mirrored closet where the minibar refrigerator and TV were located. Cotton bath robes and an electronic safe were in the large closet with lacquered and mirrored doors that was next to the bed. A small chandelier with crystal tear drops adorned the ceiling.
Facilities The facilities available for guest use included an exercise room, restaurant, beauty salon, meeting rooms, sun terrace on the seventh floor and bar.
Fitness Center There was a 100-square meter fitness center available for guest use.
Other The Hotel, a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World and Swiss International Hotels, was mentioned in the August 2005 issue of Esquire magazine as number two among “The Esquire 10” and “The View from the Hotel Hassler.” The Hassler was also listed in the Travel and Leisure 2005 “Top 50 Romantic Places in the World.”
Smoking was not allowed in the common areas. The business center, located on the second floor, had two computers, a fax, printer and high speed Internet connectivity.
Because the Hassler’s restaurant was full the night I wanted to dine there, I was able to visit and dine at the neighbouring Palazzetto, a charming 16 century Roman palazzo which was completely renovated in 2002. In addition to four luxurious rooms, it housed a gourmet restaurant situated in the indoor eno-gastronomical library, an outdoor garden (where I dined) available as restaurant space or for private functions, a wine bar and lounge, and an inviting terrace with a view of the famous Piazza di Spagna. The ground floor hosted the headquarters of the International Wine Academy of Rome www.wineacademyroma.com which offered wine tasting courses and events.
Date Of Review September 2005
ReviewersArticle and photos by Elena del Valle
Would You Stay There Again? Yes