My Trip to Italy was a complete whirlwind as I traveled to Rome, Florence and Venice all in one week . I visited 4-7 hotels a day and did a half day tour in each city. Since there were so many hotels to review I thought I would keep my focus on the hotels and my thoughts on each.
Hotel Eden is where I stayed in Rome and I thought it was overall a wonderful choice in hotel. Recently they have become part of the Dorchester Collection but not until after my stay. The location was convenient and I was able to check in and take a nice walk to the Spanish Steps and have a cup of coffee at a near by cafe. My only complaint for this hotel was the beds. I thought that the beds were a little uncomfortable and the sheets were not as soft as I would have liked them to be. Otherwise the bathroom was nice and the meals we ate there were very nice. The restaurant was at the top floor of the hotel with a very nice view of Rome.
Della Palma…. during the small amount of free time in Rome we hired a private car and driver to take us to some of the highlights and of course the best Gelato in Rome. Della Palma had endless flavors and was top notch! This coming from a real ice cream critique. I have to say hiring a car with driver and guide was a great value in Rome as the driver was able to drop us in point A with our guide and let us do some walking where we would meet him later at a different location. They were quick on the spot to suggest a restaurant and make a reservation for us for dinner that night. I don’t think we would have been able to see as much as we did without them.
The highlight of the Hassler had to be the location and the view. This building used to be a private residence which was converted into a hotel. The bedding was plush with soft sheets which is very important to me. The rooms were all unique in style, all being fun and plenty of red, white and black.
One thing I have to say about going to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel is its best to go with a guide so you can get there at a reserved time early in the morning and don’t have to wait in line with the crowds. If you are there early enough (we were there at 8) there are much less people inside. An even better option would be for me to arrange for you to take a tour after hours with little to no other tourists inside other then your small group.
The D’Inghilterra also has a great location at the bottom of the Spanish Steps at a slightly lower price point then the Hassler. Its in a great spot for shopping being near many designer stores.
The lobby is cozy with warm and friendly staff. The rooms were not too impressive and bedding looked disappointing for my high standards. 50% of the rooms were renovated on floors 6, 4, and 3. The fourth floor has a very contemporary look.
Lunch in their garden was just amazing. I can still remember how fresh the mozzarella cheese was.
The rooms were all very clean, fun, modern and trendy. While modern they still remained comfortable.
The Intercontinental was a converted convent. The courtyard here was worth taking a photo of. The lobby is small and intimate and their is a great view of the Vatican. For those with families they have outside connecting rooms.
I give their bedding a high rating…
The highlight for this hotel has to be the rooftop restaurant, which is a must for a luxury hotel in Italy.
bedding seemed a little “lumpy” and less then to be desired. The Deluxe rooms was slightly small but comfortable. This is also a good hotel for families with many interconnecting rooms.
I just loved the St. Regis in all three of the cities I visited in Italy. The St. Regis in Rome was in a great location if you are looking for something a little more quiet.
I loved the decor in all the rooms!
The Regina Baglioni was located on Via Veneto which is a great location for both shopping and sightseeing.