....what more could a girl ask?!
I just spent three nights here and it was truly a home from home in the pouring rain and miserable cold of Rome in January. The hotel is in an historic building which goes back to the days of ancient Rome, but which has been all gussied up on the inside and turned into the trendiest boutique hotel you can imagine. I was totally delighted with my room, which had a window in both the bedroom and the bathroom, looking out over an ancient, cobbled square. The decoration was up to the minute, from the (real) parquet floor in the bedroom to the beautiful white marble in the bathroom. An enormous tub welcomed for a hot soak, although it probably would've taken me all night to fill it to the top. Gorgeous, fluffy towels were on hand, and a couple of lovely robes. In fact the room had every amenity you could imagine, including Sky TV, a safe, minibar and even Champagne glasses for those of us who like to have a little fizz before a night on the tiles. I would say more five star than four star.
The breakfast was fantastic too. A great mixture of hot and cold, from cold cuts, to delicious cherry tomatoes in olive oil, to wonderful scambled egg and bacon. There were even some heavy duty toasters which made probably the best and crunchiest toast in the world. And then, if all that wasn't enough, a big plate of cake! You are certainly not going to be hungry after this breakfast!
There is a spa in the basement with all kinds of treatments which we didn't try, but it is worth going down there just to look at the remains of the ancient Roman theatre which used to be on the site. It's allegedly the place where Julius Caesar was stabbed by Brutus and with the low spa lighting and the dampness which seems to envelop you when you get out of the lift, you can almost imagine you are back in the dim and distant past. Truly fascinating and not just limited to the hotel - several restaurants in the block have remains of the same theatre in their basements too.
I had a couple of teensy niggles from my stay, although they didn't alter my five star rating. One is that the temperature in the room was set at 23 degrees C, which although is marvellous when coming in from the cold initially, is way too hot to sleep in. I mentioned this to the desk and the chap said he would alter it to 20 degrees from his control panel....and then didn't. So we suffered another two nights in boiling heat.
The second tiny niggle was that the bath had no shower curtain, so every time I had a shower, and despite my best intentions, the floor ended up flooded and took about three towels to soak it all up. If you are staying longer than three nights, this could get old.
However, so many other wonderful things more than made up for these niggles. The fact that there are little outside areas on each floor for people to go out and smoke on, the lovely bar with friendly bar staff and delicious cocktails and the roof terrace, which seemed to be closed while we were there. I most definitely intend to go back to try that out.
And finally, the gorgeous, helpful man on reception who offered me train and bus advice on the phone before I even arrived and was charming and delightful for all of the stay. Worth going back for him alone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in early july 2011, the hotel Lunetta is the result of a complete renovation of a historic building dating back to 1368 ad and now an elegant 4 ****L The hotel Lunetta boasts 30 elegant rooms, all furnished in a sophisticated modern design, and differ among themselves for careful choice of materials and details that make one different from the other while maintaining a unique style.Opened in early July 2011, the hotel Lunetta is the result of a complete renovation of a historic building dating back to 1368 ad and now an elegant Boutique Hotel 4 ****L. The hotel Lunetta boasts 30 elegant rooms, all furnished in a sophisticated modern design, and differ among themselves for careful choice of materials and details that make one different from the other while maintaining a unique style.On the top floor the Roof Terrace Bar(open until Midnight during the summer) is the ideal place for relaxing moments sipping a drink and admire the spectacular view over the rooftops of Rome. In the morning, from 07.00 to 10.30 in the Breakfast room is served a generous Buffet with the choices of croissants, pastries and homemade cookies, natural fruit juices, as well as local meats, cheeses, scrambled eggs, bacon and specialty seasonal. Light Lunches or Dinner are served in the bar, or in the room through the Room Service. The Hotel Lunetta is located in the Historical Center of Rome near the lively Campo De'Fiori, a 30-minute walk from St. Peter's Basilica, 300 meters from Piazza Navona and a 12 minutes walk from the Pantheon and 20 minutes from the Spanish Steps.THE SPA Immersed in the extraordinary setting of the Theatre of Pompey, built in 55 BC in the ancient heart of the capital, comes the exclusive Spa of the Hotel Lunetta. An area of 300 square meters in which to relax and get in shape after a hike or a day's work.The Spa has an indoor swimming pool of 15 square meters with Jacuzzi and water blades for cervical muscles, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, chromo therapy, emotional shower, a wonderful spa suite for couples therapy and various booths for the more advanced treatments ... more less
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