The Villa Spalletti Trivelli must be one of the best kept secrets in Rome. It's hidden in the shadow of the Quirinale Palace on a quiet street, and many of the taxi drivers that we hired had never heard of it. No big sign out front, and it looks like a private residence when you drive by it at night -- just a simple lighted entryway. If I was a celebrity and wanted a quiet, elegant place to hide out, this is where I would go.
As soon as we arrived, we were greeted at the front door by the staff who quickly gathered up our bags and took them inside. Within five minutes, we were escorted to our room, which was simply beautiful. Our bags were there within minutes as well. We splurged a bit and stayed in the Grand Deluxe Suite, which included a large bedroom, living room, huge bathroom, entry foyer, and walk-in closet. The room was spotless, and the bathroom looked like we were the first guests to ever use it. Not so much as a water spot on any surface... simply perfect. As we were getting settled, we noticed a "low battery" indicator on our in-room safe. I called the the front desk to ask about getting the battery replaced, and within 3 minutes, a gentleman dressed in a pressed uniform arrived at our room and replaced the battery. The staff at the hotel could not have been more helpful with our requests, giving us a complementary laptop computer to use (internet access is included in the room rate), making restaurant recommendations and reservations, and even escorting our guests up to our room on several occassions without even being asked. We had a tour guide meet us at the hotel before a tour one evening, and she said that of the many hotels that she has seen in Rome, the Villa Spalletti Trivelli was the most incredible one that she had visited.
As other reviews have said, you really feel like you are visiting a private villa (and a quite elegant one). The staff is all impeccably dressed, and are friendly and pleasant to deal with. Because the hotel only has 12 rooms, they get to know you, greeting you by name when you come and go. We enjoyed having friends who were staying at another hotel over during our visit to have drinks with us (no additional charge) in the garden. This hotel has figured out that not charging guests for every little thing builds a lot of satisfaction and good will (although, the hotel is definitely not inexpensive to stay in, so you are paying for what you get... it's just nice to not get nickeled and dimed to death for every little thing that you use or ask for). Drinks, snacks, breakfast, internet access, local phone calls, ice -- all complementary.
Breakfast was very nice, and was served from about 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Lots of different juices, pastries, bread, preserves, fresh fruit, cheese, yogurt, and cereal. If you want a hot meal (such as eggs and bacon), you can just ask for it and it's cheerfully provided. There is no set menu, so you just have to ask for what you want. In addition to the complementary mini-bar located in your room (which includes mineral water, Coke, Diet Coke, juices, all kinds of liquor, beer, chips, nuts, and candy) the was a regular bar (also complementary) set up in the downstairs rooms starting at about 5 p.m. and lasting well into the evening. That bar included similar items, as well as sparkling wine.
All in all, this hotel was a calm oasis for our stay in Rome, and I can whole-heartedly recommend it. When booking, I found the best rates on the hotel's own website. They often had special rates that did not appear on other travel websites.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The urban Villa of the Spalletti Trivelli Counts rediscovers its vocation as host of business and leisure travelers, connoisseurs of art and wellbeing. In the heart of Rome, Villa Spalletti Trivelli is unique among the historic residences: a splendid Italian garden, elegant and refined environments furnished with genuine antiques, exclusive energy bar, sumptuous rooms with every comfort... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Spalletti Trivelli Hotel Rome
- Spalletti Trivelli Rome
- Spalletti Trivelli Hotel Rome