When staying in Rome, you can’t get a much better location than the Intercontinental de la Ville Roma. Located just steps from the Spanish steps in a beautiful 17th century building, it’s welcomed many celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Sean Connery.
It’s such a convenient location at the top of the Spanish steps and close to the luxury shopping in via Condotti. You can either take the lift up or down or it’s an easy walk. The doormen sprung into action opening the door for us, and the hotel’s concierge Cristian Galotti was on hand to advise us about the best places to visit in the area.
We also noticed the hotel’s electric Twizy hire car parked outside – very practical for whizzing around Rome.
This was quick, efficient and courteous and we particularly liked the fact that staff were very proud of the hotel. Just one suggestion, it would be great to tell customers about the different areas of the hotel as we didn’t realize until breakfast the next day that there were such lovely lounges on the upper level.
The hotel features 192 rooms including 24 Suites. Our private terrace definitely had the wow factor, and a great place to either get a suntan or relax in the shade thanks to the sun umbrella.
Our executive bedroom was spacious and well equipped. The marbled bathroom was elegant though the fittings could do with a slight update. There is everything you need here – hairdryer, bathroom scales and soft towelling robes.
The toiletries are by Agraria, a leader of the American luxury aromatherapy movement, and had a pleasing lemon verbena fragrance. There is complimentary wifi and a large wide screen TV plus a safe for valuables. We were treated to a complimentary fruit platter and a bottle of rich red wine which we enjoyed on our sun terrace.
BARS & RESTAURANTS
This is where the Intercontinental really comes into its own – there’s a whole host of indoor lounges, two charming second floor courtyards and a rooftop bar with great views over Rome. Due Murano Bar on the secod floor is named after its two spectacular Murano glass chandeliers.
When in Rome, it would be rude not to have an aperol spritz 😉 The most widely drunk aperitif in Italy is made up of three parts prosecco, two parts Aperol and a splash of club soda. Of course they have plenty of mocktails too if you’re not drinking alcohol. There’s also an open air kitchen where the chef will rustle up a tasty hot or cold meal for you.
The views from here are really impressive, this is the Monument Vittorio Emanuele II, also nicknamed the giant typewriter or wedding cake! The hotel is also a great base from which to explore the Colosseum, the Vatican and Rome’s many hidden gems.
The elegant and airy Piazzetta Restaurant is a perfect spot for lunch or dinner. We didn’t get time to dine here but enjoyed breakfast in the courtyard. There’s also Cafe de la Ville on the ground floor for a light lunch or dinner in a relaxed environment.
You can either take this indoors or in one of the two lovely courtyards and choose a shady or sunny spot. There is a really good buffet spread and you can also order hot dishes for an additional charge.
Mr Luxe had other ideas in mind and went for a sizeable but very tasty full English breakfast – well he does have to try out a different option! It was a great end to our stay and we were sorry to leave.
This is the perfect hotel if you’re looking for a central location with great service and outside space galore – highly recommended.
Hotel Intercontinental de la Villa Rome, via Sistina 69, Rome 00187, Italy
We stayed as guests of the Hotel Intercontinental de la Villa Roma – all opinions are our own