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.

Intercontinental de la Ville Roma Review

Location-wise, it’s one of the best hotels in central Rome, being at the top of the Spanish steps and close to the luxury shopping on 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.

Intercontinental de la Ville Roma
Hotel Intercontinental de la Ville Roma

Check in is quick, efficient and courteous and we particularly like the fact that staff are very proud of the hotel. Just one suggestion, it would be great to tell customers about the different areas of the hotel.

We didn’t realize until breakfast the next day that there were such lovely lounges on the upper level.

Intercontinental Rome Twizoo

Accommodation at the Intercontinental Hotel Rome

This 5 star Rome 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.

Intercontinental de la Ville Roma

Amenities at the Intercontinental Rome

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.

Dining at the Intercontinental

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.


We love the antique books lining the shelves, guests are very welcome to browse them. Terrazza Roma rooftop bar is a must visit, with panoramic views over Rome, comfy seating and a very hand awning if a storm is brewing.

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.

Monument Emanuele Vittorio II


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. 

I was being virtuous and opted for a healthy breakfast of smoked salmon with freshly grilled vegetables, which were perfectly cooked to retain all their flavour. My husband 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.

Intercontinental Rome breakfast area

Final Thoughts

This is the perfect place to stay in Rome 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

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38 thoughts on “Steps from the Spanish Steps – Intercontinental de la Ville Roma”

  1. Angie SilverSpoon

    Mr S is all about location, location, location, so he’d be very happy here 🙂
    Lots of love,

    1. LuxuryColumnist

      It was good exercise as well going up and down the Spanish steps though we did resort to the lift when it was raining!

  2. LuxuryColumnist

    The terraces were one of my favourite things about the hotel, great to sit outside with a drink!

  3. LuxuryColumnist

    Greetings from a sunny Woburn where we’re staying this weekend. I’d have loved to zip round town in that little car, not sure it even had windows!

  4. Anda @ Travel Notes & Beyond

    Ah, Rome! So sweet memories. And that hotel, so luxurious and just in the middle of everything! What more can you want?

  5. LuxuryColumnist

    We had fun browsing the shops in via Condotti and had a great lunch at Ginger which you may know

    1. LuxuryColumnist

      You’ll have an amazing time, I’ll be doing a few more blog posts about things to do there – so much to cram in!

  6. The central location is perfect and your balcony is very sweet to sit out on after a hard days sight seeing Lucy x

  7. LuxuryColumnist

    Yes we didn’t bump into him sadly! Someone convinced me he was at an event recently, it was just a guy who looked like him, not even a look a like!

  8. ♫ Alison M ♪

    What an elegant looking place, the interior matches the outside perfectly. It is gorgeous

    1. LuxuryColumnist

      That’s a very good point Ali, the interior is very much in tune with the exterior

  9. contented traveller

    I love the central location of this beautiful hotel. It reminds me that we need to go back to Rome soon, and maybe that car would be a bit of fun also.

    1. LuxuryColumnist

      I’d feel like I was in the De Vinci code in that car, even though most of that was filmed in Paris!

  10. love&limoncello

    Looks like you had an amazing stay. When I finally make it to Rome, a hotel I shall put on the list to consider. Xx

  11. Mandy Southgate

    It looks gorgeous. I think I would book it for the balcony views and the location alone!

    1. LuxuryColumnist

      That view is from the rooftop bar but some of the rooms have views over the Spanish steps – fantastic!

  12. Jean | Holy Smithereens

    Wonderful photos! I agree the Intercontinental Rome has such a great location. Loved the service too.

  13. LuxuryColumnist

    The views were fantastic from the rooftop and also from some of the bedrooms of the Spanish steps

  14. Pinay Flying High

    When I was still working as a travel consultant in Dubai, I used to always sell a room in this property when a client is staying in Rome. I have never been there myself but we’ve had numerous brochures and training about that property that I feel like I already know it by heart. I am always sure that clients will come back to me with a positive review of it.

    If you’ve written this post back when I was still a travel consultant, I probably would’ve given this link to my clients who are going there for a more personal review. Loved it! :p

    1. LuxuryColumnist

      That’s very kind, and must have been so interesting working in Dubai. Hopefully one day you’ll get the chance to visit this hotel

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  16. Is this a promo? may be you should mention that. Hot dishes at extra cost?? well that is a bit weired/ breakfast is either included or not

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