Steps from the Spanish Steps – Intercontinental de la Ville Roma

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

Hotel Intercontinental de la Ville Roma – photo courtesy of Intercontinental

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.

Spanish Steps Intercontinental
We also noticed the hotel’s electric Twizy hire car parked outside – very practical for whizzing around Rome.

Intercontinental Rome Twizoo
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.

Intercontinental de la Ville Roma
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.

Intercontinental Roma wine
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 loved 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.

Terrazza RomaWhen 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.

Monument Emanuele Vittorio IIThe 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.

Intercontinental La PiazzettaBREAKFAST
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.

Intercontinental Rome breakfast area
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.

Intercontinental Rome breakfast
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.

Intercontinental Rome full English
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

  • Grace

    Looks beautiful, luxury definitely suits you! Thanks for sharing x

  • Sounds amazing! Definitely so nice to have a hotel so central and having a terrace is ideal 🙂 x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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

  • Angie SilverSpoon

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

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

  • Beauty Follower

    The view (and food) from the tarrace is wonderful!

    Must be so fun to drive this tiny car in the city.

    Aperol Spritz has been a trend also in Athens the last couple of years 😉

    Have a relaxing weekend dear… kisses from (hot) Athens!

    • 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!

  • Paola

    I love this hotel and the shopping in via Condotti is the best!!
    xo Paola
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    • We had fun browsing the shops in via Condotti and had a great lunch at Ginger which you may know

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

  • This hotel is in such a gorgeous location 🙂 That little electric car looks so fun
    Rachel xx

    • That car was brilliant, I’d love to return and whizz around in it

  • What an amazing villa


    • It’s a great hotel, does feel like a Roman villa in the courtyard

  • Michèle

    ok now that food made me hungry

  • Wonderful photos indeed. Greetings.

  • Albert Wijaya

    Wow amazing hotel, great post! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Best, Albert | Palming Pebbles

  • It’s good that you stayed at the place closed to the shops! Very convenient!

    • Very handy and that area also has lots of museums and restaurants


    Good to know! I’m planning to go to Rome..

    • 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!

  • Lucy

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

    • That was a lovely balcony, very Roman in style so we felt like locals!

  • Tom Cruise stayed there? Ah, I used to have a bit of a ‘thing’ for Tom Cruise when I was younger.. which is a little worrying considering I was about fourteen at the time haha. On a brighter note, this hotel looks divine and ever so luxurious; the breakfast area looks so fresh and welcoming.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


    • 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!

  • M + K

    So picturesque and the food looks amazing too!

    • It was very picturesque and we had a great breakfast there

  • The place looks amazing.

    It’s so cool to know that Tom Cruise stayed there.

    The food looks delicious too

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  • ♫ Alison M ♪

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

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

  • Such a perfect location! I love that you can see the wedding cake monument from it!

    Ash | Liakada

    • Yes I can see why they nicknamed it the wedding cake, not so sure it looks like a typewriter!

  • Wow so dreamy. Those interiors, I’d never want to leave


    • The interiors were very elegant, a great haven after a hard day’s sightseeing 😉

  • 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.

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

  • 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

    • Hope you make it to Rome soon Zoe, I think you would love it!

  • nicoleta buru

    Beautiful post and blog. As a cabin crew I travel a lot. Rome is my second home. I must say you made a great review and found the right recommendations. (Y)

    Have a great day!

    Nicoleta ~

    • Lucky you Nicoleta though I imagine it can be tiring at times. Glad you liked the recommendations and I’ll look forward to checking out your blog

  • Zahra

    Great review Suze, it looks so beautiful!! I defo want to visit!!

    • Thank you Zahra, hope you are keeping well and enjoying the Summer

  • DapperHipster

    Such a good shots!!

    Zii @ DapperHipster

    • That’s very kind Zii coming from someone who takes such good shots as yourself. Just discovered your Bali food post, and I’ve pinned it for my upcoming trip!

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

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

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

  • Ahhh, Roma, the city of Love!

  • Rome is one of my favorite European cities! Wonderful pictures <3


  • This hotel looks really good and the views are stunning!

    Lu |

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

  • 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

    • 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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  • Olga Sviridova

    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