Finding accommodation in one of the world’s most visited cities can prove an ordeal. With thousands of hotels to choose from, finding accommodation that’s right for you in Rome can be a stressful experience, and something that’s easy to get wrong. Believe me, I’ve done it.
Three years ago, we visited Rome for a couple of nights, selecting a private apartment to rent. On paper, it looked perfect: within the Vatican walls and for a reasonable price, it seemed the perfect stay. Unfortunately, the photos hadn’t included the air conditioning unit that took up half the bedroom, which emitted a sound similar to a dying cat. Unable to sleep, we were forced to give up on the air conditioning (during the 30 degree nights) and instead sleep with the window open. The result? Being bitten by most of Rome’s mosquito population.
There aren’t many photos from that holiday.
And so, being it my honeymoon and all, I decided to really do my research this time around. I was looking for somewhere warm and welcoming, in the center of Rome, with a splash of Italian luxury and a discreet air-conditioning unit. And, voila, that’s when I found Villa Spalletti Trivelli (now known fondly to me as villa spaghetti).
Fast forward a few months and after a sweaty and tense few hours navigating the streets of Rome, we arrived at Villa Spalletti Trivelli. After being offered private parking (rare in Rome) we were immediately ushered outside into the beautiful gardens to enjoy a glass of prosecco and snacks. Collapsing on chairs under the shade of the trees, we knew we had found the perfect escape from the heat and bustle of the city. With only twelve rooms, the hotel felt calm, spacious and homely. I had high hopes that this trip to Rome would be a far better experience than the last.
Located in the heart of Rome, a stone’s throw away from the Trevi fountain, this traditional Roman villa is a secluded gem for anyone looking for somewhere to be pampered after a day exploring the sights. Converted from a family home by the Spalletti Trivelli family in 2004, the villa has retained its homely feel. It even houses the family’s hugely impressive, and rather intimidating, antiques collection.
After a quick turnaround in our beautiful bedroom, we simply stepped out the hotel’s doors into the throngs of tourists admiring Rome’s famous monuments. The villa also offers a free bike service but we decided that was best reserved for a cooler day. Today, we would explore by foot.
A lovely touch to the villa is that there is no reception area. Instead, to access the villa, just like a family home, you ring the front doorbell and wait for a member of staff to greet you. This small touch made the hotel feel even more welcoming; a little like walking into someone’s grand home.
After an afternoon reacquainting ourselves with some of our favourite spots in Rome and after a long morning of driving (admittedly I was doing less of the driving and more of the napping), the cold I had picked up post-wedding was back with vengeance. Fortunately, I had the perfect remedy: the hotel’s sumptuous spa. Yes.
Located underground, this surprisingly large spa offers a sauna, steam room, relaxation beds and a relaxation room. Here you can lay amongst pillows, sipping a hot drink and browsing the extensive collection of magazines on offer. You can also book in for individual treatments. Bundled up in my hotel dressing gown, sipping on some hot water with honey and lemon, I felt as snug as a bug in a rug. The manic tourist crowds of Rome felt a million miles away.
Waking the next morning, there were no sounds of honking horns or the morning rush hour to give away the fact that we were in the heart of Rome. The hotel was quiet and peaceful, and most importantly, I was mosquito bite free. Breakfast was a lavish affair and we lingered in the sunny dining room eating pancakes and reading the morning newspapers. There was no churning out of guests over a stale breakfast buffet, just an intimate service for a select few. Fancy.
As well as delicious breakfasts, the restaurant also offer free aperitifs every afternoon at 5pm. As informal but refined as I had come to expect with this hotel, drinks were found in the drawing room, where you were free to help yourself. With an gin and tonic in hand, I took a seat in one of the armchairs and indulged in a little make-believe that this beautiful home belonged to me. A girl can dream.
The rest of our stay in Rome was perfect, and with a cool and calm room to lay our heads each night, we were able to get the most out of the city, feeling refreshed and pampered. We rarely treat ourselves to such luxury stays whilst we’re away and this truly was a real gem of a treat!
Villa Spalletti Trivelli is a refreshing alternative to the often soulless hotels that cater to the throngs of tourists that pass through Rome’s streets each year. Intimate, luxurious and relaxed, this is the perfect place to come back to after a busy day in the capital, where the crowds and heat feel a million miles away.