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We had set the alarm for 07.00h; even after a good night's sleep, it was hard to wake up. But the allure of coffee in our own kitchen helped. We ate breakfast, then headed out into the cool, overcast day. Leaving our flat, we climbed up the Spanish Steps, to the Villa Medici, then into the gardens of the Villa Borghese. Our plan was to try to buy …
+ got on line for the Vatican at 9:30am + met a cool girl Gail from US on Vatican line + got into Vatican at noon, yes longest line ever 2.5 hrs + saw Sistine Chapel, not impressed at first, but then then it grew on me + Michaelangelo was the only one able to paint Gods ass + were able to get into Pantheon, its about 2000 years old, big hole in the …
... to the top on the exterior. As you can expect there are amazing views of the Rome panorama and papal gardens. Ken commented that the Apostle statues are not as detailed on their backs as they are on their fronts!
We enjoyed more free time in the Vatican City meeting the Swiss guards and roaming the back streets till it was time to meet the group and head to Florence - yes all in one day!
... not quite sure what will happen. We stand in line...not too long...get our tickets and off we go! All I can say is world class art!!! This is one of my favorite places. I love the sculptures...I am amazed how perfect they are. We decide to walk back to our hotel and hit a few sites along the way. First stop is the Spanish Steps. A great people watching place...don't know much about the history of this place but ...
... shops, took some photos and just enjoyed the atmosphere!
Meeting up again we had some lunch in a little Italian Pizzeria with the red and white checked tablecloths!! Very Italian We shared a pizza and had a drink!!
We then made our way to the Spanish Steps which are famous for...being famous!!It is a set of steps near the Spanish Embassy. OH MY!!! I really don't think we could tell you what the steps looked like because when we arrived there it was just PACKED ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Hassler Rome
My husband and I stayed at the Hassler hotel back in September 2002, which was a surprise trip and resulted in him proposing at the top of the spanish steps to me.
My wife and I are seasoned travelers. We have stayed at many of the finest hotels in the world. I must say the Hassler for service, views, restaurant, concierge and well appointed room was one of the best stays we have had. We were celebrating my wife's birthday. The hotel provided us a beautiful cake in the room and a personal best wishes from the hotel owner.
Beautiful rooms but not for us.
We had 3 days in Rome staying at the Hassler. Great position at the top of the Spanish Steps. It was our honeymoon and we were upgraded to a suite on arrival which was amazing. The reception staff were very polite and the concierge very helpful however it was August and the hotel seemed very quiet. There was no champagne bar open on the roof however we were told we could ring room service and they would bring us a drink up there. The bar downstairs was completely empty with 3 staff on however we couldnt get a drink there either because my husband had sandals on with his trousers!!!!Gucci or not! We stayed at some beautiful hotels..Cipriani, Le Sirenuse etc however I think if you are under the age of 65 I would choose a different Rome hotel.
Best hotel in Rome for food, views and staff
We stayed in the adjacent international wine academy, to suites run and covered by the Hassler hotel. The rooms were superb, the staff the best we have come across anywhere!
The roof top resturant is, although sl pricey for the food a must for the view across the whole of Rome, the night-time view is breath-taking (remember to take a jacket though!)
Would thoroughly recommend this hotel for 5 star luxury
Four Excellent Days in Rome
We stayed at the Hassler in June with our four daughters. Our room was very elegant with beautiful moldings and a fantastic bathroom. It was also spacious. We didn't have a view and didn't care. The girls had a couple rooms in the front of the hotel which were also beautiful and allowed them to people watch at the Spanish Steps. Great location, great service and a very romantic restaurant with outstanding food and a heart stopping view.
Worthy of every star and then some...
The best of the best. Great room, excellent service, magnificent food.
Not one complaint. Truly one of the greatest hotels of the world.
The Hassler's a Hassle
I agree it's over-priced, but a great location. We stayed there twice.
Both times we asked for a city view when we booked and were told all rooms were run-of-house. When we arrived, we were initially given a non-view room; but one with a glorious view miraculously appeared when I really complained! I don't think it's fair to treat people that way when they've traveled so far and paid so much for something special. We will not be staying there again.
Save your money!
It is not a bad hotel but terrible value. Other than the location immediately above the Spanish Steps and the amazing view from the restaurant, this is a three start hotel with six star prices.
If you do decide to go here get a room with a view of the Spanish steps, even some of the cheaper (if you can call 400 Euro cheap...) ones actually come with a tiny balcony which gives you a beautiful angled view on the steps. The rooms and bathrooms are tiny and really not special at all.
Staff lives of their reputation but the restaurant really has an unbelievable view over the city.
Great hotels in Rome are much harder to find than in London, Paris, etc. so my next try will be the Hotel de Russie.
Worse than a cheap Motel 6
Our suite was less than nice. The only decent things were the concierge and the Spanish Steps. Never again. Very over rated.
I have never stayed in this hotel (only visited), but I know about it a lot as i spent nearly 5 years working nearby Hassler. It might be not clear for many from a simple review, but Hassler is considered by many being the best hotel in Rome. In fact, Hassler is where all these Hollywood and pop stars stay when they some to Rome to present their new movies. I am talking about people like Madonna, Richard Geer, Woody Allen, Mariah Carey (oh boy, I even had the chance to talk to her once) and many more. There is somebody famous almost every week. This is firstly because of its location - 15 meters from Piazza di Spagna (yes, right there - on top of it), then also because it is connected to the Villa Medici with all its sport centers, pool, tennis courts and gardens (always right there - above Spagna) and finaly becase the view from the restorant on the top floor is really amazing - you see the whole Rome (just check that sunset out).Again, I am not sure how good their luxury rooms and suites are compared to other 5 stars hotels, but Hassler definitely is known to be one of the most luxury hotels of Rome.-maxim