August 11, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Smitten with the book "Eat, Pray, Love" and looking to recreate author Elizabeth Gilbert's pasta-filled trip to Italy? Follow in her footsteps to Rome for some feasting and frolicking-- exploring the ancient streets on the back of a Vespa. The St. Regis Grand Rome has put together an "Eat, Pray, Love" package that includes lavish accommodations in a double room, a three-course Mediterranean dinner at Vivendo restaurant or Le Grand Bar for two (excluding beverages), and a four-hour tour of Rome on a vintage Vespa for each guest, including driver and pick up/drop off at the hotel. (Minimum three-night stay required. Rates from 545 euros per room per night.) The hotel is positively sumptuous-- the perfect place to sip a Negroni in style. Did we mention the signature St. Regis butlers who attend to guests' every whim?
July 6, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance
Perched atop the Spanish Steps in Rome, the Hotel Hassler has long been a favorite destination for visiting dignitaries and A-list celebrities for its glorious views over the Eternal City. The Hassler Roma is indeed one of the best hotels in all of Europe. From the third-floor spa, you can marvel at the historic sites across the city, while also reveling in the luxurious touches found inside the hotel itself: original paintings by Titian and Tintoretto Schools, bathrooms finished in precious Italian marble and 23-carat gold plated faucets, walls covered in frescoes.
As if that's not enough, guests looking for an incredibly luxurious hotel experience (think Roman holiday-style honeymoon!) can now check into the hotel's Presidential Suite Penthouse, entirely renovated and reopened in May 2011. Located on the 7th floor of the hotel, the Penthouse offers breathtaking views from its private 160-square-meter terrace. The new interiors reflect a modern style embued with Classical accents. The sitting room features a large plasma-screen TV and a lovely alcove looking out to the terrace. The dining room has mirrored walls and a floor-to-ceiling window.
A sliding door separates the dining area from the bedroom. The room is done up in soft white, beige, and grey hues, accented with red decor, and the floors are made of beige-toned Botticino marble, which also lines the walls of the master and guest bathrooms. Not forgetting the walk-in closet and master bathroom with a Jacuzzi and Amorvero bath products!
A fireplace with a large TV placed above it in the gazebo dining-area provides an ideal space for relaxing and al-fresco dining.
The starting price of the Penthouse Suite is 3,800 euros per night. Enjoy a real experience of elegance, style, at the highest level of service and hospitality.
May 13, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance
In the heart of the Eternal City, just a quick stroll from Trevi Fountain, the Villa Spalletti Trivelli offers guests their very own palazzo. Decked out with rare antiques and art from the private collection of the Spalletti Trivelli family, the villa hotel is the place to stay in Rome. A place of refinement, culture, and pure luxury. (The former Italian president lives just across the leafy park.) In these sumptuous surroundings, guests are treated like royalty. The Neoclassical villa even has a beautiful garden- complete with its own gazebo and fountains. No wonder the Villa Spalletti Trivelli has been recognized with so many accolades! The 12 guest rooms and suites have sumptuous king-size beds covered with Fiandra linen sheets, Internet access, and 42-inch plasma televisions.
And while Rome offers some of the best cuisine in the world, the Villa provides a compelling case for not going out for every meal. In the mornings, guests savor a rich buffet breakfast in the Sala da Pranzo, all to be enjoyed with fine Italian coffee. Afternoon tea is the perfect way to recharge after a day of sightseeing or meetings.
The staff at the 24-hour reception guest can help with any manner of request- whether you want to take in a performance of Verdi at the Teatro dell'Opera; tour Rome by night and see the Coliseum lit by moonlight; share a picnic on the banks of the River Tiber; or check out all the city's best art galleries and museums. A truly magnificent home base for exploring the best that Rome has to offer!
April 27, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
As far as honeymoon destinations go, this is tops. Hotel Hassler Roma, often cited as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, sits atop the Spanish Steps in the heart of the Eternal City, offering panoramic views over Rome. The hotel of choice for visiting dignitaries and A-list celebrities, the Hassler offers more than a killer location. The Michelin-starred restaurant, Imàgo, has exquisite views from the 6th floor, while next door, Il Palazzetto offers authentic Italian cuisine in a dreamy setting, as the resto is housed in a 16th-century palazzo overlooking the Spanish Steps and the Barcaccia fountain. There's also a fitness center and an exclusive spa where you can unwind with a massage on the terrace followed by a flute of Champagne. Needless to say, this legendary hotel offers a sublime destination for newlyweds. To guarantee an unforgettable honeymoon, the Hotel Hassler is pulling out all the stops with a new package. Here's what's included:
*Three nights in a Double Deluxe room
*Daily buffet breakfast in the Hassler's Salone Eva or Palm Court Garden
*A romantic chef's tasting menu for two at Imàgo
*Couples massage at the Hassler's Amorvero Spa
*A special gift from the Hassler Roma Souvenir Collection
*A bottle of Prosecco upon arrival
*Daily fresh fruit in-room
The special offer is valid through December 20, 2011, and is priced as follows: Through April 30 and July 3-July 16 at €1,905 (approximately US$2,685); July 17-September 8 and November 1-December 20 at €1,695 (approximately US$2,389); and May 1-July 2 and September 9-October 31 at €2,205 (approximately US$3,108).