Hassler lies at the top of the Spanish Steps with some of the best views in Rome. Most people who visit the eternal city climb the 136 worn steps at least once and stare out over the magic of Rome's domes and spires, shimmering in haze and history.
Up on the hotel terraces the view is even more mesmerizing. So much so that people talk in hushed tones while tinkling the ice in their night drinks.
|Zooming in on one of many famous sights |
seen from Hassler terraces
|The terrace by the gym - views as far as the Vatican and more|
|Red velvet romance. The second favourite spot for|
wedding proposals in Imago
Roberto Wirth is a hands-on owner who loves to linger around reception. Mr Wirth is deaf and immediately explains: I lipread… A philanthropist who does a lot for deaf children, Wirth is a distinguished man with beautiful white hair and noble look, so we were honoured when he came up and shook our hands, explaining about his lack of hearing and conversing, showing he knew Select.
Wirth’s independence as hotelier is one of the charms of the hotel. With the help of his wife’s designer eye, it is totally original through and through with a quirky charm, personality and glamour that brings people back. “We have many customers that come because their parents loved it,” said sales manager Barbara Anklin. “It is a generational hotel.” Many are from the USA.
|A glam anteroom|
Once called Hassler New York, the hotel is an eclectic mix of styles and tastes. There are zooty touches that go back to the jazz age. Glittery glam lounges. Refined velvety lounges. And the simply staggering terraces...
Endless celebrities have stayed at Hassler, among which Grace Kelly (honeymoon), Tom Cruise (wedding) and Woody Allen (an enthusiastic repeater).
AccommodationThe rooms are all different with many different styles. Our deluxe room was renovated two years ago, plenty of wood, all white and bright. Pale marble bathroom. Delightful and fresh in feel. Another room (Junior Suite) we were shown was mostly black with black furniture and black marble bathroom – but had the advantage of one of the rare terraces. Another (Classic Suite) was newly attired in pale muted colours.
The Penthouse suite also flashes with vivid red. The main feature about this suite is its totally amazing unbeatable terrace. Huge…and with views to mesmerize. All the magic of Rome is there with domes and spires rising from the haze. What is more it has a roofed area on the terrace with a TV and grilling place. The Penthouse suites size, charm and status invites high society and celebrity weddings. Up to a hundred guests have been present at weddings here.
|One corner of the gigantic terrace of the Penthouse suite - |
many a society or celebrity wedding has taken place here
|Deluxe balcony - with luck or persistance|
|Our fresh and bright grand deluxe room with a|
peep through to the excellent dressing room
|Our marble bath room|
Altogether there are 95 rooms of which 13 are suites. Plenty of connecting rooms, deluxe to grand deluxe, grand deluxe to grand deluxe.
Spa, gym, 3 bars and restaurants.
Shopping and other activities
Top activity might be window shopping in Via Condotti which starts only 136 steps down from Hassler and perhaps 50 more.
Just to name a few brands that jostle side by side on a short stretch: Bally, Burberry, Bvlgari, Cartier, Damiani, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Hermes, Prada, Trussardi, Valentino, Vuitton. Boring for kids? An exception: The Ferrari store has appeal for boys of all ages and is quite an exciting red.
Hassler weclomes kids and has a children's programme. There CAN be fun and exciting learning for kids in Rome. Barbara Ankin mentioned a museum that taught the history of Rome to kids – Museum of the Roman Civilization. Of course kids can enjoy seeing the Colosseum, the Catacombs too and driving fun bike/car things in the Villa Borghese park. The place where all of Rome goes to hang on a Sunday...
|Boat hire on the parks little lake with turtles|
|Everyone in the park with their kids, their dogs..|
or even their parrots