Benefiting from an exclusive location by one of the city’s most renowned historic monuments, Il Palazzetto inhabits a 16th Century building which was once the retreat of a noble Roman family, who preferred it to their palace in Piazza Mignanelli because of its unique location and unusual architecture. Today the hotel combines the hospitable expertise of the Hotel Hassler brand, with four boutique hotel rooms, and terraces serving lunch and dinner and evening cocktails.
Imagine how you would choose to decorate your ideal apartment overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome, and you will get a feel for the décor at Il Palazzetto. With just four rooms, the hotel is supremely private, and is subtly, but richly decorated in luxurious, neutral tones accented with silk and velvet furnishings, and decorated throughout with understated elegance in the form of marble floors, elaborate iron, huge fireplaces, dark wood furniture and Murano glass.
Located overlooking the Spanish Steps – the widest staircase in Europe, and one of the most romantic urban monuments, Il Palazzetto is in prime position for exploring Rome. The Piazza di Spagna at the base of Piazza Trinita, bears historic reference into the 20th century – with the poet Keats living there in the 1800s, Bob Dylan referring to the 16th Century Spanish Steps in When I Paint My Masterpiece.
Only in Italy can luxury be achieved with such nonchalance. The décor at Il Palazzetto is uncompromisingly stylish in pared down neutral tones, and the knowledge that there are only four rooms – all on the 3rd and 4th floors over looking the Spanish Steps – make exclusivity evident. It is utterly reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s Roman Holiday.