Lazio, Italy

Antonello Colonna Resort & Spa

Rates from (ex tax)$237.55

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR220.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Michelin-starred modernism

Setting

A stone's throw from Rome

Michelin star-hunters arrive at Antonello Colonna Resort & Spa from all over Italy (and beyond) to sample the luxury hotel’s gastronomico fare. The charms of this modish stay run well beyond its world-renowned kitchen (helmed by the eponymous chef); the Brutalist lines of its striking concrete building give way to miles of cornfield-covered countryside – private parkland in which guests can wander, sunbathe and ride the hotel’s two friendly racehorses. Rome is just an hour away, but it’s a challenge to leave this peaceful retreat: the candlelit spa is tempting enough, and contemporary artworks hidden around every stone-hewn corner almost match the Eternal City’s Renaissance treasures (you can even buy a few to take home – sadly not an option at the Galleria Borghese…)

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

12.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $237.55 (€200), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR220.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast of muesli, fruit, home-made jams, cakes and pastries. Eggy dishes can be ordered for an extra charge.

Also

The meeting room hasn’t a whiff of corporate stuffiness; and those that are here for pleasure rather than business will get just as much use as the stiffs in suits from the comfortable, 1950s chairs and the pull-down projector screen (great for watching films).

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed from 1 January to 31 March every year.

At the hotel

Spa; free WiFi throughout; laundry service; free parking on-site. In rooms: TV; Argan bath products; minibar.

Our favourite rooms

Antonello Colonna’s rooms are as contemporary and ingenuous as its namesake's cuisine. Each has stark-white walls and polished-wood furniture for a mid-century feel. We’re particularly fond of the suites, which are slightly larger. However, all rooms have direct access onto the hotel’s private parkland (floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the views). Half the rooms face west, and the other half face east – so choose accordingly, depending on whether you’re an early bird or a night owl.

Poolside

The outdoor infinity pool has views of the garden and surrounding corn fields; beside the pool, the concrete seating area is dotted with wooden sunloungers. When it’s too chilly to swim alfresco, the heated indoor pool is as modern as the rest of the hotel, made welcoming with candles and soft lighting; an adjacent marble seating spot has comfortable loungers.

Spa

The slick spa is almost as impressive as the restaurant: there’s a sauna; aromatherapy and chromotherapy showers; a Turkish bath; a frigidarium; a massage hammam and a relaxation room with a fireplace. The all-natural treatments (which take place in three private rooms) are split into traditional Western or Eastern options, and include herbal massages, anti-ageing facials and seaweed body wraps.

Packing tips

A modern and arty look will go down well in this temple to minimalism; pack starched white linens for when the mercury rises, and black cashmere for chilly winter nights.

Also

In-room spa and beauty treatments – from massages to manicures – are available on request.

Pet‐friendly

Four-legged friends are welcome at no extra cost, as long as you let the hotel know in advance. See more pet-friendly hotels in Lazio.

Children

Over-10s are welcome, but it’s definitely more of a couples’ retreat.

Eco‐friendly

Most of the fruit and vegetables used in the restaurant are seasonal and grown on site. The hotel also composts as much as possible and uses green cleaning products.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

In the summer months, bag a spot by the fully-glass wall at the restaurant’s far end and you’ll be able to smell the freshly-cut grass as the sun goes down.

Dress Code

Gourmands come for miles to visit the restaurant, so dress up: something inventive and food-related (Fendi baguette and Schiaparelli lobster-dress, anyone?)

Hotel restaurant

When a hotel is named after its resident chef, you know the Michelin star-strung bar will be set very high indeed. Antonello Colonna’s entrepreneurial spirit (he has restaurants all over Italy and in the US) is reflected in his experimental and imaginative menus: try the salted codfish cappuccino, the carbonara ‘inside out’ (little carbonara pasta-parcels) and the custard-and-chocolate diplomatico, a light-as-air, mousse-filled sponge. If you really can’t decide, let the kitchen team dazzle you with the five-course, €90 tasting menu.

Hotel bar

There’s no dedicated bar, but between 8am and midnight you can order wine, cocktails and energy-boosting smoothies from the bar menu; these can be delivered to the lounge, the swimming pool, the TV room… really, anywhere you please.

Last orders

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day, except Sunday and Monday.

Room service

It's possible to call down for some in-room Colonna magic.

Location

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Address
Antonello Colonna Resort & Spa
Via di Valle Fredda, 52
Rome
00030
Rome
Italy

Planes

Most international carriers run frequent flights to either Ciampino (www.adr.it/ciampino) or Fiumicino airports (www.adr.it/fiumicino), both of which are close to Rome. Go for the former if you can: from Ciampino, it’s just under an hour’s drive to the hotel; from Fiumicino, it takes around 90 minutes.

Trains

Labico train station is closest (five minutes’ drive from the hotel). Frequent trains arrive here from Roma Termini (www.romatermini.com), which is the largest station in the area with services running to and fro all over Italy.

Automobiles

If you plan on exploring the region (and it would be a great shame not to), you’ll need a set of wheels. Hire a motor at one of the booths at either airport, and follow the E821 south to reach the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

On-site, guests can hang out in the spa; savour Signor Colonna’s wares in his world-famous restaurant; roam the 20-hectare grounds (the concierge has free bikes to borrow for two-wheeled explorations); and muse on the ever-present art exhibitions. The verdant hills and picturesque towns of the Lazio region will persuade you to venture from your concrete keep. Of course, Rome is just an hour’s drive away, but more unusual (and less-crowded) spots shouldn’t be forgotten. In nearby Palestrina (a 15-minute drive), explore the Temple of the Goddess Fortuna, the mosaic-studded ruins of the ancient Praeneste Forum, and the majestic Saint Agapito Cathedral. See the Ninfa Gardens In Cisterna di Latina, around 15 kilometres from the hotel – a once-thriving medieval village now overtaken by trailing vines, climbing roses and softly-scented buds, all jostling for position amid the ruins. Tivoli, an hour’s drive north from the hotel, is ideal for a day trip: wander the ruins of 2nd-century Villa Adriana; admire the crumbling Temple of Vesta at the Acropolis; and see the extravagant Villa d’Este, a blueprint for Italian Renaissance architecture.

Local restaurants

If you’re keen to venture outside the hotel, head to the neighbouring village of Labico, where a clutch of bistros and brasseries serve up classic Italian dishes. Dabris' Brasserie is an authentic ristorante – try the the gnocchi with gorgonzola and walnut, or the salmon-and-zucchini-topped pizza. Maydeli in San Cesareo – a 15-minute drive from the hotel – is an all-day concept restaurant with slick design and an even better menu: get up early, and go for the coffee, pastries and home-made jams. In historic Palestrina, La Taberna describes itself as a ‘modern tavern’, where the dishes are simple yet perfectly executed (in true Italian style) – the crispy carasau bread with goat’s cheese and gazpacho vinaigrette is a classic in the making.

Reviews

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Kate Lauer

Anonymous review

Propped up on pillows, the Italian countryside already wide awake outside the huge plate-glass window, I pick up the phone.

‘What time does breakfast service end?’

‘Whenever you’re hungry for lunch,’ comes the reply.

This is life at Antonello Colonna Resort & Spa – you’re very much allowed, indeed, actively encouraged, to eat what you want, when you want, wherever you want it. It’s my kinda place, basically.

Our drive, the day before, is just over an hour from Rome. We follow twisty-turny lanes and eventually arrive at our concrete-built base that stands in such striking contrast to the green rolling all around it. Two smartly dressed Italian gentlemen emerge and usher us along a raised boardwalk past vegetable gardens and fields of wheat destined for future pasta suppers. Through the entrance hall – with its artfully displayed jars of preserves, cookery books, a posing Vespa – we take a right and heave open some sliding doors to reveal a corridor with gunmetal-grey walls which rise in monolithic proportions as we tiptoe through. It’s quite an entrance.

Our room has more of the same precise, straight lines and muted colours, punctuated with a mustard-yellow retro-modern chair in which to sit and stare over the sun-bathed fields of Labico.

We have an hour free to soak up some spa time before dinner so, armed with our specially designated kit (a cloth bag with robe, towel and flip-flops, use of which is not allowed in the hall, dining room and living room – we are not at Champneys now, this is Italia), we pad the few feet to enter. The space behind the heavy industrial curtain is dark and moody, in a good way. Turn right and there’s an alluring chillout spot next to the mist-shrouded thermal pool, into which I slip for a bath-warm wallow. Turn left for treatment rooms – including one with a marble hammam table – a sauna, steam room and frigidarium.

We’d asked for a sunset room (half of the 12 face west, half east), so the preprandial shower (more acres of glass) is elevated way above the ordinary by the sky turning hot pink outside. Then it's off to the lofty dining-cum-sitting room, with its leather chairs gathered conversationally in corners and its polished, primary colour tables scattered with arty vases.

The dapper Samuele presents us with an A4 page clipped to a board and asks us whether we’re hungry. More of that fabulous flexibility follows – reading our curious-but-not-ravenous mood, he suggests we share a few of Signor Colonna’s kitchen creations. A starter of salted codfish ‘cappuccino’ has all the usual cheffy swirls, but the main course was the star. From a simple listing of ‘lamb’ on the menu emerges the juiciest cutlets, piled on a wooden board with asparagus, baby courgette, Jerusalem artichoke and other just-lifted garden bounty. We promptly ditch our knives and forks and dive in fingers-first as our glasses refill with sparkling rosé.

Rooms have direct access to the grounds, so the next morning we wander out across the grass towards the dappled sun of some decking under the trees. Matteo lays our bare wooden table with pretty blue and white china as we duck inside to load up from the breakfast buffet: plump cream-filled brioche, sugar-dusted doughnuts, jars of homemade yoghurt and bowls of local honey.

After bringing me a cappuccino (perfect), he asks our plans and gives us some suggestions for our day’s adventures – the staff we met at Antonello Colonna were all this unfailingly lovely and helpful.

There are plenty of short trips to be had if you hop in your car. The winding roads between hilltop towns like Castel San Pietro Romano and Guadagnolo are lined with gasp-worthy views and bell-jangling cows and, in nearby Tivoli, you can while away a few dreamy hours floating through the fountain-filled gardens of the Villa d’Este. But you’re likely to be just as happy staying right where you are, which is exactly what we do on our final day (late check-out is no problem – ‘let us take your cases back to your room for you’, says a smiling Lisa), lounging on the rooftop terrace as bees buzz, birds swoop and Pipo the cat pauses for a tummy tickle.

The only thing marring the perfection of the infinity pool that drops away to the vineyard, mountains and sky beyond is the growl of the mower chugging past. But then this is a working farm; chefs riding side-saddle on their kitchen truck to pick the veg, a tractor parked up under the cherry tree.

And overseeing it all is Antonello Colonna himself: chef-patron, architecture aficionado and focus of many a guest’s star-struck selfie. Whenever we spot him during our stay, he has the air of a man supremely satisfied with his work. As well he should be – he’s cooked up his very own slice of Eden among the meadow grasses.

 

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