Need to know
53, including eight suites.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $178.82 (€145), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (€18) but include use of the (recently restored) Roman baths.
Filled with friezes, frescoes, murals and motifs, the hotel is a living art gallery, with some pieces dating back to the 16th century.
At the hotel
Spa with thermal plunge pools, sauna and beauty salon, library, free Wifi throughout, valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar.
Our favourite rooms
The rooms overlooking the citrus-filled courtyard are the most peaceful and boast the prettiest views – number 117, a small deluxe, is top of our list with its petite balcony, floor-to-ceiling French doors and smart egg bath tub under the window. Room 108 gets the most light and has a fantastic loft-apartment feel. The Grand Suite Loft is definitely not misnamed – the room occupies a vast space on the top floor with rows of shuttered windows and a whopping open-plan bathroom with a freestanding tub.
The small, copper-brown tiled swimming pool is tucked in an orange grove surrounded by pink roses and low-lying sun loungers (snag the four-poster canopied one with billowing curtains if you fancy reclining in style).
Fear not if you forget your swimming costume – the hotel has a supply of (only slightly comical) disposable, French-made, Hawaiian-print, one-piece swimsuits.
Non-smoking rooms are available, and lightweight (under 15kg) pets can stay too, for €50 a night.
Under-6s stay free Cots (free) and extra beds (€50 plus tax) can be provided and babysitting can be arranged on request.