Need to know
19, including eight suites.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Guests arriving before 3pm can get a sneak preview of the hotel’s communal areas.
Double rooms from $12290.61 (€10,000), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually include buffet breakfast (a munificent spread that includes eggs, bacon, sausages, cereals, breads, cold cuts, pastries and other sweet treats), plus WiFi and minibar soft drinks.
A bedroom on the ground floor is a more accessible option, but may not be suited to all guests with mobility issues. La Posta Vecchia is available for exclusive use bookings only in the winter months (from 23 October to 28 March).
La Posta Vecchia closes its doors from 22 October until 30 December when it opens for the night; it then closes again till 29 March, from when it's open until 3 November.
At the hotel
Beach; elegant grounds; kitchen gardens; tennis courts; on-site museum; spa; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, desk, minibar, fireplace (decorative), aria Candida Gentile bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Two words: sea view. Follow that advice and you really can’t go wrong. If you want to bed down like a billionaire, opt for the Getty Suite, where Mr Paul G once counted sheep/coins.
Aren’t Roman ruins pesky? Initially La Posta Vecchia wanted an outdoor pool, but the builders kept unearthing urns and pots and other Etruscan bits and bobs, meaning they’d have to pause what they were doing and let the archaeologists in. Eventually, the hotel admitted defeat – and built a very lovely indoor pool with huge arched windows, a lofty vaulted ceiling and magnificent glass doors that open onto the (beautiful) terrace.
The LPV Health & Beauty Club is a spoiling space where nimble-knuckled masseuses dish out massages, scrubs and rubs starring fragrant Santa Maria Novella products made in Florence. This beauty brand was founded by Dominican monks, around 400 years ago, so you can expect celestial results. They also also offers manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and other glamming ’n’ grooming services.
Channel the most unutterably glamorous version of yourself, then pack accordingly.
Extra beds (€120 a night) and cots (free for under-4s) can be added to some rooms.
Pets of all sizes are welcome; the hotel has a stash of on-loan bowls and baskets for visiting Fidos and felines. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Rome.
Little Smiths can come too (pray they stay on their best behaviour). Babysitting can be arranged with two hours’ notice; the pool is supervised by a lifeguard; the hotel can lend guests cots, bedlinen, mats and highchairs.
Earth-kind cleaning products are used, as are energy-efficient light bulbs. The hotel conscientiously composts and recycles; guests concerned about petrol consumption can hop here by train from Rome.