A modern Roman masterpiece, Piazza di Spagna 9 hotel is a six-room art enclave beside the Spanish Steps. Tucked behind a wooden door, across a courtyard in a private building, the space feels like a secret art gallery, with paintings, sculptures and installations throughout the space, and custom beds, tables and light fixtures. Staff are onsite by day, offering recommendations and arranging spa treatments, but in the evenings, guests have free-range of the refined space. Steps from prime shopping streets and the city’s best sites, Piazza di Spagna 9 lets guests live like locals in the heart of Rome’s most beautiful and prominent neighborhood.
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11am, but flexible, subject to availability and an additional charge. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Those arriving after 8:45pm must make special arrangements with the hotel to ensure staff is onsite. Check-in after 9:30pm will incur added costs.
Double rooms from £192.75 (€212), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.50 per person per night on check-out.
Rates exclude Continental breakfast, from €20 a person.
Each room is uniquely designed with custom art and furniture, much of which can be commissioned or purchased by guests.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, honesty bar, hammam. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, free bottled water, L'Occitane bath products and air-conditioning.
Our favourite rooms
Each of the six rooms is individually designed. The spacious Sunrise junior suite has a prime view of Piazza di Spagna, and a custom bed with a headboard resembling a brass constellation. Junior suite number nine is particularly spacious, with views over the rooftops of Via Margutta, and a romantic glassed-in shower.
There is a dedicated room with a hammam, hot tub and treatment table; the hotel can arrange for treatments, including massages, steam baths, scrubs and couples’ treatments, using local oils.
Bring trainers for bounding up and down the famed Spanish Steps. Leave room in your luggage for chic souvenirs from Via dei Condotti, the city’s world-renowned shopping street that’s home to flagships for Bulgari, Gucci and Valentino.
The 'Breath' Junior Suite has space for a third guest on an extra bed (from €30 a night).
Though the hotel is best-suited to couples and adults, teenagers are welcome. Free baby cots are available in junior suites for babes in arms, too.
Snag a spot by the window for piazza views to accompany your espresso.
Dress for a day of city strolling, with cigarette pants and ballerina flats for Mrs Smith and a Loro Piano pullover for Mr Smith.
The hotel doesn’t have a dedicated restaurant, but a Continental breakfast spread is available each morning in the Spagna lounge, facing the Piazza di Spagna square, or next door in La Buvette café. Coffee and tea are available throughout the day.
Pour yourself grappa and whiskey from the honesty bar in the evening.
Breakfast is served from 7:45am until 10:30am each day.
Á la carte dishes can be delivered during breakfast hours. Wine can be ordered to your room until the staff depart, at 8:45pm.
Piazza di Spagna 9 is in central Rome, by the Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo and the Trevi Fountain.
Rome Fiumicino Airport, the major hub, is a 35-minute drive from the hotel. Flights are available into Fiumicino from major airports around the world, including London, New York and Tokyo; the hotel can arrange transfers for €55. The Leonardo Express train runs direct to Roma Termini Station, a three-kilometre jaunt from the hotel. Trains make the 32-minute trip every 15 minutes, and tickets are €14.
Trains are one of the the fastest ways to get around Italy. Termini, Rome’s hub, offers high-speed connections throughout the country, including to Milan, Florence, Venice, Naples and Bari.
Cars are a great way to see Italy’s countryside, but Rome can be difficult to navigate. The hotel is in a restricted traffic zone, so luggage can only be dropped off after 7pm. The hotel has parking available 200 metres from the hotel, for €25 a day. Follow signs for the centre and then Piazza di Spagna, then use Via di San Sebastianello.
Worth getting out of bed for
Rome is rife with attractions, many within a quick stroll of the hotel. Scale the Spanish Steps to view the historic centre of town, then set off to enjoy the bold-named tourist sites, including the Pantheon, the Forum, the Colosseum and Vatican City. On a beautiful day, take in the stunning art collection at the Villa Borghese’s gallery, home to several iconic Bernini sculptures. Enjoy some of the city’s not-so-ancient art with a tour of a contemporary artist’s studio. The hotel can arrange a visit to Art Lab, home of popular Roman artist Nicola Guerraz, whose work is showcased at the hotel.
For simple strolling, there’s no need to venture far to find some of Rome’s most iconic streets. Via Condotti connects to Piazza di Spagna, offering luxury shopping within a 30-second walk of the hotel. Before departing, visit the Trevi Fountain, made most famous by a voluptuous splash in La Dolce Vita, and toss in a few coins to ensure a speedy return visit.
Reserve well in advance to secure a table at Roscioli, a lively restaurant, salumeria, bakery and deli near Campo de' Fiori. The pastas are impeccably fresh, the meats sliced to order and the atmosphere as pleasing a taste of Rome as Audrey Hepburn on a Vespa. Dive into hulking portions of traditional Roman fare at Trattoria Dal Cavalier Gino at Vicolo Rosini 4 in Sant'Eustachio. Tuck into cacio e pepe and house red alongside chatty locals. Sample Italian food with a Spanish accent at Marzapane, home to a boldly innovative young Iberian chef. For a pause from pasta, sample sushi and streamlined Japanese dishes at Zuma, a modern Japanese restaurant on two floors of Palazzo Fendi, a short walk from the hotel on Via della Fontanella di Borghese.
Though the Eternal City is known for its rich history, cultural significance, and ancient architecture, the embarrassing truth is, my fiancé and I came to Rome for one singular reason: to eat.
We had both travelled to the city before; we’d seen and loved most of the sites, but this time, we had a different agenda. Rather than arrive with a lengthy guidebook or a map of the sites to visit, we came armed with a list of dishes to try. Carciofi alla giudia (deep-fried artichoke), cacio e pepe (spaghetti with cheese and pepper), bucatini all’amatriciana (pasta with a delicious cheesy, tomato-ey, chilli-spiked sauce)…
We’d compiled a menu, and our aim was to sample as much as possible. Our home for the next couple of days, Piazza di Spagna 9 hotel, was situated a short wander from the Spanish Steps, but despite its proximity to one of Rome’s most visited spots, the entrance was unassuming – we walked right past it when we first arrived. It’s incredible that the hotel managed to turn such a bustling attraction into a private retreat for travellers.
We rode a lift three floors up and were greeted by a small, art-filled lobby, and two glasses of ice-cold prosecco. The receptionist, an exceedingly kind American expat, was
expecting us, and gave us the lay of the land. The lobby sitting area feels more like your chic, art-collector friend’s living room, and leads directly into a library with tables set up for breakfast and a window flung open to show off a postcard view of the Spanish Steps. Music wafts in from the piazza below; the entire scene feels impossibly Italian – and almost too perfect – the hotel feels comfortable and welcoming.
With just six rooms, the hotel is more like a private residence. We learn that, while the stay is first and foremost a home-base for travellers, it mainly operates as an art gallery, with a rotating programme of installations and displays. The artwork, consisting of a number of limited, bespoke pieces, is all for sale, so you can take a little bit of Rome home with you.
Our glasses now empty, we stow our luggage in our room, and make a beeline for Trastevere, a neighborhood that holds many of the city’s myriad culinary stars. The streets are narrower here and it feels less touristy (you overhear people speaking Italian more than in other parts of the city), and the pace seems to slow. We were eager to try classic Italian eatery, Roma Sparita; here, we share a bottle of local white wine, and order two bowls of their famed cacio e pepe, along with some grilled vegetables (all harvested from the country beyond Rome) – a half-hearted nod to health… The pasta arrives in a bowl made entirely out of baked parmesan cheese – the sight nearly brings a tear to my fiancé’s eyes. The richness. The creaminess. The peppery perfection… The dish encapsulates what Rome is all about.
Afterwards – full and happy – we wander around the neighborhood, stopping for an Aperol spritz here and an order of Roman-style stuffed artichokes there. It’s exactly the kind of day we’d hoped for: sunny, and filled with lively conversation, lots of wine, and even more food… We round out our evening with a trip to the Giardino degli Aranci, a romantic leafy enclave perfumed with the citrus scent of the namesake orange trees dotting the grounds. Here, we watch the sun set over the city.
For this evening’s feasting, we decide on a small, quiet dinner near the hotel. We head back to our neighborhood, and stumble on quaint, laid-back Cantina Belsiana for some cheese and charcuterie, followed by lasagna. Despite the fact that Piazza di Spagna 9 is situated in one of Rome’s more upmarket neighbourhoods (Valentino and Bulgari stores are just a handbag toss away), it’s easy to find small, low-key cafés and restaurants hidden from the crowds. On returning to the hotel, we find it quiet and low lit with candles it feels like we’re coming home to our own Roman apartment. In the dining area, staff have set up a tray bearing whisky, grappa and assorted mixers for guests wanting a nightcap. Already giddy, we demur, and retire for the night with happy hearts and full bellies.
To our surprise, the hotel has a full breakfast prepared and ready for us the following morning. We chat with some fellow guests, and sip espressos, and freshly squeezed orange juice, devouring thin slices of cotto di Parma and salumi, croissants and French toast. Appetites sated, our plan was to stop by the hotel’s spa after breakfast for a bit of R&R. Despite the previous day’s gluttony, we’d walked several miles, so it was bliss to soak our sore muscles in the Jacuzzi.
The spa is hidden away in the hotel, which makes it feel ultra private. The well-kitted-out spa room has a hammam and two-person Jacuzzi; the space is lit by candles, decorated with orchids and essential-oil diffusers perfume the room with locally made oils. One relaxing hour later, it was time to head back into the city for one more day of exploring, laughter, and – of course – more cacio e pepe.