PiazzadiSpagna 9

Tridente, Rome, Italy
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PiazzadiSpagna 9

Tridente, Rome, Italy

An avant-garde art hotel on Piazza di Spagna, with a colourful history and 6 gorgeous rooms

An avant-garde art hotel on Piazza di Spagna, with a colourful history and 6 gorgeous rooms

Let’s get one thing straight - if Baroque and swathes of velvet are a requirement of your stay in Rome, this is not the place for you. But for those longing to discover a modernist jewel filled with artistic treasures behind one of the city’s ornate wooden doors, PiazzadiSpagna 9 awaits. Rome’s most famous piazza is framed beautifully in the window in the stylish lounge. The hotel has fascinating past lives, which include a stint as a bordello and as a studio of painter Franz Catel, whose own success allowed him to support undiscovered artists. Fast-forward to the present and it’s a lovely story of history repeating itself.

The third floor of this 15th-century palazzo has been transformed into a cutting-edge art gallery hotel, showcasing an ever-changing collection of installations, sculptures and artwork by up-and-coming young artists. It's as special as that would suggest: polished white walls are a canvas for vibrant paintings and original modern pieces; every object has been carefully chosen to delight and engage the guest - even the keys to the 6 bedrooms are attached to a slice of art. And if you really like something, you can take it - every piece is for sale. A very special find.

Highs

  • High ceilings and tall windows flood the 6 romantic bedrooms with natural light
  • The location, on Rome’s most famous square and surrounded by designer shops, cafés and bars, with the Spanish Steps around the corner
  • Warm and helpful staff make sure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable
  • We loved the serene lounge with its views over Piazza di Spagna - the perfect spot for sunset aperitifs
  • A small spa with a Turkish steam tub and tempting treatments, including a ‘jet-lag’ massage

Lows

  • It's not cheap, but it's utterly unique
  • The bathroom in The 9 Junior Suite lacks privacy due to glass slats in the sliding doors
  • No meals are served, but the best restaurants in Rome are on the doorstep
  • Not ideal for children - this is an intimate place best suited to adults, and all beds are doubles

Best time to go

Rome is a world-class city with something happening at all times of the year. Perhaps the time to avoid is midsummer (July-August) when it gets very hot. Late March, April, September and October are the busiest times. Winter (mid-November to mid-March) is quiet, with fewer tourists. Art buffs may want to coincide a stay with a specific hotel exhibition; they are ever-changing.

Our top tips

Get up early and visit one of Rome’s many food markets - one of the best ways to get under the skin of the city and try its freshest seasonal produce.

Great for...

City Style
Romantic
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 6 rooms
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Welcome but not ideal
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car not necessary
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Junior Suite

Rooms

The 6 spacious rooms hide behind towering gold doors, each utterly unique in artwork and décor, though they share a colour palette of white, browns and grey. King or queensize beds (no twins) are covered in Society blankets, while curtains and cushions are made from linens by high-end Italian fashion houses. The overall effect is cool minimalism warmed by quirky details.

We stayed in The 9 (a Junior Suite), which featured striking metallic accents: textured gold strips on the wall, copper side tables, iron-framed chairs, and whimsical bronze lightbulb lamps that we wanted to take home with us.

The 9 and Breath (another Junior Suite) and Aria (Deluxe Room) have small step-out balconies with steel Guerraz fire cages that are lit at night. Joy (Junior Suite) opens onto a small terrace, while Sunrise (Junior Suite with Landmark View) has glorious views over Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps. Two rooms can be combined to form the King Suite with two ensuite double bedrooms; ideal for families or friends travelling together.

Indulgent bathrooms feature huge glass-walled rainfall showers and are stocked with fluffy robes, slippers and lovely L'Occitane toiletries.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

You'll have to head out for food, but that's no great struggle in the heart of Rome. Staff can advise on their favourite cafes and restaurants. Those at the foot of the Spanish steps are popular spots and will always have a buzz, though you'll no doubt find more authentic eateries if you head down the side streets and away from the major landmarks.

The city's food markets are great places to sample local delicacies and classic dishes; Mercato Testaccio is one of the best but a bit of a slog to get to, or go below Roma Termini station to try the goods at the underground Mercato Centrale.

In the evenings, aperitivi are served in the lounge along with delicious Italian stuzzichini (finger food). It’s a heavenly way to spend an hour as you relax in an oasis of calm above the bustling life below.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
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Activity:

Activities

  • The hotel offers great guided tours, including art tours, 'Underground Rome' (the ancient catacombs) and 'Rome by Night' (exploring illuminated scenes of Rome's most famous monuments)
  • Sign up for a 'Food Tasting & Cooking Class': you'll visit local markets, find out about Roman cuisine, chow down on fresh cannelloni then learn to make it yourself
  • Take a spin on a Vespa: rent one independently or sign up for a trip with a guide and explore the city on 2 zippy wheels, as the Italians do
  • Book the small spa exclusively to soak à deux in the Turkish steam tub or indulge in treatments or facials
  • See our top tips for Rome

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Historical sites
  • Language courses
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Well being

Kids

Children are welcome but there are no baby cots/extra beds and the quiet ambiance and expensive furnishings mean it is best suited to adults. No twin rooms or baths, either.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

The King Suite has two double bedrooms, each with their own ensuite bathroom. The Junior Suites can fit a baby cot but you will need to supply your own.

Kid Friendly:

Location

The hotel is in the heart of central Rome overlooking Piazza di Spagna.

By Air:
You've got a choice of 2 airports: Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino (34km) and Ciampino/G.B.Pastine (30km). Click on the links below for more information.

From the Airport
Ask for a transfer, hop in a taxi, or take the airport train from Fiumicino into the centre of Rome and then walk. From Ciampino you can catch the airport bus and then the metro. The nearest metro station to the hotel is Barberini.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Italy and getting around

Airports:

  • Rome Ciampino 30.0 km CIA
  • Rome Fiumicino 34.0 km FUM

Other:

  • Beach 27.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

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