Silvia Pisci
Via Piacenza 4, 00184 Rome
28th November 2016

Sipping coffee in the garden with a newspaper, the air is filled with classical music and the fragrant smell of a home-made cake… Welcome to Villa Spalletti Trivelli, an oasis of aristocratic tranquillity where you’d least expect it…

At Villa Spalletti you’re right in the heart of the Eternal City (an enjoyable 10-minute walk from the Trevi Fountain and Piazza del Quirinale), yet you feel on one of the Rome’s seven hills for the amount of green and the peaceful atmosphere you enjoy. That’s quite impressive, honestly, and a great plus of Villa Spalletti comparing to any other hotels in the city centre.
Who stays?
With 12 rooms only, at Villa Spalletti you never see that many guests around. Privacy is what you enjoy the most here, so this is definitely not the place to choose if you want to see and be seen by the international jetset. At the same time, it may well happen to chance upon members of the Spalletti Trivelli family while they’re engaging in conversations with other local aristocrats and personalities.

Families are welcome, but there weren’t any kids when I visited, and it just didn’t feel like the most family-friendly hotel. The average age of the guests I met was around 60 I would say.
Style and Character
Villa Spalletti embodies all the charm and character of an old, aristocratic private residence. In fact, the Spalletti Trivelli family has lived in the villa until only a few years ago, and they still run all the operations - from coordinating the Staff to managing the Spa, choosing the daily menu, welcoming the guests and so on. Raimonda and his brother, the last generation of the family, are actively involved in the day-by-day duties. They are heirs of the family’s noble tradition, but bringing “fresh air” to the villa with their future-oriented eye and international background. Don’t expect anything too modern, though: the charm of the place lays all on its creaking floors and the centuries-old paintings.
As soon as you get to Villa Spalletti, you immediately realize that this is not a “regular” luxury hotel. The owners are always around and, just as they would do with any family guest, they welcome you and take time to show you the villa around. The Staff is very discrete and almost unnoticeable - again, something you can expect at a noble house, not really at a luxury hotel. There’s always someone around working on his/her own duties, but you certainly don’t feel with eyes on you even if you’re the only guest in the large living room. Here, for example, you can help yourself with drinks and refreshments in the evening, and if you need assistance you simply call the Staff through a little buzz on the table (modern version of the old service bell, I would have loved that!).

Service at breakfast was still discrete but present and attentive. Waiters were kind and smiley, though far from warm (as you normally expect in Italy, and even more in Rome). It wasn’t the same at lunch unfortunately: the waiter who served me wasn’t very experienced, and service was in general too slow (note: we were three tables only).
Rooms and Suites
Villa Spalletti only features 15 bedrooms, 12 of which are located in the main villa, plus three in the adjacent building.
The décor is not as sumptuous as I would have imagined from a first glance to the common spaces: it’s in fact elegant but quite austere and undressed, though embellished by rich fabrics and original prints. The quality of furnishings is immediately evident, while it took me a deep 8-hour sleep to fully appreciate the bed mattress and fine linen (damask and cashmere). The minibar is complimentary, although not particularly well stocked (basic juices and snacks).
Precious marbles from Tuscany are employed in the bathrooms, all featuring both bath tub and shower and selected organic amenities.
Two garden suites and an apartment are the latest addition to the room inventory. Located on a separate building across the garden, they are a great option for families or those who want to enjoy total privacy and a slightly more modern design.
Despite being so central, the area around the hotel is residential so also the rooms with windows to the street are relatively quiet. Still, for a bit of a nicer morning view, I would definitely go for a room facing the villa garden.
Food and Drink
A rich selection of home-made cakes and pastries welcomes you in the bright and airy breakfast room, which opens to the garden when the season permits. The waiters take your orders for hot beverages and dishes, served on the house silverware with copybook composure. Still the atmosphere is relaxed, and the feeling of staying in a private home makes it natural to say “buongiorno!” to the other guests in the room.

The kitchen is open for lunch and dinner upon request, with a somehow limited menu that favours local ingredients and traditional recipes. Service at lunch was far from perfect, but the sitting in the garden with a glass of white wine and a book made the long wait (some 25 minutes for a salad) thoroughly enjoyable in fact.

A selection of drinks and snacks is at the guests’ disposal every evening: a great excuse to stop by the living room and meet other guests, or just enjoy the sun falling on your own (either ways, it’s a good idea).
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
The spa, to which guests have free access, is spacious and well appointed with Turkish bath, treatment rooms (these need to be booked and are available at extra costs), as well as a gym open 24/7. Unfortunately there was a problem with the water pipes when I visited the Spa, so I couldn’t really try it.

There aren’t any other facilities to note, but the Villa is just a perfect place to relax – lying down in the garden in summer, or in front of the fireplace when the weather gets cold. The library, featuring Count Spalletti Trivelli’s original collection, is a pearl not to be missed (it is, in fact, protected by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage).
Perceived Value
Rates start at 470 Euro for the Romantic Rooms (25 sqm) and go up to 900 Euro for the suites (60 sqm). It’s not peanuts, clearly, but that’s just what you have to pay for a peaceful retreat in Rome’s buzzing centre.
Staying at Villa Spalletti Trivelli is nothing like you would expect from a luxury hotel, and it’s important to keep this in mind since you may otherwise be slightly disappointed by the service. Instead, if you’re ready to step back in time and steep in the life of an old aristocratic family, there is no other place you should be in Rome.