Hotel review, history, design, art and photos of the four-star hotel in Rome
Added on February 26, 2010
It is sometimes more interesting to stay in the suite of a four-star hotel than to move to a luxury property. Since 2008, the Visconti Palace hotel in Rome offers elegant suites on its seventh floor. I was thrilled by the elegant design by Harry Gregory. The spacious bathrooms turn pale many five-star properties in Rome. I am proud to have suggested the creation of such a luxury floor a few years ago. The result is brilliant and accompanied by a newly created luxury roof top terrace.
Article added on January 31, 2006 updated on March 5, 2007
Situated in the Prati residential district of Rome, the four-star Visconti Palace Hotel is within ten walking minutes of the Spanish Steps on one side and St Peter's on the other. Therefore, it is an ideal location for tourists. The most important group of business clients includes lawyers, judges and legal counselors who work at the nearby Palace of Justice (Palazzo della Giustizia).
Visconti Palace Hotel opened in July 1974 as a four-star hotel in one of the faceless office building of the times designed by architect Giorgio Carini. Today, it offers 247 rooms, including 13 junior suites. By June 2007, the 7th floor will become a one-bedroom suite floor with a panorama terrace from where you can enjoy the view over Rome, from St Peter's. It will be designed by Harry Gregory in a contemporary and cool style. A new fitness center with the latest TechnoGym equipment has already opened in 2006. The rooms and bath rooms are all designed in the same sober and traditional style with some contemporary edges.
In August 2004, the lobby and the other public areas were successfully redesigned by Harry Gregory of ara Design, London (established in 1996 by Andre Avedian and Harry Gregory). The fresher look of the lobby creates a friendly atmosphere, which can be felt throughout the hotel. Gregory's contemporary interpretation of the 1970s is colorful, lively, bright and enriched with artworks by living Italian artists.
The art collection embraces works by Paolo Canevari, including a "static performance" entitled Viaggiatori (Travellers) with silhouettes of real people made from the artist's favorite material, the black rubber from car tyres, which readers of the Cosmopolis German edition may remember from Canevari's Rose-Wall artwork at Hotel Capo d'Africa.
Other artists whose works are on display at Visconti Palace Hotel include Mariano Rossano, Ascanio Renda, Giancarlo Limoni, Aurelio Bulzatti, Marco Tirelli, Ubaldo Bartolini, Vasco Bendini, Domenico Bianchi, Giuseppe Gallo and Felice Levini. The hotel also sponsors exhibitions, e.g. of the Italian impressionist Zandomeneghi at the Chiostro del Bramante.
Visconti Palace Hotel is a partner of Rome's Auditorium and offers packages in collaboration with the jazz venue Alexanderplatz. Therefore, the hotel has already welcomed guests such as the singers and musicians Noa, Giorgia, John Taylor, Roger Waters, Paolo Conte and many more. Another tie-up with the new Globe Theatre in Villa Borghese offers packages suitable for adults and children. Finally, Visconti Palace Hotel is also active in the field of sports, working together with the Virtus basket team.
Harry Gregory delineated the conversation areas in the lobby with plush couches and armchairs in vivid colors. Oval cocktail tables in crystal, white Japanese-style lamps and Seventies poufs meet contemporary minimalist flower arrangements. The focal point of the lounge with its Botticino marble floor is the bar in the corner with its curved counter topped with black marble. The adjoining patio with its summer terrace features a roof in the form of a sail, a large spherical fountain, an evocative lightning, a flooring in bright stone and ipé wood from Brasil as well as pleasant greenery. Visconti Palace Hotel does not have a proper restaurant, but guests can chose from a "à la petite carte menu" with a selection of hot and cold plates. Impressive is the large beverage and wine list.
WiFi is available throughout the hotel. The television includes Sky TV, important for fans of Italian football. There are special amenities for women and children in the bathrooms by La Bottega dell'Albergo. My deluxe room 204 was spacious, with a small separate sitting area, what would be considered a junior suite in other hotels.
Both Visconti Palace Hotel and Hotel Capo d'Africa are owned by Lamaro Appalti SpA, famous Roman constructors and real estate owners.
A lobby painting of the series Ipotesi d'attesa by Vasco Bendini, 1991.
Photos © Visconti Palace Hotel, Roma.
Details make the difference: Schott Duran lamps in the lobby.
Photo © Visconti Palace Hotel, Roma.
The new fitness, opened in 2006. Photo © Visconti Palace Hotel, Roma.
The roof terrace. Photo © Visconti Palace Hotel, Roma.
View of an executive suite on the seventh floor. Photos © Visconti Palace Hotel, Roma.
The bathroom in an executive suite. Photo © Visconti Palace Hotel, Roma.
View of a suite on the top floor. Photos © Visconti Palace Hotel, Roma.
View of a standard room in the 4-star hotel. Photo © Visconti Palace Hotel, Roma.
View of a standard room, with the Justice Palace in the background.
Photo © Visconti Palace Hotel, Roma.
View of the colorful lobby by Harry Gregory. Photo © Visconti Palace Hotel, Roma.
One of eight meeting rooms. Photo © Visconti Palace Hotel, Roma.
The terrace and bar. Photos © Visconti Palace Hotel, Roma.
The living room in a seventh-floor suite. Photo © Visconti Palace Hotel, Roma.