The ScheckTrek Pick for Rome: the Hotel San Anselmo.
This was, hands down, the most romantic hotel we’ve ever stayed in. It was unmistakably opulent, but in a fresh way. I actually fantasized that the owner bought hotels just so she would have something to spend money on!
Every room at San Anselmo is individually decorated. For this reason, if you want to consider staying there, it might be a good idea to spend some time on their website and request the exact room you’re interested in. The one above is the Camera delle Poesie (“Room of Poems”—note the wall). It’s the one I would have wanted, all other things being equal. The important thing that wasn’t equal, of course, was the price. At the time of our visit, San Anselmo’s rooms were one of two prices, with the higher price being 50% higher than the lower. Based on a quick check, that seems not to be the case now.
We saw no reason to pay 50% more for the room above, when we could get the room below, L’Angelica, for the lower amount.
The hotel’s logo is in marble on the floor. The workmanship was so good, it took some looking even to find the two seams in the outer maroon band in that logo.
You could literally float in that tub. True to European tradition, there’s a bidet next to the toilet.
An example of some of the furniture that could be seen even in upper-floor halls
The hotel manager was literally on the phone with the owner, who was asking him why that woman was talking so many pictures of the hotel. (She had seen me on the closed-circuit television.) All was well when he told her I was a guest there. I was flattered that they thought a professional photographer had come to scope them out. :)
Well, the place was very photogenic!
The bar. Drinks or sandwiches could be ordered here and taken to the lounge.
This is the breakfast room! Note the gold leaf on the vaulted ceiling.
This is also in the breakfast room, on the way to the lounge. The gilded candelabra dates from the 800s and came from an old chapel of the family.
Imagine even how much mitering had to be done on multiple layers of mouldings. They cut corners all right (in the mitering), but not on cost or quality of workmanship.
The steel-faced fireplace was like nothing we’d seen before.