Located right by the Spanish steps this spectacular converted chapel certainly lives up to its name. Set in the heart of historic Rome yet tucked discreetly away down a quite alley it’s liberally decorated with wildly colourful contemporary artwork — and aptly named Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps.
It is the verses of poets that guide guests towards the Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps on Via Margutta, don’t expect signs. The entrance is a minimalist long corridor with walls lined in shining white marble, paved with white cobbles, and illuminated with a creation by the artist Enzo Catellani, leading to the Hall. The Hall, once an ancient chapel that has now been scrupulously restored and decorated with a starry sky. And that’s before you reach the unusual reception area, housed in a resin egg, an echo back to the Renaissance period.
Guest rooms are relatively restrained in comparison to the riot of colours in the public spaces. Bright and contemporary in style, parquet floors and handmade headboards from Florentine leather. Behind the door, the hi-tech furnishings and bright colours make way for wood and leather. There is of course a wireless keyboard for navigating the web, and a television with satellite aerials. The lining of the bathroom walls repeat the colour of the colourful corridors. Each room also has an "original copy" of a famous artwork, commissioned and executed with extreme finesse.
In the elegant Crystal Bar, guests can savour a wide selection of tea and infusions, and enjoy tasty nibbles and delicious aperitifs. Happy hours with different themes are offered weekly. The building also has a small internal courtyard, with a cheerful multi-coloured seating arrangement, pleasant on sunny days and starlit evenings illuminated by Catellani’s tree-sculpture.
Descend the fine staircases of illuminated glass to the basement area where there is a small gym fitted out with modern equipment, a sauna, and an individual Turkish bath.