Q – We just discovered this site and we can’t stop reading. But it is clearly built around the needs of the 1% who demand five-star accommodations. We are returning to Rome for the second time and we stayed at the Hassler on our first trip. Our room nightly bill could have bought us a nice 50-inch Plasma and we vowed “never again”. We’re not on a really strict budget and we don’t want a two-star, a bad neighborhood, a tiny room, anything dirty etc. You know, we’re typical Americans who don’t need a five-star in this economy. Where should we stay this time around?
A – You actually stayed at a hotel that has been ranked among the most overrated hotels in Europe. It isn’t that the Hassler is not an absolutely lovely property – it is just that the US Dollar and the 18% VAT Tax have conspired to create some astronomical room rates for those willing to pay them. We suggest you look at the 41-room Barocco Hotel on Piazza Barberini. It was rennovated earlier this year and the rooms are quite nice. Be sure to ask for one of the more modern new rooms. Your agent should be able to get you rate that comes in under $400 per night inclusive.