Luxury Link's Roman Holiday
by, 04-13-2013 at 09:12 AM (3483 Views)
by Scott McGowan
Luxury Link Concierge ●
"All roads lead to Rome" is a familiar saying, and at this historic moment in time there may not be a better opportunity to visit the glorious Italian capital. With Pope Francis’ recent appointment as the 266th pontiff and a stunning new hotel opening this month in the shadows of the Vatican - combined with some R&R on the nearby Tyrrhenian Sea - you have all the makings of a classic, Audrey Hepburn-esque Roman Holiday.
Travelers looking to catch a glimpse of the new Holy Father should book a Luxury Link stay at L’Angolo di San Pietro. This five-star boutique hotel is located literally steps from the Vatican City walls and has already hosted cardinals from around the world who were involved in the confirmation process.
Opening its doors to the public in April 2013 L’Angolo di San Pietro is positioned to re-define the luxury hotel experience in Rome. L’Angolo’s General Manager Claudia Giulani explains the uncompromising service afforded to guests.
“This is an ‘out of the box’ concept of luxury hospitality! ‘Pamper the Guest’ means to not let them feel like they are at home, but feel better than at home. We want them to think they can stay with us any time.”
The hotel features just 10 rooms, and all but two are junior suites or suites. Each room offers modern furniture and bold, regal design. The bathrooms are made of marble and the hotels bedding and linen choices are exactly that… choices!
“We give our guests the option to choose a wide range of pillows, bed linens and bathroom amenities before they arrive.” Giulani explained. “Each room has a wine cellar and we offer the guest a selection of wines to choose from and will have them chilled upon arrival.”
Considering L’Angolo di San Pietro features 24-hour butler assistance and chauffeur service to all points of interest in Rome, there is no reason to not get out and soak in the history dripping from every corner of Bella Roma. For guests who are more interested in navigating their own adventure, they can use the hotel-issued Vespa 50 or Fiat 500 to cruise the cobblestoned streets.
An ideal day in Rome might include in-room breakfast from the San Pietro Lounge - perhaps on your private patio overlooking the Vatican – followed by a private tour of St. Peter’s Basillica. If this day happens to be a Wednesday, you may even have the opportunity to experience the Pope’s weekly public mass. Of course, Rome’s other attractions, from the Roman Colosseum and Forum to the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain are easily-accessible in this eminently-walkable city.
However, no trip to Italy would be complete though without a visit to its glorious coastline.
Located just a mere 40 minutes from Rome by car or train is the exquisite waterfront property, La Posta Vecchia. The hotel overlooks the Tyrrheian Sea and is built on remains from one of the world’s most powerful empires.
History and beauty surrounds you at La Posta Vecchia - part of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux hotel collection - some of which guests may be surprised to discover.
Before it was a five-star, award-winning independent hotel, the grounds stole the heart of American investor, oil tycoon and patron of the arts, J. Paul Getty. In 1960 Getty purchased the property and restored it to its original grandeur—a grandeur which originated in 1640 when it was built by Prince Orsini.
Chiara Soldatini, Marketing Specialist for La Posta Vecchia, is quick to point out that the history of the property leads to a completely original guest experience.
“The furniture, objects and artwork have been acquired from royal homes from around the world and brought to La Posta Vechia by J. Paul Getty, and can only be found here.” she said.
The historic hotel boasts 19 guest rooms and features all the amenities fit for modern royalty. Both active and restful guests will find their needs satisfied as the hotel features everything from cooking classes to canoeing, indoor and outdoor spa treatments, a world –class art collection, personal trainers and even a helipad for jet-setting guests.
What should not be missed is dinner at The Cesar, La Posta Vecchia’s Michelin-starred restaurant. Soldatini has her preference when it comes to a must try meal: “Without any doubt the, Sicilian prawns and foie gras with fig sauce and cocoa beans prepared by our chef Michelino Gioia.”
Before departing, live the life of a Roman aristocrat while taking a swim in the stunning indoor pool, gazing out into the Mediterranean. Take a moment to envision the world that once was, while surrounded by the splendor it already is, as you complete one unforgettable Roman Holiday.