A small hotel located in the Piazza di Spagna district, the Daniels is a good compromise between mid-range accommodation, which is less chic, and an upmarket hotel, which are a lot more expensive. This is a good place to spend a weekend in Rome, as a couple or a family, for shopping, antiques and gardens (Villa Borghese Park begins at the top of the steps from Piazza di Spagna). Winter is the best time of year to visit in order to appreciate the luxury (which is quite rare) of the covered terrace on the top floor.
On the Via Frattina, the street leading to the Piazza Mignanelli, beside the Piazza di Spagna. Closest underground station: Spagna (656 ft from the hotel).
Fiumicino airport is 16 mi away, Ciampino 9 mi away. Transfer time is around 45 minutes from Fiumicino and 30 minutes from Ciampino.
The Daniels is one of the smaller hotels (14 bedrooms) with a terrace on the top floor: this can be used all year round thanks to its roof and picture windows (ideal for winter) and its view over the Piazza di Spagna district, the Villa Medici and the Quirinal Palace. Superb for breakfast!
Note: standard rooms (of which there are 9 in total) overlook a narrow patio, with no particular view. They therefore have less natural light than the junior suites (of which there are 5). If at all possible, book a suite: you will pay around 50% more (not double, which is reasonable) and you will have a much better room (view of the street, hydromassage bath, Bulgari hospitality products, etc.).
The Daniels is a great place to stay for those who wish to indulge in a little luxury shopping without their legs getting tired. The building is located on one of the commercial streets of the Piazza di Spagna district (with its large fashion houses, antiques, delicatessens, etc.). Once through the hotel door, you find yourself in neo-renaissance surroundings: walls half panelled in white wood, the rest covered by shot-silk fabric and two-way (old-fashioned) mirrors giving an impression of space. It is welcoming, as the hotel is the size of a private house: a small reception desk at the end of a corridor and sitting areas at the back, in a separate room which also serves as a bar. Access to the bedrooms is via the staircase (or lift). The breakfast terrace is on the top floor. You can also have a drink there in the daytime.
The 14 bedrooms consist of 9 standard rooms (overlooking a small backyard) and 5 junior suites (overlooking the Via Frattina). The furniture is identical, apart from the Rossini and Verdi suites (each has a painted ceiling). As far as floor area is concerned, standard rooms cover around 172 sq ft and suites cover 215 sq ft. The walls are painted in yellow spatolato (an enamel coating of Venetian origin), the floors are carpeted and the double headboard, in ochre suedette, is surrounded by gilded wood. Four of the rooms are spacious enough to be able to accommodate an extra bed on request and 3e of the junior suites can accommodate two adults and two children. Babies under 2 years of age can stay free of charge and a cot is available at no extra cost. As far as facilities are concerned, there is a television and there is a mini-bar, air-conditioning a telephone and a small safe deposit box. Bathrooms have a bathtub, hair-dryer and the hotel's own hospitality products (40ml). The 5 junior suites have the additional luxury of bathrobes, Bulgari hospitality products (30ml) and a hydromassage bath (private whirlpool bath!).
The hotel only serves breakfast. This is provided in the form of a continental buffet in the bar area of the covered terrace on the top floor: diced fresh fruit, cooked fruit, jam tart, bread rolls, cheese and cooked meats are all available. Fried eggs and omelette are available on request. As the terrace is covered and surrounded by picture windows, it is used all year round: this is an undeniable advantage in winter and a (moderate) disadvantage in summer, as there is no open area on the terrace. You can make the most of this by coming in January, one of the months in Rome when the hotels are not full and when the days can be as sunny as in the springtime. If you would like to have a drink, take a seat on the terrace rather than the ground-floor bar: in fact the latter has no outward-looking windows (which is a shame given the elegant buildings in the area).
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