The Best Spa Hotels to Book in Rome, Italy

Its no surprise that the top hotels in Rome offer spas fit for emperors, such as this one at the Rome Cavalieri
It's no surprise that the top hotels in Rome offer spas fit for emperors, such as this one at the Rome Cavalieri | Courtesy of Rome Cavalieri / Expedia
Culture Trip Travel Team

Indulge yourself with luxurious treatments, or take to the baths like the emperors of old, at these restorative retreats in Rome – bookable on Culture Trip.

The Romans developed the concept of restorative bathing, so it’s apt that the modern-day hotel scene in the Italian capital excels at brilliant spas. From huge, cavernous spaces with columns and mosaics to chic, modern-day spas you can duck into for a quick glow-inducing facial, these healing hotels are just what Caesar ordered. Here are the best spas to book on your next city break in Rome.

1. Mama Roma, for rooftop views of the Vatican

Boutique Hotel

The retro, pink and yellow poolside at the Mama Roma hotel in Rome.
© Mama Shelter

The bold design throughout this new addition to the Rome hotel scene has proved a big hit with guests and locals alike. The pizzeria on the ground floor serves up some of the best pizzas in town and the rooftop gives you incredible views of the Vatican. Everything here is done with a sense of fun, from the adult gift boxes you can order to spice up your stay to the amusing messages staff leave in various places. The outdoor spaces are ideal for long summer nights, and there’s a sauna and pool in the basement that feels like a neon-lit throwback to the Roman baths of the past.

2. Aldrovandi Villa Borghese, for hedonistic spa sessions

Luxury

The spa at the Aldrovandi Villa Borghese hotel in Rome.
Courtesy of Aldrovandi Villa Borghese / Expedia

Set on the fringes of the leafy Villa Borghese park, with its genteel stately home full of art, Aldrovandi is a class act. It has a serene outdoor pool that’s a godsend in the steamy Mediterranean summers, and its Mytha SPA is a petite oasis with a hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna, as well as results-driven facials using Biologique Recherche products. Hedonism is encouraged here, as evidenced by the night-time spa sessions with candles and prosecco. Yes, please.

3. Villa Spalletti Trivelli, for rooftop hot tub fun

Hotel, Villa

Two hot tubs on the rooftop garden terrace of the Villa Spalletti Trivelli hotel in Rome.
Courtesy of Villa Spalletti Trivelli / Expedia
This elegant old villa has an eternally chic, wood-panelled spa with an enormous, marble-clad sauna at its heart. Nip down from its palatial, mansion-style bedrooms for a workout in the airy, mirrored gym, then book in a sumptuous body treatment or high-spec facial. Want to get out in the fresh air? Continue the spa fun on the hotel’s rooftop garden terrace, where you’ll find two fizzing hot tubs sunk into the deck.

4. Rome Cavalieri, for a choice of pools and tennis courts

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The indoor pool at the Rome Cavalieri hotel in Rome.
Courtesy of Rome Cavalieri / Expedia
The palatial halls and world-class facilities of the Cavalieri make it a favourite with athletes from all over the world – indeed, this is where Serena Williams met her husband. There are three outdoor swimming pools and two tennis courts where you can take advantage of the Italian sunshine from spring to autumn, while the super-luxe, expansive indoor spa is inspired by the ancient Romans, all stone pillars, sculpted fountains and flickering fireplaces. Be aware that this hotel has US-style resort fees, and spa access isn’t automatically included for guests.

5. Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá, for a full thermal spa

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Hot tub at the Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá hotel in Rome
Courtesy of Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá / Expedia

On the west side of the Tiber River, close to Vatican City, Villa Agrippina is slightly out of the tourist crush, so it’s the perfect setting for a spa break. The all-white, orchid-dotted My Blend by Clarins Spa is a real treat, with a full suite of thermal areas: saunas, steam rooms, sensory showers, an ice fountain and a vitality pool. Book a hot-stone massage to dissolve a few days’ worth of sightseeing fatigue.

6. Grand Hotel Palace, for globally inspired pampering

Hotel

The spa at the Grand Hotel Palace hotel in Rome
Courtesy of Grand Hotel Palace / Expedia

The leafy restaurant terrace and candy-striped bedrooms at this hotel are every bit as invigorating as its spa, with a sexy, low-lit indoor pool, relaxation lounge and treatment rooms. The pampering sessions draw on global traditions from Indian Ayurveda to Indonesian jamu: try the Java Delight ritual for several treatments, including a coffee-based scrub, packaged up with a traditional spa bath.

7. Anantara Palazzo Naiadi, for short breaks

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Massage treatment room at the Palazzo Naiadi hotel in Rome.
Courtesy of Anantara Palazzo Naiadi / Expedia
This palazzo is the first hotel in Italy from Thai brand Anantara. It’s set beside Rome’s main station, Termini, so it’s brilliant for short breaks, and the iconic crescent-shaped neoclassical palace is a real showstopper. Hidden in its depths is the incense-scented Anantara Spa, with gilded Buddhist art, a steam room and a jacuzzi. Work up a sweat before your spa session in the hyper-modern gym.

8. The First Roma Arte, for a top hotel gym

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Rooftop hot tub at the First Roma Arte hotel in Rome.
Courtesy of the First Roma Arte / Expedia
In a swish location just off luxury shopping avenue Via del Corso, this cream-coloured townhouse hotel has one of the best hotel gyms in the city – certainly its most modern – which also offers running tours around the city, an open-air workout option and personal trainers on hand. Show off your trim physique on the glam rooftop with its white marble bar and potted shrubs.

9. Hotel de la Ville, for a stylish Sicilian spa

Luxury

The spa at the Hotel de la Ville hotel in Rome
Courtesy of Hotel de la Ville / Expedia

Close to the Spanish Steps, the spa at this five-star offering is a stylish, earthy number with unpolished concrete walls and basket lanterns, lit by the luminous glow of its indoor pools. The Sicilian product range makes this one of the most Italian-infused spas in Rome: breathe in great lungfuls of orange blossom, olive oil and sea salt during deeply cocooning treatments, or be massaged by hot rocks from Mount Etna.

10. Hotel de Russie, for Instagrammable spa snaps

Hotel, Villa

The spa at the Hotel de Russie hotel in Rome
Courtesy of Hotel de Russie / Expedia
Set in one of the most upmarket, fashionable hotels in the city, the Hotel de Russie underground spa is a photographer’s dream – all bright cobalt mosaic and pounding water jets around its skin-nourishing saltwater hydrotherapy pool, with a wave-effect floor and boat-shaped white recliners to lounge on. Head-to-toe olive oil rituals and posture-fixing Thai massages await at the treatment rooms. Finish it all off with a neat French manicure – you’ll need it for posing in the elegant hotel courtyard at aperitivo hour.

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