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JUL-AUG 2018

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night, each of the 79 rooms and 13 suites in Hotel Hassler are unique in their design, but share a common usage of original art, antiques, treasures such as French crystal, and the most up-to-date in-room technology. Stepping inside the vestibule of my room (no. 723), I was greeted by my reflection presented in a six-foot-tall Venetian mirror surmounting a marquetry console with ormolu trim. A pair of velvet bergères with nailhead trim were positioned at the rise to a sitting room with access to a small balcony overlooking Rome's rooftops, a Jenga-like configuration of architecture spanning several centuries. A pair of crimson crystal bedside lamps provided a dramatic pop of color in the otherwise black-and-white scheme. Beautifully perfumed "Amorvero" toiletries, created by Wirth specifically for the property, adorned the vanity in the American-sized bathroom. A trio of recently refurbished Executive Suites are quite lavish. e Villa Medici Suite boasts a terrace large enough to suit an emperor, while the dining room of the Hassler Penthouse Suite is outfitted with bone china designed specifically for this suite. Also recently renovated is the Hassler's Michelin-starred restaurant Imàgo, which marked its 10th anniversary in 2017. e plethora of windows in the 6th floor space puts all of Rome's splendors at your feet, while exotic spices culled from near and far puts the world on your plate. A native of Naples, Executive Chef Francesco Apreda offers diners two distinct culinary experiences under the Imàgo umbrella: one focused on traditional Italian specialties, and the other more globally influenced, with an emphasis on Japanese and Indian cuisines. Imàgo's polenta bread is award-winning, and equally laudable is their take on the classic cacio e pepe. Made with risotto and white sesame, the wonderful richness of the creamy risotto is a perfect foil to the bite of the pepper. While it seems easy on paper, Wirth remarked that not many chefs can perfect the dish. "With so few ingredients, proper preparation is supreme," he explained. oughtfully preserved in all its 1940s glam is the cozy, wood paneled Hassler Bar, reserved for guests and locals in-the-know. Famous imbibers have included Audrey Hepburn, George Clooney, and Princess Diana. Mr. Wirth recounted that the People's Princess told him the Hassler Bellini was the best she'd ever tasted. During my stay, I developed a particular penchant for the unique flavor of Blavod black vodka in the Black Hassler martini as well as their Summer in Palm Court cocktail, a beguiling and refreshing blend of gin, limoncello, St. Germain, lime and soda. Terrace of the Villa Medici Penthouse Suite 34 slmag.net

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