The D’Inghilterra is one of the oldest and historically most important hotels in Europe. From one of its windows, in 1884, Vincenzo Gioberti spoke to the Roman people urging them to join in the fight for independence. On 2 July 1855 Pope Pious IX (a unique instance of a Pope leaving the Vatican), arrived at the hotel in order to meet “His Most Religious Majesty”, Don Pietro V, King of Portugal.
The 5-star hotel is in the heart of Rome, 650 ft from the Spanish Steps and a few steps from Via del Corso shopping street. The Trevi Fountain is about a 5-minute walk away.
In 1845 the building had been earmarked for the use as a hotel under the name of Hotel d’Angleterre, explained by the fact that the English poet Keats, who lived in the Piazza di Spagna, had gathered a large number of his fellow Englishmen around him. The hotel’s logo is patterned after the crest of the English Royal Family, demonstrating the centuries-long ties with the crown of the Windsors.
The hotel was soon a favourite site of nobles and high society. Countless illustrious guests have stayed here: Franz Listz, Hans Christian Andersen, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain, up to the recent visit by Prince Philip of Edinburgh, who signed the Gold Register to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Hotel d’Inghilterra. Read more details under ‘History’.