Hotel King is located at the top of the Spanish Steps, the monumental stairway of 135 steps which was built in 1723–1725, linking the Bourbon Spanish Embassy and the Trinità dei Monti church. The famous Villa Medici can be reached from the Steps: a historical villa and architectural complex with a garden contiguous with the larger Borghese gardens, now property of the French State and housing the French Academy in Rome. At the bottom of the Spanish Steps is located Piazza di Spagna, one of the most famous and picturesque squares in Rome. It owes its name to the Palazzo di Spagna, seat of the Embassy of Spain among the Holy See. In the Piazza di Spagna is located the Early Baroque fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia, built in 1627–29 and often credited to Pietro Bernini, father of a more famous son, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who is recently said to have collaborated on the decoration.
Hotel King is located 900 meters away from the Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world, situated in the Trevi district. The design of the Trevi fountain is based on three architectural elements: a façade made of travertine; statues of carrara marble; a see reef also made of travertine. In the middle, there is the statue of Ocean who is carried on his triumphal chariot by two horses jockeyed by two Tritons. In the left part of the arch there is the statue of Abundance and in the right portion the statue of Health. The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. The legend says that in order to come back to Rome you have to throw a coin in the water using the right hand over the right shoulder.
Hotel King is located close to Villa Borghese Gardens, one of the largest and most beautiful parks in Rome. Dive yourself into Roman history and natural beauty with just a few minutes walk from our hotel. The large gardens contain a small lake with rowing boats, temples, statues, a few villas – museums, a zoo and caffees. You can experience feel the magic of this place by renting if you rent a small boat and gracefully row on “Giardino del Lago” a lake in the center of the gardens. Art lovers will fall in love with Villa Borghese. In addition to the lovely gardens and sculptures there is the beautiful Villa Borghese museum & gallery with Bellini Canova and Bernini sculptures and Caravaggio paintings! We recommend that the tickets and guided tours of the museum are bought in advance to skip the potential long waiting lines. Please let us know and our hotel concierge will take care of that for you.
The Pantheon is located about 1 Km away from the Hotel King and it’s a former Roman temple, now a church, on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD). The present building was completed by the emperor Hadrian and probably dedicated to him about 126 AD. The original Pantheon burned down, so it is not certain when the present one was built. It is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings, in large part because it has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a church dedicated to "St. Mary and the Martyrs" but informally known as "Santa Maria Rotonda". The building is circular with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns. In a street next to "Piazza della Rotonda" there is one of the most famous place in Rome where to taste a coffee the “Casa del Caffè al Pantheon-Tazzadoro” founded in 1946 and now well known to have the best coffee blends in the world.