The Hotel Quirinale was founded near Via Veneto in 1865. Predating the Rome Opera house by a couple of years the two buildings are connected by a charming passage through a glorious inner garden. Even the colours of the 17th and 18th century engravings are reminiscent of the tales told in the Opera. A sense of timeless history is almost physically tangible. This elegant space still gleams with the eternal Imperial style that has hosted not only an extensive list of royalty but also eminent cultural and artistic elite.
Until it was requisitioned by the allied forces to headquarter New Zealand troops during the Second World War the Hotel Quirinale was very popular. It was from one of the Hotel Quirinale windows that Giuseppi Verdi received the overwhelming response to the first performance of Falstaff . It is well known as a much loved meeting place of Puccini, Toscanini, Wagner, Rossini, Caruso, Duncan, and Eleanora Duse. Tito Schipa, Isadora Duncan, Callas,di Stefano, Del Monaco, Nureyev, Vassiliev, Fontayne, and Marakova.
The current management acquired the hotel in 1976 and during the last number of decades the 209 room hotel continues to improve its world class superior hospitality and has only grown in status and reputation.
The Hotel Quirinale has a bus stop right outside the front door. Attraction such as the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Coliseum and even the Vatican are however within easy walking distance.
Home away from home for opera singers and conductors, the hotel can also accommodate 340 more earthly beings. Accommodation for tourists, families and business travellers is offered in single and double rooms as well as junior suites and suites. Standard services include safety deposit box, room service, parking nearby, satellite and pay per view television in the room, independently controlled air conditioning, laundry service as well as disabled guest access and amenities.