This was our second visit at the St. Regis in Rome, and if repeatability represents quality, this hotel sets the bar quite high. The St. Regis is located on Piazza della Republica, which by itself is an experience in Rome, representing a prime location packed with history and value. While some hotels use their location as an excuse to cut back (think the NY Hilton near Times Square), the St. Regis heads in the opposite direction. The staff is exceptional, from entry, to concierge, to restaurants, to butler service. The butler service is a fantastic experience that can tempt any soul to extend a stay. The lobby is everything the hotel advertises, rich in décor and Italian historical style. As a traditional European hotel, breakfast is included, and breakfast at the St. Regis is a treasured event. The buffet, while not overly large, features a wonderful selection of delights—cheeses, breads,. etc. We ordered room service, and received it timely, at the right temperature, and with above average presentation.
For a European facility, the fitness center is well equipped. It could be improved, but of course, that is an American thing. Other countries simply do not emphasize the fitness center that way we do. But there are enough machines with video to allow for a good cardio workout.
The beds are comfortable, with luxurious European linens and pillows. An especially welcome touch is the small sofa at the foot of the bed for watching tv or just relaxing. As an older property, the rooms are unique in various ways (we had two this time, and 4 last time). It’s a fun thing just to see the differences. At the back of the hotel there is a redone “old-fashioned” elevator that works. It has the iron door on the outside and the two wooden (which appear to be original) doors as well. It runs to all floors and the spa/fitness,