My husband and I stayed here for three nights at the end of our week and a half long trip to Europe. Although I had spent countless hours obsessing over hotel choices in other cities, I chose the Gran Melia in Rome in about 10 minutes. It is a brand new resort with a beautiful outdoor pool within walking distance to all the sights. We got a great rate on their website – and my husband and I remarked that within a year, the rates will probably double as the hotel becomes popular and well known.
Check in was quick and the front desk person was very friendly. She wished us a happy anniversary, as I had noted it in our reservation. I did this on each hotel booking throughout our trip, but the Gran Melia was the only hotel that acknowledged it. We were informed upon check in that we had been upgraded at no charge from a deluxe to a premium room. The upgrade was much appreciated.
The hotel room was immaculate, spacious and extremely modern. There were cookies waiting for us compliments of the hotel. There was a large king sized bed that was very comfortable. The view was pretty much non-existent, as it looked out over some sort of service entrance with the gardens beyond, but I’m sure it was an upgrade from the view in our originally booked room. The bathroom was definitely the highlight of the room, with heated floors, the most amazing shower ever (there were two spray jets – one vertical and one horizontal), and fully stocked with lots of amenities including Clarins products.
The pool area was very nice. I had hoped to use it more, but since we were only in Rome for 3 nights, I couldn’t justify spending time at the pool. We were able to use it the first day - and it was a glorious feeling to jump in the pool after a long day of sightseeing in the heat. We returned home from dinner on our first night to find two glasses of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries in celebration of our anniversary. This was a nice touch. We received turndown service every night with candy and rose petals.
I was a bit disappointed with the concierge at the hotel. We approached the concierge on our second night and requested a suggestion for somewhere near the hotel to get pizza. She looked at me with a confused look on her face and told me that she didn’t know. I found that a bit strange. Then I asked her for restaurant recommendations in Campo de Fiori for our last night in Rome. This time I was met with a disgusted look and told “No, I don’t know any restaurants there, it’s too touristy.” I wanted to respond, um, we’re tourists. But I suddenly felt very stupid for suggesting an area beneath the hotel’s usual clientele. In all honesty, I would have readily accepted her advice (and ultimately did) if it had been delivered with a little more tact. Despite this one incident, we received excellent service from all of the hotel staff.
The location of the hotel was excellent. I had been concerned that it was too far on the outskirts from the center of Rome, but everything was a 20-30 minute walk. We walked everywhere in Rome and never used public transportation or taxis. The area around the hotel felt very safe and we had no concerns returning to the hotel late at night.
We had a great stay in Rome and would 100% recommend the Gran Melia to future travelers looking for a luxurious city oasis.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New opening in 2012 of the exclusive resort Gran Meliá Rome, located in the historical and cultural heart of the Eternal City. Discover a luxury hotel located just 5 minutes walk from the Vatican and 15 minutes from the principal attractions of Rome (Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiori, Panteón, Castel Sant´Angelo or the popular neighbourhood of Trastevere). Experience the magic of classic Rome and enjoy this Garden of Eden in the very heart of the city, which is located in the old Villa Agrippina, belonging to Emperor Nero’s mother.In our 116 elegantly decorated rooms and deluxe suites, you will enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the Vatican, Castel Saint Angelo or the beautiful gardens. You will have full facilities available to you, with elegant bathrooms, free WIFI Internet, Clarins® luxury amenities, Nespresso® coffeemaker, Ipod Docking Station, all in your room. Spectacular hydromassages, terraces and private gardens in superior categories. All rooms include access to our YHI Spa & Wellness Centre, Melia Hotels own line of Spas.Discover a unique hotel in the city and experience the most exclusive and personalised luxury of our RedLevel service, our Boutique within the Hotel. Elegant traditional décor with surprising avant-garde touches and luxurious details will make your stay a unique one. Italian and international haut cuisine, creative and signature gastronomy, magnificent private botanical gardens, spectacular terraces and panoramic views of the centre of Rome combine to conjure up a magical setting.This spectacular deluxe resort located on the banks of the romantic Tiber River, is surrounded by a 7.500 m2 park, outside pool and hydromassage with Vitality Pool. Its impeccable personalised attention and butler service, magnificent YHI Spa and Wellness Centre, sauna, interior relaxation area, Fitness area with personal trainer, Beauty Centre, gastronomic areas and fashionable lounge, will change your concept of a deluxe resort in the centre of Rome. Enjoy this Paradise in the centre of the most romantic city in the world. ... more less
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