We were only able to book two consecutive nights with Marriott points, so we arrived by taxi from another Rome hotel. The taxi driver looked puzzled when I said Marriott Grand Flora, but Grand Flora alone brought smiles of recognition, and a direct drive to the hotel. We had previously been in Paris for a week at the Marriott Champs Elysees, so we were expecting a great hotel, and first impression of the elegant lobby and efficient reception fulfilled that assumption.
Our room at first glance did not have give the impression of luxury that we had anticipated, but it was a large corner room with windows on Via Veneto and on the street to the right of the hotel. We had a great walk-in closet, spacious entry way and lovely bathroom, and by the end of the first day, I was totally sold on the Grand Flora.
We walked almost everywhere, using the metro only once to bring us back to the hotel on a hot afternoon after wandering far afield. We loved the cafes and gelaterias, and had breakfast at the charming little bar/pastry shop/deli/gelateria just down the street. (first cafe on the right side of the street to the right of the hotel as you face the hotel) and at the Caffe de Oro, near the Pantheon, where they just may, indeed, have the best coffee in the world.
Our laptop loved the high speed internet. Although it was not wireless, the hotel provided us with the necessary cable, and it was fast and free. The concierge was quite helpful in locating a small, unlisted restaurant recommended by a neighbor's family who live in Rome part of the year, and though we had great food everywhere, one of our favorites was Hosteria Costanza, near Campo de Fiori, built into the walls of the ancient Teatro de Pompeo.
We have plans to go back to Rome soon, and hope we'll have enough points left to stay again at the Grand Flora. Although we would not pay $$$$ to stay at the Grand Flora, we do consider it an excellent use of our points, and were quite pleased with our brief stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora - il cuore di Via Veneto batte in altoImmerse in your personal "Dolce Vita" at the Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora, right on top of the noble Via Veneto and next door to the Villa Borghese gardens.This gracious edifice with the stylish decor capturing the grandeur of Neoclassicism is exclusively designed for those looking for refined luxury in an atmosphere of sophistication and the highest level of welcoming hospitality anticipating every need of today's business or leisure traveller.Just sink back in the timeless elegance of the superbly appointed rooms and relax, or delight in the culinary highlights of the Mediterranean cuisine at the restaurant The Cabiria. The adjoining bar is the ideal place to meet, to see, or be seen, or to take in the flamboyant atmosphere of Via Veneto.The rooftop Ailanto is the perfect setting for wedding receptions and exclusive celebrations, or simply for admiring the enchanting view over the roofs of the Eternal city.Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora - right on the top. ... more less
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