We visited Rome for the first time last week and spent four nights at this hotel.
We had a lovely warm reception on our arrival and was given a tour of the hotel and welcome drink in the bar area next to the pool. Our room was beautiful with lots of cute attention to detail reminding us we were in Rome. The rooms are modern and feel very luxurious with all the all the touches you'd expect from a 5* resort.
The staff on the front desk really couldn't have done enough for us. All their recommendations for restaurants and tourist advice was spot on. I wish I could remember all their names but Sara was fantastic as well as the rest of the team. The service from them was friendly and super efficient just as good as the service I've experienced in any Shangri La hotel.
The location is incredible, 10 minutes from the nearest restaurants and about half an hour to the colosseum. The pool is very peaceful and we had read a few reviews that talked about the amount of birds around the pool in the evening and their mess everywhere. This is definitely something that has been addressed as we didn't see one bird near the pool and it was always pristine.
The breakfast was simple, fresh and delicious. We didn't eat in the restaurant but it looked nice enough if not a little empty in the evenings. People tend to complain about the prices of drinks at the hotel being too expensive. I have to say they are no different to any other 5* hotels we've stayed in anywhere else in the world, it's really to be expected.
We would totally recommend this hotel. It really is the perfect urban resort!
- 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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