Having stayed here 2 nights, I have to say the Gran Melia did not meet expectations.
When arriving we received a tour of the hotel which seems had only one intention - to advertise the facilities not included with your room package.
The hotel is beautiful and the rooms were modern. We were pleased with the pool area which is a bonus for the city location, although heading back one evening after a storm we were disappointed the outside bar which was undercover had not opened.
Location wise the hotel is very close to the Vatican. The main entrance is located up a hill, away from the other tourist attractions in Rome. If you are planning on venturing further and returning by taxi I would recommend writing down the full address of the hotel as no taxi drivers knew where it was, but instead drove around Rome aimlessly with every intention of ripping you off.
When booking in we were informed we had received a room upgrade with breakfast and were quickly shown where it would be served, yet when checking out they were quick to try and charge 72€ for a couple of croissants! Also the pool bar and the mini bar were extremely expensive, paying a premium is to be expected in Rome, however I never expect to be charged 8€ for a glass of coke!
All in all it we enjoyed our trip to Rome, but wished we'd chosen a different hotel. If you have no budget or concept of money, then you will enjoy the Gran Melia Hotel
- 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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