If you are looking for the advantages of a city centre hotel with the tranquillity of being outside the town then this is your hotel. This is a spa hotel with its own grounds on the Gianacolo hill so this comes at a price but...
The hotel is a leisurely three minute walk downhill to the Principe Amadeo bridge and on to the Corso Vittorio Emanuele (take a short cut through the hotel car park) so the major sights are really only minutes away. We were there four days and didn't need to take a taxi or public transport once.
The Vatican is less than ten minutes away. This time you need to take a short cut through the Gianacolo hill car park (which also has a cheap non-touristic coffee shop in the entrance), across the road from the hotel, and down the escalators to St. Peter's square. Another ten minutes walk gets you to the San Pietro railway station if you feel like taking a train somewhere.
The rooms at the hotel are new, spacious and bright, with two ample wardrobes, although no drawer space and the bathrooms well fitted and everything spotlessly clean. Our bath was a bit awkward to get in and out of and would be difficult for someone short or with a bad leg and the lights take a while to figure out, but I'd still give ten out of ten for the room. Breakfast is fine. If you want eggs you'll need to order but the cold buffet is adequate with warm pastries, fruit, cold meats and cheeses etc. and the coffee excellent (as you would expect). The staff were friendly, helpful and looked happy. I must say the Gran Melia hand on heart greeting makes me giggle every time I see it, but if it makes the marketing department happy...
In all I would thoroughly recommend this hotel for a stay in the eternal city. We had blue skies for our four days in November and might not have enjoyed crossing the bridge so much in the freezing cold and driving rain but it really is a great location.
- 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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