Our room in Grand Hotel de la Minerve was a room with a view. From our window we saw the back of the Pantheon (very impressive), part of the Piazza Rotunda, the front of the Santa Maria sopra Minerva church, and the famous little elephant carrying an obelisk (a sculpture by Bernini / Ferrata on the Piazza della Minerva). Yes, it was an expensive room, but we felt this view alone was worth the money.
It was a Grand Deluxe room, and one of the largest hotel rooms we've ever had. Comfortable bed, excellent seating area, good lighting, very good bathroom with all amenities. Everything was very clean. Free bottles of mineral water each day. (No newspaper, although our reservation had said it was included. But there is a table with newspapers downstairs.) Good air conditioning, but the bed got a bit unpleasant at night, apparently because of one of these impermeable mattress covers: like lying on a sheet of plastic.
The breakfast buffet was a disappointment. Dry, precut slices of bread; tired croissants. There were some good, small breadrolls, but apparently so few of them that there was only one left when we arrived (at 8 AM). When I complained, the only answer I got was a shrug: "No, sorry, finished." For € 35 a person it was sadly overpriced, even though the cappuccino is good. We were staying in the hotel for five nights, and the other mornings we had breakfast on an outdoor terrace in front of the Pantheon: absolutely great!
We loved the hotel's rooftop terrace, having drinks there every day (excellent Bellini's!), and going there twice for dinner. Wonderful views: in the daytime, and in the evening (the illuminated monument of Victor Emmanuele II is quite something, love it or hate it). Dinner was good. Everything was very expensive, but of course you pay for the view.
Service was mostly rather impersonal, we've had much better than this in 5 stars hotels. Just one example: two days after having dinner on the rooftop terrace, we returned to have dinner there again. Both times we had made a reservation in advance, giving our name and room number. The second evening we were served by the same staff member, but this person didn't recognize us, and our name apparently didn't seem familiar. Now that's quite all right with us (we're ordinary people, no VIPs), but we've seen so many instances of more professional behaviour, that it surprised us. On the other hand, we met with a very friendly 'stagiaire' in the roof top bar, who took care that we had excellent service.
We would stay in this hotel again for the view, the location and the size of the room. But we wouldn't have breakfast there again, and we wouldn't expect too much in the way of service.
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- Six-story hotel housed in a restored late-17th century building with Napoleanic decor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Rome