We enjoyed our 3 night stay at the St.George. Admittedly on arrival, the outside of the building looks rather disappointing but once inside, the interior is smart, polished and welcoming. The staff are wonderful and we experienced a good level of service from the front desk, the breakfast team, the roof-top bar, the spa, even the hotel maids smiled and greeted us with a chirpy 'buongiorno'. Our room (307) was a reasonable size (by european standards) and the bathroom was bit of a squeeze but we didn't mind. The inclusive buffet breakfast was very good with plenty of choice. Whether you're a light eater or you have a big appetite, there's a good selection of hot and cold dishes. On each evening's return to the hotel we headed to the rooftop bar for a late night drink. We noticed that the bar isn't open during the day which is a real shame because it's such a great addition. Complimentary bruschetta and crudités are always served which is a nice touch. We loved the spa and enjoyed the pool. Make no mistake, officially on the website it's referred to as a Roman bath or Turkish bath but this was simply a hydromassage pool measuring approximately 5m square. Not big enough to swim properly but enough for a relaxing dip. You can walk everywhere in Rome and for us, the combination of the late autumn heat and achey feet, the pool was a welcome addition. The spa also offers a wide range of treatments and they get booked quickly so plan ahead if you feel like some time out.
The hotel is located in the historic centre but in a quiet part of the city near the river. We found it to be well located for the Vatican City, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Campo di Fiori, via Condotti, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain... you get the idea! Rome is a city that is best enjoyed on foot - there is history everywhere you look. For those who love shopping, sadly Rome doesn't quite compare with Milan or even Florence. Obviously there are the high end luxury stores and a handful of interesting independent stores but not much in between. As for eating out, there is plenty to choose from. Beware the tourist traps but for us we particularly enjoyed the restaurants and the atmosphere in the Trastevere district. This was an easy 5-10 minute walk from the hotel. On our last day the hotel kindly organised a taxi to take us to Ciampino Airport. We were assured that we not be over-charged (as I was on a previous visit to Rome) because the fare of 50 euros is capped. However when we were in the car, our driver informed us that we would have to pay another 5 euros for parking! On arrival near the airport the driver claimed that the car was having problems and dropped us outside the airport perimeter on the busy main road!! Then he had the audacity to charge us the additional 5 euros for parking despite being nowhere near the departures terminal. With a flight to catch and no time to argue, we simply paid and ran to the terminal. If you organise a taxi drop off just make sure you this doesn't happen to you! An unfortunate end to our lovely stay in Rome and the St.George. This incident aside, the St.George is a great place to stay and I would be happy to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Indigo(R) Rome - St. George is a 5 star luxury hotel located in Via Giulia right in the historic centre of Rome amidst galleries, boutiques and workshops. Our 5 star luxury hotel perfectly blends modern comforts with hints of our neighbourhood story, as the original travertine marble walls and the murals celebrating the area's long history of artistic expression. At I Sofà Bar Restaurant & Roof Terrace, which moves to the top floor of the hotel during summer, our chef Domenico Cassese handpicks seasonal ingredients and crafts farm-to-fork Roman recipes. Relax in our Roman bath including large whirlpool, sauna and Turkish bath at our wellness centre. Our outdoor event space suits 200, and we're walking distance from Pantheon, Vatican City, Castel Sant'Angelo, Piazza Navona, Campo de' Fiori and the Spanish Steps. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St George Roma Rome