Via Vittorio Veneto 50, Rome, Italy, 00187
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- Business travellers, Culture vultures, Foodies, Shopping
Best for Food - Expert review of Hotel Majestic
One of the grande dames of Rome’s accommodation scene, the Majestic was the first hotel to open on Dolce Vita thoroughfare Via Veneto, back in 1889. After its heyday in the twenties the hotel was overtaken by other luxury players, but has recently regained ground following a major refurbishment which wrapped in 2006, and – in 2008 – the signing of Sicilian celebrity chef Filippo La Mantia to run the hotel’s flagship restaurant. If you’re looking for the Grand Hotel experience with just a touch of glam thrown into the mix, then the Majestic is currently my top recommendation in Rome.
Right on Via Veneto, the deluxe party street made famous by Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. The scene is a lot more sedate now than it was in the sixties (perhaps not a bad thing), but the hotel is still well-placed for the Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti), Villa Borghese and the main centro storico shopping area. The Barberini metro stop is nearby and Termini train station is a short taxi hop away.
Suave elegance is the keynote of the Majestic’s 98 rooms, with just a little touch of bling in the gold fittings, zebra-striped rugs and sometimes challenging colour combos. And for once the smallest rooms – the superior doubles – don’t feel like a sacrifice, averaging out at a generous (for Rome at least) 26 square metres.
Don’t be put off by the hotel’s rather small lobby and reception area; it’s on the first-floor piano nobile that the Majestic pulls out all the stops, in a series of opulent reception rooms, one of which, the Sala Verdi, has a ceiling frescoed with scenes from Roman and Italian history. The main split-level lounge has complimentary newspapers laid out underneath four antique clocks showing the time in London, Tokyo, Sydney and New York.
This is where the Majestic really comes into its own: dynamic, personable Sicilian chef Filippo La Mantia was invited to take over the hotel’s sumptuous main restaurant in 2008. Called simply ‘Filippo La Mantia’, it does light reworkings of traditional Sicilian dishes, using the freshest ingredients. Be sure to book in advance, as the restaurant has been a huge hit with Roman gourmets and fashionistas. The hotel’s second restaurant, La Ninfa, offers a more international menu and a more intimate ambience. I love its dinky little cocktail bar, which feels like the First Class bar on a luxury transatlantic cruise ship.
The hotel’s new gym is a state-of-the-art facility with TechnoGym equipment and personal trainers on call. Another nice touch is the fact that it’s open 24 hours.
Professional and attentive, in my experience.
A mix of business people – drawn also by the hotel’s four meeting rooms – and high-end leisure clients.
There’s a 15 per cent discount if you stay two nights, and a 25 per cent discount on three nights or more.
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- Via Vittorio Veneto 50, Rome, Italy, 00187
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
- Via Veneto