Splendide Royal - A Summit Hotel
Via Di Porta Pinciana 14, Rome, Italy, 00187
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Romance, Shopping, Special occasions
Expert review of Splendide Royal - A Summit Hotel
One of Rome’s most alluring luxury hotels, the 69-room Splendide Royal stands out in terms of value, service and attention to detail from some of the more tired and overpriced five-stars in the surrounding Via Veneto area – which does not always live up to its Dolce Vita reputation. Warm, opulent and just a tad bling, with its inlaid marble floors and gilded antique furniture, its hall dominated by an ornate Murano chandelier used by director Luchino Visconti in the film The Leopard, this is the sort of place that immediately makes you feel coddled and privileged.
Set back from the Via Veneto, the hotel has views over the gardens of Villa Medici (today the French Academy in Rome) and across the city to St Peter’s. It’s close to the Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) and the fashion shopping area, and several good restaurants are within ten minute’s walk.
Some will find the room décor a little OTT with all those flounces, furbelows, mirrors, candelabras and clashing floral patterns, but if you leave your minimalism at home it’s all great fun – and very much in the spirit of Rome, which has always had an edge of excess to its elegance. For views, book a fourth- or fifth-floor junior suite with a terrace overlooking the gardens of Villa Medici and the rooftops of Rome beyond. The marble-lined bathrooms are satisfyingly large.
You’re spoiled for choice with a succession of opulent lounges, replete with gilded mirrors and sparkling chandeliers. My favourite is the winter garden, with its skylight ceiling and very Belle Epoque potted palms. There are also three mid-sized meeting rooms, kitted out with all the latest technology.
The top floor Mirabelle restaurant offers more magnificent panoramas, but be prepared for serious cordon bleu cooking at serious prices. You can enjoy the same views at breakfast, or simply use the adjacent (and equally panoramic) bar for a sunset drink.
Not one of the hotel’s strong points; there’s a functional gym, and that’s about it.
This is a luxury hotel in every sense, with liveried doorman, professional and competent concierge and reception service, excellent housekeeping, and efficient room service. But you pay five-star prices for every little extra.
Plenty of expense-account business travellers, but also not a few high-end leisure clients. If you are among the latter, look out for weekend offers and high-summer (mid-July to end August) deals.
My advice is to stretch at the very least to a ‘deluxe double with view’. Prices are significantly higher at busy times. Note that breakfast is a costly extra, at 24 euros per person for the starter-level ‘continental’ version.
More information on Splendide Royal - A Summit Hotel:
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- Via Di Porta Pinciana 14, Rome, Italy, 00187
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
- Via Veneto