St Regis Grand Hotel Rome

Via V. E. Orlando 3, Rome, Italy, 00185

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St Regis Grand Hotel Rome

By Lee Marshall, your Rome expert

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#28 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Rome
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
4.1
4.1
Bedrooms:
4.7
4.7
Eating/drinking:
4.7
4.7
Public areas:
4.9
4.9
Leisure facilities:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
3.4
3.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of St Regis Grand Hotel Rome

Old-fashioned luxury is guaranteed at this historic Roman hospitality palace.

The Eternal City’s very earliest luxury hotel was opened by Swiss high-end hospitality pioneer César Ritz in 1894. A $35 million makeover late last century restored the sumptuous ballroom to its original splendour, and polished up the massive chandeliers which illuminate a super-elegant array of Regency and Empire furnishings. This is old-fashioned luxury with no expenses spared, though these days the St Regis suffers a little from its proximity to the downmarket central station district.

Location: 

A five-minute walk from Termini station, the hotel stands on what, since its inauguration, has become a traffic-clogged road in an area colonised by offices, ministries and budget hotels. But there are some pretty impressive sights close by – the Baths of Diocletian, the magnificent ancient collection in the Museo Massimo alle Terme – and it’s a quick hop down into more picturesque parts of town.

Bedrooms: 

Many of the richly decorated bedrooms and suites are frescoed, and all have lashings of marble in their bathrooms. At around 35 square metres, even the starter-level superior doubles are large by Italian standards. I’m a big fan of the opulent Junior Suites, but the Imperial rooms are pretty classy too; both come complete with 24-hour butler service. If you want to push the boat out, the hotel’s four special suites include the Bottega Veneta suite, styled by the Italian fashion house’s creative director Tomas Maier and inaugurated in 2007.

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Public areas: 

Massive burnished mirrors adorn the walls of the opulent receptions room downstairs, and the ballroom needs to be seen to be believed. I come here every year in July for the press conference to announce the line-up of the Venice film festival, and during dull passages am very grateful for the distraction of all those mirrors, chandeliers and ceiling paintings. If you’re a celebrity or head of state, you get to use the hotel’s private ‘diplomatic entrance’. There’s an array of meeting rooms for business events.

Eating and drinking: 

The St Regis is up there with the Hotel Majestic, the Rome Cavalieri and the Rocco Forte De Russie as Rome’s best hotel for eating and drinking. Vivendo, its elegant ground-floor restaurant, attracts Roman foodies keen to sample chef Francesco Donatelli’s elaborate modern-Mediterranean cuisine (if you want to try it, make sure you book at least a day in advance). And the barmen at the splendidly theatrical Le Grand Bar do some of Rome’s most perfect cocktails. Breakfast is a huge spread – but unless you get a package that includes it, it’s a pricey extra.

Leisure facilities: 

Asian-inflected KamiSpa on the fifth floor is open from 10am to 10pm for massages and beauty treatments, and there’s also a fully-equipped fitness centre, open 7am-10pm.

Service: 

Very old-school, but of an international level (not always to be taken for granted in Rome). Imperial rooms and above come with a personal butler.

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Who stays there: 

With 161 rooms (including suites), the St Regis is an accommodating luxury church, taking in everyone from ambassadors and film stars to ordinary mortals enjoying a palatial night or two on their Starwood points. The business and conference trade is another big player here.

Pros: 
They don’t make Grand Hotels like this any more
Sumptuous bedrooms
Good eating and drinking options
Cons: 
The surrounding area is rather characterless
Breakfast is an expensive extra

More information on St Regis Grand Hotel Rome:

Price from:
£173
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Via V. E. Orlando 3, Rome, Italy, 00185
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
Termini station

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