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 [node:169860], 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.
Eating and drinking
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 ‘[node:168154]’, 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.
Who stays there
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.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Convenient downtown location and easy road access
- One of Rome’s best hotel restaurants
- Few Rome hotels do the Grand Hotel thing as well as the Majestic
- Rack rates are on the steep side
- No spa