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 [node:169860] 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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
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.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Romantic Rome views
- Palatial décor
- Pricey extras, including breakfast and internet access