Gran Melia Rome
What We Love
- Location in the hilly Gianicolo neighborhood is quiet but central?
- Breathtaking views (especially at dusk)?
- Free WiFi?
- Serene YHI Spa is perfect after a day of sightseeing
What To Know
- A city tax of $9 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at check out
- Spa vitality pool is on the small side and can fill up quickly in good weather?
- The hotel is a short walk from the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica
- Outdoor facilities are open weather permitting?
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
It may have only opened in spring 2012, but the roots of the Gran Meliá Rome go back centuries. In the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, this sprawling site, near the banks of the Tiber River, was home to Villa Agrippina, residence of Emperor Nero’s mother. During the Meliá’s extensive excavation, numerous relics and archeological remains were discovered, many of which are displayed today throughout the hotel. Despite the unique historical ties, the flagship property is at its heart thoroughly modern; from its state-of-the-art spa and outdoor pool to its upscale restaurant helmed by a two-Michelin-star chef.
Bed & Bath
The 116 guestrooms are streamlined and stylish with Nespresso coffee machines, personalized pillow menus and iPod docking stations. Playful splashes of signature red add color to an otherwise muted palette of soft browns and creams, and headboards feature oversize artwork inspired by famous Italian paintings from the city’s museums. Bathrooms are crafted from marble and natural stone and have powerful cascade showers and Clarins products. For a room with a view, go for the Premium City View, which looks out over the Vatican dome and the castle of Sant’ Angelo.
A bust of Agrippina greets guests in the sleek lobby, off of which sits a contemporary library stocked with art books. Beyond this you’ll find a whimsical bar serving creative cocktails and the gourmet Vivavoce restaurant, helmed by two-Michelin-star chef Alfonso Iaccarino. Other dining options include Liquid Garden, a pool lounge bar in a grove of sweet smelling orange trees and chic rooftop lounge, the Lunae Terrace. For total relaxation, take a stroll through the hotel’s fragrant botanical gardens or head to the YHI Spa with its open-air vitality pool, sauna and steam rooms, a gym, and four treatment rooms.
In the Area
This city is made for strolling. Walks along the river, through the buzzy Trastevere neighborhood and to the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are all within easy reach of the hotel (ask the concierge for suggestions). Located in the Flaminia neighborhood, the MAXXI museum houses contemporary art in a stunning building designed by Zaha Hadid. Nearby Trastevere is a hotbed of bars, nightlife and restaurants. Splurge at the gourmet Glass Hosteria helmed by noted chef Cristina Bowerman. If you want to venture a little further, head an hour northeast from Rome to explore Tivoli’s UNESCO-approved Villa d’ Este gardens.
How to Get There
We stayed just for one night but it was amazing experience. Firstly, the service and the people were just amazing. Despite the fact that this was our first time in this hotel we felt like royalty coming home. Just amazing. We have received welcome drink upon arrival. The first room we got we didn’t like (the windows were into back street so it felt a bit dark) so we asked for a different room which we got without any problems or making us feel bad. We loved the new room. Overviewing the gardens and top of the dome of Vatican with huge bathtub (our daughter loved it).
The hotel is within short walk to city center and Vatican.
The spa has no access for kids and even for hotel guests costs 20 eur. The outdoor pool wasn’t opened yet but I think it is accessible for kids.
Breakfast was small but nice. Egg dishes and pancakes are extra to be ordered a la card and cost 10-12 eur. Our daughter has ordered pancakes as she didn’t find anything in the buffet she liked and the hotel didn’t charge us for it because she didn’t want to eat from the buffet. I thought that was very nice of them.
Overall great experience. Amazing friendly staff! Thank you so much for making our trip so memorable.
This place is a gem! Staff is ultra friendly, interior design is on point!
Rooms design is just perfect as the rooms are all large and bathroom is ultra clean
We loved it and it’s right next to the Vatican
The best part was the spa ♥️
Don’t have much to say, but will definitely visit again
We chose to stay in this hotel for our own trip after my Husband had used it on business. We weren’t disappointed. The staff are lovely and welcoming, and can’t do enough to help. Special credit to the bar tender I wish I had noted his name, he was great. The room was spotless, and a minor complaint would be it was quite hot, and we weren’t sure the air conditioning was working even though we had it on cold. This didn’t spoil our stay and we would definitely use this hotel again. It is very convenient for the Vatican but we also found the other attractions easy to get to, we walked everywhere.
There is a nice pool area in the warmer months but as we visited in February this wasn’t open.
Tucked away in a quiet villa with views to the Vatican, this hotel offers excellence with professionalism and friendliness. Comfortable rooms and high quality amenities and restaurants, it is difficult to find better.
We stayed here for a couple of nights. Beautiful hotel. The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The room was amazing with terrific views of the city. Had a minor issue with the hot tub but the hotel was very attentive and accommodating.