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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The rooms are modern and comfortable and lovely and even the lowest tier room was very spacious and well appointed. Bed was great, water pressure good, grounds serene, location ideal for both the Vatican, trastevere, and the Centro Storico.
But what really made it stand out was the accommodating, friendly, and responsive service. Front desk staff went above and beyond to help, whether letting me in my room earlier than check in or organizing an extra bed or simply directions into town. They were gracious, professional and welcoming.
I can’t wait to come back. Truly a great hotel experience.
Absolutely perfect. On every level. The most amazing customer service, the most impeccable hotel standards, the highest quality accommodation and the perfect location of this hotel make it impossible to beat. An old nuns convent offers a massive resort style five star complex in the heart of the city. A stunning pool tops the whole thing off. The definition of an oasis of calm against the backdrop of the bustling Italian streets and piazza's. Highly recommended and we will be back.
This hotel is in an excellent position and very close the the Vatican and city. We stayed for two nights in a Rex level grand premium room and we were very happy with the room which was airy and spacious. The red level check in is a bit of a farce and not really needed as you just sit down with someone from the normal reception and are given a chat about the place. The hotel is clean and well presented and all the staff are friendly and attentive. The spa is nice with one steam room some showers and a sauna. It also has a small pool with various jacuzzi type settings. The breakfast is fine and included in the red level price as is the spa. I did notice the cost of a breakfast which was 33 or 36 euros which is really expensive and not worth that at all . The cost of drinks in the bars are ridiculous and it’s not worth that sort of money but I suppose if they want to keep it exclusive it the prices will retain that and there are always people who will pay these ridiculous prices. The pool area outside is nice and the concierge service for luggage and cabs is efficient and nice. I would certainly go back for the location and the overall fabric of the hotel but I don’t see the benefit of the red level service I think it’s a bit pretentious to be honest and I wouldn’t eat a dinner or drink there only because I want value for money and you can get far cheaper drinks in the city.