La Griffe Roma MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Bold modernist design flourishes in a 19th century building
- Restaurant with sweeping views of St Peter’s Basilica
- Champagne cocktails on the rooftop bar
What To Know
- Within walking distance of attractions like the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
- Guestrooms feel modern and have large private balconies
- Meeting space is available
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Built in the 19th-century, and fully revamped in 2013, this luxe urban retreat on Rome’s buzzy Via Nazionale feels thoroughly modern. Behind the property’s cream and pale yellow façade, sit slick, minimalist interiors of bold red, black and grey. In the guestrooms, you’ll find large private balconies, chunky leather chairs and modern Italian artwork. For added space, book a suite with extra goodies like split-level rooms, saunas and hot tubs. Curl up with a book in the hotel library or book an in-room massage with the concierge. In the evening, take the elevator to the top floor and feast on squid ink cannelloni or breaded red tuna with sautéed cabbage at the hotel’s al fresco restaurant, La Luna. The wrap-around balcony is nearly 150 feet above street level, affording dazzling views of the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Opera House. After dinner, slouch off to the adjoining Champagneria Mumm for a glass of bubbly under the Roman stars.
In the Area
The hotel’s prime location makes sightseeing a breeze: cultural heavy-hitters like the Spanish Steps, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain are all a short walk away. For a shopping fix, you don’t have far to go, either; posh boutiques and eateries abound on this busy stretch of Via Nazionale. If carb loading or card maxing don’t appeal, try a stroll the through the dazzling Villa Borghese gardens; or head to nearby Repubblica metro station and hop on a train to Vatican City to see the Sistine Chapel.
How to Get There
This is not a 5 star hotel. We had come from the Sofitel hotel in Florence which was so beautiful with such impecable service to La Griffe which was a big disappointment.The check in was rude with one person serving me then another taking over with no explanation.The hallways and the room reminded me hospital with the sweaky resin/plastic floors and the very small room is decorated in bright red curtains and bathroom which is very dated. There was mould in the bathroom tile grout and on the ceiling and it didnt feel clean. Breakfast was below average and would be better to go to a cafe. Rooftop bar was disappointing as all the surfaces are sticky and took a long time to get service.We stayed in a 3 star hotel in the Trevi area a few weeks before and that was far superior in every way to this hotel which is in need of a serious clean and renovation. There was one efficient receptionist who provide a good restaurant recommendation offsite.
The good points of this hotel are its location in Rome, close to Termini Station and tourist attractions such as the famous Trevi Fountain or the Forum and the Coliseum. The staff is friendly especially at breakfast.
Among the negatives is... the breakfast where the products are not very good quality and can be served from one morning to the next if they were not fully eaten the day before what does not really worthy of a hotel as the MGallery...
The furniture of the rooms looks like low value and deserves a serious renovation as it is worn.
The air conditioning system is undersized and is struggling to cool the room during hot weather.
As things stand at present and although it has all the potential, this hotel is not at the level of what one can expect.
As a regular voyage Privé customer I was very disappointed with the La Griffe De Roma M Sofitel. This is definitely NOT a five star hotel. While the staff were nice enough the amenities did not match the 5 star rating. I was already concerned when exiting the lift and found the corridors to be.... well not 5 star. Laminated floors with wrinkles and just shabby looking. I was staying in a Deluxe room and again while it was ok there was nothing deluxe about it. I had the worst view I have ever had in a hotel with a narrow window that faced a concrete wall (pictured.) The room looked like it had seen better days with scratches and marks on the floor, furniture and walls. Fixtures missing. Skirting board could definitely do with a lick of paint. On the first day we tried to have a shower and we were disappointed to find the despite leaving the hot water running for 15minutes it was still tepid. We called reception about the issue and they said they would send an engineer.... no one arrived so we decided to leave and start our holiday in Rome. We hoped this would have been fixed when we returned but no, so it was another disappointing shower after travelling and sight seeing. Apparently there was an issue in the entire building and was eventually sorted on the second day.
Beds..... super lumpy. I understand it’s standard procedure to join two beds together to create king size but the seam might as well have been a brick wall. Me and my partner either had to squeeze on one bed or sleep separately. Again not what I wanted from my romantic trip.
Breakfast.... another disappointing experience. The driest scrambled eggs I have ever seen in my life! A light unappealing assortment of meats and cheese. I asked for an Americano coffee and was constantly given filter despite me being very specific. I’m in Italy for Gods sake so it shouldn’t be hard to get a decent coffee.
Gym.... no point. Get your workout by exploring Rome.
Don’t ask for an ice bucket.... I was charged 10Euros for the privilege of frozen water in a plastic bucket (more the alcohol I had bought to go in it!)
If I was to visit Rome again I would definitely stay somewhere else. I would have preferred a bloody holiday inn and have paid half the price.