The St. Regis Rome is a gilded landmark hotel that has held court in the heart of the ancient city since it was founded in 1894.After 120 years of entertaining regal guests such as Italy’s Queen Margherita and rock-n-roll royalty The Rolling Stones, the luxury hotel continues to excel at hosting diplomats and celebrities of all sorts — there’s even a private red carpet entrance, elevator and foyer for top VIPs.
Lavish décor, tradition and service distinguish this hotel from others. It’s filled with opulent ornamentation — Murano glass chandeliers, marble columns, hand-painted frescoes, rich velvet divans — that intermingle in every room and hall. Tuxedoed doormen and service staff are on call all hours for any request. A permanent collection and rotating exhibits of artwork by contemporary Italian artists grace the walls. Charming historical touches abound, such as the hotel’s late 19th-century wrought-iron elevator, one of Rome’s oldest functioning lifts.
Grand and gilded, the 138 guest rooms and 23 suites coincide with the sumptuous design scheme of the common areas. Rooms have a unique combination of Empire, Regency and Louis XV décor, accented with frescoes, tapestries, damask fabrics and large picture windows. Bathrooms are covered in marble and stock Remède products (a St. Regis signature). The suites are truly luxurious, in terms of both design style and space. The 1,700-square-foot Bottega Veneta suite designed by the luxury Italian fashion house is sleek and contemporary; the richly adorned, top-of-the-line 3,200-square-foot Royal Suite often houses heads of state. Suite guests will benefit from a staff of personal butlers who are on call day and night.
The excellent service the hotel is known for is also modus operandi at its popular restaurant, Vivendo. Helmed by chef Francesco Donatelli, the Mediterranean menu takes a creative spin on Roman favorites like gnocchi and puntarelle. The space is relaxed retro-glam (think 30s and 40s décor) and has several different areas for guests to eat and imbibe. Start the evening with aperitif pairings at the Krug champagne alcove, or have a feast in the Champagnerie, the eatery’s private room. Oenophiles will adore Di… Vino, a cellar located under the lobby — it has more than 500 labels and is nestled in the walls of an ancient bath hall’s tepidarium. At Le Grand Bar, the rituals of afternoon tea and champagne bottle sabering are unfailingly observed.
The St. Regis Rome has accessibility to some of Rome’s best sites and is located just off of Piazza della Repubblica, an area known for its proximity to Termini Station, Rome’s main railway. But guests may not have much need for transportation, as there are some excellent historical sites and shopping within a five minute walk of the luxury hotel, including the ancient Baths of Diocletian, Santa Maria della Vttoria (a church), the Fountain of Moses and Via Nazionale, a long avenue buzzing with shops.
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