Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora
Via Vittorio Veneto, 191
Rome, 00187 Italy
How To Fully Enjoy Rome, Italy? Start With A Great Hotel!
My wife and I elected to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary in Rome, Italy. In planning, we decided to go in February, 2014, Rome’s “off-season,” in an attempt to avoid the city’s masses of tourists. It was a very wise decision. February was beautiful, unhurried, uncrowded, with absolutely prefect weather enhanced by a few refreshing rain showers in the late evenings.
As soon as we arrived at our hotel, we knew it was a “show stopper,” a hotel property worthy of an anniversary celebration. But you may ask: Why stay at this particular hotel when Rome has so many other well know, and significantly important properties to choose from? Simply, because the Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora is so much more than just a hotel. It is a worthy destination in itself.
LOCATION: The convenient location of the Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora places you minutes away from everything Città Eterna, and you can’t help but smile as images of Three Coins in the Fountain seductively slip into your thoughts. Gazing across the street from the Grand Hotel Flora, sits Harry's Bar, which, was featured in director Federico Fellini's classic 1960 Italian film, La Dolce Vita. From the Marriott, you can Walk/Metro/Bus/Bike/Vespa (if you dare) to practically every historical and famous landmark with great ease, including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Forum, and St. Peter's Basilica. Moreover, a mere few steps from the hotel entrance, you can stroll through the myriad of trees and plants in the Borghese Gardens, where you’ll also find several museums including the Villa Borghese Museum.
ROOMS: We had a Junior Suite that came with a spectacular view of one of the most elegant boulevards in the world – the Via Vittorio Veneto. The bedroom and sitting room were absolutely pristine, quiet, and very well appointed. The bathroom was admirably clean, with a luxuriously deep bathtub, and even by European standards, surprisingly spacious. The beds and bedding were comfortable, sensible, restful, with good lighting in all rooms, lots of storage space for clothing and empty suitcases, easy to access in-room Internet, and two well operating flat screen TV sets. We did get to tour one of the hotel’s standard rooms, and I would say that business travelers as well as vacationers such as ourselves would be very comfortable even with a standard room.
REMARKABLE HOTEL STAFF: I must thank Michele Buono, General Manager Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora, and his extraordinary staff (we discovered that nearly all of this fine hotel’s staff speak exceptional English, and, remarkably, several other languages). Genuine, heartfelt customer service, can’t be taught. It is a behavior, one that Mr. Buono obviously fully subscribes to himself, as well as the staff he has hired. We met with Michele on our second night and he was absolutely gracious, charming, and truly a most generous host. You should make it a point to meet with Massimo Crea at the front desk and concierge. Massimo is a name you will want to memorize. We befriended Massimo (call him “Max”) upon our arrival, and it was an excellent decision. Massimo is like visiting with your favorite cousin. He is approachable, knowledgable, very funny, and extremely well connected with the community. He knows the landscape, and can direct you to any destination or event you desire. Max is an ambassador of global goodwill, and your visit in Rome will be all the better for meeting and getting to know him. Max can be reached at email@example.com, attention Massimo Crea.
TOURS: Thanks to Max (see above) in the Marriott’s concierge, we were introduced to Lucilla Favino of Love Holidays. Like Max, my wife and I befriended “Lucy” immediately, and over the course of a few days, she personally gave us a guided tour of some of Rome’s most famous sites (including several Roman places wholly unknown to tourists). Sure, anyone can hire a “classic tour guide” if you have a few extra Euros to spend. But here is where Lucy made the difference. In addition to speaking English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, and Polish, Lucy has a Master’s Degree in History, and, she is a working Doctor of Archeology! Thus, she is an incredibly valuable asset to travelers who want the meaningful depth and rare details only a working archeologist can offer. I can’t stress enough how much Lucy enhanced our explorations of the city. Ask Max to connect you with her for an affordable, memorable journey through Rome’s ancient past.
HOTEL DINING: Although we elected to dine out each evening at a different restaurant throughout Rome, in the mornings, after a modest workout at the hotel’s gym, we always had the buffet breakfast in the Hotel’s Flora RoofTop Terrace. Ideally perched on the top floor of the Marriott, this superb restaurant offers a variety of sublime worldly foods both European and American; meats, cheeses, pastries, fresh fruits, grains, eggs and more, (incredible coffee), champagne, and a good selection of fresh juices. All of the tables enjoy an expansive, glorious view of the city (at night the view is even more breathtaking!). After long days of walking the city, we almost always relaxed late evenings with a well-made cocktail or hot Expresso at the Hotel’s Cabiria Bar.
OFF PROPERTY DINING: With countless dining options within walking distance of the hotel, almost every conceivable type of cuisine is possible, far too may to name here. The hotel’s concierge (see Max) knows where the locals eat at modest prices, and, where the wealthy also like to dine. I had heard (and now believe) that there is no better city in the world to sample authentic (and varied) types of pizza than Rome. You don’t order “slices” in Rome. Here, waiters will bring you an entire pie, and no kidding, you’ll probably be grateful to have the entire pizza to yourself. But don’t despair: They are thin crust, and not heavy or greasy like their American offspring. Try the fried Roman Artichokes. Salads are gorgeous, simple, and usually come with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The wines, not expensive, we’re perfect. Americans take note: Like Paris, Roman Restaurants are never in a hurry to present you with your bill. It’s their beautiful way of saying, “Relax. Enjoy your meal. Don’t rush it.” All waiters and waitresses will bring you your bill if you request it, of course, but my advice: Slow down. Enjoy. It’s a perfect way to unwind and actually savor a meal. Tips are usually included in your bill, but, if you receive extra great service, a few Euros left on the table will be appreciated.
Evan and Jane Zang Scottsdale, Arizona USA
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora - il cuore di Via Veneto batte in altoImmerse in your personal "Dolce Vita" at the Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora, right on top of the noble Via Veneto and next door to the Villa Borghese gardens.This gracious edifice with the stylish decor capturing the grandeur of Neoclassicism is exclusively designed for those looking for refined luxury in an atmosphere of sophistication and the highest level of welcoming hospitality anticipating every need of today's business or leisure traveller.Just sink back in the timeless elegance of the superbly appointed rooms and relax, or delight in the culinary highlights of the Mediterranean cuisine at the restaurant The Cabiria. The adjoining bar is the ideal place to meet, to see, or be seen, or to take in the flamboyant atmosphere of Via Veneto.The rooftop Ailanto is the perfect setting for wedding receptions and exclusive celebrations, or simply for admiring the enchanting view over the roofs of the Eternal city.Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora - right on the top. ... more less
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