I stayed at the Hotel Gran Melia for a long weekend in June with my girlfriend and decided on the hotel for its looks and location. We arrived at the hotel around 12, too early for check in but we needed to drop bags off. The hotel staff checked our room and it was not available so we dropped the bags off and had a quick walk around Saint Peter's Square for a couple of hours.
On returning at check in our room still wasn't ready so we was given a couple of complimentary drinks while we waited. Eventually one of the ladies in red come and grabbed us and showed us to our room. We was shown around our room and given an explanation of all the buttons and what was what. After a few minutes the phone rang and i was asked to come back down to reception to provide proof of payment for the room (which i found a little bit insulting). After a while the phone rang again, reminding me incase i forgot the previous call. I had only just put my bags down!
Problems aside the room was amazing and modern with great facilities, such as the Nespresso machine and a rainforest shower with massaging jets. The bedding was comfy and we got some great nights sleep. The view was a bit questionable, looking into an old ladies' balcony but if you craned your neck around there was a great view of Castel Sant'Angelo.
We tried the Pool out on the second day as the weather was just too hot. The pool area is great with plenty of sun beds and handy waiting staff. We only ordered a few drinks due to them being extremely overpriced (€8 for a coke and around €17 for a cocktail), but they tasted great none the less.
In conclusion this is probably one of the nicest, cleanest hotels i have stayed in but it lets it self down by a few things such as the cost and a before mentioned issues with the check in. One member of staff, José, stuck out for us during the weekend who was very friendly and helpful and seems to really enjoy what he does.
We payed £310 a night for a standard room, staying at the end of June.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New opening in 2012 of the exclusive resort Gran Meliá Rome, located in the historical and cultural heart of the Eternal City. Discover a luxury hotel located just 5 minutes walk from the Vatican and 15 minutes from the principal attractions of Rome (Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiori, Panteón, Castel Sant´Angelo or the popular neighbourhood of Trastevere). Experience the magic of classic Rome and enjoy this Garden of Eden in the very heart of the city, which is located in the old Villa Agrippina, belonging to Emperor Nero’s mother.In our 116 elegantly decorated rooms and deluxe suites, you will enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the Vatican, Castel Saint Angelo or the beautiful gardens. You will have full facilities available to you, with elegant bathrooms, free WIFI Internet, Clarins® luxury amenities, Nespresso® coffeemaker, Ipod Docking Station, all in your room. Spectacular hydromassages, terraces and private gardens in superior categories. All rooms include access to our YHI Spa & Wellness Centre, Melia Hotels own line of Spas.Discover a unique hotel in the city and experience the most exclusive and personalised luxury of our RedLevel service, our Boutique within the Hotel. Elegant traditional décor with surprising avant-garde touches and luxurious details will make your stay a unique one. Italian and international haut cuisine, creative and signature gastronomy, magnificent private botanical gardens, spectacular terraces and panoramic views of the centre of Rome combine to conjure up a magical setting.This spectacular deluxe resort located on the banks of the romantic Tiber River, is surrounded by a 7.500 m2 park, outside pool and hydromassage with Vitality Pool. Its impeccable personalised attention and butler service, magnificent YHI Spa and Wellness Centre, sauna, interior relaxation area, Fitness area with personal trainer, Beauty Centre, gastronomic areas and fashionable lounge, will change your concept of a deluxe resort in the centre of Rome. Enjoy this Paradise in the centre of the most romantic city in the world. ... more less
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