We stayed for 4 nights Aug 24th-28th, with our two boys aged 10 and 7. The setting and facilities are spectacular - beautiful common areas, pool, restaurants and spa/gym. We we upgraded to superior city view rooms, which were connecting. The rooms are really well designed, and quite spacious. Nice bathrooms, good tv, nespresso machines etc. as you would expect from a 5* resort. We were really impressed on arrival, all the staff were very friendly and super helpful. The Concierge helped us with a Vatican tour, restaurant bookings, taxis and lots of helpful advice. It is a Spanish hotel group, so there are lots of Spanish staff as well as Italian. Everything is very new as they have only been open 5 months. The food was great, although I agree with other comments regarding being charged extra for pancakes or porridge at breakfast. Should all just be one charge - it just feels easier. One criticism was the price of drinks at the pool bar - 22 euros for a glass of champagne ? Maybe in Cala di Volpe that works, or in a 3 Michelin star restaurant, but not here. 12 Euros for a beer? Really? What is odd is that the food and wine list isn't unreasonably priced - 40 Euros for a very nice Bolgheri. 18 Euros for a bottle of prosecco.
Other than this, we loved it. Definitely the go to place for a family - do sightseeing in the morning, and then swim and sunbathe in the afternoon.
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- 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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