Our family of four (boys 9 and 12) had a great 4 days at the Gran Melia Rome in April 2014. The property is beautiful with gardens/landscaping and a gorgous pool and outdoor sitting area right outside of the Vatican. A little green oasis in the City of Rome! The hotel/rooms/property all are spotless and new. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The Junior Suite worked very nicely for our family - the "outer room" has a couch and they can roll in a cot. They also have a small number of adjacent rooms down a short "private hall" so that you can effectively have a two room suite (but you are paying for two rooms at that point). Breakfast consisted of a huge selection of meats, cheeses, fruits, breads, pastries, "British" bacon, sausage and scrambled eggs (eggs were a bit soupy but fine). Nice dining area and an adjacent "solarium" dining room. Every afternoon they would put out a selection of light foods/snacks/drinks if you were on the "Red Level" (came with the suite - I think that breakfast was also included in Red level). Location worked out well - I was a bit concerned going in as some of the write ups suggested that it was out of the mix - but the Vatican was right there - as was St Angelo's Castle - and there was lots within a 15 min walk (Rome is definitely a walking city) - beyond that it was a 10-15 min cab ride - no problems. The conceriege did have some misses on the restaurant recommendations - of the 4 dinners they arranged 1 was great (Assunta Madre - fabulous seafood), one was very fancy/expensive/fabulous food and views (Hotel Eden - needed a jacket) and two were bombs - expensive and bleh. Anyway all on all Gran Melia was a great pick for our family and our Roman Adventure and we'd definitely go back!
- 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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