Gran Melià Rome
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears for the tale of the Gran Melià Rome. An oasis in the bustle of the Italian capital, the Gran Melià Rome and its expansive, verdant grounds can be found on a hill on the banks of the River Tiber, within easy distance of the Vatican, the Piazza Navona and the Castello Sant’Angelo. But for a taste of the historical, guests here need only to look to the Roman artefacts on display in the hotel’s public spaces; the Gran Melià Rome was built on the site of the Villa Agrippina, a Roman villa which once belonged to Emperor Nero’s mother.
The rooms and suites are all generously proportioned and come with Clarins bath products, Nespresso machines, and daily turndown service as standard. And RedLevel accommodations (the hotel’s most exclusive level of service) throw in features like private gardens, outdoor terraces with whirlpools, and panoramic views out over the city and the Dome of St Peter’s. Needless to say, it’s the kind of luxury that ancient and modern day Roman royalty would appreciate.
If you manage to tear yourself from the splendour of the guestrooms, the Gran Melià Rome has its own Spa My Blend by Clarins that offers a full range of treatments, as well as a sauna and a vitality pool, not to mention a private Turkish bath. Meanwhile, the Mediterranean cuisine prepared by Michelin-starred chef Alfonso Iaccarino at Vivavoce Restaurant draws diners from around the city. And, on warm summer nights, there are few places more atmospheric for pre-dinner drinks than the Gran Melià’s orange grove-adjacent Liquid Garden bar.