By the time we visited the “Hotel Grand,” as many Romans know it, the St. Regis had been transformed many times over from the time long ago when one night cost 52 Italian lira. Walking around the lobby, we could only imagine how impressive, modern and beautiful it must have seemed when it opened. Although it was a little removed from the heart of Rome where many tourists like to stay, the St. Regis offered many advantages to lure us.
We enjoyed the “regular neighborhood” feel at the hotel’s doorstep. Although there were plenty of people and a few tourists peppered in between, the mobs of high season tourists were nowhere to be seen. In addition to the beautiful renovated look and luxurious accommodations, we appreciated the warm and welcoming attitude and the staff’s efficient manner. From the door man when we entered, to the reception desk, concierge and dining room staff, we saw smiles, friendly greetings, and a helpful and hospitable mindset that was refreshing. The St. Regis will be at the top of our list for a future visit to Rome.
Concierge Augusto Sbaraglia
Connectivity There was high speed Internet connectivity in the rooms (via cable for $15 per day) and Wi-Fi in the public areas. We connected quickly and easily from the room and were able to download all our emails and search the web as usual.
General Manager Michele Frignani
Handicapped Access Some rooms were especially designated and offered a larger bathroom and larger shower equipped with a special chair.
Length Of Stay One night
Location Near the train station in Rome
Owned-Managed Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Pets Allowed Pets weighing a maximum of 10 kilos were welcome
Size The five-story St. Regis had 161 room including 23 suites
Year Opened-Renovated Established January 11, 1894, renovated and reopened January 11, 2000
Room Our Deluxe Room (#435) faced the hotel’s courtyard. It had a king bed with adjacent wood night tables and lamps, a small vanity with a chair and mirror, two courtyard facing windows, a courtyard facing desk and ceramic base lamp, an entertainment center where the 19 inch remote controlled Phillips TV rested, a sofa and two tables. A crystal chandelier hung from the ceiling. There was an electronic safe in the closet. The room was decorated in classic Italian style with beige, gold and red colors including a patterned carpet. We appreciated having the option of controlling the room temperature through the individual thermostat. Other than some humidity stains around the entrance door, the room was handsome and comfortable. Once we opened the double heavy curtains, sunshine poured in.
Facilities Fitness center, Vivendo restaurant including a wine cellar and champagne bar, Le Grand Bar, and Caroli Health Club spa.
Fitness Center And Spa There was a cozy fitness center on the fifth floor. It included a spa section although there didn’t seem to be any permanent staff. To schedule a message, the attendant explained, we had to plan at least one day in advance in order for the therapist to come it for the treatment.
Other Over the years, numerous personalities have stayed in the Hotel. A partial list includes Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Maria Callas, Sofia Loren, Richard Gere, Federico Fellini, Franco Zeffirelli, Sharon Stone, Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Madonna, Kirk and Michael Douglas, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, and Nicholas Cage.
For those times we were in the mood for Americana, the Hard Rock Café was within a short walk.
Date Of Review September 2005
Reviewers Article by Elena del Valle
Photos by Gary Cox
Would You Stay There Again? Yes