One of the Art Nouveau hotel’s advantages was its location on the prestigious Via Veneto across the street from the United States Embassy. The family friendly hotel’s beautiful common areas, which looked recently refurbished, had a desirable blend of old style elegance and modern touches.
We spent the first three nights in a handsome newly renovated third floor Deluxe Room and the last night we switched to a second floor Junior Suite. It was nice to know there was a small basement level fitness room, sauna and spa. We liked the hotel’s location, our pretty room with complimentary WiFi, the splendid breakfast buffet as well as the quiet interior and inviting common areas.
Class Of Accommodation Luxury five-star hotel
Connectivity There was complimentary WiFi in room.
General Manager Marco Milocco
Handicapped Access While we were there we saw a guest in a wheel chair.
Head Concierge Lorenzo Fantechi
Length Of Stay Four nights
Location The hotel is on the Via Veneto across the street from the United States Embassy and south of the Borghese Gardens in the northern part of the city. It is within walking distance of the Hard Rock Cafe and the well known Spanish Steps.
Managed Baglioni Hotels Spa
Owned Roberto Polito
Pets Allowed The hotel welcomed pets of a “small size”
Size There were 103 rooms and suites in the multi-story hotel with a staff compliment of about 70.
Year Opened-Renovated The building where the hotel is housed was constructed between 1892 and 1894. An important remodeling job was concluded at the beginning of 2009 during which the total number of rooms was reduced to enlarge some of the rooms and create the Regina Suite.
Although the building was originally designed with five floors and a mezzanine over the years three additional floors were added. Queen Margherita of Savoy made the hotel her temporary residence while she awaited the completion of her permanent residence, Villa Margherita, the modern day home of the American Embassy. According to the hotel’s promotional materials, because she was so pleased with her stay in 1911 she granted the hotel owner permission to name the hotel Regina (Italian for queen) and to decorate the emblem with the royal coat of arms.
The common areas were elegant and pretty. Double glass doors led from the porte cochere (covered) driveway into a small lobby with elevators to the left and a front desk to the right. A small office to the right of the front desk housed the concierge staff. A short hallway led to Caffe Baglioni, the hotel’s breakfast venue. The hotel’s main lunch and dinner restaurant had an entrance from the lobby and a street entrance as well.
On the right side of the room, against the wall, a wall facing desk with a comfortable armchair was home to a large Samsung flat screen television. Next to it there was a matching luggage rack. Two beige armchairs with wood accents and a glass covered wood round table in the middle were at the foot of a large bed made up of two small mattresses joined together and resting against a wood and fabric headboard. The bed was framed by identical glass covered square night tables with a pattern that matched the desk and luggage rack. Modern glass lamps graced the walls and one hung from the ceiling. There were twin reading lights above the headboard. The suite was elegantly decorated in shades of gold with burgundy accents, contemporary light fixtures, double curtains, and a central temperature device with a digital control panel and a safe in the closet.
On our last night at the hotel we stayed in Room 205, a second floor 45 square meter Junior Suite facing a side street. Although more spacious than the Deluxe Room we had stayed in the previous nights it was furnished and decorated in a similar style as the higher floor room. We enjoyed the extra space.
Lunch was available in the cafe between noon and 3 p.m. Dinner was served Monday through Saturday at Brunello Restaurant. Sunday night when the Brunello was closed the cafe served dinner. Room service was available in the room 24 hours a day.
The night before our departure we visited the bar where we sampled Italian bubbly and a couple of the bar snacks before having dinner at the gourmet restaurant. Entering from the hotel lobby the first thing I noticed was the subdued lighting, spheric chandeliers, dark walls and gold furnishings of the contemporary décor. It was nice to see Fabio, who I had met at breakfast earlier in the week, was the bartender. The restaurant décor was similar to the bar décor in that the shades were dark although the curtains were deep red and the fabrics were velvet. The rectangular shaped enclosed veranda had large windows that looked out onto a side street. We were seated at a corner with cushy seats and a view of the dining room. Dinner at Brunello Lounge and Restaurant consisted of a duck breast with onions pre-appetizer, carbonara pasta followed by veal with ham and sage prepared by sous chef Patrick and paired with a chianti selected by Giovanni who was training to become a wine steward (the wine cellar had 350 wine labels). We wrapped up the meal with chocolate souffle with gooseberries and blackberries.
Facilities The hotel housed: Brunello Lounge and Restaurant, Caffe Baglioni, fitness area with Technogym equipment and spa with sauna and two lounge chairs.
The hotel had two meeting rooms with a capacity of 80 and 20 guests each. The Regina Hotel Baglioni, part of the Baglioni Hotel Group, was one of 15 hotels and a residence (one in London, nine in Italy, and five in France) striving for “a less formal type of elegance and hospitality without missing out on design details.” The Baglioni Hotel Group is a Milan based company.
Famous past guests at the hotel include: Dan Brown, Isabella Rossellini, Jane Fonda, Liza Minelli, Enrique Iglesias, and Roberto Carlos Braga.
Date Of Visit April 2010
Reviewers Article by Elena del Valle
Photos by Gary Cox
Service Our room was serviced twice daily (in the morning and in the evening). The staff we met were helpful and professional. At the cafe I asked if the hot chocolate was instant. Fabio, one of the staff members, brought me a cup so I could taste it. Twice we spoke with a concierge. Saturday morning after breakfast we asked one for help securing reserved tickets for the Vatican Museum for that afternoon. He immediately said that it was not possible. When I explained I had found a website that had them but couldn’t print the order from my computer he agreed to check. With his help and our credit card we purchased and printed the tickets within a few minutes.
Would You Stay There Again? Yes