Hotel Review: St. Regis Rome

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Trip Report Index:

Introduction
Getting There
Hotel Review: St. Regis Rome
Hotel Review: Hotel De Russie
Visiting Rome
Hotel Review: The Westin Europa & Regina
Visiting Venice
Hotel Review: St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace (previously reviewed)
Driving around Lake Garda
Hotel Review: Hotel Sirmione
Day in Sirmione
Hotel Review: Hotel Ideal
Night in Verona
Lake Idro
Lake Iseo
Lake Maggiore
Hotel Review: Sheraton Milan
Retrospect

After taking the train from the airport to the main train station, the St. Regis Rome was just a 10 minute walk away. Soon the familiar St Regis flag was in view.

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The St Regis Rome is an iconic hotel that made Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Gold List. There are 138 guest rooms, which are decorated in a combination of Empire, Regency, Regency and Louix XV styles. Its location is great with the popular Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain within a short walking distance, and lots of shops and restaurants nearby.

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Stepping inside, reception was a hotbed of activity which was to be expected in the middle of a summer day. It was only around noon, but there were people checking in, people waiting for the concierge, and hotel employees dashing this way and that.

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Luggage was stored in a room down the hall, but it had overflowed into the hallway.

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Through some French doors right off the lobby was the Grand Hall Cafe where some people were waiting for their room to be ready.

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Things quieted down after a few minutes, and I went to check-in. Unfortunately our room was not ready yet. I was on a paid rate, but even as a Platinum it was difficult to get a suite in the summer. Because it was also a very busy weekend the best they could do was offer an Imperial Room.

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I was invited to have a seat in the Grand Cafe until it was ready, which I gladly accepted.

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After taking a seat, a waiter appeared and took our order for some chilled water, coffee and tea. Just as quickly he reappeared with the drinks and some small nibbles.

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The dishes were elegant and the sugar holders even had clawed feet.

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It was a beautiful place to wait, with soaring ceilings and exquisite designs. It was also nice and cool which was a welcome change from the heat just outside. The room was finally ready, and I collected the key and headed down the hallway with all the luggage since the elevator was back there.

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Arriving at the right floor, getting off the elevator it felt as if I was in a fancy house rather than a hotel.

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The hallways were long, wide, and had cabinets, mirrors and colorful rugs.

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There were even a few couches in case you needed a rest along the way!

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Finally I reached our room, 330.

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Inside felt like a room for royalty.

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The walls were carefully decorated with artwork.

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The bathroom had a rain shower and separate tub.

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Some hotel rooms have a measly 3 towels, but this one had a whole slew! I counted 6 hung around the shower and tub, plus there were an extra 7 stocked on a shelf. They were wonderfully large towels too.

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Double sinks had well-sized Remede amenities arranged on a plate in the middle.

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There was a thick robe on the bathroom door, and another in the closet.

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A small table near the bed had complimentary chocolates.

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There was even a fireplace with real wood, though since there was no chimney it was just for show.

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The free waters came with a fun tag that made it look as if they were wearing bow ties, and a opener was thoughtfully placed next to the glasses.

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The desk was placed right next to the window where there was plenty of natural light.

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The room came with a menu for the Butler service, which was helpful. In the bathroom I had found a lavender bath pouch which smelled great.

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A fridge was stocked with large bottles of Aqua Panna and San Pellegrino water, along with some sodas and juice.

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I pulled out the drawer labeled “Gourmet Bar” expecting some goodies, but instead found an empty drawer.

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Nearby were some nuts and Pringles though. Are Pringles well-liked the world over? From Sri Lanka to Italy just about every hotel mini bar seems to have Pringles.

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There was a DVD player underneath the TV, though I didn’t use it during my stay.

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A gorgeous Murano glass chandelier hung in the center of the room, and was fastened on the ceiling with a snowflake pattern around it.

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There were touches around the room that were reminiscent of the original building.

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The closet had colorful padding against the wall to protect clothes.

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There were some long flimsy bars on the floor of the closet. I wasn’t sure what they were for, perhaps to keep my suitcase up off the floor? At first I thought they were for shoes, but mine slid right between the gap. There was a small chest of drawers in front, so I ended up not using that space.

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The air conditioning vent was well-located so it wasn’t blasting straight at the bed, and the walls were a beautiful creamy gold color.

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Pillars in the room and the backs of doors were carved and gilded with intricate designs. A dressing table with lighting was out of the way of the main area but a nice touch in the room.

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The bedside table had a JBL docking station, but it was for an older type iPhone so I wasn’t able to use it.

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We had dinner plans, so after getting unpacked we left the hotel for several hours. Once we returned, the place was much quieter.

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The hotel’s car had been brought in to the courtyard for the night. Talking with the doorman, he mentioned that VIP guests (such as heads of state or celebrities) have a separate entrance with its own foyer and elevator.

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Back in the room, I saw that housekeeping had been there to do turndown service. A cloth had been placed bedside with a pair of slippers ready for each of us.

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A sweetly decorated bag of treats had been left, along with a box of fruit jellies.

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After a good sleep, the next morning I decided to use the butler service. According to the menu, it was free to get juice, coffee, and tea in the morning. I called the butler line but it took a while to get through to them. The line transferred to the front desk who then had the butler call back, because they were busy. Once I reached them and placed my request a tray of tea, juice and coffee was delivered to the room along with some small freshly baked cookies.

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After getting ready for a day out and about town, we headed down to breakfast which was held in the Grand Cafe. There were favorites like pancakes in fancy containers laid on marble counters.

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Plenty of juices were laid out.

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I stayed with tea and juice, but saw two types of Bloody Marys.

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They even had salad, which I don’t consider a typical part of breakfast but may have been for some.

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Aside from the juice, tea, and coffee, there was an iced coffee machine.

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There was also a champagne table.

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We were seated at the top of a flight of stairs, just beside some very grand pillars.

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Waiters wore starched white shirts and black vests, some in suits.

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I ordered an omelet from the chef, which was made just the way I had hoped.

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Talk about grand surroundings!

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After breakfast it was time to pack up and check-out. I could easily have stayed here another several days, but at least I’d had the chance to try this hotel out. I would come here again, but during a quieter time of year. The property was beautiful but service was slow at times, during the summer rush.

The St. Regis Rome

SPG Category 7 property. 30,000 to 35,000 Starpoints for a free night.

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Good To Go

+ Buffet breakfast (chosen as Platinum amenity) is usually 43 EUR, offering was really good
+ Location is close to Spanish Steps & Trevi Fountain, restaurants and shops

Good To Know

- Suites are popular, and even with 23 of them are sometimes difficult to come by
- Property seemed understaffed

How many Magic Stars did this hotel stay earn?

 4/5 Magic Stars
  1. Bill
    Reply

    Did you use the air con? How effective was it? Was there a minimum threshold for the air con setting? Any info on the air con effectiveness will be greatly appreciated as I require it to be quite cool (<68F) to sleep. Thanks.

    • Melinda
      Reply

      @Bill we did use the A/C and it worked great. We also require a cold temperature to sleep, and were relieved to find that even during a very hot weekend it stayed nice and cool with no problems.

  2. Kent C
    Reply

    I enjoyed your description and photos of the room. Well appointed. Thankfully you didn’t mention anything positive about the carpet, but alas everthing else looked great 🙂

    • Melinda
      Reply

      Thanks for reading Kent. The carpets reminded me of a circus and seemed a bit out of place with the rest of the decor. 😉

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