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We were spending two nights in Rome, after arriving from San Francisco and before continuing to Sardinia. I’m generally loyal to both Hyatt and Starwood. Hyatt has no hotels in Rome, while Starwood has quite a few.
The St. Regis Rome looked like the most attractive option, and was a Category 6 property. Category 6 properties cost 20,000-25,000 Starpoints per night, and since this was in the high season, the cost was 25,000 Starpoints per night. The paid rate at this hotel was 550EUR per night. In theory this was more or less a breakeven redemption, since I value Starpoints at ~2.2 cents each. However, I’d rather part with Starpoints than cash, so that pushed me towards redeeming points.
This still seemed like the best option in Rome, given that the Westin (which I’ve heard is great as well) is also a Category 6 property.
We took an Uber from the airport to the hotel, which took about 30 minutes, thanks to the lack of traffic on a Saturday afternoon. Ubering from the airport in Rome is interesting, because the Uber driver actually parked and met us inside the terminal at the airport. If I understood him correctly, apparently they’re not allowed to directly pick passengers up, so I’m not sure if this is just a workaround, or what.
The St. Regis is nicely integrated into the neighborhood, and you’d barely know it’s a huge hotel based on the block it’s on.
The hotel doesn’t have an actual driveway, but rather just has three big “gates” you can walk through to enter.
The hotel’s public areas are under construction, though I believe the project is slowly wrapping up. That’s why there was a huge facade as you entered the hotel.
Once past the “gates” you can either turn left or right. Turning left takes you to the reception area. I believe the current reception area is just a temporary setup while the public areas are being renovated. The area was very small, and we had to wait a few minutes before we were helped. However, once we were helped the associate was friendly and thorough.
I had used Platinum Suite Night Awards for this stay to confirm a junior suite, so he recapped that and also explained that we’d be entitled to butler service. I also chose breakfast as the SPG Platinum welcome amenity.
The lobby area also has a small sitting area. Again, I assume this is temporary, until the renovations are complete.
Once we were checked in we took the elevator up to the second floor, where our room was located. The hallways of the hotel are classic and beautiful. They’re immaculately maintained, and manage to strike the balance between feeling classic without feeling outdated.
The hotel is basically in a rectangular shape, so we turned left upon exiting the elevator, and then eventually turned right down a smaller hallway.
There our room was located on the right.
As you can see on the below floorplan, our junior suite was rectangular and quite long and narrow.
Typically when I think of junior suites I think of a single, large room. However, this felt much more like a full suite than a junior suite.
Upon entering there was a large living room with high ceilings.
The living room featured a couch and then two comfortable chairs.
Then in the corner of the room next to the door was a desk.
On the opposite end of the room was a TV.
Underneath the TV was the minibar. I found it interesting that it featured a full size bottle of champagne, which you don’t usually see.
Waiting on the table next to the desk was a lovely welcome amenity, I assume thanks to my great Starwood Ambassador. There were a couple of bottles of sparkling water, some white wine, a fruit plate, and some cheese. Nom nom.
Past the living room was a sort of awkward room with a vanity. Even though the room was huge, there wasn’t actually a door separating the living room, vanity, and bedroom.
The bedroom was narrow and beautifully appointed, with a chandelier above the bed.
On the opposite side of the room was a Bang & Olufsen TV.
Also next to the bed was the bathroom, which featured double sinks, a soaking tub, a shower, a toilet, and a bidet.
The water pressure and temperature control were excellent.
As usual, toiletries were Remede branded, which I quite like.
Also next to the bedroom was a rather large closet, which ended up providing a good laugh.
Perhaps the one downside of the room was the view. When we checked in the associate described the view as “quiet,” which I think was pretty accurate. While the view was a bit underwhelming, at the same time it was indeed very quiet, which was nice.
One of the benefits of St. Regis butler service is that you can get complimentary coffee & tea 24/7. When ordering coffee early in the morning I was happy to see that they even brought some pastries along with it.
In terms of other features of the hotel, there were two different sets of elevators. While one set was no doubt more practical, I loved that they had a vintage elevator that actually worked. To use it you’d first have to open the door leading to the elevator, and then would have to open the door to the actual elevator. I wouldn’t exactly describe myself as an elevator enthusiast, but I thought this was so cool.
That elevator dropped off on the first floor, on the opposite side of the hotel of reception.
From there it was just a short walk to the hotel’s grand restaurant.
We had breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant the first morning, and to say the space is impressive would be a severe understatement.
And if you think the restaurant is grand, it pales in comparison to the adjacent lounge. Amazing, eh?
Breakfast consisted of a huge buffet, along with drinks of your choice offered by a server. I’ll let the pictures of the buffet (mostly) speak for themselves.
There was even Moet champagne with breakfast!
Given that we were in Italy I ordered a cappuccino, which was delicious.
The hotel also had a gym on the fifth floor, which is inside the spa complex. While the room itself was a bit bland, the equipment was pretty good.
Breakfast at the St. Regis technically only began at 7AM, though we had to leave the hotel at 6:30AM the second morning. I was impressed that the hotel offered to bring us fruit and pastries (and anything else we wanted, for that matter) via room service at 6AM, even though they weren’t serving breakfast yet. That’s good service, if you ask me.
When we went to check out, I was also impressed that in the lobby they had a setup with complimentary water, juice, coffee, tea, etc.
Check-out was quick, and the associate helping us was super friendly.
As far as other things to note about the hotel go…
The hotel has a great location. It was within walking distance of most of of Rome’s popular sites, and we didn’t use a taxi or public transportation once while in the city, other than to get to and from the airport. Instead it was just a nice 15-20 minute walk to the Coliseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, etc.
I also have nothing but great things to say about the staff at this hotel. Everyone was exceedingly friendly and professional in an Italian/charming way.
St. Regis Rome bottom line
The St. Regis Rome was fantastic, plain and simple. From the decor to the location to the service to the size of the junior suite, this is a top notch hotel. If you can swing staying here (either using cash or points), I’d highly recommend doing so.