A sprawling villa in Rome’s center
116 Rooms / 29 Suites
Rome is not exactly known for relaxation, but guests at Gran Meliá Rome Villa Agrippina will have ample opportunity to do just that. While the city’s millennia of history and culture usually gives way to chaos, inside this urban luxury resort you’ll find respite in the gardens, large pool area, generous spa and beguiling cocktail lounge.
Make like one of the savvy Romans, who are masters at finding hidden city breaks, and hole up at Gran Meliá. Located on the edge of the Trastevere neighborhood and steps from the Vatican, the hotel is within ideal walking distance to major Rome sites, including Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and shopping area Piazza di Spagna.
If you’re not up for the walk, there is free shuttle service to most downtown areas. And if you don’t make it out to all the ancient sites of Rome, take comfort in knowing you can peruse the 1st-century archeological pieces found underneath the hotel while it was being built — it was once the site of Villa Agrippina, the home of Emperor Nero’s mother.
Thanks to gorgeous landscaping and a 1920s-style pool, the Rome hotel has the atmosphere of a private enclave — cabanas, cocktails and secluded gardens. If you need more indulgent “me time,” book a treatment at the Gran Meliá’s Spa My Blend by Clarins, where you can take a dip in the open-air vitality pool. Children are welcomed here, too. The VIK (Very Important Kids) program involves welcome gifts, personalized turndown service, specialized club entry and bespoke tours.
Splurge on a RedLevel room and you’ll get access to an exclusive lounge serving breakfast and cocktails daily, a personal welcome gift, aromatherapy in your room, private check-in and more luxe extras.
While you might expect strictly classical décor given Gran Meliá’s provenance, the luxury hotel is actually quite modern — historic treasures are nods to the property’s past are mixed stylishly with contemporary, streamlined furnishings. There are 12 room categories, and most have a view of the hotel’s greenery and gardens, Vatican and Rome skyline.
Vintage and contemporary continue to harmoniously collide in guest rooms. Modern interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque paintings play off contemporary furniture, and are balanced by soft colors, light wood and stone floors. Most suites have substantial terraces (some with Jacuzzis) excellent for their sunset views. Stone bathrooms are stocked with Clarins products and all rooms have flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations.
Four dining areas mean you’ll likely find the atmosphere and the food you’re craving. VivaVoce is the main focus and crown jewel of the hotel’s dining collection. Under the supervision of acclaimed chef Alfonso Iaccarino and chef Alex Miceli, the terrace restaurant is a beautiful example of Italian casual-chic, both in its sexy minimalist design and specialized menu of traditional and nouvelle Italian cuisine.
For the cocktail aficianado, The Library, a gorgeous white neoclassical space, has afternoon tea and a champagne bar, as well as a specialized cocktail menu.
Nectar Bar is a great spot for a casual Mediterranean-style snack, but where you really want to get a table is at Liquid Garden. This poolside bar is buzzy both day and night — cozy up in a lounge chair with an aperitif, a snack or a custom cocktail.