Opened by Carlo Ritz in 1894, the St. Regis belongs to a particular category of five-star hotels in Rome in which Old World glamour is alive and well. While the current trend in town is toward boutique hotels and converted townhouses, the St. Regis is palatial and uncompromisingly opulent. In the century (plus) since opening its doors on the crest of the Quirinal hill, the hotel has remained a beacon of luxury, and indeed many of the hotels on the nearby Via Veneto, Rome’s luxury hotel row, take their cues from this long-established pioneer.
The entrance through the marble portico just off Piazza della Repubblica leads directly into a grand salon furnished with overstuffed chairs, chandeliers, and antiques. The grandeur continues in the rooms, where classic style and sophistication reign. Owing to its elite clientele, the hotel’s 23 suites come with 24-hour butler service, while the aficionado program is designed to provide exclusive access to sites and special experiences including road trips designed by the Ferrari racing team or helicopter rides to wine estates.
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Located on the Quirinal Hill between the Via Veneto and Stazione Termini, the St. Regis is strategically located within striking distance of the city’s archeological center and public transit hubs. The building itself was erected near the ruins of an ancient bathing complex, part of which was incorporated into the neighboring Michelangelo-designed church of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. The exquisite Palazzo Massimo alle Terme ancient art collection, the Trevi Fountain, Santa Maria della Vittoria and Bernini’s Ecstasy of St. Teresa, and the Scuderie del Quirinale museum are all easy walking distance from the hotel. The property’s immediate environs are packed with offices, so the neighborhood is quiet—except for some vehicle traffic, of course—outside of traditional working hours.
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Rooms: 161 rooms. From $366. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Le Grand Bar provides snacks inspired by Roman and Mediterranean flavors, as well as cocktails, afternoon tea, and chocolate tastings. The full-service restaurant Vivendo serves elaborate modern dishes drawing on chef Francesco Donatelli’s fine-dining roots in Rome and abroad. Spa and gym details: The 5th-floor KamiSpa provides Asian therapies and treatments and includes a fitness center and Pilates room.
Who’s it for: Luxury travelers with classic tastes, business and leisure travelers, conference-goers, families, honeymooners, and pop stars. Our favorite rooms: The Designer and Couture suites, both 1,400 square feet, are replete with designer pieces from historic and contemporary artists. The Royal Suite, as the name would suggest, is the finest room. Used by heads of state, the suite measures more than 3,000 square feet and is outfitted with Louis XVI furnishings, Aubussan carpeting, a grand piano, a wine cellar, and a dining salon. For wine lovers: Arrange special wine tastings and private dining in the wine cellar.