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Grand Hotel Rome (St. Regis Grand), Rome, Italy

Location: The Grand Hotel Rome, nowadays called the St. Regis Grand Rome, is probably the finest hotel in Rome, located at the heart of what Rome has to offer. If you happen to arrive in style, for example, by night train from Paris and have enough luggage to employ a porter at Roma Termini, the central railway station, the taxi drives will nod at each others and say: Grand Hotel. The location is in the heart of the city of Rome within walking distance from the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountains, Via Veneto and the famous shopping street Via Condotti. To Fiumiciono Airport it will take you 45 minutes and to Ciampiono Airport 30 minutes. 

History: The Grand Hotel in Rome is celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2004, as it originally opened in 1894. The Grand Hotel was masterminded by Cesar Ritz, the “hotelier of the kings and the king of hoteliers." At the time of opening, amenities such as electric lights, private bath rooms, radiators and elevators were far from standard at the time. The Grand Hotel also had the Ritz ball room, one of the first ones in Rome. The Grand Hotel soon became accepted by the Romani per Bene, the upper-class of Rome and a place to entertain oneself and others. After lavish renovation by the St. Regis hotel group, costing about 40 million dollars, the Grand Hotel Rome opened its doors in December 1999 as the St. Regis Grand Hotel Rome after nine months of compete restoration. The renovation goal has been to restore its former glory combining Italian and French styles of furnishing and decoration to create a carefully restored Italian palazzo. 

Rooms and Suites: You can still see kings and princes with large entourages and huge crates of luggage arriving at the Grand Hotel Rome these days. The standard of 161 luxurious bedrooms, including 25 sumptuous suites, fulfils the highest demands. The rooms, all extensively renovated and redecorated in 1999, feature a symphony of exclusive marble bath rooms, precious fabrics, fine furnishing and finest established contemporary art. There is a 24 hours butler service available for all rooms on demand as well as for all suites, which includes packing and unpacking, fresh fruit supply, morning coffee or tea upon wake up call, complementary two items of pressing, complementary water and daily fresh pastries.  The Royal Suite comprises different wardrobes, a grand piano and gobelins in the private drawing room as well as a private dining room – all kept in lavish Louis XV style furnishing.

Restaurants and Bars: There are various opportunities to wine and dine yourself at the Grand Hotel Rome. The Vivendo Restaurant offers a unique dining experience. The neo-art deco décor provides an elegant trendy atmosphere and the delights of traditional Italian cuisine imaginatively interpreted by infusing Asian ingredients. There is also the Champagnerie available as cool setting for a private dining room.  In addition to that, you can have receptions and gala dinners for up to 800 people in magnificent rooms – be it for business or for pleasure. With DiVino, there is also a private dining facility available for up to 14 people to indulge yourself in a exquisite private wine cellar with an enviable collection of unique Italian and international top wines. The Grand Hall Café is the super-lavish lobby, where you can enjoy and excellent setting for a light lunch, a traditional English afternoon tea or evening cocktails with live music. Last but not least, Le Grand Bar is famous for serving the best Martinis in Rome.

Sport and Spa: There is a fitness club available in the Grand Hotel. It is a luxurious oasis, which provides the latest cardio fitness equipment, gym, massage and sauna rooms for total physical well being. 

Address Details:
St. Regis Grand Hotel Rome
Via Vittoria Emanuele Orlando 3, 00185 Rome, Italy
Tel.: +39-06-47 091, Fax: +39-06-47 47307 
e-mail: stregisgrandrome@stregis.com
website: www.stregis.com/grandrome

Room Rates (in Euro, double room prices without / with butler service):
Superior: €710 / € 800
De Luxe: €815 / € 905
Imperial: €910 / € 1,000
Junior: €1,404
Ambassador: €2,370
Designer: €5,300 
Royal: €11,250
(rates are exclusive of Value Added Tax at 10%, discretionary service charge and breakfast, prices vary according to season and availability, please ask for special weekend packages)

Airlines to Rome: Alitalia, American Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, US Airways

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