Review: OneWorld Extravaganza – St. Regis Grand Rome

Introduction
W Taipei
CX 401 TPE – HKG 77W J
CX 251 HKG – LHR 77W W
Sofitel London Heathrow
BA 572 LHR – MXP 319 Y
Hotel Villa Franceschi Venice
The Style Florence
St. Regis Rome
Le Anfore Lounge Rome
CX 292 FCO – HKG 343 J

Location 4/5 Service 4/5 Modernity 5/5 Little things 4/5 Meals 4/5 Overall 4/5

We wanted to book the Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri, but cancelled our refundable rate when at the W Taipei since a friend recommended the St. Regis Grand Rome over the Waldorf Astoria (she spent two nights in Rome and did both hotels).

Booking the St. Regis Grand Rome

The St. Regis is a category 7 hotel, which means it costs 30,000 Starpoints, or 15, 000 Starpoints and US$275.

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St. Regis Grand Rome Point Rates

The hotel was retailing for €320, so I thought the cash, while pricey, was a much better deal.

St. Regis Grand Rome Room Rate

My stay at the St. Regis Grand Rome

We took the four hour drive from Florence, and I slept through the way. I woke up about twenty minutes before arrival, where we were passing Roman Soil. Ahhh, the remains of Caligula… 🙂

The exterior of the hotel is glitzy while still being classic, which I find to be one of the toughest combinations ever. It feels distinctly Roman.

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St. Regis Grand Rome exterior

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St. Regis Grand Rome exterior

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St. Regis Grand Rome signage

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St. Regis Grand Rome entrance

The lobby is classic and cozy without feeling too stuffy, which is also a complicated match. We were offered to sit down, and an associate checked us in. It was cold, but not as extreme as the Style Florence.

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St. Regis Grand Rome lobby

Geez, I’ve been to the St. Regis Osaka, and this lobby already exceeded them by far. I loved the decor, and hoped that this would continue in the rooms.

It did. We were assigned room 119.

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St. Regis Grand Rome lobby area

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St. Regis Grand Rome chandeliers

The hallways were unique, in a good way. They were wide and beautiful.

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St. Regis Grand Rome hallways

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St. Regis Grand Rome lift lobby

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St. Regis Rome patterns on door

St. Regis Grand Rome
Check-in: Monday, August 4, 2014
Room Type: Superior Room
Room Number: 119
Stay duration: 4 nights
Check-out: Friday, August 8, 2014

The beautiful decor continued inside the rooms. The room featured a very comfortable St. Regis bed, a nearly as comfortable rollaway, some pictures on the wall, a couch with fruits, a comfortable working chair and a desk and a flat screen TV.

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room Sofa

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room TV

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room bed

There was a rather disturbing painting on the wall, unfortunately. 😉 At least there were no sounds playing out of it!

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room erotic painting

The desk was the perfect size for working, which I can’t say for 90% of hotels I’ve stayed in.

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room desk

loved the St. Regis Rome bed. That said, the Osaka one was as comfortable.

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room

There was a closet. It wasn’t walk in, but it was so big it could’ve been.

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room closet

The bathrobes were…heavenly.

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room bathrobes

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room amenities

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room TV controls

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room lamp

There was an impressive chandelier in the room.

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room chandelier

The bathroom was equally impressive, and featured a separate shower/tub, a toilet and bidet and double sinks.

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room walk-in shower

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room tub

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room  double sinks

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room bidet

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room toilet

The toiletries were Remede branded, which I like. They do feel like toothpaste, but the amazing smell is a tradeoff.

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room toiletries

One thing noticeable about the hotel is that this hotel did not have butler service, which is odd at St. Regis hotels. Not that I minded…

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room free Acqua Panna welcome amenity

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room free sweets

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St. Regis Grand Rome Superior Room free chips

Overall the room wasn’t modern but really practical and well designed. It took no time to find a power port, including near the bed and the desk. Nice!

The other hotel grounds are nice too.

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St. Regis Grand Rome common area

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St. Regis Grand Rome handbag statue

Everything we bought was in some of my favourite bags.

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St. Regis Grand Rome bags

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St. Regis Grand Rome bags

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St. Regis Grand Rome carpets

We didn’t visit any of the hotel’s facilities, as we were out visiting Rome almost the whole way. I was fascinated by the Baths of Caracalla – I mean, the remains.

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The Baths of Caracalla, Rome

Overall this hotel is one of the best SPG choices in Rome. While it didn’t have butler service, it’s worth noting that service is pretty damn personalised. We were greeted by name upon every occasion and the associates did everything we asked for, which doesn’t meet my St. Regis expectations but is damn close.

Bottom line on St. Regis Grand Rome

I’d return.

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